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The Puffing Billy Inn, Exeter, Devon

The Puffing Billy Inn

4.3
4.3
821 Reviews
£25 and under
British

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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Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–20:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01392 877888

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Bulled

  • Area

    Exeter

  • Cross Street

    Station Road

  • Parking Details

    We have a small car park to the rear, spaces are limited.

  • Public Transit

    Exton train station is a 5 minute walk from us.The bus stop is on Exmouth road and buses run frequently to Exeter & Exmouth. We also have bike racks outside.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 821 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Lunch

  • Devon

    Sunday Lunch

  • East Devon

    Best Overall

  • East Devon

    Best Food

  • East Devon

    Best Service

  • East Devon

    Best Ambience

  • East Devon

    Best Value

  • East Devon

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Devon

    Healthy

  • East Devon

    Lunch

  • East Devon

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • East Devon

    Special Occasions

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  1. TB

    TonyB

    Gloucestershire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    As usual food was delicious and service efficient and friendly. We always enjoy our visit to the Puffing Billy

  2. G

    Graham

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    All good nothing to complain about, would definitely go back again!

  3. GK

    GemmaK

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, warm atmosphere and friendly wait staff. Would definitely go again.

  4. B

    Birthdayboy70

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely birthday meal for my Grandson - 16 years. Good table location and service excellent. Some of our main course were a little overdone (pork loin and burgers)

  5. GD

    GeorginaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service lovely meal Lovely setting, would definitely go again

  6. G

    Gordonw

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    really first class Sunday lunch very tasty meal and good portions would not leave feeling hungary

  7. LH

    LesleyH

    Devon

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Nice light dining room, helpful staff and good Sunday lunch

  8. PB

    PaulB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food amazing Beer superb Service outstanding Clean and tidy

  9. RK

    RobinK

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    A quiet night for a Friday but service great and food good

  10. M

    maryM

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Sunday lunch lovely best roast beef I had for ages

  11. LW

    LisaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Could not fault staff or food , staff were really helpful. Great atmosphere

  12. G

    Gordonw

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As on previous occasions food was really good freshly prepared and really tasty

  13. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good pub food in quiet surroundings with good service.

  14. L

    Lalls

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    After having eaten at the Puffing Billy at lunch time on a few occasions, we have recommended it to friends. But for a Saturday evening dinner, we were disappointed with the menu choice, eg, ham, egg and chips, fish and chips, three types of sausage, steak and chips. In my opinion there was little choice for non meat eaters.

  15. RS

    RhiaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Lovely restaurant, my husbands food was lovely, my Fish & Chips were warm and a little tasteless, but our overall experience was nice and would try again.

  16. MS

    MartinS

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Terrible food. Peas old and dry, battered haddock cold, greasy, scales left on fish. Did everything they could to give us the food and get us out of the restaurant

  17. NB

    NigelB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The service was very good and friendly. The food was .......o.k to good but quite expensive, but to be fair, everywhere is expensive now.

  18. SL

    SamanthaL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Prawn cocktail served with white bread not brown! Puddings were a let down was very dissatisfied with the triffle dry sponge which wasn't even homemade carton custard and over whipped cream and no decoration to finish it off Raspberry and lemon mousse was just over whipped cream with a drizzle of raspberry juice

  19. DL

    DevonLady

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely staff, good service and food. Nice pub with good walks along the estuary.

  20. BP

    BryanP

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely venue. Everything would have been 5 stars but unfortunately a large party of the loudest family I’ve ever heard came and were seated opposite our table. We literally couldn’t hear each other speak and my 5 year old granddaughter was holding her ears! Not the Puffing Billy’s fault but it marred our experience somewhat! I chose to sit in the middle section when I booked but next time would opt for the restaurant as it seemed more family friendly perhaps. We usually choose to sit in the pub areas more as we enjoy the hustle and bustle but this particular group of people seemed to have absolutely no regard for other customers! Never less, thank you Puffing Billy and your lovely staff for an otherwise enjoyable evening 😊

  21. MF

    MikeF

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1

    Lovely food, great service, but just too dog friendly, one table had 3 of them and they barked a lot causing others to bark. Good for dog lovers, avoid if you don’t like dogs

  22. H

    Highwayman

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    We were left standing over 5 min before being attended and 15 m before a drink. However, the food was prompt and very tasty. It was difficult to engage with staff and the music was loud, inappropriate and totally unnecessary. We will go again just for the food.

