Staying in the area, we fancied an evening meal & as SWMBO had spotted this pub whilst driving through Combe Martin, we decided to stop there.
As it was early, we were the only people in the restaurant so got the best seats by the panoramic windows overlooking the bay. Reminded us of one of our favourite location in the Greek islands. The outside terrace was certainly very busy with, we assumed, locals have a drink on a Friday evening.
We were offered standard menus for the restaurant but both decided to select from the 'specials' chalkboard. SWMBO decided on the pork shank & I opted for the mussels, with a garlic mushroom starter that we shared. Glad we did as the portions were generous and the food was fresh, well presented & very hot. My wife barely managed to eat all her meal, given the quantity on her plate. Nice to see unusual vegetables like red cabbage, but a good accompaniment to pork.
We were a bit bemused that there was no waited service & we had to go to the bar to place orders for food & drink, and to pay. Is there a staff shortage?
However, that did not detract from our evening, as the local ale was superb.
As has been previously stated by another reviewer, the decor is certainly 'traditional' pub, with patterned carpet, heavy furniture & plain walls, but it was clean & tidy. Maybe a refit would change its character as long as the prices did not change!
A little note for the chef. My HUGE plate of freshly cooked mussels were superb. Maybe a bit more herb seasoning? Why not offer it with chips (frites), then you've got 'Moules Frites' on the menu? And you could then offer the cooking variants marineire or provencale, not difficult but very good dishes. I was staggered by the quantity in the basketful of excellent chips I asked for to accompany those poor lonely moules & I struggled to finish the lot.
Good food & beer, keenly priced, well presented by attentive staff in a tidy atmosphere, not pretentious but clean & honest Thanks. We'll be back in the Autumn, when we're in the area again. We can recommend this restaurant.