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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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Whitoo
Saltash, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had made a booking for our retired group on the usual date, which this year fell on 3rd November, being advised at the time of booking there would be no carvers as the kitchen was having work done. The pub contacted me the week of the booking to advise again there would be no carvery only a limited hot... More 

Thank cannytripper
Exeter, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I decided that it was time we went somewhere different for Sunday Lunch as we were not entirely satisfied with the places we went regularly. I remembered years ago that I used to go to the Swans Nest quite a lot and used to be good (25 years + ago). We booked a table and went along.... More 

Thank Frank B
Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had one of the juiciest steaks at the swans nest and couldn't of had a better service from Amy blakeblurke! Thankyou! This place is a must!

Thank kjbrooks7
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious and service was super friendly and accomadating to my fussy needs. Would strongly recommend this place to a friend!

1 Thank Jake S
Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Swans Nest for a family get together on a Saturday night. There were only a couple of customers in this very large pub. It is difficult to see why this once thriving pub cannot generate any customers. Staff were not friendly and the food standard needs to improve before the crowds return. A disappointing visit and nothing to... More 

Thank Keith R
Paignton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After various visits over some30 years and as a qualified chef I was sadly disappointed on the quality of the carvery that we had today 6th November .The Cauliflower Cheese you just could not cut let alone eat.The potatoes had been soaked too long in meta bisulphate as they were tough .Generally not a good meal.We shall think again about... More 

Thank covewy25
Devon, UK
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Off chance visit proved very worthy of a visit. We just had the Sunday lunch carvery for just under a tenner, generous helpings of meat , unlike some carveries, and good quality too, representing good value for money in nice surroundings, without the school dinner syndrome!! We didn't have a sweet, but they did look yummy. One small gripe, the... More 

Thank MarlizDevon_UK

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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$13 - 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, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?