The Puffing Billy Inn

4.2
395 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 395 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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BillieLouB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for our new years eve (a day early as we were about to go into lock down again, they called us to offer to go in that night and gave us a time of our choosing which was fantastic) so it was very busy so the service was a bit slower than usual but that's forgivable with the day that we went. It wasn't loud with stupid people it was a nice atmosphere though I was slightly cold. The food was good. I had the tagliatelle which was nice but not something I'd rush to go back for. My partner had the soup from the special board, sweet potato and chilli which was lovely! I always love the gins there though and such a lovely pub and the staff are very nice

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HelenO
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten here many times a s the food is always great and service very good .

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LadyP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, felt COVID safe, lovely food and service

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SarahET
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely Festive set menu, that was very good value for money. We had 2 courses for £22.95 each, plus a bottle of Malbec and I thought was a very good deal at £70. Crackers on the table were a nice touch as was the roaring fire.

I had the pan fried hake with fennel and roasted potatoes - the staff were very accommodating to remove chorizo from mine as I am a pescetarian, and hubby had the rump steak. It was slightly underdone, but better that thsn over, tbh!
We both had the treacle tart, which was mildly disappointing, the pastry had a soggy bottom. But the ice cream was delicious, and again they accommodated our fussiness by substituting ginger ice cream instead of cinnamon for hubby.

Ideal venue for travelling by public transport too, the train from Exeter and Exmouthboth stop 5 mins walk away at Exton (request stop).

Will definitely go again.

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Visitor
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice but took a while for someone to come over (table service required due to covid)

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JennyM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were put onto table 1 which was beside a door where the staff were constantly in and out
This was when much nicer tables were empty
However after our starters the waitress kindly offered to move us
Food is always good here

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Peaches
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. We had a lovely evening. Good food and made to feel very safe and welcome. Good luck in 2021

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Locals
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Generous Christmas menu lunch cooked perfectly and served with a smile. Roast beef succulent and vegetarian parcel a winner. Also Belgian chocolate delice highly recommended for dessert.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with good ambience, efficient service and an overall great experience. Recommend the Christmas lunch.

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Malcolmm
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not as good as previously. Sat near toilet door qite breezy when people in and out. Moved restaurant was not much warmer. Food mushroom sauce so thin just left pile of mushrooms. Turkey Gravy too thin. Cabbage too sweet. Roast pots not roasted enough and turkey had grisly bits but good portion. Only one drink as noone asked if we wanted another. If first time would not rush back everything just average when we know they are better than this.

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LauraR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always lovely food and atmosphere here. Lovely at Christmas especially! Traditional, cosy pub feel; super tasty food, Good portion sizes and LOTS of gluten-free options

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TenaciousP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice looking pub, pleasant ambience, friendly and helpful staff. Covid arrangements easy to follow without being obtrusive. We had a light lunch of sandwiches with chips: thick-sliced doorstop style bread and very tasty fillings. We shared a belgian chocolate brownie for dessert, which was easily enough for two. Main dishes being brought to other diners were nicely presented - people at neighbouring table enjoyed theirs.

Recommended.

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Pete
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Puffin Billy, it’s a lovely treat for the family.

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robf
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was frankly pretty poor both in taste and execution. Will not return under current regime.

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Rikrox
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and staff at a reasonable price .Nicely decorated for Christmas but was lacking the usual roaring fires which made it a bit cold ,especially when the back door was left open when serving the outside area

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the staff were really friendly great service. Sat next to the warm fire. Really lovely evening

IH
IanH
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a nice environment with log fires and good choice of beer and wine.

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Beegal
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good going there! Food is amazing and good atmosphere! Lovely outside area too!

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SarahF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely country pub with two cosy fires. Also great covered garden with heaters.
Food very good we had sunday roast which wasn't very hot but they soon fixed that and was lovely. Great steak and chips and good affordable wine.
would definitely recommend nice friendly staff too.

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Lindsay
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Adult food was great, kids meals were a little overcooked.

Staff very welcoming and pleasant but service very slow.

Overall an enjoyable experience.

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FrancescaC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service . Overall a lovely place to eat . Pleasant and helpful staff .

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Catc
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, the staff are really friendly and welcoming. The food is really and also nicely decorated for Christmas!

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DaveyH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class as always. Staff are very welcoming,polite and professional in these challenging times. Food always good quality for a reasonable price. Don't want to big them up too much as won't be able to get a table !

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VictoriaS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great little pub. In a nice location. Food was lovely, although maybe a little on the expensive side. However worth the money :)

Service was great considering impact of COVID. A little on the slow side, but waitresses very accommodating and serving with a smile.

Lovely evening spent with my fiancé as a lockdown restrictions were relaxed, and tier 2 restrictions observed.

Would definitely recommend

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Adam
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service. Thank you
For great service in trying times.

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KatherineT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, very busy, great staff, easy to find

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PatM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great venue. Dropped a star because pasta for one of the group was overcooked. Puddings delicious. Will return.

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SallyT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to eat at the Puffing Billy. From the quality of the Food, The excellent service and the lovely atmosphere.

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kandl
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating at the Puffing Billy and with the second lockdown starting in a couple of days we wanted to eat out in a nice environment, good ambience. We weren’t disappointed. One of our mains was disappointing however, unusual and perhaps due to the impending closure.
Staff were great, a balance between being very effective yet friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for a “last minute” supper before Lockdown 2.0 kicked in. Everything was great; the food, the service & the atmosphere. A perfect evening, many thanks to everyone involved - we will be back once we are allowed out again!

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SonalS
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and excellent service. I highly recommend, thank you very much.

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal, the staff were extremely friendly!

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RogerR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cheerful greeting and generally attentive without being intrusive.
Nicely presented and very tasty food served promptly. And of course excellent ales well kept and served!

IH
IanH
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good hearty food and excellent service in very nice surrounding

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lizb
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A gorgeous lunch out. Perfect thank you. Food was great, really delicious and it was a safe and relaxing experience

RH
RickH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal enjoyed by all 6 of us with attentive, courteous staff.

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KarenB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good local food, excellent service, and felt safe given the current situation

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DaphneD
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt safe from Covid 19 good practices in place and followed excellent service happy atmosphere within the staff.We added in a top for the staff and were reassured they receive it and appreciated the gesture
A very good team and chefs to be proud of Well done the Puffing Billy we will be back soo.

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LindseyU
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I’d heard good reviews of the food at the Puffing Billy so was looking forward to a nice meal. Had Hummus with bread to start, which unfortunately was totally tasteless (the Hummus, the bread was ok). For main both my daughter and I had what was advertised as a beef burger, it was clearly homemade but it was not just beef - I’m pretty sure it also contained a considerable amount of chorizo - which was ok for me (albeit unexpected) but not for my daughter who doesn’t like it. Chips were nice though. Not cheap for a pretty substandard meal.

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Joey
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just what the three of us hoped for. An informal get together over a pleasant meal. Really relaxed whilst adhering to Covid guidelines . Nicely busily on a Friday evening but we were not rushed. We’ll return.

FAQs

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

The Puffing Billy Inn is rated 4.2 stars by 395 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.