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The Swans Nest

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Station Road | Exminster, Exeter EX6 8DZ, England
+44 1392 832371
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Called in here one Sunday evening in December. The restaurant had closed 15 minutes earlier however the staff were very helpful and offered everything other than the carvery. The food was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The ambiance was traditional for a country inn though a spruce up wouldn't be amiss. We liked the little coves/booths etc. gave... More 

Thank Vennwood
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited for lunch,first impressions the same as previously really needs lightening up so dark and dreary,very dated furniture and abit creepy.However food is fab excellent carvery meat melted in your mouth veg fresh well cooked pots crispy and light and proper gravy with meat bits in lovely .

Thank ninEngland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called at the Swan's Nest having taken the ferry from Topsham and walked there in the pouring rain via Powderham. Don't ask! 😛 We ended up walking on an horrendous main road due to lack of signage and found ourselves stranded with no ferry or trains back to Topsham. Then came Declan to the rescue!!! We had asked at... More 

Thank Matilda B
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for vegetarian carvery it was awful the vegetables where dry and tasteless when the waitress asked if was ok told her no and the reason why. Nothing was done to rectify. Disappointed will not be returning.

1 Thank Emma P
cream tea county
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked for lunch last week, thought better make a booking as they are always busy. I think we must have gone on a bad day compared to the other reviews, it seemed we had the leftovers from Sunday. The place was lovely and festive, and that is the best I can say. The place was virtually empty, ordered some... More 

Thank jessie09
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in here on our way to Exeter for a Carvery, were shown to our table, but I asked if we could change as my disabled Mum would have had trouble getting in bench, not a problem, moved us right away. Had a lovely carvery with lot's of choice. But then came the Sweet, oh my days, have never seen... More 

Thank Bria17
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Went for a Sunday lunchtime meal and all three of us had carvery. The staff and pub itself are good, the selection of meats and vegetables are great, the only downside is that the food was on the cold side. Maybe the plates could be hotter or the overhead heater more intense. I know Brussels are traditional at Christmas but... More 

Thank MCXV
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Surprised to find a practically empty pub on a Saturday night. Expected it to be heaving. However, despite there being only about six tables occupied our main course took 1 hour and 15 mins to come, and only then after I went to the bar to chase them up. In saying that, the manager gave us free puddings as an... More 

Thank Babsie101
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Have not been to the Swans Nest for 10 years, so read the reviews first and thought "oh dear, maybe not"? However am glad I decided to go anyway, for a trip down memory lane. We visited mid day on a Saturday for lunch, we all decided to have the carvery, just under a tenner each, you get a choice... More 

Thank feeDevon
Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Staff were rude, food had clearly been under the hot lights for sometime, Infact the staff made no secret of it. Won't be going back.

1 Thank Whitoo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$20
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Station Road | Exminster, Exeter EX6 8DZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 832371

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?