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“Friendly pub for supper” 3 of 5 stars
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The Devil's Stone Inn
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Shebbear, Beaworthy EX21 5RU, England   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 Beaworthy B&B and Inns
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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“Friendly pub for supper”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

3 of us had supper here. Basic but adequate food, fairly priced and written on handmade menu which was quite novel! Accommodating staff but layout of pub was a bit odd. Found out there was a garden at the back which was quite busy but the actual pub itself was very quiet. Put off a little by smell of stale beer. Would actually rate this good rather than average but there isn't a button!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I stayed here with my daughter, while we were visiting the area. Absolutely loved it! Fabulous old building, spotless rooms, great breakfast. Close to sea, about 20/30 mins away, beautiful countryside.
The owners could not be nicer...and the two dogs Bob and Paddy were a delight. Each morning Chris would make us what we wanted for breakfast, we just arranged a time with her the night before. Delicious and great coffee.
We stayed from Mon to Fri, so the pub shuts quite early and we were in bed so ridiculously early (all that country air)....so had the best sleep ever. SO quiet and peaceful. The rooms are basic and just right, the beds are super comfortable. We didn't realise just HOW how good the sleep was until we continued on our travels to noisier places and rooms!
It was great to come back each evening and sit in the comfy chairs, play with Paddy and Bob and have a nightcap.
Visited Clovelly and Bude, both nearby..wonderful.
Walked a lot around the area, lots of history. People very friendly and would chat.
The actual "Devil's Stone" is in the village square, turned every Nov 5th I believe to keep the devil buried underneath.
Free wifi at the hotel and much appreciated, as I keep saying...we get charged $15/ day at many N.American hotels. Outrageous! Free wifi in the bar area...but my room also connected, the window above the THE on sign!
A wonderful time and great memories. Totally recommend staying here...and I definitely will again when I visit people living in the area.
(Didn't hear or see any ghosts unfortunately!)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights but would not do again. Corridors smelled strongly of damp and stale beer. Room furnished that even a charity shop would not accept. Breakfast was disappointing - no cereal, no fruit juice, poor quality cooked breakfast. For the money, a huge disappointment and not worth what they are charging. Certainly will not return!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We didnt stay here but ate here twice while staying elsewhere in the area. Friendly people, nice inn with character and history. We tried the mixed grill, chicken and bacon pie and the scampi. We both enjoyed our meals and would recommend a visit. Good house wine too.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bude, United Kingdom
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Called in for lunch were served average quality jacket potato average quality sandwich such a shame as this pub brimming with potential! could do with new fans in kitchen,left smelling of oil
not sure if we should return for evening meal????????????????????

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Shebbear is a lovely village with lots of interesting tales of ghosts and the history of the Devil's stone. We visited the Devil's Stone Inn for a bite to eat. We were warned that there would be a half hour wait. This was a fine as about 30 people arrived at the same time. 50 minutes later I watched my husband eat his meal of ham eggs and chips. ( Not home made chips but the frozen variety) my daughter & I still waiting for our food. By now the room was becoming restless as this scenario was repeated around the room with hungry people waching the people lucky enough to have received their meals. A local restaurant owner was also horrified that manager did not come to see what was happening but stayed in the bar area telling the poor waitress that she was to deal with us. We asked the waitress to get the manager to come and see us but he refused. One gentleman went into the bar but the manager made it perfectly clear that he was not at all interested. The food when it finally did arrive was mediocre at best. The menu is very simple and even when food is prepared to order I am at a loss to understand how we had to wait over an hour for a simple order of sausage egg & chips, ham egg & chips and a side order of chips. And that one plate could arrive at the table 20 minutes before the rest. But most unbelievable of all was the sheer arrogance of the manager to not care at all that this scenario was repeated around the room and not have the courage to deal with the situation. On the plus side my husband enjoyed his beer. It is for this, the poor waitress and the character of the place that I give a very generous 3 out of 5. If it was based on the manager I would be wanting a minus option. At least 30 people will be very unlikely to return and largely this is as a result of the terrible manager.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Came to Shebbear to watch schoolboy rugby then needed lunch and a pint. This is a lovely old pub with a lot of character, a bit of romantic but implausible ghost history and a great ambience brought on by the open log fires, flagstones, real beams and entirely welcoming feel. Well kept ales and good basic pub food. Apparently an old coaching inn. Well exceeded the usual standards of most country pubs. If you are near here its well worth using the place. Bit isolated if you are not staying and have to drive.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shebbear, Beaworthy EX21 5RU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Beaworthy
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Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Beaworthy
Number of rooms: 8

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