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“A good eating experience”

The Coach and Horses
Ranked #16 of 141 Restaurants in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, International, British, Pub
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Coach & Horses Inn at Buckland Brewer in North Devon is set amongst the beautiful Devon countryside, with Exmoor on one side, Dartmoor the other and the lovely sandy beaches of the North Devon coast within a few minutes drive. The ideal location for a perfect traditional free house.
Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is our second visit to this lovely old pub. A welcoming log fire and extremely warm welcome from the landlord and his friendly staff. We were invited here for a superb evening meal by our daughter and son in law Justine and Brian who live locally. We all had the fillet steak with black pepper, Stilton and pecan nut butter topping with sauté potatoes, vegetables and the chef's special steak veg. It was truly a wonderful eating experience and would recommend this jewel of a restaurant in this tiny village. Well worth manoeuvring the narrow lanes to get there. Will certainly visit again.

Thank Ann H
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We looked forward to eating here after seeing others review it appreciatively. We have had lunch and dinner at pubs across the country and although we have rarely reviewed them, there are some gems to be found. Sadly this was not amongst them. We found this one really mediocre. Many of the specials were “off” including all those with Stilton. The substitute for stilton mushrooms was garlic mushrooms. This was merely chopped up mushrooms (such as you get out of a tin) lonely at the bottom of a desert bowl at a premium £5.95 price for a starter. The curry was just ok, no big chunks of meat which we expected, all a little mashed up, looking like our dog’s dinner. The poppadoms were delivered to another table initially and then arrived with us cold and greasy and like so many other parts of the meal you were looking expectantly for the waitress hoping that something would soon come your way.. The fish and chips were overcooked and the fish therefore dry and the chips so dry that they were almost inedible (oven chips?). Our deserts could hardly fail with scoops of ice cream in a bowl. All this with very slow service! As expected, with such an interesting old building, not a lot of space, but far too cramped to enjoy a meal when the spacious snooker room was not used. Not inexpensive for non-gourmet pub meals (mains £9.95 to £14.95 approx). In our opinion, nothing to redeem our rating except the staff were charming enough and the bread and generous butter, pretty good . Close to a log fire, it was warm on a cold evening. Not enough merits though to compensate for the failings of the meal.

Like all of our reviews this is our collective opinion based on a single visit. The experience of others may differ but this does not affect the integrity of our review on this occasion. We have no axe to grind just a reasonable expectation of good service and/or accommodation and acceptable food at the price point offered. We have no financial interest or connection with any of the venues we review

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2  Thank Travellerforpleasure
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We went once and it was too busy. SO booked for next day lunch and got the table. Sure it is a great place. Steak, Fish, vegetable - all were excellent. It is a proper Pub and recommend anyone to go there. Only if all the pubs have such friendly staff, service and food....!
Next time, we will be staying ni the cottage nearby and eat here again.

Thank Matt H
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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

We ended up here by accident after looking up another Coach and Horses a few miles away, we saw the good reviews and thought we would try it. It's a charming olde worlde pub and is obviously very popular so I was glad we had booked. The menu had good choice of steaks and curries and there was an extensive specials board. My husband went for the curry and I chose pork medallions with a parmesan crust, which came with a generous portion of saute potatoes and fresh veg. It was delicious. For dessert husband had a very good cheeseboard, and I had a not so great crumble, it tasted like it was made from a tinned pie filling rather than fresh fruit, with some crumble mix sprinkled on top and grilled, oversweet and lacking in texture....it's the second time recently I have had a crumble like this, I think many pubs are taking this shortcut, which is a shame, as it doesn't take much effort to make one from scratch. That's the only reason I have not given 5 stars, I would definitely go again but choose a different dessert! The service was great, the landlord was really friendly and the waitress was really efficient.

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Thank Snaptravel-767
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Lovely old pub just outside of Bideford. 6 of us went for Sunday lunch and glad we booked as it was very popular. Lovely friendly atmosphere in the pub and the landlord was very welcoming. Very good traditional Sunday lunch with hearty portions and good tasting food. Nice to find a pub which serves a proper roast chicken. Service was exceptional - believe it was the landlord's daughter who was looking after us - she had a constant smile on her face and nothing was too much trouble - shame more restaurant staff aren't like her. If you decide to go just remember to book. Definitely the best pub in the area and excellent value too.

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