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“Friendly home cooking haven!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Haldon Forest Diner

Haldon Forest Diner
Ranked #39 of 514 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Diner, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Friendly home cooking haven!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

My favourite stop between Portsmouth & Plymouth, these guys could teach a thing or two to certain national roadside chains. Always friendly, no fuss, plenty of space, both in the restaurant and car park, outside tables, decent loos. Oh yes, and the food is tasty, plentiful, good choice, excellent value. The coffee puts others to shame. If they opened another Eastbound, I'd eat there too! Thanks to you all, looking forward to my next visit.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Johnfrisbee
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English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“good stop for a rest and eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Had a long journey?, this is the place to stop and have a great meal. Caters for all, food freshly cooked, and lots of it too! Anything from a jacket potato to a full English breakfast!
Used to be the old `Little Chef`but has been completely revamped and taken on by a new family, who does the cooking etc. Very clean, friendly staff, wheelchair friendly, disabled loo.
Right by the racecourse, and an easy access to get back onto the A38 expressway.
Cater for parties, Christmas and other events too.
Highly recommended, we have never had a bad meal there, and will continue to visit when we are nearby. x

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mama064
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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great place to stop on your way to the west!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We eat here whenever we pass through Devon which is quite often as we live in Cornwall.Even heading towards Exeter we cross the A38 to grab breakfast, the food is plentiful and tasty and the service is fast and efficient and all at a very reasonable price, what more could you ask! The staff even come and ask if your meal is all ok! Just don't utter the name 'Little Chef' because despite the fact that they used to occupy the same premises that's where the comparison ends!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KevinT333
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Brilliant Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Called in here on the way back from Bristol Airport looking for a quick bite to eat, We were delighted with the choice of food in the menu. The restaurant is spotless clean and gave a great first impression, we ordered meat of the day (£6.50 each) which is a roast dinner and were given the choice of beef or pork we ordered pork and two coffees (£1.90 each). The service was very quick we had our coffees within minutes and approximately 10 minutes latter our dinners were served. You should have seen the look on our faces the plates are at least 12" diameter and were fully to the brim: 12 roast potatoes, 2 pork loin chops, 2 yorkshire puddings, 2 stuffing balls, cauliflower + broccoli and carrots all with a rich onion gravy. We quality of all the meal was very good and we managed to finish but we were absolutely stuffed, we will certainly be using this restaurant again and recommend anybody passing to call in and have a great meal at a good price

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank want2gothere
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great service and great prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

We are regulars here now as the friendly staff and good food make it worth stopping if we are going that way. All the meals are reasonably priced and the portion sizes are good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tracey M
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