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“hard to swallow” 4 of 5 stars
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The Stag's Head Inn
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Stags Head, Filleigh, South Molton EX32 0RN, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Filleigh B&B and Inns
Devon
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“hard to swallow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

we had lunch at this lovely little pub today and the food was very, very good. What I found particularly distasteful was when one of the members of the local hunt, who were eating there too, decided that the topic of rape was suitable for a public place on a Saturday lunchtime and found it amusing to tell anyone on earshot that when a woman says no she really means yes. I was disgusted as was my family. The beautiful food was spoilt by this man's behaviour and while I realise that the proprietors are not responsible for his views I feel they should be aware that someone who is obviously well-known to them could prevent other diners from returning. I certainly wouldn't want a regular customer of mine causing such offence to other customers.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SusieBarnstaple, Owner at The Stag's Head Inn, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
We are so sorry to hear that your lunch was spoilt by these tasteless comments, and will endeavour to prevent it happening in the future, we have done our best to discourage this sort of behaviour, and can only apologise to our diners. We do hope that you will not be put offf by this experience and will try us again.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brixham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My wife and I regularly visit The Stags Head at Filleigh .We have been visiting for the last eight or nine years. We are so impressed that we travel from our home in Torbay, a round trip of 156 miles, to enjoy a superb lunch in lovely surroundings. The available menu is one of the largest we have seen . The food is all home cooked, mostly from locally sourced ingredients and we doubt you could eat better anywhere. The owners John, Sue and Sally are the nicest people as are all the staff who give excellent service. The interior has a real cosy olde worlde charm but with a modern touch to the decor with always fresh cut flowers. There is a nice area with tables beside an enormous pond where if you wish, you can eat on nice days. We make regular day visits but I am sure a stay as a resident would be an excellent experience.,

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SusieBarnstaple, Owner at The Stag's Head Inn, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you so much to these lovely people for the generous comments about our pub, we value the comments tremendously. As we also have another site listed in South Molton, we would ask that maybe you could comment on there as most people do. Thanks again.
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South Molton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This pub has a lovely atmosphere, great staff, an extensive menu and are very accommodating. My daughter had her birthday there with 10 friends and they had a wonderful evening as did I and my partner and Mum. The food was lovely and good value. The pub is is in a beautiful location only 10 mins from South Molton. We have booked our Christmas meal there for 25 and am looking forward to it. Well done Sue John Sally and all the wonderful staff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SusieBarnstaple, Owner at The Stag's Head Inn, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind comments about our pub, we really appreciate it. At the moment we have 2 sights on here for the pub, and we are trying to amalgamate the two, but wondered if you would visit our South Molton side and add there. Thanks so much.
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Went on Saturady night and of course the restauant was busy. Food was ok but not exceptional. Restaurant was being run by 4 girls who whilst ok didn't give the exceptional level of service which should now be the norm. We enjoyed our meal but came away a little flat and thinking the whole experience could have been better. A few small personal touches and a few less plastic flowers may have helped.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SusieBarnstaple, Owner at The Stag's Head Inn, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
Thank you for writing about out pub, we are sorry you found your evening a little flat, I am not sure how to respond to this, but we will try harder, I am not sure what personal touches we failed on, the girls are friendly, and the pub homely, we do not aim to be fine dining,just a pub with good food, and just one small point, we have no plastic flowers, fresh flowers are on the tables and windows, and some silk flowers in the fireplaces. I would be very interested in a private reply as to exactly what you felt was not right. With great respect. Obviously we aim to improve all the time.
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

What a find! Thatched pub in great countryside with an extensive menu of wholesome dishes.
After a long walk I was hungry and tired sauteed mushrooms followed by a fillet steak. Portions were HUGE and both dishes were cooked to perfection. Wine list was a bit limited but, hey, who cares when everything else was fantastic!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SusieBarnstaple, Owner at The Stag's Head Inn, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
Thank you so much for putting this on here, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your meal and experience. Our wine list is a fairly small comprehensive list of popular, reasonably priced wines, which we have found to be fairly successful in this particular pub. We hope you will return again, and once more, thank you for your comments.
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Vasteras
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

This inn is of the kind we nostalgically look for...typically Devon bred without any pretension to be otherwise. The small " local ", timbered, thatched and cosy, pumping excellent local ales and hosting, among others, country folk and their dogs. John Pryor, mine host, is an affable, welcoming landlord, who, with his family, provides a carefully assembled and beautifully cooked menu. I am a long-term expatriate and visit my sister who lives locally. She and her husband often treat themselves to a slap-up meal ! Generous portions and sensibly priced...so enjoyable in the cosy ambience. A real fire in the winter too !
The Stag is well worth going out of your way for .....as others have mentioned, do book tables !

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Bordeaux, France
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

When we arrived our first impression was quaint. When shown to our room to find a 1970's carpet on the floor and no ensuite facilities, ( perhaps the washbasin in the corner of the bedroom qualified as ensuite? - I don't think so!) and to be told the toilet was shared and 25yards down the corridor I was not best pleased. The pub and the restaurant may be good but the rooms were badly appointed, the bed was very uncomfortable with synthetic bedding. We were not at all impressed with the accommodation. The best part was the breakfast which was excellent. Would I stay there again - absolutely not.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at The Stag's Head Inn, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
I am sorry the guests did not enjoy their stay with us, and felt the comments unfair, they did not request an en suite room, we are a very old Inn and only have 4 rooms, one of which is en suite, the bathroom is 16 ft from the room, not 25 yards, the carpet may not be to their taste, but is clean and in good repair, and we are in the process of recarpeting the upstairs area, we have re done our thatch and redecorated and upgraded the downstairs area and bar. Every other guest has commented on the comfort of the bed and the bedding is new, of good quality, although not 100% cotton. Had these people made their feelings known we would have made a reduction in the bill, although with our rates as low as they are it would have been difficult.
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Address: Stags Head, Filleigh, South Molton EX32 0RN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > South Molton > Filleigh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Filleigh
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Stags Head Inn is a country pub and restaurant which also provides bed and breakfast at very reasonable rates. We have 4 comfy rooms, one of which can be en suite. We aim to provide warm hospitality, a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast, using local products. ... more   less 

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