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“A magnificent overhaul - fab.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Star Inn

The Star Inn
Ranked #27 of 74 Restaurants in Honiton
Price range: $5 - $19
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Honiton, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A magnificent overhaul - fab.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

The £1.7 million overhaul has turned this drinking hole from a local cesspit to an amazing family pub. The decor and new furnishings are fab as is the new long bar - typical of Weatherspoons.
Good selection of real ales, friendly well trained staff.
Standard Weatherspoons food nicely presented and as always excellent value.

An excellent place for breakfast. Porridge and tea = £2:00, deal!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline K
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Butty198, Manager at The Star Inn, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you for your positive comments.
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York, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A minor hic up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

Out on tour with my grandson who is a Wetherspoon's addict even at 5! They have done a fantastic job with the refurbishment and the modern and old goes well. We called at lunch time and were lucky to quickly find a table. I was a little perturbed when I got to the bar as there appeared to be a queue, my fears were unfounded the lovely lady dealt promptly with my order. Whilst she said they had only been open a week she felt she was getting quicker and better as she was. My grandson's food was what he expected as was his fathers, my steak was very tough the duty floor walker asked if she could order another one for me, which I declined as the other two had finished. Instead my grandson opted for ice cream and chocolate brownies and we were all well pleased.
Up to the usual standard one expects from the brand.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Biddys78
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Butty198, Manager at The Star Inn, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you for your comments and im delighted to hear that the staff dealt with any such problems in a professional manner
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Inexpensive but good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Recently opened we thought we would try this restaurant. First impression is that the inside is bright and airy, no trouble reading the menu unlike some establishments. Being a weatherspoons we knew what we should expect and were not dissapointed.

The food was served within 10 minutes and was hot and tasty with decent size portions. There was a small wait for drinks but this was, I believe, down to the restaurant having opened 2 weeks earlier so no doubt a training issue, but the staff did apologise for the wait.

Staff checked everything was ok and we would not hesitate to recommend The Star to those wanting a reasonable meal for a good price.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chrisandkeith
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Butty198, Manager at The Star Inn, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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“Lots of Stars for Wonderful Wetherspoon's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

The old Star Inn did the town a favour and finally closed a couple of years ago. It has now been replaced with a completely restructured, modern, dynamic business which on the evening of our visit had close to four hundred customers. Yes unbelievably the capacity is 403. It's a 'Tardis'.

Little problem when we entered as there is no 'pick up' signage so you don't actually know what to do. Is it a pub or is it a restaurant ? During the hour and a half of our visit we saw lots of people enter and look around wondering what to do next. I later raised this with one of the managers and she said that there was a sign at the door but we could not find one. Anyway no big deal…. Just find a table and order everything at the bar. This routine you eventually see on the menu in tiny print but not until you have had to work it out yourself.

So down to business. It's a good 'Pub Grub' operation which has taken the trouble to have a good 'local' community interest. Lots of Honiton history details around like pictures and lace in the ladies loo. Lots of locals also employed which has to be good news.

No booking is available so just turn up and you will probably get a table. Menu is basic and keenly priced.
Local Ales are featured. Five minute wait at the bar to order. Our starters arrived after 20 minutes but our mains took another half an hour ! So, at fifty minutes, that was 'slow' service for a simple main course, but it was only day four of opening. Pricing at two meals for £8.50 was good.

Open every day 8 a.m. through until at least midnight. Smart décor (pic) but a bit enclosed with few windows. Padded seating at wooden tables. Two outside seating areas, one is non-smoking. Children welcome provided ALL their adults are eating. Easy disabled access and there are ingredients lists on display for those with allergies. No hygiene certificate on display yet but I expect everything in the kitchen will be top class professional. Loos were spotless and very well designed and fitted out.

No own parking but it is in the middle of town with public car parks nearby (free after 6 p.m.)

It's the only eating out place I have ever been into which had three uniformed Security Guards at work.
Refreshing to know the local lads will not be causing trouble late on a Friday night !

So my overall verdict is 'give it a try and you probably won't be disappointed'. A few minor teething issues to sort out. Good luck to this welcome new venture in Honiton.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jim R
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Butty198, Manager at The Star Inn, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you so much for your positive comments.
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