The Puffing Billy Inn

4.4
572 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 572 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmmaP
Devon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were absolutely lovely, and were not phased by rude customers. Really lovely, thanks

WT
WilliamT
Devon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Unimpressive food. Tasteless chips. Over battered and dry fish

SB
SinB
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Pleasant place to eat, nice staff, good drinks but the food was mediocre.

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Landy
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall it was ok, lovely setting but now it’s brewery owned there’s a lack of attention to detail …

Staff aren’t very engaging, nobody of authority just younger members ..

Food was mediocre and warm wine ..

It’s a shame as it was an excellent pub and still great decor inside ..

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EasyFred
London
14 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly fantastic country pub, with excellent outside seating area. Food was really high quality, fresh and well presented, and the service was superb. I was surprised that they not only welcome dogs, but immediately catered to the pooch's needs with a water bowl and Bonio without being asked. Great place for a family

JC
JulianC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very basic menu well presented. Pleasant enough ambience but we were there early on a Monday evening so perhaps unfair to comment definitely

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Stackiles
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here for Sunday lunch for the first time, and it did not disappoint.

The staff were really lovely and friendly. The place was clean and tidy and the food was delicious!!

Four of us went, 3 had the roast beef and I had the pork loin. The portions were really generous and considering we hadn't had a roast for a few months, we were more than happy with what we had!

We also took our dogs as well and the staff were really accommodating letting us sit inside, as it was super hot.

Can't wait to revisit and try the cocktails and nibbles next time!!
Thank you PB!

CH
ColinH
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went yesterday with a couple friends for our first visit there. Lovely food (Sunday roast), staff were great and a lively atmosphere and setting just across the road from the river. Will definitely be back

JB
JaneB
Devon
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Specials were already on the usual menu! Menu very heavy on the burger and batter end of the food offering. Not really our sort of thing.

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BrianB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great pub, really good food, some slightly inexperienced staff, but they were keen and friendly. But it was just so warm inside, we felt exhausted after the main course. We moved outside and that was bliss. Really enjoyed finishing our drinks in the cool.
It is a great place, and I will be going back again soon 😁

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DavidW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal. Service friendly and reasonably prompt. Would have preferred a bit more choice in the main course menu.

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have returned to this restaurant several times. I love the decor. The staff are 99% fantastic. Only 1 staff member out the many serving me let the team down. Any visitors I have to the area I always bring them here! See you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food

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Sidney
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really pleased we stopped by! That was a great place and the roast really good! Very friendly staff too.

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Trot57
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very enjoyable lunch overall felt that it would have been nice to have been offered a choice of beef in that mine was very well done rather than rare/medium as I would have preferred and having seen others eat on adjacent tables was my expectation. Some parts of the meal lukewarm (meat/some veg) but still tasty and my apple tart was noticeably on the cool side. Service very friendly if a bit slow at times but it was a lazy Sunday lunch so we did not mind too much. Would I go again - yes most certainly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Always consistently good!!

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Puffin Billy many times over the years and it never disappoints. Even with the strains of running a business through the Covid-19 restrictions, all staff and the food were all spot on - keep up the good work

JO
JanOD
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's been a while, but the Puffin Billy is a great place to eat. Very expensive for a bottle of wine, but the reasonable price of food (for the great quality) balances it out.
Superb service and lovely setting - will be back!

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Cully
Devon
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service drinks given in just around five minutes of entering. Meal tooka good twenty minutes from ordering, food was good. We have been a number of times now when we are down here in Devon, have not been disappointed.

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LizA
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Respect for covid rules evident. Pleasant efficient staff. Good selection and presentation of food with clear guidance for food intolerances and ability to adapt menus further to suite dietary requirements without any issue.

JP
JillP
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tasty Sunday roast. Lovely welcome and service. Would recommend.

JD
JoDare
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful Sunday lunch, the best roast potatoes, loved the horseradish! All In all a fab lunch, great service from happy, welcoming staff. Can’t wait to go again.

JA
JANETTET
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very nice pub for lunch Have been couple of times before but in the evening. Good food and value for money. Birthday party going on so tad noisy, but we ate quite late, so they left before us.

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ColinF
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable lunch. The service was excellent in a comfortable and characterful environment. Would recommend The Puffing Billy Inn with confidence.

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AnnieP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well organised and slick - would thoroughly recommend.

MB
MistyBoo
Devon
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening out. Good food and service. Thank you.

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SusanT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and staff very friendly, nothing is too much trouble for them, would definitely go there again.

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PatriciaT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, delightful premises, well-trained and welcoming staff, helpful, friendly. Always a pleasure to visit The Puffing Billy.

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Karl2351
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first date meal made even more special by the staff, service and food......we are definitely visiting again, as a couple..... Thank you!

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anneu
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good choice on the menu to satisfy the size of appetite and the fact that we don't eat meat.

DD
DevonD
Devon
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Attentive friendly service. Good menu. Great vibe.

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KarenS
Devon
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked the table online for 2:30 and realised food finished at 2:30 but all were obliging and the food and service was wonderful. Suggest there is a note on the booking system to avoid that error in the future.

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Peninah
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Definitely on my list to go back again. If it were just for me I would give 10/10. For one of our party the food choice was not for him, (his taste is for simple straightforward fare) and for another the size of the room gave an echo which inside made it difficult for him to hear. But nowhere is perfect for everybody. So maybe you have to pick your dining mates carefully!

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious and the Sunday roast hit the spot

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Sandra
Devon
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Roast beef very fatty every thing else very good. Service good all staff friendly and professional

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food & staff

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Foodie
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and food Good atmosphere
Very relaxing

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STEVENC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Sunday Lunch

Food was excellent and not standard pub fare but prepared with individual finesse.

Excellent service from a friendly and attentive staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed having a drink in the covered outside area before our meal. The service was excellent and the food was very good with a good choice for all.

MR
MichelleR
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food with excellent service . We were greeted by a very friendly server who served us drinks whilst we waited for our table. Our food was served in a timely manner and was delicious.

FAQs

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

The Puffing Billy Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 572 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.