  23. AW

    AnneW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    We went for a Sunday lunch as a party of three. On walking in we were not greeted and stood by the bar for several minutes before attracting a staff member although there did not appear to be a shortage of staff (we spotted at least five waitresses in the dining area). Once shown to our table we were brought water and menus and then abandoned for just over 20 minutes. It was very noisy with two large groups on either side of our table. Eventually we managed to signal to one of the waitresses that we were interested in ordering. She did not come to take or order but on a second attempt to attract her over, she looked rather embarrassed and pointed at one of her colleagues. After a few minutes, the colleague came to take or order. At this point we were quite hungry and assuming the food would take a while to show up, we ordered a glass of wine each, which we hadn’t planned to do, to fill the time waiting for food. Unexpectedly, the food (we each ordered a roast) turned up within about five minutes, but annoyingly just before the wine which we now didn’t really need to fill the time. The food was quite tasty, but probably because a roast dinner is a popular Sunday lunch, and the kitchen probably has lots of it on standby ready for a large volume of orders, the potatoes and all eg in general were not very hot. Also, the roast dinner descriptions suggested they would come with various sauces e.g mint for lamb, apple for pork etc, but once again we were at the mercy of the waitresses, and had to ask for the sauces. The mint sauce showed up in little ceramic pots, but the apple sauce showed up in a rather pathetic plastic tub, and was of a poor quality compared to the rest of the food. We resisted the temptation of dessert because of the exceptionally loud noise levels of other guests and because of the poor service. It took quite a long time to pay the bill. Because of the overall experience we did not leave a tip and will try other options nearby next time.

  24. PH

    PhilipH

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food. Light and spacious inside giving it a contemporary feel. Never too overcrowded.

  25. MC

    MelanieC

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely food in comfortable setting with great staff . Thankyou

  26. AJ

    AlanJ

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All very good interesting wine list and food and service excellent

  27. NB

    NickB

    Bristol

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Always enjoy the puffing billy. Very constant and they love dogs in the bar area.

  28. d

    duncanb

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    attentive and friendly service with excellent food. The restaurant was really busy, but each course arrived in good time and tasting great. We will definitely be back.

  29. M

    Macca

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great local food and great service

  30. P

    Paddy

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mothering Sunday excellent lunch with family..

  31. CS

    CarolineS

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a lovely time at Puffing Billy. Great service food and wine. Over all a truly lovely place

  32. SF

    SueF

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Lovely ambiance, well presented restaurant. Would highly recommend

  33. S

    Sarah

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very kind and helpful waiting staff. Gorgeous food.

  34. CS

    ChrisS

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good meal, nicely served, portion size very good. Service excellent.

  35. Y

    Yetti

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Have lived in the area for the last 16 years and been to The Puffin Billy on many occasions either to dine or for a lunch time light meal. Always very good and service is given with a smile an in a cheerful manner. Nothing is too much trouble.

  36. CT

    ChristopherT

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were running late, however the waitress quickly took are order. A delicious dish of wild mushroom stroganoff was delivered, eaten and paid for to enable us to get away to watch grandson play hockey!!! Thank you Puffing Billy!

  37. RA

    RichardA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visited after a recommendation. Service was quick, polite. The food was excellent, I had chicken linguini and my wife had stroganoff, both dishes were full of flavour and delicious. We decided to have a sweet and both were likewise delicious. I believe that the dishes on offer are homemade from scratch so compliments to the chefs and the service staff for a enjoyable evening

  38. JG

    JulieG

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again we had a lovely meal, and the staff are lovely!

  39. MA

    MichaelA

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Warm reception and friendly staff who all wore a smile made you feel good. Food was excellent, everyone enjoyed their choice of meal. Ambiance in the middle section was nice and intimate.

  40. ME

    MEJones

    Bristol

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    A nice atmosphere in a lovely location & the food was fresh, handmade and beautifully cooked. The fish pie was the best we’ve ever had and the sticky toffee pudding was sublime! It even turned my pudding hating husband.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Puffing Billy Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01392 877888.

The Puffing Billy Inn is rated 4.3 stars by 821 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Puffing Billy Inn

Station Road Exton Exeter, Devon EX3 0PR

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Station Road

  • Area

    Exeter

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–20:00 Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    We have a small car park to the rear, spaces are limited.

  • Public Transit

    Exton train station is a 5 minute walk from us.The bus stop is on Exmouth road and buses run frequently to Exeter & Exmouth. We also have bike racks outside.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Simon Bulled

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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