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Ruffwell Inn

££ - £££, British,
Thorverton, Exeter EX5 5NB, England
+44 1392 860377
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible10%
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“beef” (24 reviews)
“ham” (11 reviews)
“gammon” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Thorverton, Exeter EX5 5NB, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended an annual dinner of an Exeter based organisation for about 40 people, which took place in a private room. A three course carvery meal and coffee. We were all made to feel welcome and the "mature" staff [no students!] were well organised and...More

1  Thank Peter J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used this venue for the last four years as a pre-Christmas annual outing. The fact that we keep coming back says it all. A long bar with plenty of bar staff and a good selection of ales. We all went into a private room,...More

1  Thank michael p
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We went to the Rufwell Inn, after having passed it every day for work purposes. It was a lovely meal, we had two carveries and two ice creams. We were the only diners as we were there as soon as the doors had opened, but...More

1  Thank Tigs1966
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Popped in here today without booking, Arrived at 12.00, was made to feel very welcome was able to get a table just, Reserved signs all over the place, we had the Carvery , 4 different meats, roast and new potatoes, a great selection of vegetables,...More

1  Thank ejlaver45
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Visited evening of Sunday 27th,table of two (without booking). Large whitebait to share for starter, Lasagne & Carvery Main courses. 2 cokes. Arrival included 2 barking Alsatians in a pen to the left of the pub, I had been previously warned of them and was...More

4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Food was hot and veggies and meat were fantastic with a good choice, beef cooked to perfection! Staff lovely and helpful. We came for a family meal. I have read some reviews about the dogs on here, but I have to say they were lying...More

1  Thank familytravels359
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We eat here quite often and have always found the pace to be very friendly and hospitable. The food is fantastic. (Especially the Carvery)

2  Thank Josammyg
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Looked up on internet for somewhere to eat near Killerton House. Opted for the lunchtime carvery. Which was excellent. One pleasant welcoming lone staff member did everything but power to her she coped without getting flustered. Food and choice of vegetables was good. One niggle,...More

2  Thank Barry K
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Sunday carvery at Ruffwell is not just a meal it is a delight. I waited until I had made a few visits before I wrote this review as I could not believe it would be possible for the standard to be maintained, I am happy...More

2  Thank Colin H
PeterACairns, Owner at Ruffwell Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Hi Colin , Thank you for your kind review .. it is particularly valuable to our customers as you have explained that you are a frequent visitor and are impressed by our consistent standard of high quality . It's good to have a positive genuine...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Evening meal out, popped in for some food and a quick drink, service was slow, not many staff around, not a very warm atmosphere, food took a while to come out, and when we did get our food it was tasteless and cold, not very...More

2  Thank jeanh191945
PeterACairns, Owner at Ruffwell Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

NEST OF VIPERS .. MORE FAKE NEWS , from the same stable . We seem to have stired up a malicious Nest of Vipers here. ! .. This review by Jeanh ( the daughter of Jennym who wrote the previous fake review ) is clearly...More

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Denise P
22 September 2017|
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Response from PeterACairns | Property representative |
Yes , always very busy on Sunday. ... 01392 860377
17 August 2017|
Response from Mandy R | Reviewed this property |
Well behaved dogs always welcome.
11 April 2015|
Response from PeterACairns | Property representative |
Sorry , we are a Carvery Pub and Restaurant . We do not have letting rooms . Regards , Peter Cairns
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Thorverton, Exeter EX5 5NB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 860377
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