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“Everything that is great about Britain” 5 of 5 stars
Review of New Inn Public House

New Inn Public House
Goodleigh Road | Goodleigh, Barnstaple EX32 7LX, England
+44 1271 342488
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Ranked #1 of 103 restaurants in Barnstaple
Price range: $7 - $29
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Julia and Justin welcome you to the friendliest of village free houses set in rural Goodleigh, North Devon.We specialise in high quality home cooked pub fare, with traditional British favourites offered alongside exotic dishes from farther afield.Our aim is to make your visit as pleasurable as possible, and we assure you of a more personal service which includes dealing with special dietary requirments or reqests.We can accommodate all needs, from a romantic table for two, family or work parties or just about anything you had in mind.Reservations are recommended as space is limited and we do not wish to disappoint.
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“Everything that is great about Britain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the quaint look of the traditional British pub. What hides inside is not only a fantastic welcome but food and atmosphere that is only achieved when you really love what you are doing.
Admittedly we came to this pub with friends because of its rating on trip advisor. We didn't regret it.
Our intention was to enjoy a main meal, some wine and grab a taxi home for a simple night out. There are no menus, a simple chalk board with all starters and main course were rested against and empty table near us. While our drinks were collected by the very attentive staff we concluded that we wished they offered a tasting plate selection of all of the dishes. Each dish was described to us explaining some of the spices that are used and we chose: baked Camembert, duck spring rolls and mushroom and Stilton - all plates were clean when picked up by the staff. We followed with beef rendang, lamb, scampi and pork chop (locally reared).
The food was fantastic and by the time the options of desert came we were full.
It did not stop 3 of us having desert though and the choices of lemon cheesecake, chocolate lumpy bumpy and a rather large profiterole. They lived up to the high standards set by the first 2 courses.
The total bill for 4 including wine, spirits and beers was £120. I would not question recommending The New Inn to anyone.


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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Teacher in England
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Honest pub food, enthusiastically prepared and served”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The menu is extensive and the surroundings cosy in this rural pub, which was Number 1 on Trip Advisor when we visited. We were the first to arrive and were warmly greeted by the husband and wife team who run the place. The dishes were enthusiastically described to us, with assurances that each one could be altered to suit any taste. We ordered a baked camembert to start, which was the perfect size for two to share. Runny, garlicky, and perfectly accompanied by fresh-tasting rosemary bread, it was a delicious way to start the meal. The main courses were generous, but both the bacon-wrapped pheasant and Cajun-spiced chicken were tough. The accompanying wild mushroom sauce was delicious, and most impressive were the very fresh tasting vegetables that were served on the side, which tasted even better with the garlic mayonnaise intended for the chicken. The drinks selection was very good and we had some interesting beers and a bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red wine, which was very good value. Many of the desserts were homemade and we shared an excellent Bakewell tart with custard. The pub was hosting a skittles tournament the night we were there, so the room alternated being boisterously full and almost empty. Throughout it all, the proprietors remained attentive and friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vernet-Les-Bains, France
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“All that's best in a British pub!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We arrived on a very cold night and were greeted with the warmest of welcomes by the ever youthful Justin. We sampled the impressive selection of beers, ciders and wines and then the effervescent Julia talked us through the incredibly tempting menu.
Three of our party opted for scallops with a cream sauce, subtly finished with Pernod. My scallops were served with crispy chorizo and garlic. We all declared our starters to be absolutely superb. The scallops were fat, juicy and perfectly cooked and it was good to see their roes had not been removed.
Two of us had ling wrapped in Parma ham with a lemon dressing for our main course. The ling had a wonderfully firm texture like a cross between cod and monkfish. Cod and prawn mornay was beautifully creamy and the lamb tagine was suitably tender and spicy. We were served with a large quantity of very good vegetables.
We were too full to even look at the pudding menu but I am sure that they would have been as generous and scrumptious as the rest of our meal.
We left with the joyous sound of Julia's raucous laughter ringing in our ears and resolved to return whenever we visit the area.
Our bill for two wonderful courses each excluding drinks and tip came to just over £80 - fantastic value for the quality and quantity of food we all very much enjoyed.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Consistently brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We have lived in North Devon for nearly 10 years now, but only discovered the New Inn a couple of months ago when browsing Trip Advisor for somewhere new to try. All I can say is they thoroughly deserve their consistently high ratings. We have been three or four times now with different friends and with our children last night, and every time the food has been top quality, freshly home made, generous and delicious. The owners and staff really understand excellence in customer service - if you want to be sure of a great meal out where you will not be left thinking you should have stayed in or gone somewhere else, this is the place to go!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent Home Cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We visited the New Inn on Monday evening and had an excellent meal. The whitebait was temendous and the aubergine would have been excellent, had my wife known that sheneeded to season it to her taste - as apparently no salt is used in cooking as they prefer to let their diners do that themselves. I had the pheasant as a main course, which was one of the best I have ever had - being succulent and flavoursome. My wife had the braised ox-tail which fell off the bone without being dry. The sauces that accompanied both dishes were delicious and the vegetables plentiful and cooked just right. We only had room to share the homemade honeycombe ice cream for desert, which we both enjoyed.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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