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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
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Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Booked a table in the bar for Sunday lunch with our 2 small well behaved dog's and so glad we did as it was very busy. Received a warm welcome and our table was quickly cleaned for us. They advised a 40 minute wait for...food when they took our drinks + food order but this wasn't a problem. We ordered 1 roast beef and 1 roast lamb which all looked lovely and plenty of vegetables in separate dishes. We can honestly say the portions are a very good size, beautifully presented and extremely tasty. All the staff were busy but happy in their work and ensuring everything was ok with our meals. We can't wait to return and highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Instow Arms today for lunch, very nice inside very courteous staff and efficient . Ordered beef burger and chips, came looking good, I must admit that I ate most of the burger before noticing it was not cooked properly inside. I left...it. When our waitress came to take the plates away I explained why I had left some, she apologised profusely, I said that was fine didn’t want anything else and left it at that. When we went to pay the bill she only charged us half the price of my meal. Excellent customer service methinks, THANK YOU GUYS.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in Appledore and took a quick trip to Instow and chose to have dinner at The Instow Arms - we were not disappointed at all. We hadn’t booked - I advise you do. The restaurant was full, but we were happy to...sit outside in one of their huts - they have heating and even though it was quite cold and windy, it was cozy in the shelter of the hut. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The food arrived very quickly and was piping hot. It was excellent value for money and very good quality. If I had to find something to criticise, it would only be that the portion size was very big (even though I have a fairly good appetitie).More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a great location, we managed to sit outside in the evening sun for a drink before heading in to the table we’d booked upstairs. All of the staff were helpful particularly the guy on the bar with the a nose piercing who...seemed on top of things on what was a very busy evening. Couldn’t fault the food, we had the fish and chips and the seared duck breast with rice noodles and vegetables. The fish was huge and really tasty with a good portion of chips and a very generous portion of peas. The duck was delicious, cooked just right, tender and tasted very gamey, this came on a bed of rice noodles mixed with vegetables and was particularly more’ish. Congratulations to the chef, great food. This is the second time we’ve eaten here in the past few months the first occasion being a family gathering and everyone commented on how good their meals were. Instow Arms is clearly doing something right, we definitely give it a big thumbs up :)More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 26 March 2024 via mobile

Food was fantastic, service was excellent. Busy so luckily we pre booked. The scallops and steak were fantastic! Beautiful location with fab views! We sat upstairs near the window and was a lovely evening. Thankyou for your service!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 March 2024 via mobile

Wow, fish of the specials board were amazing and the children’s meals were great value. Made to feel welcome by the staff, very friendly place

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

Absolutely spot on, food was superb, portion size was big, excellent value for money, will definitely be returning xxxxx

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

It is pretty tricky as a vegan to get a good meal when out. However, I had a really great meal here last night. The lentils and mash were fabulous! Usually the only offering is a vegan burger, which was on offer, but I didn’t...need, due to the lentils and mash. Not only was it super tasty, but it was really satisfying. Staff lovely, great fire, super food! Hank you.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

After looking at reviews we decided to try this pub for a roast dinner and what a fantastic choice. We all had a roast and the chef absolutely knows how to cook brilliantly. Beautifully tender meat, roast spuds to die for and perfectly cooked vegetables....Portion sizes meant the meal was value for money, and the view was fabulous. We are lucky enough to eat out regularly and the waitress was one of the best servers we have had, she worked so hard and her customer service was faultless. Sorry did not catch her name but she did say she worked there at weekends and a nursery in the week. Can’t wait to make a return visit on our next holiday.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023

We always visit the Instow arms whenever visiting Instow, the food is always superb, great portion sizes and excellent quality. The staff are amazing and it’s always a great atmosphere, thoroughly recommend and will be back soon!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

Came primarily to walk our dogs but decided to stay over for a meal. We have eaten here before so we knew we were in for a feast. We had the Sunday roast and it did not disappoint, the food was hot, a good amount...and variety of vegetables. not least of all, the service was excellent with very polite and caring staff. We intend to visit Instow more regularly in the summer and will include this restaurant as a must on our travels.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023 via mobile

Popped in for a Birthday lunch. Great location. Sat upstairs with beautiful views over the beach. Food was fantastic, reasonably priced and generous portions. Fantastic and friendly service throughout. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023

We are local and this is definitely our favourite pub for taking friends, family and visitors. Sadly, today's visit was below par, especially as it was for the four of us to celebrate my husband's Birthday! I chose the Vegetarian Burger (costing £18!) Before ordering...I checked what the burger was made if, having had a bad experience with a 'home-made' burger before. I was told it was made of Soya, which sounded ok. However, it wasn't Soya, but a mash of vegetables put in a breadcrumb - not very nice and not what I was expecting! My friend chose the Cod & Chips (£16.50) and the batter and fish were over-cooked - and in fact after tasting it, I agreed the fish was dry and tasteless! When the Manager came to clear our plates we politely commented, but no apology was forthcoming, she just said she'd tell the Chef. When the bill came (£150.00), we noted that only 10% had been deducted from each of our meals ie £1.80 and £1.65!!! We were hoping for an offer of a couple of free drinks, at the very least, but this was basically insulting considering the money we were spending! All I can say is it's left all four of us feeling dissatisfied and disappointed which is a shame as normally the food and service is very enjoyable and a place we look forward to visiting!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

Perfect stop for a coffee. Lunch or dinner There are outside booths with heaters, great for individual dining with the dogs. Downstairs inside was lovely and warm, again full of dogs from blustery walks on the beach opposite. Upstairs was more refined dining (didn’t see...any dogs) with beautiful views over the beach. Great food and serviceMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 December 2023

Fantastic place to come and chill. Fantastic food, charming and attentive staff. Great choice of drinks. A view to die for. A must visit

Date of visit: December 2023
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There’s parking on the road but no private parking
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Not able to help as I am not the owner!! I only visited
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Yes it is, in fact they keep a jar of dog biscuits on the bar! It can get quite crowded though which can be more difficult if your dog takes up room!
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Instow Arms is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4