My Where To Go Page

Having lived in Devon for some 30 years now, I have visited many pubs and family attractions in the west country and would like to pass on some of my recommendations. Please understand the opinions I give are solely mine based on my own criteria. My wife and I have visited all these places and have recommended them to many friends and relatives. We both enjoy good food that is fresh and tasty accompanied by good real ale and wine, give them a try and feel free to make your own mind up. Should you visit any of my favorite spots and  disagree or would like to recommend a favorite place of your own please e mail me.





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The Manor (Pub) Ashton.

Take the A38 toward Plymouth, turn off at the 2nd junction for Chudleigh (signed Canonteign Falls) follow signs for falls and golf course, up the Teign Valley. Just after golf course (on right) there is a sign for "The Manor" and a hump back bridge. Cross bridge and pub is on the right hand side, about 500 yds up the lane.

Their food is excellent: wide range from salads to seafood and steaks plus daily specials. Portion sizes are superb and their garlic bread is beyond compare. Food prices are good, not cheap, but you wont walk away feeling ripped off and still hungry.

Beer selection is divine, today's selection consisted of at least four real ales, wheat beer on draught and a huge selection of bottled specialty beers and good wine list.

There is a nice size beer garden to the front of the pub, ideal for hot summer nights, not a pub for kids (sometimes a blessing in disguise) But overall the staff are nice and the service whilst not fast, due to using fresh products, is very very good.


Lower Ashton


01647 252304


The Bridge Inn (Topsham)

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Easy to find, just take the road from Exmouth, upon reaching the small mini roundabout at the George and Dragon pub, turn left towards Topsham, cross the twisty flats and just as you cross the old Bridge, you will see a big "PINK" pub on you right. This pub is the closest thing to heaven for "Real Ale Nuts", always a different selection of ale, nice tables outside by the river, small selection of food, 10/10 for the "open salmon sandwich", Ideal for a light snack to soak up the beer. The pub itself is full of nooks and crannies, lovely old building with loads of real character.

The Jack In The Green (Rockbeare Straight,NR Exeter)

Tucked away beside the old A30 to Honiton, this Pub offers some superb food and reasonable ales and wine selection. To find it, leave Exeter on the new A30 taking the exit signposted to Rockbeare and Sowton Village, continue along the old A30 for about three miles until you hit the "Rockbeare straight", long straight road, now devoid of traffic, but still got a speed camera, on the left hand side you will see the "Jack In The Green", Definitely worth a visit, good place for top notch business lunch. Good beer and wine, very nice attentive staff, usually quite busy so might pay to book.

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The Fountain Head (Branscombe)

Camra Listed/Local own brewed Branscombe beer

Real Ale Nirvana, yep this is THE PLACE, they sell Branscombe Vale, brewed down the road, such great brews as "BRANOC", "SUMMA THAT" and "HELLES BELLES" Well worth a visit. Nice grub, nothing fancy but big portions at the right price. Live music often and a beer festival that is unmissable, usually hectic, small bar and eating area to rear, usually very busy , some outside seating and barbecue during summer To find this little gem, leave Sidmouth on the road towards Lyme Regis, drive up the steep hill out of Sidford and just over the top take a right turn (signposted to the donkey sanctuary) At the little roundabout turn left towards Branscombe, drive along this road for about a mile and a half (slow please its narrow) as you drop down into Branscombe you will see a row of houses on your left, ex council,on the side of a hill. Just after these houses on right is "The Fountain Head", the turning into front of pub is not accessible, take next right, very tight and twisty turn, then on right is parking. ENJOY

Fountain Head

Branscombe near Seaton
EX12 3BG
Telephone: 01297 680359

The "Fox And Goose" Parracombe North Devon.

This pub is the "Jewel In The Crown" of good food pubs, the selection of beers and food and the quality of the ingredients is among the best I have ever tried in the south west. Whilst you can eat cheaper elsewhere, don’t bother, as you get top quality and good service, which are worth every penny, so give it a try!!! To find the pub, drive into North Devon on the link road from Tiverton, take the turn to "Blackmoor Gate/Lynton and Lynmouth" follow the road and take the Lynton turn opposite the old station pub (eaten here, dont be tempted) drive down the Lynton road and look for the signs on your left for the "Fox and Goose" Enjoy.......

