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Bowd Inn

Bowd Cross, Sidmouth, England
01395-51-33-28
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Ranked #44 of 68 restaurants in Sidmouth
Cuisines: British
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
devon, england
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Not many local drinkers in the Bowd and the large number of tables makes it more like a restaurant but the food is downmarket and old fashioned, mostly from the frier unless you like a carvery.

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Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Only went in for a drink to see what the change of ownership had done for the place. The previous people had made a lot of great changes and it was a nice place to go- it is now a tacky downmarket pub with no atmosphere and the staff were unfriendly and the food looked grim.. People were complaining and... More

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Leicester
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199 reviews 199 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

As regular visitors to Sidmouth we have visited the Bowd Inn on many occasions but the current set up is down hill for us I'm afraid. Back to pub grub and lots of chips with a basic menu and a lack of wine choice. Probably will suit families and those who love Sunday carveries but if you err on the... More

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England
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I reviewed this place last year and was quite critical of it, but having read that it had changed hands decided to give it another try, and am very glad I did. The new people who took over at Christmas have made big changes. Gone is the pretentious menu, replaced with simple, basic pub grub, and, even better, gone too... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I have been a great advocate of the Bowd Inn, as it's always had good food, good staff and great place for the boys to play on the outside play park. However, I now feel that I should give an honest account of the past time we've eaten at this pub, making me feel disloyal. When we started coming here... More

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

What a fantastic meal. Food was exceptional,Extremely busy but staff and service were second to none. Good happy atmosphere made our Mother's Day visit a great success.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We recently stayed in Sidmouth and ate at the Bowd a couple of times whilst there. I have to say the steak was one of the best we've ever had. The menu was varied and had something to suit everyone. The meals were more than basic pub grub, very well presented and good value for money and I would recommend... More

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Portishead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Visited the Bowd Inn for Sunday lunch on the 16th March, met with large queue at the bar, only two staff serving at the bar and had to wait 10 minutes for our reserved table. Many people were complaining about the wait. We were a party of six, two ordered from the menu and had to wait 40 minutes for... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Had a very good family meal last Sunday (9th March 14) Service was very friendly, sincere and prompt. The menu was varied and good and the dishes more than lived up to expectation especially the carvery. I've not lived in Sidmouth for 30 years and visit occasionally but the Bowd now is much better than i remember it . Overall... More

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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Hadn't been here for ages but heard good things. Food was good, but think the beef was still alive!. Location of where to queue for food was not ideal - continually having to move for people going past. Staff seemed not too sure of what they were doing and not confident enough to be friendly. Hopefully this will improve as... More

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