We have passed by this pub frequently for the past seven years and had never stopped in before. It was closed for a while, then reopened after a refurb, and now I see that there are new owners again. The decor, no matter who did it, was quite nice. The barman, whom I think was one of the owners, was quite accommodating, to a point. We wanted a cream tea, but we don't actually like tea, so asked to have coffee instead. We have never had a problem with this anywhere in southwest England. Nor did we there; he was willing to do it. BUT....when it came, the coffee was in demitasse cups (pretty Victorian ones, but still.....), and it was instant. I find it very bad form, to say the least, to charge people for instant coffee in a restaurant, and this is the second time in recent weeks it has happened to us in Devon. Here's my heartfelt plea: Invest in a few french presses, small, medium and large. And then you won't have to keep a pot going all day; just boil water and make each press fresh. As for us, because it serves all day (12-9), is comfortable and allows dogs, we will go back. But we will not order coffee again, and neither of us likes tea. I'm not sure how they would do a cream tea with a small whisky instead of tea.......
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September 30, 2013
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We have duly noted your preference of a cafetiere press and we will have these imminently. In the meantime, I would like to point out that the coffee we currently serve to the table is filter coffee, not “Instant”.
The coffee cups (Royal Albert bone china) are only used when we are asked for a “Cream Tea” as we believe they are quintessential to the British tradition of serving afternoon tea (or coffee).
We look forward to being of service in the future.
Julie & Dom
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