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The Culbone Stables Inn
Ranked #10 of 18 Porlock B&B and Inns
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Hidden Little Gem!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights on a business/pleasure trip in October in Porlock, and for the price point (around £50/night) it is a real gem. It is a way up from Porlock on Exmoor however, but it is so darn peaceful and calm up there, and beauitful to boot! (to note there is n mobile signal, but full WiFi in the bar area that makes up for it. And they let me use the pub landline to phone home which was kind of them!). The room i stayed in was cosy, warm and comfortable, something that was appreciated when staring out over the starkly beauitful, but cold and windswept looking Doone Valley (my room apparently had the best view of Exmoor). I was cosy and warm with a lovely view. i believe the rooms have been freshly refurbished, so are modern, with a lovely tea tray (and fresh milk available if you ask), flatscreen tv, and the biggest and most comfortable Iron frame bed in mine with lots of scatter cushions to sink into. The bathroom had a powerful shower and generous sized shower tray, and thr rooms felt clean and fresh. The Culbone is essentially a restaurant with rooms, and thr rest of my business party were all staying down in Porlock, but we all ate together on both nights here (i'd had the foresight, as a foodie, to work out that this gastropub had rooms!), so i was able to just waddle to my room after the meals. The food is of a high standard in the Bistro/Gastropub style, and we were ther on Tues night (locally caught fish night) and Wed night (Steak night!). On fish night we had a wonderful seafood platter between 6 of us, served on a massive wooden butchers block! Clams, prawns, whitebait, fresh Oysters...and THE most divine Taramasalata i have ever tasted! The local fish dishes served looked divine, i however was awkward and had a Devon Red Ribeye steak (had apparently been mooing down the road a few weeks before-local herd). This wasnt a problem for the kitchen despite ir being fish night. On the Wed night, Steak Night, my colleagues all came back up again, and i had a delicious scallop starter, and, erm, Fish and Chips! I like to be awkward! Again not a problem for the kitchen. Overall, delicious food, reasonably priced. Lovely welcoming staff and cosy, peaceful, beautifully isolated (in a nice way) if you are staying there. I'd highly recommend it!

Room Tip: ask for room 3, cosy with lovely bed and views of the Doone Valley, Exmoor.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Hello Moose Yard,

Thank you for your kind comments. I have shared your feedback with the team here.

We hope to see yo again at The Culbone.
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Minehead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

been there to eat about six time , had one of the best meals ,locally, fresh whiting and chips , lovely whole crab and pleasant service, also unfortunately a average Sunday lunch with beef, supposedly rare but reheated ,probably under a salamander grill, reminiscent of school ,and alas the worst fish and chip meal ever small potion and hard reheated chips,if kitchen economy is paramount; with out returning custom it is pointless, on the basis of the first meal i returned and recommended, but if the poor meal had been the first i would not have returned,

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Hello Alan,

Thank you for your feedback. I would really like to investigate your visits further, with your help. Could you please contact me at mark@pipspubs.com.

We are committed to improving each day, your feedback will be most welcome.
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Last night we were guests at a friends birthday treat at the Culbone and we had a great time. Being Wednesday it was steak night and the sirloin was two for the price of one. Mine was absolutely perfect and the chef knows how to present a 'rare' steak. Everyone enjoyed themselves
the service being spot on as well. The free bottle of sparkling wine was much enjoyed. Definitely a pub not to miss.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Hello Russel,

It's really rewarding to know that we looked after you on your second visit. We're proud of our beef producer, Simon David at The Big Red Cow Farm. Glad you enjoyed it too.

Mark
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Porlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

A ?0th. birthday celebration for 6 people with a 5-course bespoke menu cooked and presented by Jack, served by a dedicated waiter provided a meal to remember for a long time. The food was excellent, cooked as near to perfection as you could find anywhere. The wines, not the most expensive by any means, served at the right temperature were a perfect accompaniement. Two of our party were trained chefs and agree totally with these comments. A couple stayed overnight and were highly complimentary about the room and the breakfast. So full marks for quality and with the enterprising marketing policy employed, The Culbone will hopefully be around for a long time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear RogerB8HE

We are all thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. Your kind words have been shared with the team and we are all delighted that the process; from first meeting with Nina trough to Jack and Jake serving wonderful Exmoor produce, was the special occasion that you wanted.

