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.