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The Culbone Stables Inn
Ranked #9 of 17 Porlock B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We dined at the Culbone for Sunday lunch, the staff were welcoming. We had children with us and they had a high chair and baby changing available even though it is more of a gastro pub.
The clientele were mostly adults so maybe not the best place with lively children. The food was faultless.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Eight of us went to the Culbone on sunday for a birthday lunch.We all had a great meal,served by staff that made you feel special and most welcome .The highest pub on Exmoor sure is a high quality place to dine.What we call a go back to place

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for your lovely feedback. The team enjoyed meeting you all and are happy that you chose to spend a special family lunch with us.

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We stayed here on the spur of the moment and we are so glad we did, food is outstanding, accommodation is good, staff are so helpful and friendly, would recommend going. Good value for money and you will come away happy.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

We're delighted that you chose to spend your spur of the moment stay with us.

It's a pleasure to welcome guests who love Exmoor as much as we do.

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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We called into the Culbone on Saturday for a spur of the moment lunch and are so pleased we did.

We were greeted and treated like we were royalty from start to finish and came away totally wowed.

We will be going to the Culbone again and again and again!!

A special thanks to Dawn......one of Wokingham's finest exports.

Chris and Paula

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

It was lovely to meet you both, and we are really happy that you enjoyed your first visit to The Culbone.

Dawn enjoyed meeting you too and sends her best wishes.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

I stayed 2N at the Culbone in early Jan - specifically picking this venue as to me the food is more important than the accommodation. If you want a luxury bedroom then The Culbone wouldn't be your primary choice but if you want to eat well then it is a good destination. The restaurant served delicious and well cooked, fully seasoned meals over 2 nights and was good value considering the quality of the ingredients. Both nights were quiet (3/4 tables) but the staff were attentive and friendly. Breakfast was good but choice perhaps a touch limited, more fruit and cereals/ porridge please - overall, a good choice for a stopover in Exmoor and certainly a lovely stop if you are a fussy foodie as I'm afraid I am - I've read many of the previous comments and they are accurate concerning the ambience/ atmosphere of the building but this should not detract you from eating well. Keeping these standards up should result in 5 stars in future. Best wishes to the chef and kitchen staff for consistently high standards.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you so much for your feedback.

We meet as a team each week to review all feedback and use this to help us improve a little each day. We will definitely review our none cooked breakfast options and add fresh fruit asap.

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

My partner & I arrived later then expected at The Culbone, and wanted food, they were still serving, but by the time it reached dessert the kitchen would have been closed, however, we ordered anyway and there were no huffs of puffs from staff, or any inkling that they wanted us to hurry up and get out - which is a big deal in my eyes. All staff were friendly and accommodating after most had left, had a drink with the guy running the bar who was very pleasant!
The food was lovely, and the dessert was even better!
Room was clean and larger then expected, well decorated, howere Room 5 which we were in meant you had to turn the shower on to use the tap, but thats the joy of being in the middle of nowhere, and it really isnt a big deal in the grand scheme of things!
Would recommend this B&B to anyone, and we will definately be returning next year!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for your feedback.

We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay and will be coming back. We've listened to you and now make sure that we tell our guests on arrival that we draw all water from our well, so the tap needs to turned on first to start the pump that ensures a nice hot shower!

See you soon.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

We must have driven past The Culbone a dozen times over the last couple of years, but we always stayed in Minehead & Lymouth. We got an absolutely cracking deal for B&B off the internet for The Culbone so we thought we would give it a go. We are really glad we did. It is set in a fabulous location with far reaching views over Exmoor (Lorna Doone Valley I think?). Everybody (and I mean everybody) were so welcoming, chatty & genuinely interested in us. We were warmly greeted when we arrived, a lovely log burner warming the bar/restaurant area. We were upgraded (without even asking), dinner bookings offered (which unfortunately we could accept because of a prior commitment) & shown to our room with the offer of bags carried.

Everything explained to us. The room was lovely, everything we needed/expected - great view, clean, warm, great shower, decent TV. Perhaps the offer of proper milk for coffee/tea in room (rather than UHT cartons) would be a nice gesture, but maybe I am bring overly fussy.

Later on we had a drink in the bar & sampled a couple of desserts & were perfectly looked after by a very interesting & attentive member of staff. He was full of local knowledge & helped make our short stay even more enjoyable. We had a lovely nights sleep, very quiet, dark & peaceful on the top of Exmoor. Woke up to the sound of an owl & some of the numerous pheasants that were just outside our window - perfect!!!

Breakfast was an absolute delight - I had a full English & it was the best I have had in years. Clearly all ingredients (apart from baked beans) were locally sourced & were fantastic. I didn't know that bacon could taste so good!!! My partner had scrambled egg on toast with mackerel & she thought the eggs were perfect, mackerel delicious & the bread was clearly baked by a proper baker. The lady who served us breakfast was really friendly & looked after us perfectly. When we asked if they had any morning papers she said, whilst they don't have them delivered, if we let her know what we wanted she would get one for us - true old fashioned service which is safely lacking in many establishments these days.

We wish we had eaten a full evening meal, and will definitely return soon & make sure we have a dinner reservation. Thank you to everybody at The Culbone, you really know what the customer wants!!!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2013

We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay.

We hope that you will join us for dinner next time, and enjoy more of the lovely seasonal produce from Exmoor

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Address: A39 | 4 miles from Porlock on the A39 to Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8JW, England
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 #9 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Porlock
Price Range: £65 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Culbone Stables Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alex and myself Annette, have recently taken over the Culbone Stables Inn on Exmoor. It is situated on the A39 between Porlock and Lynton in the idyllic heart of Exmoor. Our Inn and gardens are in a beautiful setting and have exceptional views across the valley of Coombe. Our aim has been to renovate the restaurant back to a welcome, friendly Country Inn/pub. Our menu is traditional pub fare, at reasonable prices, using local produce. We welcome walkers, cyclists, families and dogs. We have 5 on suite bedrooms. 2 are opposite each other (one twin, one double) with their own landing and would be perfect for families. Room 1 has its own private patio, with stunning views. Our motto is , anything you want, just ask. We might not be able to fulfill some requests but there's no harm in asking. ... more   less 
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