The Cridford Inn, Trusham
Aug21

The Cridford Inn, Trusham

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. It was a glorious sunny evening when we visited, which made The Cridford Inn even more impressive with its white walls, hanging baskets full of beautiful flowers, and climbing roses –...

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Bill’s, Exeter
Jul25

Bill’s, Exeter

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 transitions to a more relaxed atmosphere mid-morning when parents and buggies descend haphazardly to find room in the lounge areas for kids and friends, eases into lunch when the patrons are a mixed bag of students, city workers and shoppers...

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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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