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Puffing Billy

Station Road, Exton, Exeter EX3 0PR, England
+44 (0)1392 877888
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Ranked #74 of 419 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $36
Cuisines: Gastropub
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We walk along the River Exe several times a year and this is a useful stop between Topsham and Lympstone. I normally have a pint of local cider and my partner has a tea or juice. Sitting outside on one of the benches at the front is a good place to take a short break.

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devon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Well after having cycled the longest for years big gasp ! 10 miles i deserved a stop here. We shared a great ploughmans with quality cheese and big fat fries. The pimms wasn't too bad either. Very nice interior and they welcome dogs ! Bonus.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Excellent evening meal - service was good, food was lovely. Friendly welcome and quick service. Food choice was excellent, especially specials! Service was prompt - it was a lovely evening out.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Very good pub with friendly landlord and excellent food. We had the sardines to start and Exe Mussels as a main and it was excellent. The pub is off the main road too in the village do its very quiet and catches the sun, parking was directly outside and just steps to a table so its great for taking disabled... More

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Somerset
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Walked from Exmouth to the Puffing Billy for lunch. Lovely venue and very clean and nicely decorated. More of a restaurant than a pub. Not the cheapest but the food was well cooked and good presentation. Service was also good although they were not overly busy when we arrived. Would definatly return.

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Bristol
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117 reviews 117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Visited again, but this time only for a drink. Discovered the garden, not found it before. We just took drinks and looked at the menu. Lovely as ever. A well appointed pub, good staff and well worth a visit

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A really pleasant evening with a group of five family members and not one had a bad word to say about the service,quality of food or the atmosphere.Despite the place being quite full the meals came out in a timely fashion.

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devon
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It is a long time since I penned a review however I feel the need to advise would be patrons of the puffing billy not to bother. Initially stopped for drinks, decided to eat as the place looked pleasant enough, starters arrived promptly and were passable however the red mullet served to my wife smelt strongly and after a mouthful... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

very nice clean looking restaurant and a nice welcome from the bar manager, we asked the waitress if the wine was oaked to which she rather snootingly replied ,we don't have oaked wine, they are all screw top, the pig cheek pate had no taste, the steak tasted of barbecue fuel and the place consisted of one poorly cooked small... More

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Rekem, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Slightly misleading sign outside welcoming families, children, dogs and rather patronisingly locals - we got the impression that nobody was welcome. Very clean and pleasant surroundings but staff very cold, brusque and unwelcoming. We were a large group and it took ages to get our food order taken. Some had finished eating before others meals arrived. In fairness the food... More

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