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“Would like to award it five BUT” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bickleigh Mill Bistro Restaurant & Bar

Bickleigh Mill Bistro Restaurant & Bar
Bickleigh Mill | Bickleigh, Tiverton, England
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Ranked #9 of 64 Restaurants in Tiverton
Cuisines: English
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Note I am not affiliated with the restaurant but merely a repeatedly satisfied customer and would love to be able to leave them a review! They don't have a specific numbered street address because most of us don't in this area! :)
Cullompton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Would like to award it five BUT”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My daughter and I had a very bad experience concerning the way we were treated here by the owner’s wife a number of years ago which resulted in us walking out before we had our meal but after we had been served our drinks. We were very upset. At the time my daughter was very vulnerable as she had only recently been widowed. It was her first real outing following the event and it was meant to be a treat.
We therefore did not favour Bickleigh Mill with our custom again for a good many years but eventually decided to give them another chance when we were given one of their gift vouchers for a meal. Since then we have been on a number of occasions and our treatment has always been exemplary.
On the last occasion it was very pleasantly explained to us that they were expecting a large party very shortly after our arrival so it would be appreciated if we could place our orders as soon as possible so that they could be dealt with before the party’s arrival – no doubt not only for our benefit but for theirs as well! When I had difficulty choosing I received kindly guidance from the waiter without feeling pushed or hurried. In all respects the staff could not have been more helpful but at times there was perhaps too much attention with two or three staff coming up to us to take our orders. The gap between courses was spot on.
We were greedy having three courses instead of our usual two when we eat out. Apparently the pavlova is to die for!
One small quibble! This is probably a little unfair as the following comments could well apply to at least 90% of restaurants.
Things are gradually improving for us vegetarians in that nowadays there is almost always one veggie starter and one veggie main wherever I go. Too bad if I do not fancy them!
However, whilst I am a vegetarian by choice, it is best if, whenever possible, I have vegan food. I have problems with dairy if I have any more than the minutest amount at any one time. Bickleigh Mill is excellent in that last time we went I had the choice of four veggie starters and three mains. However even in the best places it is virtually impossible to find vegan dishes. Chefs seem to assume that vegetarian meals need to contain copious amounts of dairy in one form or another. In Bickleigh Mill’s case the veggie meals contain far more dairy than usual. Protein is contained not just in flesh foods and dairy but also in nuts/seeds, beans/lentils and grains. How about your chef blazing the trail and offering at least one vegan starter and main meal?

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“sunday lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

A good place to visit with family and friends.not terribly romantic for a couple. Service was very prompt and courteous and the food was good if you like meat. There were a couple of nice fish dishes but the vegetarian option sounded nice, but wasn't"! Nice to be able to browse the gift shops afterwards but would not choose to eat here for a good vegetarian choices.

Visited February 2014
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Stoke Canon, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good quality food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We go here every 3 weeks now for Sunday lunch.My wife has the Lamb and I always have the rib eye beef.Food is fantastic beef is the most tastiest i have had full of flavour,great yorkshire pudding also,only down side is when we first started going you had 5 roast potatoes each,that is now down to 3,but its only a minor thing.The Pavlova is to die for.
Now and again we will call here for a mid week lunch time sandwich,these are superb,being made on home made bread,
All in or a great little place complete with a very nice shop.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Good food (especially the scones - best ever) friendly staff, warm and comfortable with open fires and log burners. Interesting shop on three levels Great place to go even though under refurbishment visit was not spoilt.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bristol
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We stopped for lunch at Bickleigh Mill on our way to Bickleigh Castle. We had a very good light lunch with waitress service. Prices were reasonable, we both had the soup and half Panini (both nice and hot) which came with a good sized salad. The restaurant is attached to a gift shop which was pleasant to browse around and there is a working water wheel which is visible from part of the restaurant. It was a short, but very pleasant visit and it would be good to go back later in the year when the weather is better and we could explore the area around the Mill.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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