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“Sorry too expensive for pub food”
Review of The Drewe Arms

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The Drewe Arms
Ranked #3 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Sorry too expensive for pub food”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Went here with friends for a lunchtime meal I was shocked at the prices for the food for a small pub it was very small inside and not comfortable at all for the price they were charging £6.00 for a bowl of soup!!! Come on get real you will not survive in this day and age just on beer and that was not good either! We stayed for a bit looked at the menu and walked out could not be bothered and went elsewhere, lovely village and location cannot comment on the accomodation but definetly would not visit again unless I see different on this site sorry but have to be honest!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Stayed in the village for a week and visited this pub daily! It had a great selection of real ales and wine at a reasonable price. The food was good and we did try most things but I did notice the standard was not consistent on all visits but still all perfectly edible.

Recommend the Venison Burger - you do not need the double! The daily special for the pie was also good.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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tamworth
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86 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed just one night here in one of the rooms in the pub with a four poster bed and private bathroom just across the corridor. The other room has an ensuite shower or there are bunk style rooms in the outbuildings. It's quite expensive but I loved the pub and the atmosphere. It is a very old building so it uneven, and wobbly. The room was attractive the bed comfy and bath robes supplied to pop across the corridor to our bathroom. Breakfast was freshly cooked locally produced full English. We loved the bar which is very old-fashioned and has beer off the wood. We had a very good evening meal there as well. The staff were all very helpful and friendly, and I would like to stay there again. Our tomtom took us down the tiniest roads to get there-single-track with grass up the middle. I am sure there must be slightly bigger roads going in or the beer couldn't be delivered. We were unlucky to find no parking at the pub and ended up parking in little carpark just down the road which was fine as a path ran through the churchyard to the pub about 50 yards.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chichester
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We found this pub not far off the A30 as we wanted a countryside lunch break on our long drive between Sussex and Cornwall. It's in a quiet little village, very peaceful indeed. They don't do sandwiches as such but larger platters which were very nice, great bread and ham! And the cream tea was great though the tea itself was rather weak.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Somerset
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2012

After a hard day's walking for my wife( not me!) it was great to find food and drink at the Drewe Arms on a Sunday evening. Food and drink were good although the waitress lucklily forgot our cheesecake order! The place was full on a Sunday evening mostly with tourists/walkers several of whom were obviously residents. It's a very nice spot.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marlow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2012

What a great place!!!! we satyed for a night and book a budget room for £30. I could not believe that it was actualy a lot nicer then a few hotels we have stayed in for 3 times the price during or trip.

the food was also very good and reasonably price,


Nice to see that you can still find great Pub in england

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Kingsclere
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43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Bank holiday Monday found a lot of places closed and the Drewe Arms was a little oasis on the way into Exeter. As other reviewers have pointed out; why it should be classed as an Exeter venue I do not know. It is nearly 15 miles to the Cathedral.
Set in a pleasant square with parking it has a number of small rooms to find a table and a small outdoor eating area. The menu was fine but the Specials board was more interesting. I had a trio of local fish that were very tasty and not dried out at all. My partner had the smoked fish platter.
We both tried the ciders which were local and excellent. We had the Gray's from Halston and Sam's Crisp from Winkleigh. Neither of us was brave enough to try the Winkleigh's Autumn Scrumpy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Drewe Arms
Address: The Square | Drewsteignton, Exeter EX6 6QN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Exeter
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 16th Century pub with bunk accommodation and bed and breakfast rooms serving traditional pub fayre with specials ... more   less 
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The Drewe Arms Exeter, Devon

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