The Puffing Billy Inn

4.4
118 reviews
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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.

Our bar offers a wide range of drinks which include an interesting range of soft drinks, regularly changing real ales, an extensive wine list, over 100 spirits and a full coffee menu.

Dogs are welcome in the bar and timber area of the restaurant, the garden and outside. We do not allow dogs in our main restaurant.

We welcome customers who wish to come in for a drink or a coffee in either our bar area, secluded rear garden or at the front of the building where you can watch the world go by. We have bike parking for our more energetic punters and for the little ones there is also an excellent play area across the road.
What 118 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were phenomenal. Enjoyed every mouthful of tonight’s meal! The only downside was that it was quite warm in the restaurant area.

CP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful meal at the Puffing Billy. The food was very well cooked. Came out in a decent time, and was well presented. The staff were very friendly and attentive to us on a busy Friday evening. Would highly recommend.

DA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a first time diner at this establishment I was thoroughly impressed by the service that my friends and I received

The food was delicious and the raspberry gin was very refreshing

Will definitely be a returning diner

SK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

comfortable surroundings, friendly knowledgable staff, extensive menu with good vegetarian options

RH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time we've eaten here. As we live in Lympstone, we normally go to one of our own village pubs particularly when we have family and grandchildren staying with us, or else we go to Exmouth
Really liked the layout of the Billy and the quality of the recent extension there. A welcoming space with solid, but modern dining furniture. Nice relaxed atmosphere on a summer Sunday evening. Not too hectic or noisy at this time.
Responsive service and very good food quality, particularly the roasts. Generous portions.
Would certainly come here again, particularly if we can co-ordinate our next visit with the local train timetable!
Compares well with the Lympstone pubs.

s
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gastro pub. Excellent local by bike path Exeter Exmouth. Good wine list. We just had a Sunday lunch. I thought the vegetables were tasty but a bit dull conventional. Excellent dart farm meat and gravy

RB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great choice. Lovely food. Good service. Great for veggie and meat eaters.

JB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall experience excellent.
I would not book open the open table again purely because it was so hot and very noisy but I would definitely go again.
Plates hot and wide menu.

R
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a lunch with friends in a very pleasant pub with very good customer service. Pleased that small portion meals were on the menu for those who wanted less and plenty of cold water was available without asking. Food was great, would definitely recommend the Puffing Billy.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The puffing billy inn is a nice pub for food and drink. The pub has ample out door seating and a park opposite.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really ever been let down at this unique pub,thanks so much .

SC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere , great service .. in the main food was good and well presented. Only issue was desert .. apple crumble .. presented well but crumble was raw ... we were offered an alternative but moment had passed 😌

GS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Puffing Billy before and it never disappoints. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food delicious and served promptly considering how busy the are

JB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I visited the Puffing Billy and were very impressed with the decor and overall ambience of the place. We enjoyed a drink in the restful bar area before being shown to our table. We then enjoyed a delicious meal, a bit pricey but well worth it. I would definitely recommend the Puffing Billy to my friends, in fact, I have already been enthusing about it. Can’t wait for my next visit.

S
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We came here for a meal to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary as we were staying in Exmouth and my husband had read glowing reports about it. We were not disappointed. The food was lovely, the staff were great and it had a lovely relaxed feel to it. We would definitely recommend it.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely evening, restaurant was very busy but the food and the service was top class, would recommend to everyone

A
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good parking/ac essible
Good quality locally sourced food
Service good

GW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meals, it was very quiet being a Monday lunchtime, have been before on a Sunday lunchtime, it was very busy then. We thought it was a little expensive but we will probably go again

MW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant lovely food lovely staff always choose here for a meal when we are in Exmouth thank you

SJ
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice venue, excellent service and menu and really good value for money.

MT
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic friendly service, great food. Highly recommend

n
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely friendly reception by staff and great ambiance.
Good service although a bit of a gap between courses, but it was extremely busy.
Staff were excellent and I’d definitely recommend to anyone.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely pub restaurant good choice of food specials were particularly delicious
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area

DG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really (like REALLY) lovely food, extremely accommodating staff, and a generally gorgeous place. The options for everyone were equally delicious - we had a vegan and a few vegetarians in our party - and as an extra touch we were given a free dessert platter as a congratulations for the graduation we were celebrating. Overall, a place that made a special occasion even more special.

AJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I really like it there and staff are friendly but service is very slow. We booked before the rush and everything took so long, I wouldn’t like to be there at peak times.

c
Bristol
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, really friendly staff and very welcoming of dogs and children!

KE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I would recommend a drink but not the food. It was a bit disappointing for the price and not particularly tasty.

RT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service by a happy smiling waitress who looked as if she wanted to serve you.
Well done.

B
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely lunch with family. Always good food , very generous portions and lovely choice of seating - outdoor, bar area or restaurant. Bar area’s also dog friendly ☺️.

OT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to The Puffing Billy a number of times for Sunday Lunch and roasts and desserts are very good. On this occasion we took some friends with us and tried the starters. I had scallops which I found very disappointing, it was a very strange combination of orange and grapefruit as an accompaniment which doesn’t balance with the scollops at all in my opinion. My wife and our friend had smoked salmon mouse (which I also tried) and all three of us thought it was far too overly smoked ( bonfire came to mind)

Roasts and desserts were however up to their usual standards

SL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good sized portions. Friendly staff and good service. Interior is clean and well decorated. Will definitely return.

EP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic night on Sat 22/06/19, had friends down from central London and took them there with us. The whole experience was bang on!! The landlord was very attentive and impressed our London friends. The food was excellent As was the beer. Also the price was excellent value for money!! We will be returning again!! Well done to all

SC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Despite it being a very busy Saturday night the chefs and waiting staff coped admirably.

CC
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately my choice of vegetarian meal was unavailable and the other choices didn’t really appeal. However I had a bean cassoulet which was ordinary and I didn’t like the pickled cauliflower in it. My husband had a lovely steak and our friends were very happy with their food.

KS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our food. The service was great and we got our food quickly. It was great to have 3 choices of vegan options. There was even a vegan nut roast which was delicious.

CE
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a family favourite. You always get a warm welcome and there is a very good selection of food on the menu. Portions are generous but they also have a reduced portion menu, even with the smaller size there's left over chips to take home for the hounds!

KW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A friendly and family orientated restaurant. The food was v/good, my only criticism was the roast spuds which was under done and hard. The service was faultless, its something that's missing these days is good friendly service, I would highly recommend the Puffing Billy and will be returning. Many thanks to the staff for a pleasant Sunday lunch.

SQ
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time visit as we were staying in the area, lovely food very tasty. We went early so food came quickly but towards the end service was quite slow. Staff were lovely but seemed over stretched.

RP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Warm welcome, good service, varied menu and good choice for vegetarians. Food was delicious! Have never been disappointed at The Puffing Billy.

JP
Bristol
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Three of us for lunch, very good service and good choice of food particularly fish. The salmon mousse/pate starter could have had more flavour and the plaice (special) was overcooked. Otherwise the food was delicious and we all enjoyed the experience.

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