The Puffing Billy Inn

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The Puffing Billy is located in the beautiful village of Exton on the east side of the Exe estuary.

We offer a dynamic, seasonal menu of locally sourced produce inside a cosy, recently revamped stylish interior. We change our menus regularly and have a daily changing specials board utilising local produce. On Sundays we offer a superb selection of roast dinners.
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and personal service.

We had the roast which was a generous size, wine was lovely too🍷. Dessert - the sticky toffee pudding was up there with the best we’ve had!

Would definitely recommend on a Sunday and would visit again to taste the rest of the menu which looked fantastic.

BM
BrianM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very pleasant evening with good food, very good service & lively atmosphere.

CO
COLINM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good menu choice and good value. Food cooked very well and service excellent.

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portlandc
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes were excellent hot value for money will book again when down in area

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Food was amazing, got seated at our table within 5 mins of being there, waited 30 mins for our food, table never got cleared when we had finished, and ended up paying at the bar as no one came and gave us the bill.

RG
RoyG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was excellent, as far as we are concerned just keep up the good work.

PS
PeterS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Very friendly.

JB
JackieB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous atmosphere, food amazing
Steak was melt in your mouth

SI
SandyI
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We (and others) were asked for our drinks order far too quickly. We had barely sat down!

DH
DebbieH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was truly outstanding, good choice on the menu, cooked to a high standard & well presented.
Top end of restaurant was quite quiet so lacked the charm of the lower end by the fire etc. Excellent experience & would recommend although if I am being picky the service could have been better. I am not keen on over attentive staff , however, no one came to ask if we required anything else such as another drink & we had to chase around to ask for the bill.
Will come again when we are next in the area.

SY
SimonY
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very Good worth the trip. Venison is good when on the menu.

BG
BrianG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was unusual to find a modern restaurant out in the country, but it works for the Puffing Billy.
Local diners were present as were travellers. A very nice lunch experience. This whole area is spoilt for good eating places.

ME
MikeE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very welcoming and helpful to my elderly mother.

Very clean and well laid out although quite quiet - probably as it was a min lunchtime.

Food was plentiful, well presented and tasty.

NR
NaughtyRay
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food served well. All staff friendly and helpful. Will be back soon.

AL
AndrewL
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met some friends here for lunch and were impressed with food and service - will return

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SallyT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Puffing Billy is consistently good, and has a relaxed atmosphere. I have been there many times, as it has a good range of food, and nice desserts. It is good for families or couples, and there is a small bar area where you can have a drink before a meal, or wait. There is parking, and the staff are friendly.

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PeterD24
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the evening st The Puffing Billy, the staff were excellent. The food was great quality and the service excellent. I would recommend The Puffing Billy to anyone who wanted a good meal out. Thank to all the staff there.

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NadineLeonard
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly Inn, great atmosphere and the food was excellent. Would thoroughly recommend and when we are next in the area we will be back.

KL
KristinL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely staff, good food and great atmosphere. Perfect for families as there's a playground across the lane. Two of us were vegetarians and we both loved our options. Highly recommended and we'll be coming back. Bonus that it's so close to a train station.

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Saturday
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We booked lunch for four people at 12.30 pm and initially everything was fantastic with prompt, friendly and helpful service. As the restaurant got busier there did not seem to be enough staff to cope with restaurant as well as the bar. We waited ages for our first course plates to be cleared away, then waited again to order deserts . There was another long wait for the deserts to arrive.
The food itself was nicely presented and very good value for money so we will try again another day but hopefully avoid a peak time.

MA
MarkA
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Was dinner with one of our most loved customers so choose carefully from reviews for a quality experience. The problems we had were I think due to it being a quiet time of the year and a Wednesday night, lack of experience in the staff perhaps.
Wine quality and price good. Had to come back to check starter order, no problem with that but then to send 2 not 3 fishcake !
The mains arrived reasonably together all bar one which must have been missed as all others had about finished when it arrived (they didn't charge for that main). The rice under the fillet of fish was hardly warm indicating that although under a lamp when waiting the plate was initially cold. Personally the mussels were pretty small so the meat part equally so, but perhaps those in N.Wales where i eat more often are naturally bigger. The sauce for then was delicious.
Puddings we only had a couple so can not report too much, will say that had there been PURBECK ice cream on offer we would have been happier.
We had a couple of cheese boards- Cheese lovely variety and quality, best not to skimp on biscuits as its not to comfortable to have to ask.
Tips: Come to the table and ask if we like more wine, check all have a spoon for pudding, tap water on the table at the start is one thing less to be asked for.
Very nice place to be, staff were sociable, there were only two other tables so perhaps easier to be better when busy.
I can not recommend but will be back sometime I hope to see if its normally as goods as I expect it is.
- Guys if you don't think I have been fair do let me know antonelli@hotmail.co.uk

