A good pub with a vibrant atmosphere, with an upstairs restaurant (under the leadership of Angus McCaig) serving serious food.
Lunch brings freshly-cut Sandwiches, a selection of Tapas dishes, plus a few one plate light mains such as 'Smoked Haddock Rarebit (sic), with Tomato, Balsamic & Salad Leaves'; 'Wild Mushroom & Cornish Blue Pastry, with Honey-Glazed Shallots' and 'Game Terrine with Spiced Lentils, Fine Beans, Pickled Cauliflower & Soused Blackberries'.
In the evening the menu expands. An autumn snapshot bringing 'Fresh Oysters with Pickled Cucumber, Beetroot Jelly & Crisps'; 'Pan-Roasted Quail with Apricot & Pistachio Stuffing, Buttered Cabbage & Lardons' and 'Tuna Carpaccio with Fresh Herb Salad, Roasted Peppers & Hazelnut Dressing' among the starters.
'Grilled Fillet of Sea Bass, Olive Potatoes, Tiger Prawns, Fennel & Roasted Tomato Sauce'; 'Braised Lamb Shoulder with Parsnip Purée, Fondant Potato, Marjoram Peas & Spiced Jus' and 'Poached Chicken Breast with Crispy Leg, Baby Onions, Mushroom Mousse & Tarragon Sauce' listed among the mains.
To finish 'Honey Roast Figs with Greek Yoghurt Pannacotta & Toasted Almonds'; 'Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream' and 'Vanilla Rice Pudding with Spiced Plums & Oat Crumble' might be there to tempt you.
Service is friendly & enthusiastic.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00; Tapas £9 (3 tapas) to £13 ( 5 tapas); set L Tues-Sat £11
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-21.00; mains about £16 to £22 (Veg. charged extra)
- Seats: 50
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen, list has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Main dining room on first floor
- Nearest station: Honiton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: all Sun & Mon; check Christmas openings