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“Just real basic food in a rather leery pub/restaurant”

The Cat & Fiddle Inn
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
United Kingdom
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559 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 441 helpful votes
“Just real basic food in a rather leery pub/restaurant”
Reviewed 26 October 2012

I’m going to sound like a snob here but there is no way round that on this occasion. I made a diversion to this off the basis of the reviews here, thinking it was perhaps a country pub a mile or so outside of Exeter. I missed the turn into the car park at first and took the next left to turn around; in this area are the Cat & Fiddle homes – an estate of houses which are solidly constructed mobile homes. It felt very basic and it sort of put me off staying around, but not enough to totally send me away.

Arriving at the pub, I found a wide open area with the décor and feel of an old working man’s club – and indeed the 3 or 4 people in there were old men reading the papers on their own and nursing pints. After sitting for 15 minutes I twigged that you had to go to a counter to get served, and then to another bar area to get a drink – a bar area with a load of scruffy youths playing pool. Returning to my table the food came quite quickly and the waitress was friendly, but the food itself was just bog standard; I had fish and chips thinking it would fit the venue, but the batter was heavy, the chips had no flavor and the peas were canned and anemic. It was cheap – but the more I ate the less value it had.

It all felt a bit leery and low-rent; the place was empty but even full I cannot imagine it has much of an atmosphere – but I don’t know, but having seen the pub and the area, I really am very happy not to see the place when it is full. Like I said, I did feel like a snob when I (quickly) ate and left, but it was a rough place with little charm, no atmosphere and really bog standard food with no life to it.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Local Pub”
Reviewed 11 September 2012

This pub is just down the road from Crealy and is very spacious inside. Good value food and a good children's menu. Can get a little noisy when full with very excited children, but you can sit in quieter parts of the pub.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Schnuki21
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Cornwall, England
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What great food and service”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

We made a late decision to try this pub for dinner and were more than pleasantly surprised. We chose off the 'specials board' and our meal was fantastic and, along with the great service, made for a lovely evening. A very moderate bill at the end was the 'icing on the cake'.

Visited August 2012
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Thank john104346
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Exeter
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well sized, good family pub”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

Overall was very impressed with the cat and fiddle. Started off sat in the beer garden while the kids had a play on the park. Area seemed to be well maintained and there was enough equipment to keep the kids occupied and happy. Went inside to eat and was quite happy to find all of the different areas inside the pub. (is very large!!) this meant we could sit in what seemed to be a family area with a ball pool for the youngest and an arcade and pool table to keep the older kids happy. There also seemed to be a restaurant area and the main bar room, with plenty more pool tables. The food was averagely priced but very good. Was lots to choose from so everyone Found something they liked. Staff were very friendly and smiley even though they seemed quite busy. Very impressed overall and will definitely recommend to friends. Still can't get over the size of the place!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Toby W
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Exeter
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Good for families”
Reviewed 6 July 2012

The food is great, and portions are value for money. The best bit is the kids area, they have a fantastic indoor ball pool for the children to play in to keep them entertained whilst you wait for your food.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Mark W
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