EL
EdandLenka
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We’ve been to the Puffin Billy a few times now just as passing trade and stopped for a drink. On these occasions looking across to the restaurant from the bar we’ve often commented about how nice it looks and that we should come for dinner.
So last Sunday we did, we booked a table for 2:30 and my wife checked the menu online and had already decided that she wanted the Nutroast.
On arrival the staff had trouble finding our booking but this was shortly resolved and we were taken to our table. On arrival at the unprepared table the staff member asked us to wait next to it while he hurriedly cleaned it. While he was cleaning the table we asked if we could just sit at the table for two that was already prepared next to the one that he was cleaning and laying. But unable to think outside of the box he replied that somebody else has booked that table so we have to wait.
We eventually sat down and looked at the menu, there was no Nut Roast, so we asked if despite it not being on the menu is it available, as it is on g the website. To our delight we were told that it was available and as such we ordered. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards we were told that actually it wasn’t and we had to settle for one of the other options. So we chose Indian spiced Cauliflower for an English Sunday Roast :(
The food arrived, as we were already annoyed at the service we didn’t particularly enjoy the meal but it was ok.
On finishing we considered the dessert but actually we just wanted to leave so we asked for the bill.
They couldn’t even get this right, the initial bill had three main meals on and one of them was the Nut Roast so we needed to complain again.
It’s just really disappointing, we decide to treat ourselves by going out for a meal and having a relaxing afternoon before parting company until the next time we see each other (we live in different countries) and the last memory we have is this.

CB
CraigB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really impressive Sunday lunch. Delicious, huge portions and really good value for money. Lovely staff and really pleasant service 👍🏻

MO
MichaelO
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We think it is a lovely venue but the Sunday lunch was very poor.

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alexh
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good pub for a Sunday lunch. Busy and bustling atmosphere with plenty of laughter from family and friends throughout the pub enjoying well cooked food in pleasant surroundings. Quick and attentive service and a great pint of Timothy Taylor’s rounded off a really good meal.

RS
RachelS
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a gorgeous meal served by warm and polite staff!
Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be definitely returning!

PK
PaulK
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unusual and delicious menu choices. Nice ambience.

RT
RodT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Normally excellent. However, this time, 1 of the group ordered mussels. Sadly they were all gritty and small crabs were present. This was reported to the waitress, but there was no apology from the chef.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Hi, very nice restaurant, became quite full as it was Sunday but plenty of room, noisy small child at another table but okay. The food was very hot, tasty and lots of it, large amount of beef in the roast, we all enjoyed our meal & were very full but still had the dessert, chocolate brownies, VERY chocolaty 🍫 could do with extra vanilla ice cream to help it down!! We were all happy with our visit, couldn’t manage coffee after.
Great, will go again. Jill.

JT
JanT
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful pub, spacious but cosy with friendly staff and great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not overly impressed to be honest. As a coeliac, I had emailed them prior to booking about my options but had no response. On the night I discovered that the gluten free options were not great and I didnt feel confident that they actually know what contains gluten and what doesn't (a pearl barley dish having been marked gluten free). No separate frier so no chips for me! No alternative offered except extra salad. Waitress was nice but very young so didnt take any of my comments on board I don't think. I'm not normally a complainer but I left feeling very disappointed.

K
Katiekins
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location. Great food and range on the menu. Friendly staff.

SJ
SJH20
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Busy pub for sunday lunch
Service was inattentive at best
Food - very average sunday lunch, only one option (pork) available at 3.30pm. Pear crumble watery and inedible.
Pleasant staff, though on several occasions forgetful

Wouldn't rush back to be honest

RT
RodT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service (very friendly). Excellent food. Menu was varied.

PK
PaulK
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Above average pub with a lively ambience. The menu was interesting, not your standard pub food offer. Food was well presented, and delicious, and the service quick and friendly.

JH
JohnH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an excellent lunch at the Puffing Billy Inn. We would certainly go again and would have no hesitation recommending it to anybody. The food was good, service was good and the price was very reasonable. Altogether a most enjoyable experience.

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Gilly
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Saff very friendly and good value for money.
Will come back in the future.

VJ
VictoriaJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was too full of noisy people on this lunchtime. Also the menu didn’t seem as good as on previous occasions.

SP
SusanP
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I’m sorry to leave a review that is not so great, I normally wouldn’t, but I felt I had to share for the sake of the venue as well as future diners. The decor and ambiance is fantastic at the Puffing Billy and the staff could not have been nicer. However, I felt that they were a bit short-staffed on our visit as contact was at high speed, meals delivered on the run and it was difficult to track down anyone if you wanted something between courses. I would normally overlook that in a one-off visit but we thought that the food was distinctly average. The menu and pricing points towards a decent gastropub but the food was below what we expected. The burger I had was bland in a stale and tasteless bun, my son’s pasta tasted like dolmio to me and my husband’s seafood lasagne was really... meh. My chips were deep-fried oven chips whereas my sons burger (from the children’s menu) came with fantastic chunky chips that I would have much preferred. All in all a bit disappointing considering the price but a lovely location and great staff.

AR
AlastairR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Unfortunately the pub was very busy and there wasn’t enough staff to cope so it took quite a bit of time for the service, taking orders clearing of tables. It wasn’t explained to us at the end that they hadn’t expected it to be so busy so we’re working on minimal staff.