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Puffing Billy

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Station Road, Exton, Exeter EX3 0PR, England
+44 (0)1392 877888
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 130
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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice welcome and good food.

Dined here twice over Easter weekend as a couple. Service and welcome friendly and efficient. Enjoyed the food on both occasions. Would definitely return. Only slight downside were the noisy drinkers on Easter Sunday who tended to dominate the scene initially.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Davidius
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SHROPSHIRE UK
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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271 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Went for lunch on warm, sunny day following recommendation. Excellent. Extensive menu with good choice of specials, two or three course set menu and selection of light meals/lunches. Lovely, light, airy dining area with large outdoor eating space. Beautifully presented and friendly, welcoming staff. Plan to return soon with friends/family. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Exmouth
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were totally outraged, when we had to pay 50p for a couple of lemon slices In a soda water drink. When we spoke to the manager/ landlord, he was rude and told us that we didnt have to come back.. Even after we told him we would not come back again, he was very flipant and rude.

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SHROPSHIRE UK
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214 reviews 214 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Dined here twice over Easter weekend as a couple. Service and welcome friendly and efficient. Enjoyed the food on both occasions. Would definitely return. Only slight downside were the noisy drinkers on Easter Sunday who tended to dominate the scene initially.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Having been unhappy with a previous meal at a nearby pub we were pinning our hopes on a nice meal at the Puffing Billy, we were not disappointed. The food, service and venue was fantastic. The prices were reasonable considering the quality of food and service provided. We would thoroughly recommend!

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A couple of light vegetarian lunches with a bowl of super chips and a pint of cider. Lovely quiet location and some decent food on a spring day. Ideal for a mid walk or cycle break.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This place was amazing, wine not expensive . but although the food was alittle on the expensive side it was well worth it, Portions good atmosphere good, overall an excellent meal. also all the staff were very friendly

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We used to go the the Puffing Billy regularly, but had not been for some while so booked for lunch. Entry is through the bar area, and it's not really clear what to do if you are coming to eat. As a result we were ignored for some while, then two other people came in behind us and someone immediately... More 

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east devon
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Selected the Puffing Billy for a family gathering on Easter Monday as we have had plenty of nice meals there in years past, but not this time, all four meals selected were poor, over cooked / burnt, under cooked / raw and cold and one meal received was not even what was ordered. They were Not busy in the restaurant... More 

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Devon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We ate here with friends as we've not been here for several years. It's a lovely place with plenty of choice on the menu. I was a bit put off by the fact they allow dogs in the place , (sorry dog lovers but does the dog need to come out to the restaurant with you)just don't feel this is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We have been visiting the Puffing Billy periodically for 6 years. It is good more often than bad, but it is exactly this inconsistency that causes concern and makes us go elsewhere when we want a reliably good dining experience. Our latest visit, today, was just to pop in for afternoon tea while walking past. The tea pot was filthy,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Station Road, Exton, Exeter EX3 0PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1392 877888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 33
  • Cuisine: Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions

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