We look forward to meeting you all again

Yours Sincerely

Mark
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Wincanton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Ours was an impromptu visit as the offer was too good to refuse. Pips Dining Club of the Culbone Inn on glorious Exmoor emailed to say that the road in Porlock would be closed during the evening and night for roadworks and for this period the rooms for members would cost £15 per person for bed and full English breakfast!! I had known the pub for a couple of decades and the last time I was there the old place needed some work to say the least. There must have been a sigh of relief when the new owners came along and gutted the place to transform it into a contemporary, warm oasis in the desert. We were warmly welcomed by the owners' daughter who showed us (and our lively black lab) to our room and invited us back to the bar for a coffee on the house which was lovely at 2pm! Now, we are not going to comment on the accommodation. The owner and her daughter plus the afternoon staff were so friendly and helpful that we don't want to spoil it. All we will say is, ask for rooms 1, 2 or 3 if you are staying the night and allow for some omissions and oversights. The visit is well and truly made by the food, ale, wine and relaxing atmosphere. The pub is the highest on the moor and there are super views once one manages to overcome the steepest hill in Devon! We eat heartily and thoroughly enjoyed our local Red Sirloin Steak which, incredibly, was on special offer as it was Wednesday. We are lucky people! The meat melted in the mouth and came with super thrice cooked chips, mushrooms & tomato washed down with a large glass of Merlot - perfect. The chef is a director of the company as well so has a vested interest although we think his sous dealt with the meal when we eat there and he was a credit to his boss. The puddings were freshly made and delicious as was the freshly ground coffee. All in all a lovely evening in a unique country inn. Breakfast was a true Hunters Delight, the whole works beautifully cooked and presented. We will be back.

Room Tip: Try to avoid rooms 4 & 5 (there are only 5 all together). You will definitely find 1,2 & 3 t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear Crispin18

I'm delighted that you were able to join us for a special offer to Pips Club (I'll be doing more in November, January and February).

I would really appreciate your honest feedback regarding the room that you stayed in please (we are always listening and want to improve every day). Would you mind contacting me direct at mark@pipspubs.com please? Thank you

I look forward to hearing from you

Best Regards

Mark
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We followed up an advert for this restaurant in the Exmoor magazine at our B&B and were so glad we did. After a truly atmospheric drive around/over/through(?) a very misty and drizzly Exmoor we had the reward of a really well cooked meal for the 2 of us. Starters were scallops in buttered parsley & breadcrumbs with very tasty toasted bread. Although we tend not to do 'Sunday roasts' at restaurants, the roast beef dinner I had was excellent - the highlights for me being broccoli cooked to perfection (roasted with garlic/salt/pepper & a drizzle of olive oil and white wine apparently) and good portions of roast beef etc and scrumptious gravy. The other half had lemon sole for mains - "excellent". A cracking trio of local cheeses and a wonderful chutney to follow, and finished with (I presume) coffee from Miles' in nearby Porlock (given the logo on the cups). The coffee was very good indeed. The friendly and attentive service came very naturally it seemed. Would I recommend this place - definitely. We're already looking at the Cookery School....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Dear 7potato,

Serving wonderful local produce from our passionate local suppliers is at the heart of what we stand for. It's really pleasing to read a review like yours, to help us stay focussed in delivering our own beliefs.

It would be lovely to welcome you back for a stay or perhaps a Food Safari weekend?

We hope to see you again

Mark
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Minehead
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Having already experienced some of the best meals we have ever had when dining at The Culbone, we have just returned from having dinner and an overnight stay there, to celebrate my husbands birthday.
The Culbone is the perfect venue for all occasions. The staff are superb and nothing is too much trouble, the food is exemplary, and our room with its amazing view could not be better.
Everyone should spend at least one night of their lives here. It is genuinely good for the soul, and it's definitely a place for all seasons. A winter walk followed by one of Jack's wonderful meals and then a fantastic night's sleep on the oh so comfy beds is the stuff of dreams.
Well done everyone at The Culbone, you're doing a brilliant job!

Room Tip: Our room with its own patio, amazing view & a bathroom big enough to hold a party in, is perfect...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mark S, Owner at The Culbone Stables Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Hi Bilstonian,

Wow! What a fantastic review. The team are thrilled to know that we provided a lovely stay for you.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best

Mark
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Property: The Culbone Stables Inn
Address: 4 Miles From Porlock on the A39 To Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8JW, England (Formerly Culbone Stables Inn)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Porlock
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Porlock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Culbone Stables Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alex and myself Annette, have recently taken over the Culbone Stables Inn on Exmoor. It is situated on the A39 between Porlock and Lynton in the idyllic heart of Exmoor. Our Inn and gardens are in a beautiful setting and have exceptional views across the valley of Coombe. Our aim has been to renovate the restaurant back to a welcome, friendly Country Inn/pub. Our menu is traditional pub fare, at reasonable prices, using local produce. We welcome walkers, cyclists, families and dogs. We have 5 on suite bedrooms. 2 are opposite each other (one twin, one double) with their own landing and would be perfect for families. Room 1 has its own private patio, with stunning views. Our motto is , anything you want, just ask. We might not be able to fulfil some requests but there's no harm in asking. ... more   less 
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