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EX31 4PE

Tel:01598 763239

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The Nobody Inn (Doddiscombeleigh)

This little gem of an Inn is situated in the village of Doddiscombeleigh, about 5 miles from Exeter, whilst not the easiest place to find, the result is well worth the effort. To get there, take the A30 turn off on the M5, towards Okehampton, leave the A30 at the first exit, signposted for Ide and Alphington, bear left as you come down the slip road and continue towards Ide. Turn up into Ide village and continue right through the village, once Ide is behind you, keep driving in the direction of the Haldon Hills looking out for signposts to Doddiscombeleigh. The Inn is at the centre of the village. The selection of food is fantastic, from a simple cheese board (for cheese freaks the selection is unsurpassed anywhere else) to exotic specials, you can be sure to find a dish to suit all tastes. After your meal be sure to try the Port, or the excellent selection of Whisky (Supposed to be the biggest in the UK outside of Harrods Food Hall) Just be sure to remember the route home. Prices are not cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for!


The Double Locks (Exeter)

Drive into Exeter and follow the signs for Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, enter the estate from the Exeter Motel end and drive over the first roundabout until the second one (Thompson’s bathrooms on your right), take a right then straight on, ahead to left hand side on sharp r/h bend you will see a narrow lane over a bridge, take this and follow the lane over the canal and down beside it to the pub. Good real ales and big garden beside canal, nice for summer drink, but reports of late say the food has "gone off the boil", if you have tried it recently, let me know....



The Rising Sun (Lynmouth)

Down beside the harbour at Lynmouth, this Hotel has a great bar and does some very nice food. Well worth a trip, I would suggest you park in Lynton and ride down the cliffs to Lynmouth on the excellent cliff railway, powered by water and built in victorian times, as you exit the railway turn right and you will arrive at the Rising Sun, set back from the road and raised up above the street.

CREALY PARK (Sidmouth Road nr Exeter)

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Good value for money and great entertainment for kids, you will keep them amused for hours here. Crealy have found the formula for a good day out, enjoy the experience, only woodlands listed below is a serious competitor.

WOODLANDS (leisure park nr Dartmouth South Hams)

Situated not far from the town of Dartmouth, this family fun park is very good value for money and well worth a trip. Each year the owners seem to re invest in new rides and attractions which keep the kids and adults well entertained. My family, now grown up, have been here many times and it is one of the few "grockle stops" that i feel give good value for money in Devon. To get here, take the road from Totnes towards Dartmouth until you reach a large service station on a "Y" junction, turn left here and Woodlands is along this road. (Worth carrying a towel in the car and some spare clothes as some of the water rides can get you a bit soggy)

WOOKEY HOLE (Caves Somerset)

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Been here with the family and quite enjoyed it not bad value for money as attractions go our stay lasted about 3 hours. Worth a visit, after your visit a little tip, dont use the on site cafe/restaurant but go to The Wooky Inn, cool place, great style, and of course great beer.

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CHEDDAR GORGE (caves Somerset)

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 BICTON GARDENS (Botanical gardens)


Just outside Budleigh Salterton, on the road to Sidmouth, lovely gardens in gorgeous location, miniature steam railway and things to amuse the kids. Well worth a visit:




 The Diggers Rest, Woodbury Salterton.

After being in the same family for many years this village inn has changed hands and undergone some recent work and is among the best that the area has to offer. Superb quality food, nice location. Not cheap, but then “you pays yer money, you takes yer choice”


To find the diggers, drive from Exeter, towards Exmouth, as dual carriageway ends, turn left toward Woodbury, as you enter Woodbury, turn left into the square and carry up road until you enter Woodbury Salterton, pub is situated top left hand side of main street.



 The Kings Arms Inn, Stockland


Out in the sticks, but well worth a visit. My wife and I found it quite by accident, but "What A Find"!!  Superb menu, good beer and lovely atmosphere, with friendly staff.


To get here, take the Dorchester exit from the A30, as the road crosses the dual carriageway keep left as you approach the sharp r/h bend. You will see the road signed "Cotleigh and Stockland". Follow the road toward Cotleigh, keeping straight on instead of turning right to cotleigh, carry straight on and keep an eye for the sign to "Stockland" on entering the village, the Kings is on your left. Enjoy!!!



 The Duke Of York at Iddisleigh



This place is superb, it was recommended to me by a fellow food and real ale freak, who had stumbled upon it quite by chance. if you eat here, the portions are big, the food is local and fresh, the staff are lovely. My own recommendation is the steak and kidney pie, served with veg and saute potatoes , they actually know how veg should be done (piping hot and alle dente) tasty steak and kidney with a super gravy and suet crust outer shell. My other half had the filou pastry spinach/brie/mushroom parcel. WOW!!! not a parcel, but a shipping order, fresh veg,lovely tomato sauce and huge filou parcel. Your diet will need to be "on hold" after a trip here, especially after a few beers as well.




EX19 8BG
telephone: 01837 810253
fax: 01837 810253


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