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“Great service & location.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Culbone

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The Culbone
Ranked #10 of 20 Porlock B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great service & location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

I booked the restaurant for my husband’s birthday meal after reading brilliant reviews on Tripadvisor. We took a taxi from our B&B in Watchet and the restaurant was so remote the cab driver got lost and asked us where he should drive to! Being from London and visiting the area for the very first time, we didn’t have a clue. We finally arrived in the middle of nowhere and boy was the view worth the trip! Utterly gorgeous rolling hills for miles around with no sign of houses or other people. It was a Sunday night and not very busy so we got the whole outdoor area all to ourselves to enjoy a bottle of wine and admire the view. When ready, we were seated and served by an utterly lovely waiter & waitress who couldn’t have been more welcoming. Both our starters of devilled kidneys and a homemade Scotch egg were delicious. My husband’s main course of fish & chips was lovely too. Sadly, and to my massive disappointment, my locally sourced rib eye steak was far from perfect. I had asked for it medium rare, but it was slightly over. I could have lived with that if the steak itself had not been tough and chewy. I left some of it, which I never do. We didn’t have deserts. The bill for 2 courses, 2 bottles of wine, a coffee and an amaretto came to £118. London gastro pub prices and worth the service & the venue. Shame about the steak though. We would definitely go back if we were in the area. Be warned that it’s not really a pub though as the only place to sit & have a drink only is the outside seating area. The inside is very much a posh restaurant. And for those staying in Watchet: the return can fare was £68.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PollyPee
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Hello Polypee,

We would love the opportunity to cook our Devon Red Steaks for you again. Do please let us know when you next plan to visit
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

We ate here for lunch, having promised ourselves that we would try the place soon and never quite getting around to it.

Anyway, we finally made it and were welcomed warmly when we walked into the restaurant. The barman/waiter gave us an enthusiastic description of the specials which all sounded really fantastic.

The food was of excellent quality, well-presented and was extremely filling. I could only make my way through a main course and didn't have room for a dessert! Prices were a little expensive but still worth going there.

All in all, we loved our visit and will definitely be visiting again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jbaggers
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you so much.

We look forward to your next trip to Exmoor
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

Having become aware of the refurbished "Culbone" and the excellent reviews it had received we recently decided to put this inn to the test and judge it against the numerous Porlock establishments which we had visited over many years.
Before concluding our opinion it was interesting to examine the small proportion of negative reviews and try to understand why there may have been customer dissatisfaction?
Most of the negative reviews could very obviously be attributed to inappropriate menu selection and false expectation.
Our considered opinion is that this is a very high quality gastro-pub/restaurant with excellent B&B facilities. Pity the plumber could not fit a stabilising valve to the cold water supply but this is of little significance against all the positives which are on offer.
We will certainly return again and enjoy the excellent culinary skills on offer.

Room Tip: Although not a particularly busy road the A39 might disturb very light sleepers so best to request r...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Keynsham-walker
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you for your lovely feedback.

The team were delighted when I showed them this review. This is all the reward we need for doing what we love ever day.
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

I E-mailed the Culbone to book a table prior to our visit Somerset from Yorkshire, right from the word go staff could not have been more helpful even organising a reliable taxi for us.
We chose to eat on a themed French night, the food was excellent, with a great choice.
Again the staff where friendly and helpful.
We had a wonderful evening and would highly recommend to people visiting or living in the area.
THANKS VERY MUCH

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Elmofud
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
You're welcome!
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

What a little gem of a place; The Culbone it proudly overlooking beautiful Exmoor.

A a group of 4 we were treated by our family to a night at The Culbone and a day in the cookery school with Jack the head chef. What Jack mustered up lived up to the cookery course's title; a true seafood extravaganza. In a friendly, relaxed atmosphere we helped Jack prepare and cook fresh fish from Brixham Market - eating oysters, home-made taramasalata, oven roasted scallops in garlic butter, sea bream baked in rock salt, mackerel on a bed of fennel, chilli and mint, skate wing in a black butter and caper sauce.

The day was fantastic - a real treat! In addition to the fantastic cookery course the room was beautiful. The staff were attentive, friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hannah S
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Hi Hannah,

We love holding our Cookery Days, and are delighted that we lived up to your expectations.
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Barnetby le Wold, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

What a find, Excellent all round, clean and modern a first class chef serving fresh fish, steaks, curry nights, you name it he'll try it, beautifully presented, Staff always cheerful and attentive, bedrooms, spacious and very comfortable with modern shower room. We will return. If you have visited The Royal Oak at Luxborough and loved it, you will also love this. Strongly recommended if your a foodie, a walker and you like peace and quiet.

Room Tip: Lovely views down the Doone Valley ( as in Lorna Doone)
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sue C
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Thank you for your lovely words.We used to enjoy the Royal Oak too.

Hope to see you again.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

This is a great gastro treat high up on Exmoor. If your car can survive Porlock Hill then you must visit. London gastro quality dining in a contemporary setting up on the moors. This is a must visit and a great antidote to overpriced tat and the usual pub grub. Furthermore the owners and the chef really care!

Room Tip: Sorry on iPad and did a fat fingered trade. Didn't stay just ate here!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Catherine D
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
Hi Catherine. Glad you braved the Hill to enjoy the incredible views.

We hop =e to see you again
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Property: The Culbone
Address: 4 Miles From Porlock on the A39 To Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8JW, England (Formerly Culbone Stables Inn)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Porlock
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Porlock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Culbone 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Restaurant with Rooms has exceptional views across the moor and is a great place to stay. After enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep, a fantastic local Breakfast awaits you. We want you to feel comfortable and at home while you stay with us.We have five newly refurbished, individually designed bedrooms. Room 1 has its own private patio, with stunning views across the Moor. We have a recently opened Cookery School at The Culbone. The Cookery School is informal and relaxed and is available for groups of 6-8 people. We love the beautiful produce that is available on Exmoor and want share our cooking secrets with you.It's all about the food at The Culbone.Children are very welcome, we have cots, extra fold away beds that can be put up in each room and a lovely seasonal children’s menu.All rooms have:- Modern contemporary en suite shower rooms- Delicious Somerset Breakfast cooked by Jack Scarterfield’s team. 8am-9.30am Tea, coffee and hot chocolate, supplied by local company Miles and biscuits are in each room. (Would you like warm milk? Ask at the Bar).- Digital TV- Free Wi-Fi- Listed Exmoor Walks that start from The Culbone.- Modern contemporary en suite shower rooms- Complimentary toiletries- Free huge car park- Electric blankets on request.Looking for Dog Friendly accommodation? Three of our five bedrooms welcome your canine friend. Did you know? Pip our Westie was the inspiration for the name of our restaurant group, Pips Pubs. ... more   less 
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Culbone Stables Hotel Porlock
The Culbone Porlock, Somerset

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