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Bowd Inn

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Bowd Cross, Sidmouth EX10 0ND, England
01395-51-33-28
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good carvery,nice staff

Been here a few times and really like the carvery and friendly staff.However.annoyed at the amount of children running around and generally doing what they wanted.A separate family area would be nice.Also the desserts were tiny.Two mouthfuls and mine was gone.I will return for the carvery but not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
bettybetty54
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been here a few times and really like the carvery and friendly staff.However.annoyed at the amount of children running around and generally doing what they wanted.A separate family area would be nice.Also the desserts were tiny.Two mouthfuls and mine was gone.I will return for the carvery but not for pudding.

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Thank bettybetty54
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from another lovely Sunday lunch at the Bowd. There are several places in the area which provide a decent roast but what gives the Bowd the edge are the staff. Always friendly, well turned-out and attentive. The chef on the carvery has a wonderful personality and keeps up a great line of lively banter with the customers. There... More 

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the bowd inn on the 18th January 2016 and we both had steak and ale pie absolutely fantastic enjoyed our meal as we always do, highly recommended

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Thank yogybear2
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Oh thank you so much again for all your appreciation in every respect, and particularly for all the recommendations you make to others - you - as with all are a very valued customer. We will endeavour to keep pleasing you. More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are local to this lovely old Inn, the manager is great very friendly with good staff. The food is great value and good quality, the carvery is excellent. The are extensive car parking, large garden and great outdoor fun for e kids. If your near Sidmouth this is well worth a visit, you won't be disappointed the BOWD is... More 

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Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. The Bowd is indeed a very old public house even I remember it well as a child!! I am pleased you also recognise the quality ingredients used by our kitchen team that go a long way to achieving our goal of customer satisfaction. Every year we try to... More 

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120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a bleak rain sodden day we were looking for a fairly light snack at lunchtime as we thinking of having a good dinner that evening at a local pub. We ordered the vegetable soup, and it was excellent, and came with whole meal bread. We then decided we could manage a "light bite". My partner ordered the veggie baguette,... More 

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Thank Brian S
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Thank you. It sounds as though we exceeded your expectations on such a miserable day! Well we try to do just that by giving great value for money without compromising on quality. Thank you for recognising the effort and also for your kind remarks regarding the excellent service you received. We will look forward to your return - a little... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Bowd without reserving a table on a Sunday evening not really expecting to get one and despite being very busy we were asked to wait a few minutes and made very welcome. We were looked after by a member of staff called Beth who was excellent and took us to our table and took the drinks order... More 

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Thank South-west-181
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Lovely review and thank you for taking the time to write it. Our wonderful staff do try so hard and thank you for making a point of mentioning them - much appreciated. I am also so pleased you enjoyed the carvery so much and we will look forward to your return soon. More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not really being Carvery people we visited The Bowd with family including two children who like them. We had been meaning to visit the pub since it was taken over as reviews seemed to be very positive but hadn't got round to it. From the time we made our booking on the telephone and until we left the staff were... More 

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Thank icequeen5210
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review especially with regard to our staff, comments such as yours are always much appreciated and welcome! I am so pleased you all enjoyed the carvery so much and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Bowd for my partners birthday. There was eight of us. Seven of us wanted the carvery and my partner who doesn't have a massive appetite asked to have a childs carvery and was declined. This I thought was a good money making scheme. Surely if you pay to have a smaller portion you get less meat and... More 

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Thank Grip22
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the carvery as much as you did on your previous visit when you were happy with the portion sizes.. I am grateful for your comments regarding our staff although I would not accept that one of our staff members would have been rude at any time. It is... More 

Seaton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for lunch today to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary after passing the restaurant numerous times on our travels and saying we must try there. We were not disappointed.. We had the carvery which was excellent value for money...... 3 choices of meat and a great selection of vegetables, although we were stuffed we also managed to eat chocolate... More 

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Thank Ann R
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for writing such a lovely review and entrusting us to serve you on such a special occasion. We are delighted you enjoyed our carvery so much and found it to be good value for money, I have to admit that the vast majority of our genuine customers do! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As carveries go this was a good one. Plenty of choice in meat, the pork and the turkey were good. The vegetables were varied and well prepared. I was not too impressed with the beef though. There is always a temptation to eat too much with a carvery! The staff were very helpful and as it was a busy Sunday... More 

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Thank cliveess
Yvonne M, Manager at Bowd Inn, responded to this review

Thank you . I am so pleased you will be returning soon. I am sorry that the beef was not to your liking but pleased you enjoyed the pork and turkey. With regard to the curry it isn't always easy as everyone's taste differ but on the whole it is always a popular dish at the Bowd. As always I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bowd Cross, Sidmouth EX10 0ND, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Sidmouth
  • Phone Number: 01395-51-33-28

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine

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