The Puffing Billy Inn

4.3
701 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.

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
What 701 People Are Saying
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4.3
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AandJ
London
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and beer on a Monday evening and nicely busy pub which is great

AR
AntoniaR
Devon
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very very long wait for any food nearly an hour .
When it came gravy was v overpowering and vegetables just too al dente.
Lighting is too bright over table so no atmosphere - shame when they have tried so hard with decor.
Waitress tried hard but manager obv working as a waitress too overwhelmed

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly service, warm and cosy atmosphere. Perfect combination!

LH
LauraH
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Atmosphere was nice with the Christmas decorations and its got a cosy feel with the fire on.

DL
DeanL
Devon
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fine but silly rule about both having to have the Christmas menu or neither. If a food item is available then there shouldn't be rules about who can have what.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal 2nd time in a week

JK
JuliaK
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I live in London and always enjoy visiting Puffing Billy when on holiday in Devon. The staff are so welcoming, the food is excellent and there is always a good atmosphere, what more could one want?!!

JT
JulesT
Devon
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything is pretty much perfect - except the toilets, they are not up to the same standard as the rest of the building. The men's loos are in particular need of a make over (broken toilet seat!).

OT
OpenTable Diner
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

ST
SamT
Devon
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent across the board. Would highly recommend.

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Amanda
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff are very welcoming and helpful. The restaurant is beautifully decorated for Christmas. The menu is varied and apetising. The food is very well presented and delicious, it is also very good value for money. The Creme Brulee was the best I have ever had. I will be going again soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From our arrival to leaving what a wonderful experience. Lovely atmosphere , great seating and stunning food. All of our party (6) commented on how great the whole evening was.
I had Whitebait, the belly pork and cheeses to finish off. Some of the best Stilton I have ever eaten..
The whole place was decorated brilliantly and the service was perfect.

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The place was full and very noisy with people talking so there was no need to have noisy music going at the same time. It was totally unnecessary and very annoying so we did not stay after our main course. Also, having chosen one of the specials I found it was very spicy which was not mentioned on the menu.

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SarahH
Devon
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff very friendly, good value for money. The best lunch out I've had for ages

RA
RobA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal, service and ambience. Would recommend it.

EF
ErnieF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We visited recently and were pleased with the food both presentation and taste. Not sure if it was a busy day but waiting for drinks took ages, longer than it should. This was repeated when looking to order again. As a businessman, I think there are missed opportunities here.

We will come again.

J
Jools
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we got there the table that I had booked was far too small for 4 people. So a member of staff gave us a more suitable table which we were all glad of. The person who served was very accommodating and also had a great sense of humour. One of my party is allergic to garlic so the member of staff checked with the Chef to see what dishes he could have. The food was delicious, great portions. We would all definately go again.

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SamL
Devon
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great quick service, friendly staff, very tasty starter of squid & whitebait followed by chicken pasta dish.

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Matt
Devon
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good. Would be nice to have options alongside the steak but menu choices are great nonetheless. Servers could have been a bit more attentive.

IB
IanB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Third time we have eaten at the Puffing Billy, and we enjoyed it very much. The menu is perhaps a little less ambitious that we remember from pre-pandemic days, but still plenty to tempt us - in particular we'd recommend the plum and cinnamon crème brulée, one of the best of the ilk that we have had. Presentation and quality were good. Service was a delight - engaged, cheerful, and quick, and the pricing was very reasonable.

DM
DeeM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very plant lunch with friends. Great service and relaxed atmosphere.

JP
JohnP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch in dog friendly surroundings.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast I’ve had at a pub.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

All food was lovely except the duck - rather disappointing- dry and flavours were lacking - chose as interesting mix but did not work for me as a dish. Service was good and steak dishes good.

FJ
FoodieJ
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had great service and great food. The welcome was warm and friendly.

CE
ClaireE
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have always been very happy with the food at The Puffing Billy. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly.

NN
NicNic
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Super efficient !

As we walked in we were greeted, shown straight to our table, drinks order within 2 minutes, food order within 10minutes.
Just a fabulous Sunday lunch as you wish you could cook at home yourself !! The parsnips just melted in the mouth, I hate to think how many calories went into cooking them - not that I really care!!

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OscarH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to visit the Puffing Billy whether for a coffee,tea, snack or Restaurant quality meal. The staff are very pleasant, obliging and efficient. Nothing’s too much trouble. Thank you for your service over many years.

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BeverleyG
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & well presented. Staff were really friendly.

SK
StellaK
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Hello,
Overall, we had a lovely evening at the Puffing Billy. The service was good and ambience was fine too. The nibbles and starters were all delicious and full of flavour. Unfortunately, however, all four main courses were disappointing. Fish pie, very dry and lacking in fish and the mushroom stroganoff lacked any taste at all with very tough mushrooms.

CT
CathyT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the Puffing Billy never fails to delight and provide a fabulous meal, great service and lovely ambiance.
Thank you to everyone

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Suzy
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch! great staff, stunning food, really good kids menu and a lovely ambience! Thank you.

BG
BarbarG
Devon
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pub/restaurant. Have been there on quite a number of occasions and it never disappoints. Food consistently good and friendly service.

HE
HappyEater
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our second visit during the week, because we enjoyed all aspects of the pub.

PR
PeterR
Devon
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value food with attentive service at this nice location. A firm favourite.

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Rikrox
Devon
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another lovely meal at this well run and friendly pub/restaurant .Really great pies together with excellent vegetables ,cracking chunky chips and nice ales to wash it down.

JC
JanetC
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

A very busy little house with an excellent atmosphere and staff to match, we found the menu somewhat limited, but the food and beverages were all well above average. We would of been much more apprecitive if the menu/specials was a tadge larger than what was on offer.....But, we had a lovely evening with no issues, thank you all at the Puffing Billy.

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SallyW
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service friendly but slow. food good with very fair portions!

SS
SamanthaS
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Staff were extremely busy so not always attentive but always friendly and professional. We will definitely return.
One of the young female Waitresses was such a credit to the restaurant and her family as she was super lovely to a lady with Special Needs. She was patient and kind.

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Eviemay
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An initial of mixup on the table booked was quickly sorted out. We had the traditional roast Sunday lunch, one beef and one pork. Both were excellent in the portion size and the quality of the food.

FAQs

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

The Puffing Billy Inn is rated 4.3 stars by 701 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.