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“Great country pub with good food and a warm welcome”

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The Rising Sun Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Umberleigh B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol
1 review
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“Great country pub with good food and a warm welcome”
Reviewed April 5, 2010

Stopped off in Umberleigh on the Tarka line Ale Trail. The original plan was to head on to Barnstaple but we liked this pub so much we decided to stay here instead. We had a great time here with good food and friendly service.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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Devon, England
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Reviewed October 22, 2009

I stayed here for one night with my adult son. You can pretty well ignore any Tripadvisor reviews prior to the summer of 2009 when the Rees family -- Jenny and Digby + their son -- took over. They're experienced hoteliers from Wales by way of Cornwall, and are clearly acutely aware that the past two Rising Sun managements have been decidedly lacking. We had an excellent dinner and a first rate breakfast, plus lots of personal attention for both of us . . . and the dog! The bedrooms and bathrooms are clearly due for some urgent refreshment, but this is planned.

A lovely, out of the way spot with easy railway access (the station is only 250 yards away) and wonderful hikes along the river and in the surrounding hills. If you're a walker, ask for a free "Tarka Line Walks" guide or, better still, order your own copy in advance by 'phoning [--] or e-mailing [--]

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Devon
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

Haven't stayed here but went for a meal in the restaurant. The pub is lovely, the staff were so helpful and friendly, the food was fantastic and really well presented, can't fault any of it. There were 11 of us, the service was so quick, I wouldn't hesitate to go again... loved it! Think they could do with a new website now to match up to the high standard of the place!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Barry
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Reviewed June 29, 2009

Found this place on chance as we were touring the area. Stopped for lunch and enjoyed it so much that we took a lovely walk along the river bank and came back for dinner! Enjoyed a wonderful Antipasto Platter on the terrace, sipping drinks, enjoying the glorious Devon sunshine! Small bread sticks were fresh from the oven and served hot with little pots of fruity olive oil and balsamic to dip them in. Olives were divine and the quality of the Samali and Palma Ham was fab. We could have made a meal of that alone! Cod and chips were wonderful and my husband's gammon steak was perfect although the quantity nearly defeated him! (After all the bread I was not surprised!) . Talked to the new owners, who were extremely friendly, helpful and willing to please. (They have only been here for a couple of months). The room was clean and comfortable and we slept like logs. Breakfast was just as good as the previous meals and we would go out of our way to eat/stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

Found this Pub-Restaurant-Hotel by accident.
While driving through North Devon, with my wife and teenage daughter, we somehow found the Rising Sun in Umberleigh. The new owners gave us a warm welcome. They were evidently eager to make our visit as pleasant as possible and nothing was too much trouble.
The menu is simple and uncomplicated local fare. My wife and I had Rib eye steak with genuine chips which was cooked to perfection. My daughter had cod and chips which she shovelled down.
Jennie was happy to show us the choice of bedroom accommodation which was clean and nicely decorated. I had to comment on the uneven floors and ricketty staircase, but this is only to be expected from a 14th Century Inn. Anyway, at £40 / night they were good value for money.
Digby cooked us a hearty breakfast in the morning and we continued on our way. We will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 17, 2009

Traditional pub with a warm welcome and real fires. Small menu, but good cooked to order food. I had a lovely homemade soup, and salmon for main. Other half had asparagus/poached egg starter, that was delicious and a steak (that apparently hit the mark!). Great place to stop after walking the dogs along the river just across the road. Dog friendly pub also.
Just ate at this pub, didn't stay so can't say anything about the rooms.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2008

The Rising Sun Inn is advertising itself as the "new Rising Sun" and we had hoped this would mean more of the same as the "old" Rising Sun; decent food in a lovely old fashioned pub on the banks of the river Taw. Sadly, it did not.

We were seated at our table and left with menus whilst it took 15 minutes to get a glass of house white wine to our table. We then ordered our meals, just main courses as we intended to have a pudding afterwards. On a fairly steady Monday night it took us a further 50-60 minutes to be served our meals (and as there were only four of us this seemed like a long time), which when they came were average.

I had a veg and Stilton crumble, which came with a tiny salad and a roll from a Lidl bumper pack, it was completely flavourless and contained only a tiny amount of the advertised Stilton cheese. My husband had half a duck with orange and honey sauce, which he said was almost inedible as the sauce was so tart. My father-in-law's "hickory smoked ribs" also looked like they might have come from Lidl...

On top of this, at 20:00 or so in the evening the table next to us had a little girl with them who shouted and screamed throughout our time at the restaurant, it was so loud and continuous that we could hardly have a normal conversation. The parents just left the poor child to get on with it; thestaff did nothing the noise despite everyone dining being clearly disturbed. When my 73 year-old father-in-law spoke to the parents they roundly abused us. Although their behaviour is nothing to do with the Inn, I felt they should have said something to the parents due to the sheer volume the child was reaching and the disturbance to other customers.

Once our plates were collected we waited a further 20-30 minutes to place and order for dessert, before we gave up. We may our feelings know to the staff who merely shrugged and said 'sorry about that' - they were more interested in flirting with regulars than serving people eating. One staff member also said we 'should have ordered at the bar', but no one told us this when we arrived and other diners were being waited on.

In short, do not bother with this "new" incarnation the food is average, the staff terse and the atmosphere ruined.

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Property: The Rising Sun Hotel
Address: Pound Lane End | nr junction of A377 & B3227, Umberleigh EX37 9DU, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Umberleigh
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Umberleigh
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Rising Sun Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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