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Huntsman Inn

2 High Street, Ide, Exeter EX2 9RN, England
+44 1392 272779
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cheesecake” (6 reviews)
“pork belly” (4 reviews)
“sunday roast” (5 reviews)
Closes in 11 min
12:00 - 23:00All hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2 High Street, Ide, Exeter EX2 9RN, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hit traffic just south of Exeter and sat Nov diverted us to the pretty village of Idea. The Huntsman has just been taken over by a new owner. Sitting in their garden eating well prepared lunch was preferable to any chain cafe motorway services....More

Thank willshake
bryang0dwin, Owner at Huntsman Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your comments and review pleased you all enjoyed your food look forward to seeing you all again

Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew Bryan and Carole when they ran the Pub opposite our house in Braunton, so we were keen to visit IDE and catch up with them in their new surroundings. As always, the lunch was delicious and the same high standard as before. The...More

Thank cpricewalker
bryang0dwin, Owner at Huntsman Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for your comments and review pleased you both had a enjoyable visit to ide and look forward to seeing you both soon ☺

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked an evening meal for four to try the food under new management. Not long after placing our order their was a local power cut. The manager kept us informed and said no power until 2300....they rustled up a fabulous,very tasty meal of fresh...More

Thank cazwilson
bryang0dwin, Owner at Huntsman Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments and review ,pleased you enjoyed what we managed to put together for you and look forward to seeing you all again soon☺

Reviewed 4 July 2017

We had a small birthday party, for four. The food was very good pub food, which is what we expected. Do not expect to be served quickly as it was freshly cooked, which allows more time to try some of the good beers for sale....More

Thank gourmet20172017
Management response:Responded 13 July 2017

Thank you very much for your review and comments about your visit,very pleased you all enjoyed your visit and your meals looking forward to seeing you soon

Reviewed 27 April 2017

On a recommendation from a friend, I booked a table for three to celebrate a friend's 80th birthday (which I mentioned at the time of booking) but when we arrived no table had been laid for us and we were told to "just sit anywhere"....More

1  Thank Steak
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Had a really lovely meal. Quite difficult at the beginning due to the boisterous locals at the bar - but it soon cleared and we could hear ourselves talk. Only downside was the overpowering smell of woodsmoke even though it was a warm day and...More

Thank DerbyMum
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We go here every Boxing Day for the annual duck race. Great little charity do. Good booze and we've also eaten here before. Recommended

Thank Tim S
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Small local pub on the edge of Exeter. Booked a roast dinner (2nd sitting 2.30pm) In March & was impressed 2 courses £14.50 Choice of the usual meats plus fish as well (cod). Great friendly service Couldn't fault the food, I had the roast pork,...More

Thank G M
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I always like coming to this pub! Not due to the banter but due to excellent service. All staff are friendly and some if your lucky, entertaining! Atmosphere is lovely, especially with the refurb! Prices are reasonably cheap!

Thank mysterygal97
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

I arrived first to meet my husband one saturday lunchtime to a cold pub with a cold welcome. The female assistant was chatting to her colleague some distance from the bar area and after several minutes she said to her co worker 'I will just...More

2  Thank Clare S
Huntsman Inn I, Owner at Huntsman Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

I am sorry that you felt the need to give such a scathing review, however what you failed to mention was that your original query regarding the bill was of being undercharged as your husband wasn't aware that you had paid for your drinks separately...More

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John I'm a regular at the Huntsman so you may feel that what I'm about to say carries some bias. Perhaps, however my question is this: Did you say anything at the time to the staff regarding your main meal? My understanding is that you did not. Given that you found the staff friendly and amenable, given that you stayed on to have a dessert which you enjoyed (i.e. you didn't wish to finish up and get out as quickly as possible - which would have been a more understandable reaction) and given that you would have been asked whether everything was alright with your main meal; you would have had every opportunity to provide your feedback at the time and so allow the staff and management the opportunity of responding and making restitution. But you didn't. Of course everyone makes mistakes and it might be that you had every reason to find the main meal unsatisfactory; however the fact that you chose not to say anything but instead to instead provide an incongruous and unhelpful review coupled with the worst possible score, I believe says more about you the reviewer than it does about the Huntsman Inn, its food and staff.
20 January 2017|
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Response from MalcolmC1837 | Reviewed this property |
You obviously didn't read my review, which was fair and accurate. As we only had a sandwich you are obviously confused.
29 June 2015|
Response from Brice27 | Reviewed this property |
I should ring the very friendly staff ---- as we have no dog at the moment, I couldn't be certain but it is quite tiny and cosy in there! If weather good, sitting outside is very pleasant. Sorry I can't be more help!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 High Street, Ide, Exeter EX2 9RN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter  >  Ide
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 272779
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Open all day from 11.00 to 23.00
Food served 12.00 to 9.00 Monday to Sat 12.00 to 8.00 sundays

16th century thatched village family run public house serving home cooked meals including fresh fish, and vegetarian options. Also available: Cask ales, wine, and a wide range of non alcoholic drinks including freshly brewed coffee and speciality teas.
Dog and child friendly.
Large car park and beer garden. Only 5 mins from junction 31 M5/A30.
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