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“Unexpectedly wonderful”

The Wheelwright Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Colyford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: British, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 22, 2012

When you stay in a small village and go for dinner at the local pub you expect decent pub grub and not much more. Nothing could have been further from the truth at the Wheelwright.

We started with a couple of drinks before dinner - the Fursty Ferret was as good as any real ale drinker would hope. Then we sat down to eat, and the experience was as good as many top restaurants I've been to.

There were six of us in all; my wife and I, along with another couple, had the meat platter for two. It was absolutely super, and there wasn't a morsel left. For the main I asked for the sirloin but they'd sold the last, so "plan B" was the belly pork which had allegedly been cooking all day. I'd quite fancied the calamari starter before succumbing to the platter-for-two, so we thought we'd have some anyway as a dish to share over the main.

The belly pork was, quite simply, exquisite. How do you make pork so moist over seven hours whilst ensuring that the crackling is so crisp? The vegetables that came with it were lovely, the calamari we shared was awesome, and quite frankly everything was completely wonderful. Those around me who had various mains, from fish and chips to the veggie risotto, were similarly impressed.

Between the six of us we had a couple of drinks before dinner, then three bottles of a lovely Malbec with dinner, plus starters and mains - and including the tip it cost us about £38 per head.

You really don't get better value than this. The quality of the food was as easily as good as the Michelin-starred restaurant we live near (and frequent from time to time), but for a fraction of the price.

Any criticism? Perhaps the staff could have been a little more attentive, but in reality there weren't very many staff and if one beckoned them they were pretty quick to respond.

Eat at the Wheelwright. The food is, quite frankly, a joy to behold, and the entire experience makes you realise that you don't have to go to a pretentious, expensive restaurant to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and unbelievably good food.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed at swan hill and had a very special pre RC meal. Faultless and great value. Especially enjoyed the pumpin risotto and 3x fried chips. Yum

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We found The Wheelwright when looking for a place that was willing to sell us lunch on a Sunday after 2.15pm. We stopped here because of the sign saying "food served all day" and were pleasantly surprised to find that they really were serving lunches all day (and not just sandwiches). We received a friendly greeting from the staff and were given both the Sunday lunch menu and the usual main menu, as they had sold out of a couple of the items on the Sunday menu (fair enough, it was quite late in the day). We had a delicious, well-presented meal and didn't feel under any pressure to rush as the pub was open all day and not about to close. Afterwards we had a relaxing drink on the sofa near the wood-burning stove and enjoyed looking at the quirky things for sale. I rate this pub highly for having the good sense to serve food all day and realising that there is a demand for good quality meals on a Sunday afternoon (people were arriving for lunch at 4pm!). I liked the relaxed atmosphere and the good customer service. The food was good. My only suggestion would be to add some more vegetarian/vegan items to the menu, as the vegetarian options were all dairy-based. All in all, a great pub, and we will return when next in the area.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Good food, well presented, price a little on the high side for the starter and puddings, which were a little on the small side for the price, but tasty. The main course was better value and we both enjoyed the food.
We would certainly call in again when next in East Devon.

2  Thank David_Pritt
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We had booked this Inn for a meal on a recommendation and to be fair we had to delay the booking to a later hour than intended. The interior is quirky and interesting yet still maintaining its typical English pub atmosphere. I would imagine had we come earlier the dishes we'd have liked to have had would have been wonderful but sadly after being left with the menus when the orders were taken almost all we chose had finished, we lost the will to dine! Someone should have told us well before about the omissions(& there were many) my poor partner, every time he picked something it was off! Even our second waitress was embarrassed for us.. Pity...next time we come down we'll try again but it was a little disappointing that particular night.

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