The Puffing Billy Inn

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£25 and under
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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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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PK
1 review
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
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.

G
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

VJ
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
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
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.

MT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Unfortunately on this occasion we received very poor customer service for which I placed a review on TripAdvisor on 30 Dec. The manager has been in contact since then and has provided a positive response. As such I suspect this is an isolated incident and I will plan to visit again.

MS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mum and wife for a Christmas Eve Lunch at the Puffin Billy this was our 3rd visit and again we could not fault the meal or the staff, all three of us had the turkey with all the trimmings finishing off with the strawberry cheese cake. I highly recommend the Puffin Billy and we will be back again in the near future for another meal.

JW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was friendly and we were made to feel welcome. The food was delicious and good value for money. We would definitely go there again. We were celebrating a 60th birthday and this was a good venue.

SH
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, on a very busy evening. Thoroughly enjoyable. We will be ruturning.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the turkey dinner. Roast potatoes were a little bit on the hard side - slightly overdone. The veg side was good, but overall the food could have been hotter. It was quite a long time coming and maybe the plate was sitting on the side for a while. Companion was pleased with her vegetarian dish although it was over salted.

EM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went as a table of 4 on a busy pre Xmas Friday evening. There were 2 large tables being served and so we were very pleasantly surprised that we were served so efficiently and quickly. 2 course menu was good. Duck leg was lovely and lots of vegetables. Veg were slightly undercooked. Steak was great and perfectly cooked. Gluten free options were good. Waiting staff were very polite and helpful.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant birthday meal with my wife and our friends.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my lunch here immensely. We both ordered the smaller plate sized turkey dinner dish and it was excellent. This was my 4th meal here this year. It was always very good!

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food slightly hit and miss. Steak and chips cooked nicely, Thai mussels v nice but could have done with some crusty bread. Veg with roast turkey inedible as still really hard, but roast itself v nice. Nice ambiance, but quiet on a Monday night.

DP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Brill food.Nothing else needs to be said.Don't normally order steak as I'm always disappointed but a friend said how good they are cooked there and he was right.

n
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The quality of the dishes varied hugely. Some were excellent, others were burnt. Service was friendly but distracted. This is not a cheap place to eat and touts itself as a destination venue for food; it will have to raise its game to merit such an accolade.

a
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food .No negatives and will be back again for the next celebration.

K
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I’d usually recommend the Puffing Billy but was highly disappointed the last time I went. The service was terrible - they forgot about the wine we ordered, missed our starters, and the food was expensive for the tiny portion we were given. We all had roasts and only tiny bowl of vegetables between 4 of us.
Disappointed and reluctant to return.

CE
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yet again we were not disappointed with a good meal taken at the Puffing Billy. I personally appreciate the choice of smaller portions, as was brought up to clear my plate.

FW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Friendly service with a good atmosphere but lacking in choices for vegans, only one option on the menu.

JS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Puffing Billy is my 'go to' place for lunch on special occasions. Always very enjoyable, with a varying menu of excellently presented dishes. The use of good local produce pays off in flavour. Worth making a reservation even for a winter weekday lunch if you want to be sure of a table.

SB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All service was good but out main course was not very hot, in hindsight we should have returned it to get heated but we didn't

m
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Smallest scallops I've ever seen.
And Exmouth mussels are far superior to Teignmouth.

Just saying.

M

F
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined early so fairly quiet. Service was good and friendly.
We had scallops which were perfect. The sea bream with risotto was cooked perfectly as was the pork.
Pear crumble and chocolate brownie delicious.
Soft drinks and one large glass of Sauvignon- total bill for 4 was £160 / definitely recommend

a
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and relaxed atmosphere. Will be back again and again.

LC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best roast around, staff are always really friendly and happy to help

L
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service and lovely atmosphere we will be back soon. Thank you

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was bonfire night so busy and noisy but that was good, food is excellent and the camembert speicla was really good. belly pork was well cooked and the venison was excellent overall really good with great wine from Puglia.

KG
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff extremely helpful. Food wonderful. Great ambience suits all tastes - young or older, lone dining to parties, humans to dogs. The balance of everything couldn't be better.

BH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Poor , slow service. Very expensive, portions could’ve been bigger, charged 50p for a Yorkshire pudding for a child, very tight fisted taking into account we spent £75!!!!

L
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was excellent, lovely presentation and flavours were great. Nice and varied menu and good selection of gin! No complaints about waiting staff but they could have been a bit more warm and welcoming to add to the atmosphere.

DD
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Found the menu very limited without the usual blackboard specials. Very disappointed!

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Unusually the service was lacking on this occasion and 2 of our 4 meals had to be returned to the chef as they were cold. This has not put us off going again although our friends will probably think twice before returning.

SP
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good quality, the menu gave a lot of choices, the service was very efficient the restaurant was very busy but we had no delays, it was a little noisy and was slightly expensive, I would recommend it to my friends for Sunday lunch.

RT
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual, dinner was very good.
The only negative was that the fishcakes, which I had for a main course, were mostly potato.
It was difficult to taste the fish.
The quantities were good on all things

OT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was very slow and they seemed to lack the talent to monitor the situation.

l
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

One of our favourite family pub restaurants, we know the selection and quality of the food is always good.