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“Not good value”

The Fat Pig Freehousej
Ranked #40 of 551 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $36
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

First impressions were good. A Victorian pub done up quite tastefully with good local beer on offer - Rail Ale and Yellowhammer.

If you want a tab they insist on holding onto your debit or credit card.

The pub is pretty noisy - lots of bare wood makes for poor acoustics and the furniture is uncomfortable - stools and benches but no chairs.

The blackboard menu is short but interesting. The pub's usp is that they use local food including pork from the owner's own pigs. We both ordered pork chops which came with some very good crushed potato with leek and mustard, green beans ( nothing either seasonal or local about these!) and broccoli. Generous portions but only lukewarm. Food came swimming in an odd thin white liquid.

It was ok but nothing to write home about and definitely a bit overpriced at £12.50 - perhaps £10 would have been more like it.
We weren't tempted by any of the puds so can't comment about these.

I don't think we will go back there to eat. There are better places nearby. Probably worth popping in for a decent city centre pint though.

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2  Thank HazelRuth
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Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

very good food and very friendly. beef sausages were lovely, mussels were good sized portion... chop looked lovely....

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1  Thank TonksMeow
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Local in every way - wish they had some pieces for the backgammon board but the food and service is impeccable and the pigs are very tasty! The cheeseboard was amazing!

1  Thank Laura W
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We've been meaning to get to the Fat Pig for some time, and finally made it fpr lunch last Saturday. The pub is a great example of how good British pub food can be. Wonderfully inaginitive dishes which are definitely not over the top 'gastropub trying too hard', as some others are. I am vegetarian, so it made a really nice change to see that the 'veggie alternative' was NOT risotto, so often the lacklustre standby veggie choice these days.

Only two minor things that would improve the experience; more choice of vegetarian dishes would be great, and the price of a glass of wine is a bit eyewatering (£5+ for a medium sized glass). Having said that the wine choice and quality was excellent.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this place for a chilled out lunch.

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1  Thank MrsBolster
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Went for Sunday lunch & really liked it. Tasty food in a local pub atmosphere. Warm welcome – just the job.

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1  Thank SHEPHECJ
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