The Puffing Billy Inn

4.3
741 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 741 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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RichardP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Burns night meal was very good and the Piper just added class. Well done Puffing Billie, for the second time in the least seven weeks.

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lizb
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful lunch, great service, the food was excellent.

NB
NickB
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always like going to the Billy. Good good and atmosphere. Service excellent

JR
JohnR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive service, nice atmosphere. Would recommend.

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gseward123
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very tasty food served in good time during a peak time (1pm Sunday). Staff were polite and attentive. Good value for money

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Sassy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy lunch at the Puffing Billy. Attentive service and excellent food.

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Happy
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A fairly small menu, but good choice … nice little twists to basic dishes. Well presented, and focussed on the main ingredient (eg. the meat or fish) rather than bulking up with lots of potatoes etc. Good average size portions.
Delicious desserts too.
Table service good .. attentive, friendly, but not intrusive.

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CathyT
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again we enjoyed a great quality meal at the Puffing Billy. The nut roast was extremely yummy and by all accounts my husband said
The pheasant was superb and beautifully cooked .
Fantastic service throughout our visit. You are always made to feel welcome here. Thanks for a lovely evening.
Highly recommend you to visit and enjoy the food the atmosphere and the fabulous service.

JG
JulieG
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back again. We had a lovely meal, staff very attentive and friendly, thank you!

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Gilly
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food, reasonable menu, and gluten free options available. Friendly staff. Easy to park

KH
KarenH
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful gastro pub with a lovely atmosphere and great food. Staff were attentive and friendly. Would recommend a visit.

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PKEB
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time here to celebrate my wife's birthday.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
The food was excellent.
One of our favourites places for a celebratory meal.

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AmieM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience1

It was nice but the restaurant was too quiet and we were sat right next to a couple of lads who kept silent and listening and laughing in our conversation. There was no background music apart from the chefs playing their dance music and Akins classic "I just had sex" on ther phone/speaker.
Food was ok- just a tiny bit lacklustre- menu isn't amazing at the moment.

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Sewhungry
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately the food was not great, the pheasant was very dry and had to ask for extra gravy and the pork belly was very tough and chewy

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s nice to see the Puffing Billy is back to it’s high standard of service and food. Staff were very friendly and the menu varied we will certainly going back for a midday meal.

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Teeny
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant,we have been there a few times and everytime we are delighted.Always a nice greeting,staff are excellent,helpful efficient and professional.Food is fabulous always hot,served quickly and of course delicious.I have no hesitation in recommending the Puffing Billy to anyone.The overall feel of the place is very welcoming Thank you.

HW
HelenW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable lunch in a superb setting. A real buzz

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch on New Year’s Day. Wonderful

KH
KimH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

New Year Celebration

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve dinner with friends
Relaxed friendly service from the team
Good food beer and wine to make a merry evening for all

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 of us had lunch at the Puffying Billy Inn. Both food and service were excellent.

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FoodieJ
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve - great food, attentive staff and a good atmosphere. What more could we ask for.

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AngelaK
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was nice but lacked atmosphere , no Christmas music, and not enough staff, , had to send my burger back as so under cooked, but rectified very quickly !
Would return, but wouldn’t have desserts again as these were sadly disappointing .

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food atmosphere v friendly service . Will be back

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HCspjb
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had made a booking for the Puffing Billy approximately two weeks before. We were very disappointed following our visit. When we arrived at the restaurant, no staff greeted us and we had to wait 20 minutes for our table (because “it was still being used”). We arrived just before 2:30 which was when our booking was for, and we were not seated until 2:50 (after asking a few times). We were told the table we were sat on was a different one to the table they had planned for us to have (because it was still busy). When I approached a member of staff to say we had a table, I (and other members of my party) noticed them roll their eyes when they walked away. We waited at the bar (whilst waiting for our table) and multiple people were served before us. When we sat down at our booked table, we were keen to order soon but had to wait another 20 minutes to have our order taken (and we had to ask staff to take it). When our order arrived, parts were missing (eg it was a roast and the Yorkshire puddings were missing - we asked someone for them and she said “oh yeah they are missing aren’t they…” I’m quite a blase way). We also thought paying £6 for two portions of cauliflower cheese was excessive. We have all lived in the area for over 25 years and yet, this was the first time visiting the Puffing Billy. After our experience, we are not keen to revisit. Also - in times of covid, we were surprised to see that no staff were wearing masks.

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NickB
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always like going to the Billy. Dog friendly and atmospheric.

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Adamj
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous roast beef cooked to perfection

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GregF
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to book
Georgie was great and looked after us

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal out, food and service was great. Thankyou

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our first time visiting and was impressed with the ambiance and service. My only gripe was not having the option of having the beef cooked pink, ours was overcooked plus the vegetables were undercooked, the sprouts and carrots were ‘rock hard’ We did mention this and replacements were quickly provided but unfortunately were just the same!! It a shame as we enjoyed the visit. As already mentioned the service was very good

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Gill
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Christmas turkey which was very tasty, decent portion , would highly recommend then crème brûlée which was lovely, could not fault the dining experience and can’t wait to go back soon

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Rikrox
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made an excellent choice for a pre Christmas meal the restaurant was full but the staff & service was great & the roast turkey meal superb. Great ambiance & log burner provided the warmth this pub restaurant is brilliant at any time of the year & delivers on all counts even when under pressure.

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KateH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly and helpful service. Food continues to be good (as has been our previous experience) and represents good value for money. We will be back!

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EmilyMasters
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really delicious food and great service, (although I felt they were short staffed, perhaps just very busy for a Monday than expected). The menu was full of excellent choices and had lots of festive choices. The two that served us were fantastic and confidently powered through a busy service.
The decor was very inviting and the fires made it a nice and warm atmosphere, however I think the lights were a little too bright in the restaurant. Other than that, a great choice for an evening dinner. Highly recommended. See you in the future.

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Nosher
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not what it used to be. Waiting staff pleasant. Main course meat tough. Overall a disappointing experience.

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PaulE
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely pub with great atmosphere and service carafe very friendly and attentive. Food was very good

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Maryj
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting and staff brilliant. Very welcoming and attentive.
Food good although the chef forgot to put any lemon and ginger in the mousse which was incredibly bland.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, clean & tidy, food & service excellent. Thank you!

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NatashaW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at The puffing Billy,such a lovely chilled atmosphere.We went for my dads birthday lunch the staff were so attentive and friendly and went over and beyond to make it special bringing out a special birthday sharing pudding for us both.I will definitely be back and I recommend this place highly.

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JillH
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love The Puffing Billy. It’s a beautiful place and very comfortable. The staff are lovely. The food has been better but it was quite good.

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 741 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.