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The Cleave Public House

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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Lustleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9TJ, England
+44 1647 277223
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always a friendly welcome at the bar no matter who is working. Very busy Easter Sunday and we had to move around to get a decent table but the staff kept up with us. Starters were all very good, Blackened Aubergine was great as was the Smoked Salmon. Main course Lamb was cooked perfectly, the Coconut + Chicken curry was... More 

2 Thank Ian H
Bideford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As soon as we stepped in the door we were greeted by the welcoming, humorous, and affable landlord, like we were regular customers (our first visit) - so refreshing! We were kept entertained by his delightful quips and friendly banter to all and sundry and enjoyed a light lunch, a generously filled baguette, fresh and nicely presented, and local beer.... More 

2 Thank MaryRose S
West Malling, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

went for a walk and fell upon this pub in the middle of a quaint village, the landlord is very talkative and the staff very pleasant and attentive.worth a visit

2 Thank 634lane
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my family have been coming to The Cleave now for the last 6 or so years. It's one of our favourite places to visit when staying with family in Devon. Ben the landlord is always cheery; as are the rest of the staff. We always have the 'Croque-Monsieur'; which is absolutely to die for! Our two young boys... More 

2 Thank LSN1979
Wimborne, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Following on from the other reviews, I was intrigued to find out if Ben the owner was as rude as described. Well, i guess it all depends on your sense of humour as he made us feel welcome and the food was great. I highly recommend the Sticky Whiskey Pig created by Head Chef Matt, I had to say thanks... More 

1 Thank AshleyPM1710
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a visit to The Cleave over the weekend and was lovely sat outside and enjoyed the sun, food was cooked fresh abc was very enjoyable would go back!

1 Thank Anonymous1328
Bath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here within the last month to dine. Firstly the pub is in a gorgeous village. Its a beautiful thatched property in a lovely setting. We arrived on what we thought would be a very busy evening for dinner - a Friday. There were only two other tables eating which we thought was a bit odd for the location... More 

4 Thank katiejames2017
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although staff were welcoming, albeit forced, we were moved from the bright bar area to a musty back room that smelt of damp and mould. It look longer than usual for food to be served, despite the pub not being particularly busy and our food being served in 5 minute intervals really gave the impression that we weren't being cared... More 

3 Thank Hamaroxy
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely limited menu. Ben the landlord was arrogant, rude and obnoxious. It appears in this establishment the customer is not king. One of the worst meals out I have endured and over priced.To pay£16 for a burger I would have expected something better than oven chips and a plate of rocket He then paraded our desserts before another group of... More 

7 Thank potter7749
bwhitton, Owner at The Cleave Public House, responded to this review

Weeeeeellll......... It is an enduring truth in the catering industry 'That you can't please all of the people all of the time'. I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience here at the Cleave. Lets address a few issues here...... 1. The burger..... £13.25, not served with rocket in any shape or form. We use oven chips as we... More 

London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had remembered this sweet little village and local pub from 20 years ago when I went to visit. It is just as charming now as it was then. I was on a time scheduled so just popped in for a cup of tea, they could not have been more accommodating to me had I been for a 5 course... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Bar, British, Pub, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lustleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9TJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dartmoor National Park  >  Lustleigh
  • Phone Number: +44 1647 277223

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