The Scotch Piper is a traditional thatched inn and retains most of its original structural features. It was built round an oak tree in 1320, originally named the "The Royal Oak" until as legend tells, an injured Highland piper from the 1745 rebellion took refuge at the inn. The Piper said to have fallen in love with the innkeepers daughter, hence the name changed to " The Scotch Piper".
The pub has also been named "The Bag Pipes", "Highland Piper" and "The Old Lolly" old lolly could refer to Lawrence Ireland, who owned large parts of Lydiate, his family were a very prominent part of the village at that time.
The inn is a two-storey "yeoman" dwelling with a cruck frame consisting of three bays (crucks are a medieval form of construction found in the west of England). The inn is a grade II* listed building, protecting the building under strict guidelines to retain its authenticity, which can be seen through out, including wooden beams, open fires and the thatched roof.
Next door to the inn there are the ruins of St Catherine's chapel, rumours have it that there are tunnels connecting the chapel to the inn but they have never been found as yet....