The Coombe Cellars, Combeinteignhead
Apr24

The Coombe Cellars, Combeinteignhead

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. Perhaps it was misty too when Keats visited, because it certainly was on the evening four of us set off to The Coombe Cellars Inn. The journey in through the narrow lanes of Combeinteignhead, shrouded in thick coastal fog, added to...

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The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon
Mar27

The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon

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. Throw in locally sourced, well-prepared food; a wide range of local ales and tantalising spirits and you’ve got a recipe for success. The Five Bells in Clyst Hydon is a perfect example of this and so much...

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The Lazy Toad, Brampford Speke
Jan25

The Lazy Toad, Brampford Speke

There’s nothing quite like eating out at a country pub at this time of year. That feeling of getting out of the cold by stepping into an inviting, cosy ambience where you know a warming feast awaits you makes my stomach positively tingle just thinking about it. The Lazy Toad at Brampford Speke created just that for me when I visited after putting together last month’s walk feature. The décor can quite easily be described...

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The Terrace, Exeter
Jan02

The Terrace, Exeter

When we first saw The Terrace arriving on the scene as part of Exeter’s latest dining quarter it aimed itself more towards providing a place for the younger people to enjoy the city’s nightlife. But more recently, it has positively evolved, moving away from student nights and focusing on creating an environment where young professionals and a more mature clientele can come together and enjoy quality food and creative cocktails in a...

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Country Pub Carveries
Oct23

Country Pub Carveries

With winter just around the corner, and with our bodies burning more energy to keep us warm, now is the perfect time to start your hibernation with the ultimate family winter warmer – a carvery! We’ve picked just a few of our favourites from around the county to kickstart your cravings… The Bowd Inn Sidmouth, EX10 0ND www.thebowdinn.co.uk Your experience starts from the moment you turn into the car park and admire the thatched roof...

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The Deck Restaurant, Exmouth
May21

The Deck Restaurant, Exmouth

When you’re looking for the perfect evening out for dinner it’s safe to say that it’s about more than just the food; it’s the whole package – ambience, good company, staff that make you feel special and perhaps a table with a view. Because of course, what’s fine food without the perfect location? Ocean’s Deck Restaurant provides the full package and adds a little garnish just for good measure. Having grown up in Exmouth myself I...

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