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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Although we hadn't booked and the inn was very busy we had a warm welcome. The basic menu was not extensive but there were several interesting "Specials" Our orders were taken quickly.by a cheerful young waitress; mine was the special venison casserole, my friend had...the prawn baguette. Both were excellent in quality and quantity.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review. I’m so glad we managed to fit you in. We take pride in our welcome, service and food so it’s great to be appreciated for it. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. ❤️

Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

We came here today and it was absolutely lovely they were very friendly and couldn’t do another for you . Food was great and it was very clean we gave a 5 pound tip because we thought it was well worth it . Well done...to the bowd Happy new yearMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2024

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. ❤️

Reviewed 20 December 2023

Had a really lovely carvery recently from the Christmas menu, it was hot and tasty with lots of choice of veg, including Yorkshire pud. The gingerbread panna cotta for dessert was especially nice. I would go back just for that!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2023

What a lovely review. Thank you so much. We are all so glad that you enjoyed your festive meal. Our chefs take great pride in the food they serve and it is wonderful when it is appreciated. We hope you have a lovely Christmas and...More

Reviewed 17 December 2023

Food was amazing staff were really kind know owner through family and dad and sister works there would go there again best thing to go In Sidmouth and not that far away in the car bonus

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2023

Thank you so much for your very kind review, it’s always great to hear when our customers enjoy their visit to us. We look forward to seeing you again soon ❤️

Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Had lunch there today as part of a largish group. I had the carvery and chose beef, bad mistake! Even when my ordinary knife was replaced by one with a serrated edge it proved to be very difficult to cut my meat. The beef was...very rare which I thought would have helped with its tenderness, wrong again! The Bowd was packed. My perception is that there were too many customers for the number of staff which meant that there was little personal attention. I am not a serial complainer but I feel that my unfortunate experiences today should be shared.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2023

Thank you for your somewhat confusing review. We are at a loss to understand how your slices of beef were less tender than anybody else’s today! We may have appeared to have less staff than were needed however this was not helped by the fact...More

Reviewed 12 December 2023

Recommended by friends so booked up for a Saturday night. EVERY member of staff we came into contact with were very courteous. Nothing too much trouble. In fact even the owner made herself known and gave us a bit of history about the pub. All...four of us had the carvery which was lovely. Hot, tasty and plentiful. Only one of the party had room for dessert and chose the Belgian chocolate cheesecake. This was in her words, the best she had tasted....ever! Would not hesitate to recommend The Bowd Inn to anyone.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023

We walked in without a reservation and we’re told they fully booked and then the lady who seemed to be the manager quickly turned around to say they could fit us in! Busy with Christmas parties they went out of their way to give us...a table just in time for the carvery which also had a vegetarian option for my mum and a small senior plate for my grandma. Absolutely delicious and impeccable service. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2023

Thank you for your lovely words Ellie. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Bowd. We do try our utmost to cater everyone and are very happy that we could find you a table, it doesn’t always work which is why we...More

Reviewed 8 December 2023

Had dinner here Wednesday night. Not many there, very quiet. Warm inviting cosy atmosphere, even though it is a big place. Excellent service from - to use their words, the B team 😊!! Faultless in fact. Food was excellent. We had camembert (gorgeous) and mushrooms...as our starters, and ham, egg and chips (lovely) and turkey and ham pie for mains. Followed by belgian cheesecake and coffee. Lovely Christmassy atmosphere with the music and decorations. We loved it and look forward to coming back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2023

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We all absolutely love the Christmas period and enjoy helping others get into the true spirit of things. We hope you have a very merry Christmas and look forward...More

Reviewed 8 December 2023

We booked the Bowd for our company Christmas lunch following lots of recommendations and they were all spot on! We had lots of different allergies and accessibility requests to contend with but the team made it feel like nothing was too much trouble. The service...was seamless, piping plates of hot delicious food presented beautifully. The carvery was nostaligic- reminding us of home made Christmas dinners, everything tasted fantastic, the love they put into their food makes such a difference! The team helped us sith festive games and brought much laughter to the tables. Every person can't wait to attend again as everything was perfect, from amazing food, wonderful staff that wanted to make everything as enjoyable as possible to the wonderfully decorated surroundings. Thank you for giving us a wonderful festive afternoon!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2023

