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“Great spot but expensive drinks”
Review of The Turf Locks

The Turf Locks
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Exminster
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 5 August 2014

One of the few pubs in the country to be inaccessible by road, this is in a prime spot on a narrow peninsula between the River Exe and the canal. Options for vising the pub are walking from the nearest car park which is about ⅔ of a mile away, cycling or by catching the Topsham ferry which rather conveniently moors at the end of the beer garden. The garden is a good size with plenty of picnic benches and there is also a smaller garden at the rear with three or four benches overlooking the canal basin. In spite of it’s inaccessibility, it was full to capacity on a recent sunny weekend with orderly queues for the bar snaking around much of the pub.

Inside the pub is divided in to three rooms and has something of a nautical feel with plenty of light wood panelling, a sanded wood floor and a couple of nautical charts on the walls. The walls are predominantly whitewashed plaster with some cream wood panelling in places and a few old black and white photos. None of the rooms are particularly big, especially the central one which also included a food order point and a consequent queue of people waiting.

I didn’t inspect the menu but did see a few plates of nachos, mussels and burgers coming out. We went for the barbecue option to save time, although this too was very popular and had a queue of people waiting. A Cheese Burger for £4 was a decent enough specimen with a thick slab of beef patty and a proper hunk of cheese. Sauces, pickles and such like could be added as desired although if you wanted a salad it was charged separately. Hot Dogs and Steak sandwiches were also available.

Beers on tap were Otter Ale, Summa That and Branoc from Branscombe Vale and Hanlon’s Yellow Hammer. Ciders were well represented with Sandford Orchard’s Devon Red, Tricky Cider and Dragon Tears. Prices seemed steep though with an Orange Juice and Lemonade coming in at £4

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Been coming here for many years. It's just a great place to sit and take a drink and/or food after an easy walk from Starcross end, and marvel at the beautiful views. It gets really busy, so book if you want to be sure of a table. Food is just great, definitely one step up from pub grub here. When the tide is in and the sun shines, my first request is always Pimms... In the autumn and colder days sit inside and have a coffee, great too.
Call us over cautious but we always phone anywhere we are going first to make sure they are open for food and that they can seat us, turning up on spec these days is just too risky.

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1  Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The view was partly spoilt by the kayaks we had been in for most of the day but otherwise stunning looking back up the estuary to Exmouth. The sun was actually out at this point which helped. We needed more liquid - hot chocolate, lemonade, coffee and tea. Price was fine and delivered with a smile. The menu looked limited but tasty. For kids there is loads of space. Looking at other reviews confuses me slightly.

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Enjoyed my visits to Turf in the past but today was a different story. Drinks are very expensive and service surly. I will give it a miss next time I'm in the area.

3  Thank HeritageRanter
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

What happened?!!!! We have been coming here for years and found it very pleasant.
But this time.....we walk half an hour, in the afternoon in the middle of summer and are told that the kitchen is closed. The "computer says no" attitude from the bar staff meant that after sailing racing for 5 hours that day, I had to have three packets of crisps as my lunch, which were plonked down on a wet, beer sodden bar mat. (Thanks for your custom). There wasn't even an offer of bread or a sandwich. The pub is so far away from anywhere, the chef won't even have time to go home so to treat your patrons like that after they make the effort to get to your establishment, is totally unacceptable. I'll be going to the double locks from now and recommend my friends to also. Maybe you should stop hiring students!!!! They obviously can't think outside the box and treat customers correctly. If you are only open for the summer, them maybe you should offer food in the middle of the day, on a sat, in the middle of the school holidays!!!!

1  Thank Sabrina S
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