The Puffing Billy Inn

4.3
63 reviews
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
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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J
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service excellent the only complaint we have is that it was fairly cold and draughty.

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E
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It is decent pub grub, nothing more and nothing less. If you want a decent value, decent meal this fits the bill. The choice is a bit traditional (safe) but the food came well prepared with for example, crisp vegetables, not something that had sat in a Bain Marie for a couple of hours.
Service was friendly and efficient and the choice of wine was, like the food, safe.

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had invited friends for a special occasion and felt disappointed and embarrassed by the experience.
We had the impression that there were too few staff and that they were new to the restaurant, so though they were polite and willing, the service was painfully slow at every stage of the meal.

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D
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub, friendly waitresses and good food. Only criticism, it was a little on the cool side. However we did eat quite early and the log fire was lit as we were leaving

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FD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately my husband’s steak was very tough and sinewy- but he didn’t want to complain! Our other meals were very good though. Also the restaurant wasn’t warm enough- could have done with the wood burner being lit

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NA
London
43 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, big portions, great prices, great service and friendly staff.

Would go back, lovely to sit outside in the sun! We were visiting from London and so happy to find a nice pub.

The rose was yummy too! didn't have room for desert but will definitely go back on our next visit.

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G
Bath
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Puffing Billy and everything about it. It is close to home so go whenever we can. Position is good too being near the estuary footpath. One thing we did miss on this last visit was there was no smoked salmon on our shared platter, which we had so enjoyed on a previous visit.

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HK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent quality food and good value.
Service was friendly but unobtrusive. An all round pleasant experience.

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b
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent and exemplary in the complete eating and service, atmosphere experience.

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ST
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good thanks, good food and great service would come back again

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JA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Slick and friendly experience from booking through to paying

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LB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual credit to the chief. We always recommend

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CD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, a little slow but it was worth the wait.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff friendly and helpful. Ambience relaxed, good energy level, contemporary feel. Felt my sons, late teenagers-early 20s would have been as happy here as my mother.
I had whitebait to start which was exceptional. Followed by beetroot risotto with walnuts and pickled cauliflower. Not sure the walnuts and cauliflower added anything to the dish. The walnuts were whole and looked like they’d just been taken from a bag...possibly could have been toasted/seasoned or something??
Lovely wine selection by the glass. Overall really enjoyed it.

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GC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit for many years and very impressed with food and standard of service. Quite good value for money.

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ED
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue with brilliant food and great service. Felt very welcome with homemade birthday cake brought out by staff as surprise for my husband.

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HH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely pub in pretty village setting for Sunday lunch with good choice both traditional roasts and other options. Quite expensive and although the food was very nice it was served up not quite as hot as I would have liked (both main course and dessert). We enjoyed the walk from Topsham and took the train back from the station at Exton. A really enjoyable day out.

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HT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch for my mums birthday / highly recommend

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely meal with family. Well looked after and excellent food.

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KM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have visited this establishment and on both occasions the food and service have been excellent. It is easy to get to, has ample parking and a cosy, friendly ambience. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had to reduce the number that morning without any problem - service was very good and meal was presented well, good portion size and very tasty. Puds were gorgeous and quite a big portion compared to others restaurants. Will return definitely.

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NF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our lunch, hadn't visited for a long time, favourably impress

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TA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Sunday lunch at the Puffing Billy is one of the best locally. The roast beef is extremely tasty and the portion is generous, the vegetables are fresh and well cooked and the service is swift and friendly.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We had gone for a celebration lunch at the beginning of January 1.1.19 and quite honestly had an awful experience to which we informed the staff, we would not have returned to this pub/restaurant again except they gave us some vouchers and I must say I am glad we returned a couple of weeks later as we had a lovely Sunday lunch and the service was very good and I would recommend fir a nice lunch.
I think I would perhaps not go if it was a busy popular time unless you only cater for how many you can comfortably manage without putting yourselves and staff in the firing line for dissatisfied customers.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have dined here many times over the last ten years and the standard has varied considerably depending on the owners. On this occasion the restaurant was very busy but they were able to serve all food quickly. Food was good we had roast beef and all the trimmings. It would have been nice to be asked how rare we wanted the beef cooked as everyone has different tastes and asking might improve the overall satisfaction.

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TB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff. Delicious food (roast) but not very hot. On mentioning this the cost of the drink was taken off of the bill. A nice gesture.

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A
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My party of four all enjoyed our experience at the Inn. We were instantly welcomed at reception and guided to our table. Menu selection was unhurried and we didn't have to wait long for our meals and the staff were very attentive. The ambience and fellow guests were conducive the overall experience. We intend returning when we continue our walk further along the estuary.

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I
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and decor. Really nice and warm with lots of lovely fires for a chilly winter’s night. Excellent service with friendly staff. Really like the option of the choices for smaller appetites. Would be good if there were a few more dishes included in that section of the menu. The food itself was tasty, nicely cooked and well presented. It wasn’t that busy the night I met friends there so the noise level was pretty quiet. Not sure what it would be like if all the tables were full. Would definitely go back again especially as the train stops very close by.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

great staff, great atmosphere, good wine
always friendly. really lovely bar area and two log fires

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MC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed my birthday lunch at the Puffing Billy. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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EL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy on Boxing Day but seamless service and no delay on food. Always a lovely spot with great seasonal options.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely visit as usual. Great food and lovely atmosphere

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MC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and fantastic food served.
Meal on Christmas Eve and attentive staff with really tasty food offered.

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Lovely atomosphere and really friendly staff. Sadly very disappointed in the food quality of the festive menu. In all honesty would have expected better from an establishment of this reputation. To charge an extra £5 for a scallop starter was excessive and roast turkey dinner was a let down. Stuffing really quite unpleasant and sadly turkey meat dry. Vegetable selection was over cooked and bland. We had considered booking for Christmas Day but in all honesty glad we didn’t as if food quality was the same as Christmas Eve we would have felt cheated.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for a family gathering or meal out.
Friendly, welcoming staff, good food and very fair prices - strongly recommended

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and friendly staff, very attentive. Would recommend to anyone!

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O
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Had the set Christmas menu which was really worth having the 3 courses for. Good selection. Starters didn’t know which one to choose very nice blade of beef excellent putting my business hat on ( so looking at it from the other side) be careful on your veg portions the customer always wants enough but be careful not to overload perhaps the staff could say if you want more just ask or do this when they check food is meeting expectations
Dessert panna cotta was too firm. Excellent Christmas treat for just husband and wife.

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