Thank you for your lovely feedback Nicola. We are so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas lunch with us. Our wonderful team both front of house and behind the scenes work very hard to make both the food and the service exemplary. We shall pass on...More

Reviewed 4 December 2023

Part of a large group from a Sidmouth Charity Shop.Magnificent and friendly welcome from Lawrence.Food great,service great but lasting memory will be of Lawrence making us feel very special.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2023

Thank you so much for this lovely review. All of our staff make every effort to make our customers feel welcome and special. Lawrence is indeed magnificent and we shall be delighted to pass on your kind comments to him. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 26 November 2023 via mobile

We bring our elderly father here regularly. Food is great and good sized portions. Good value carvery and the staff are all very attentive and friendly

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2023

Thank you for such a lovely review Julie. We are all so glad that you enjoy your visits to us and are looking forward to seeing you again soon. ❤️

Reviewed 26 November 2023

Helpful management and staff - above and beyond. Lovely food. I recommend the Carvery - it's not 'sloppy' like so many others. Cosy ambience, a real winter, cold weather pub. Dogs welcome - I believe just in the bar area. Handy easy to find main...road location but set back from the road and on the edge of countryside and woods. Lots of parking.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2023

Thank you for such lovely feedback. We do pride ourselves on our food and service and are so glad you found them both to be great. The Bowd is a delightful pub with its real fire in the winter and the blessing of a very...More

Reviewed 16 November 2023

We are so pleased that the friendly and efficient couple who ran The Bowd in 2014/2015 are back again. We were locals then and found the pub a friendly and cosy place to be. We popped in for a drink to check it out and...we were so pleased to meet the landlord from the good days on the way in. We then enjoyed a carvery and we will be back again.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2023

Thank you so much for your kind comments. Having Carole and Darren back at the helm is great and the the pub is thriving because of it. We look forward to seeing you again very soon. ❤️

Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

We visited today, 2 adults and our 4 year old daughter. We hadn't booked and they were fully booked but went above and beyond to find a table for us. The hostess runs things brilliantly and always with a smile. The waiting staff were friendly...and attentive. The carvery was gorgeous, meats cooked really well, crackling, mini sausages, stuffing, crispy potatoes, nice big light yorkies, lovely veg including cauli cheese, and fantastic gravy. It was a double thumbs up from our 4 year old, and 3 clean plates. What more could you want?! Thank you Bowd. We'll be back!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and food. We do try very hard to be accommodating and are so glad we could fit you in. We look forward to seeing you again soon ❤️

Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

After coming for a carvery on Sunday evening, I felt compelled to write a review as I was so impressed with everything. Me and my family were welcomed with smiles and professionalism as we entered the pub. We had a table waiting, and the pub...was cosy with a fire lit, and the smell of the carvery was amazing. I felt instantly at home there. My children aren’t very easy when it comes to sitting down quietly for a meal so we thought a carvery was best. Within five minutes of sitting down we were ordering drinks and our carveries, and we were able to go up straight away. The meat was succulent, the sausage meat stuffing was gorgeous, I loved seeing Broccoli being offered as it’s my families favourite, but the star of the show was the gravy. It was thick, flavourful and gorgeous. I will definitely be coming back again. Sometimes it’s the smiles and the happy welcome that makes the world of difference to a meal out, and the bowd surpassed all my expectations.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kate Knight, Other at Bowd Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It’s always great to hear that our customers enjoy their visit to us. Our carvery is our pride and joy with the gravy being the crowning glory. I shall pass on your kind words to our team...More

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Hi Jennifer, We will be doing Christmas Day lunch this year (subject to restrictions). However the menu and pricing has not been finalised as of yet, but should be live on our website within the next fortnight. Kind... More
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