What looks like a basic pub, and still functions as a local (serving real ales), hides a smart neighbourhood restaurant focusing on locally-produced food cooked in an almost global manner.
Starters can be as diverse as Home-cured Bresaola with Parmesan and Rocket; Lyme Bay Crabmeat with Avocado, Crème Fraiche and Gingered Cucumber Carpaccio to Lambs Sweetbreads with Chicken Mousse, Puff Pastry and Morels or Grilled Capricorn Goats Cheese with Raspberry Dressing and Roasted Pine Nuts.
An autumn menu brought Exmoor Venison Loin with Parsnip Purée and Chocolate Game Reduction; Pan-fried Fillet of Salmon with Tomato Butter Sauce and Breast of Chicken with Smoked Bacon, Shitake Mushrooms, Juniper Berry and Madeira Sauce among the mains.
They have an award-winning pastry chef, so desserts are a strong point with perhaps Chocolate Mousse and Black Cherry Sorbet; Sticky Toffee Pudding on offer. While the more savoury-toothed might be tempted by their selection of Devon cheeses with biscuits.
Theres also an ambitious bar menu offering the likes of Braised Faggots with Onion Gravy; Thai Green Curry and Fish and Chips but it also includes lighter snacks such as soup and ploughmans.
Friendly, helpful service.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00 (14.30 Fri & Sat); set L Sun £22.50 (2 courses), £28.50 (3 courses); mains about £22 to £25; also Bar Snack Menu
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-21.30 (22.00 Fri & Sat); set D £25 (3 courses); Tasting Menu £45 (5 courses); mains about £22 to £25
- Seats: 100, plus about 80 outside
- Wine: a well-thought-out list offers 8 house wines at arond the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Interesting Children's Menu offered
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Exeter Rail
- Directions: See map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25 Dec to 2nd week of January
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating