Hidden in plain sight on the high street of Cullompton, is a humble, idyllic and family-run Italian which feels like an Italian home from home right on your doorstep.
Let me set the scene. Beautiful, rolling Devon countryside glistening in the sun; the sound of laughter and conversation complemented by birdsong in the surrounding trees; and nestled amongst them, possibly the oldest public house in the county.
The buzz in Bill’s on Gandy Street starts first thing in the morning when it opens for breakfast at 8am – it’s clearly a favourite among city workers meeting clients before the work day begins.
It is slightly daunting reviewing an Inn that has already been reviewed by John Keats, the early 19th century Romantic poet, but at the very least I can report the menu has more on it now than it did then.
I love a proper country pub. Beer gardens for summer days, thatched roofs, views of rolling countryside, or fireplaces and comfy chairs for nestling away in winter; they’re the perfect place to spend a lazy day whatever the weather.