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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an unexpectedly amazing experience! We walked into the pub which was empty apart from the cat behind the bar waiting to serve us and Steve in his chair in front of the fire. We spent an hour having a couple of pints and a...good chat with him about everything from polo to skydiving. What a pleasure and a very generous host! It’s a proper spit and sawdust pub with great beer and a wonderful feel about it. It’s cash only as Steve is done with card machines breaking, and it’s run off solar panels and water from a spring in Exmoor. So a properly off grid drinking experience. Highly recommend this place if you like a proper old fashioned adult pub from the past: no menu, no bank cards, no kids. One sort of playable piano, four dead ones in the back and a pool table. There’s one choice of meal on Thursday, pizza on Friday and you can bring your own pudding; it was gammon and parsley sauce this week. Old school! Thanks Steve. You’re a rare breed! As an aside there’s also camping in the field behind.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 19 October 2023

Amazing pub, friendly, unique and good pints. Such a cosy atmosphere and the locals are fabulous. Great pricing also.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

well, called by on a wet afternoon and enjoyed a couple of hours with the one of a kind landlord and his cat. Lovely welcome ! and well kept ale. Some of which i poured myself. The most friendly pub on Exmoor. Please never change.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2023

Fabulous off-grid pub full of friendly people - a smorgasbord of farmers, eccentrics and the odd arty type - where everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you've lived all your life in Devon or you've never visited the county in your life before. Difficult to...find, because it's in the middle of nowhere down narrow Exmoor lanes in the lee of the high moorland, you definitely won't regret seeking it out. There are people who come back to this pub whenever they can, once they've first discovered it, who live all around the world - its lure is so strong. HOWEVER many of the other reviews confuse it with the similarly named Poltimore Inn a few miles away in North Molton. This one is NOT a restaurant (although food is sometimes available - see their Facebook page). It is a drinkers pub local of the old school, specialising in log fires, good refreshment and even better conversation. Totally excellent.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 21 December 2022 via mobile

A lovely old pub which is cosy and clean with really friendly staff. Celebrated a family birthday with dinner in the dining room where we were all impressed with the stunning views and changing twilight sky! The food was fabulous and the service was spot...on! Looking forward to staying a few nights in one of the double rooms soon and checking out the breakfast menu!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 September 2022 via mobile

Stopped here for our dinner on a Wednesday evening, a good selection on the menu with a specials board, there was only two vegan selections and sadly one of these was out of stock but I was told the vegan soup was delicious. The choice...of food we made was also delicious. This is a lovely pub inside, we ate in the dining room and the view from the large windows was breathtaking, staff were very friendly and helpful. This pub does not have a car park but there is parking opposite. If in the area I highly recommend this pub and would not hesitate to go back if in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 June 2022

Stumbled on this splendid establishment on the way home from dropping off son for camping trip. Instantly felt at home. Steve the landlord and the other extremely friendly customers / business owners were completely welcoming. Steve is master of banter. I didn't try the menu...due to schedule requirements. But I'll certainly be making further pilgrimages to this gem of a pub. NB locally produced cider and other comestibles available. A visit is highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 12 November 2021

We decided to try to find this pub travelling back from Minehead, where we had been for a short break, to Exeter. Our Sat Nav got us there and it's been a long time since both of us enjoyed a pub like this unique place....The hour we were there in front of the log fire just flew by and the conversation with Steve the landlord was worth every penny of the price we paid for our drinks. Certainly not a place for the woke, but a memory we will both remember. Thank you Steve and your lovely cat, Fred.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 10 October 2021

We were staying locally and this was the nearest pub, what a brilliant place. Steve, the landlord, sat and chatted with us and everybody else was friendly. Decent prices and a proper wood fire. One of the best pubs I've been to in a long...timeMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021

Let me start by saying the staff are lovely and very friendly. The restaurant is bright and spacious with a good view. My expectations were high as our friends had recommended this restaurant. Unfortunately for us the food was just ok. The steak and ale...pie base was a bit stodgy although the meat was lean and tender but if I'm being honest it lacked flavour but the lasagne was nice enough.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 28 August 2021 via mobile

We have not visited this pub for some time as moved away but last week we were out for a walk on the moors and decided to pop in on the way back. I had forgotten what a gem this place is. We stopped for...a drink, ended up chatting and a few friendly faces arrived which led to wanting to stay longer. A solution was found. Steve the “famous” landlord said that he had a field that we could wild camp at the rear of the pub so lucky we had the van and we decided to stay. What a night. I cannot remember the last time i laughed so much, debated the world issues and covered many subjects. What a really enjoyable random night. Ended with us sat in the field watching a spectacular meteor shower filling the sky. Woke up next day and looked out of the window to see 2 horses, some sheep and a beautiful summer morning. Chatted to a couple of other campers and steve the landlord came over and very kindly offered us a coffee before we left. Looking forward to a return visit very soon and will be more prepared. This is a truly unique hidden gem on exmoor and expect the unexpected. A night to remember for a very long timeMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 16 August 2021 via mobile

Great food, service, value for money. Stayed in one of the pods and it was super clean and noise proof 😁 Local shop wasn’t very welcoming though. We popped in to get a drink and it was very obvious we were weren’t wanted in the...shop as tourists 🤷‍♀️More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 30 July 2021

Excellent food and friendly service. Good selection of local cask beers. Excellent classic Sunday lunch

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 13 July 2021 via mobile

Thank you for a lovely evening. A pub like no other. Very welcoming and friendly. Enjoyed some debating and putting the worlds to right with steve the landlord. Even offered a field to camp in.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

Fantastic service, great tasty food and brilliant service. Popped in on the way to bideford for holiday for a lunch. Booked on the day and was brilliant. Service was great, the view at the back of the restaurant is amazing. Food was great, had a...variety from omelettes, baguettes, soup and jacket potatoes. All were amazing and the chips were the best chips I’ve had. Service was brilliant, really chatty smiley ladies. Lunch and a couple of drinks was around £12 each. Would 100% recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5