The Greyhound Country Inn
The Greyhound Country Inn offers a warm welcome whatever the season.
Cosy open fires, low ceilings complemented by character features, and a homely welcome all aid in helping you hunker down to stay warm when it’s cold, while an extensive beer garden equipped with outside bar and impressive play area allows the whole family to maximise time outdoors when the weather is nice.
Easily accessible by car just off the old A30 between Honiton and Daisymount, this inviting pub-restaurant beckons you in from the roadside with its old-world charm.
Its rustic thatched roof and tall, stone chimney stack are softened by an array of seasonal flowers in bloom in beds, baskets and borders, with large trees providing a natural backdrop to the large car park.
Inside, its cosy ambience creates an inviting home from home. Friendly staff are familiar, while polite and accommodating. You’ll feel included, welcomed and relaxed, no matter your age or who you’re with.
A mix of families enjoying quality time, friends catching up and locals chatting at the bar create an authentic snapshot of the surrounding communities that feed in, with regular visitors coming from Feniton, Honiton and from the towns and villages further afield too.
An everchanging menu is proudly delivered by the longstanding head chef, updated every fortnight to reflect seasonal ingredients and keep things interesting. It’s a credit to his skill and enthusiasm.
Expect pub favourites enhanced by daily specials, light bites and signature dishes, with all meals cooked fresh to order using produce from local suppliers where possible – including Exmouth’s Devon Quality Fish, Pinhoe’s Gibbins Butchers and M C Kelly’s in Crediton.
The pie of the day is a favourite for me. We discovered this pub as a new family favourite last year, and in that time I’ve yet to have the same filling twice. This time, the pork and apricot filling made for a unique flavour combination balancing the sweet and savoury perfectly.
This week’s wild mushroom and spinach linguine with basil pesto cream, parmesan and pea shoot salad – was a perfect contrast, expressing the creative texture and flavour combinations also available.
Bring your four-legged friends along too as dogs are welcome in the bar area. If they’re lucky, they might get access to the secret stash of gravy bones for well-behaved woofs!
What’s more, 10 refurbished en-suite rooms are available should you wish to spend the night or have family visiting with nowhere to stay.
I’ve found myself a new go-to favourite for year-round, relaxed and reliable dining, whatever the occasion. Try it for yourself and see if you have too.
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