The Puffing Billy Inn

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100 reviews
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  • Lunch
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
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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MW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant lovely food lovely staff always choose here for a meal when we are in Exmouth thank you

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SJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice venue, excellent service and menu and really good value for money.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic friendly service, great food. Highly recommend

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n
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely friendly reception by staff and great ambiance.
Good service although a bit of a gap between courses, but it was extremely busy.
Staff were excellent and I’d definitely recommend to anyone.

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MG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely pub restaurant good choice of food specials were particularly delicious
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area

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DG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really (like REALLY) lovely food, extremely accommodating staff, and a generally gorgeous place. The options for everyone were equally delicious - we had a vegan and a few vegetarians in our party - and as an extra touch we were given a free dessert platter as a congratulations for the graduation we were celebrating. Overall, a place that made a special occasion even more special.

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AJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I really like it there and staff are friendly but service is very slow. We booked before the rush and everything took so long, I wouldn’t like to be there at peak times.

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c
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, really friendly staff and very welcoming of dogs and children!

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KE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I would recommend a drink but not the food. It was a bit disappointing for the price and not particularly tasty.

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RT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service by a happy smiling waitress who looked as if she wanted to serve you.
Well done.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely lunch with family. Always good food , very generous portions and lovely choice of seating - outdoor, bar area or restaurant. Bar area’s also dog friendly ☺️.

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OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to The Puffing Billy a number of times for Sunday Lunch and roasts and desserts are very good. On this occasion we took some friends with us and tried the starters. I had scallops which I found very disappointing, it was a very strange combination of orange and grapefruit as an accompaniment which doesn’t balance with the scollops at all in my opinion. My wife and our friend had smoked salmon mouse (which I also tried) and all three of us thought it was far too overly smoked ( bonfire came to mind)

Roasts and desserts were however up to their usual standards

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SL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good sized portions. Friendly staff and good service. Interior is clean and well decorated. Will definitely return.

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EP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic night on Sat 22/06/19, had friends down from central London and took them there with us. The whole experience was bang on!! The landlord was very attentive and impressed our London friends. The food was excellent As was the beer. Also the price was excellent value for money!! We will be returning again!! Well done to all

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SC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Despite it being a very busy Saturday night the chefs and waiting staff coped admirably.

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CC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately my choice of vegetarian meal was unavailable and the other choices didn’t really appeal. However I had a bean cassoulet which was ordinary and I didn’t like the pickled cauliflower in it. My husband had a lovely steak and our friends were very happy with their food.

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KS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our food. The service was great and we got our food quickly. It was great to have 3 choices of vegan options. There was even a vegan nut roast which was delicious.

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CE
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a family favourite. You always get a warm welcome and there is a very good selection of food on the menu. Portions are generous but they also have a reduced portion menu, even with the smaller size there's left over chips to take home for the hounds!

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KW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A friendly and family orientated restaurant. The food was v/good, my only criticism was the roast spuds which was under done and hard. The service was faultless, its something that's missing these days is good friendly service, I would highly recommend the Puffing Billy and will be returning. Many thanks to the staff for a pleasant Sunday lunch.

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SQ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time visit as we were staying in the area, lovely food very tasty. We went early so food came quickly but towards the end service was quite slow. Staff were lovely but seemed over stretched.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Warm welcome, good service, varied menu and good choice for vegetarians. Food was delicious! Have never been disappointed at The Puffing Billy.

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JP
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Three of us for lunch, very good service and good choice of food particularly fish. The salmon mousse/pate starter could have had more flavour and the plaice (special) was overcooked. Otherwise the food was delicious and we all enjoyed the experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable experience. The staff all worked as a team to deliver an excellent attentive service during a busy Sunday lunch. Although I noticed other tables were finishing and leaving, we felt no pressure whats soever to rush our meal. The food itself was packed with flavour, from starters through to desserts, no dissapointment in any of our dishes. The biggest problem was chosing which dishes to have, which only makes us determinded to return. Well done to all of the team at the Puffing Billy, an outstanding performance.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was lovely, service was quick. It was really busy and we didn't have a huge wait on food.
Everything is reasonably priced considering the location and quality of food. We would definitely go back. Its top end pub grub really but lovely all in all

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R
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I definitely recommend a visit to The Puffing Billy as you will not be disappointed, the food, drink & the overall feel and look of the place is just fab.
This was our first visit to the place but it won't be the last for sure,
I booked a table as it was my Wifes birthday & our Wedding Anniversary so I wanted to try somewhere new to us, it really did not disappoint, the food ordered was superb but fair to say, it is not the cheapest place for food, but it is was well worth it without a doubt.

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PT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent service, genial host, delightful pub and restaurant, it never disappoints.

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A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Delicious food (apart from the roast potatoes which were not particularly nice, not crispy or brown )

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DB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food again and nice friendly staff. Will be taking friends and going again

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p
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The welcome here is the start of top quality service: prompt, polite, assuring. The food matches the service, and all in the heart of gorgeous East Devon with the smell of the sea just over the meadow. Perfect.

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M
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and delicious food. Love the proximity to the estuary cycle path, and that dogs are welcome. Always a lovely welcome.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve always enjoyed eating at The Puffing Billing. Very professional staff and great atmosphere. Food is great. The even let us stay in the car park overnight in the camper van. 😃👍

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LC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service with a lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend and will definitely return when next in the area

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PS
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect venue for a delicious family birthday's lunch, fabulous food, great service, friendly staff and great atmosphere!

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DB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely returning excellent food lovely venue and great staff
Planning the next trip!

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WR
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food, service and cost were all very good and I enjoyed everything and preferred where we sat close to the bar rather than in the more formal restaurant area higher up. The only downside was the fact that a dog was with the people eating at the next table.

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MM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always along with great service! We will be back soon.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a consistently welcoming pub. The food is very good value, the staff are happy and well trained. Inside, there is a great fusion of traditional and modern. The tables are well spaced to give privacy and room.
This is our go to pub and it is not around the corner!
I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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J
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for our amazing Sunday roast today! Everyone was so friendly, lovely and accommodating and so attentive and the food was absolutely sublime! It’s our first visit and I can’t believe I haven’t been before -will definitely be back soon!

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OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two vegetarians in party and elderly mother, who prefers small portions, all catered for, with vegetarian dishes being imaginative rather than something from the freezer. All food choices were excellent and cannot recommend the catering highly enough. We had two small dogs with us who were made welcome too.

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CC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a lovely late afternoon lunch and Staff were very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately we waited a long time for our main course as the Kitchen / Waitress had mislaid our order. Food was nice when it arrived

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