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The Barn Owl

Guardian Road Exeter, Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3PE +44 1392976763

((((* British
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30

Service in this restaraunt was exceptional. Makes a huge difference when staff are knowledgeable about the menu.

Rachel Wright 18 March 2017
from Exeter

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Built from reclaimed materials, The Barn Owl sits above a former agricultural district and serves quality British pub food from an eclectic menu. Olive green walls complement distressed oak furnishings and raw brickwork, whilst a sprawling beer garden caters for al fresco dining at The Barn Owl in Devon.

Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Barn Owl menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Barn Owl ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.

Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.

Perched upon the fringes of the M5, The Barn Owl in Exeter sits right at the hub of Exeter Business Park.

The Barn Owl

Guardian Road Exeter, Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3PE

Contact +44 1392449011
Reservations +44 1392976763

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Customer reviews for The Barn Owl

4.0 ((((* (based on 49 reviews)
89% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (33)
  • lunch (15)
  • business (12)
  • value (9)
  • large parties (8)
  • romantic (8)
  • private dining (7)
  • child friendly (5)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • al fresco (3)
  • trendy (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • views (1)
  • (((** 20 April 2017 by Brian from Willand

    Three of the meals we ordered (sea bream, hunter's chicken and butternut squash and mushroom) were excellent and enjoyed. I chose the sirloin steak. Big mistake. I realise the date was almost immediately prior to the site closing for 'change over', and the menu very limited to our usual choice but it was probably the chewiest meat, gristle and fat I have ever experienced. Cooked medium rare. Also, whilst one of our party is a vegetarian, another is an avid fish eater and having looked at the proposed Miller & Carter menu, carnivores appear to be well catered for but there seems to be very little choice for the other two.There are many other foods needed to satisfy the clientele at the Barn Owl other than steak.

  • (((** 27 March 2017 by Paul Easterbrook from Exeter

    The waiter informed us that seven items on the main menu were unavailable and at least one on the desserts menu was, too. This was for a 7.30 booking on a midweek evening when the restaurant was not packed. The main dish I ordered was adequate but not outstanding. The dish my daughter ordered, after she'd asked whether it contained mushrooms - a particular dislike of hers, did contain a small amount of mushrooms, even though they weren't mentioned on the menu. Maybe we just caught the Barn Owl on a bad night. At least the desserts we chose were good.

  • (((** 27 March 2017 by Margaret Westcott from Exeter

    Our main comment would be is that they need more staff, our waitress was very friendly but too busy. The food was alright but could have been a bit warmer, the starter portabella mushrooms was lovely. I normally go there for the ambiance it has a warm cosy feeling. It is usually pot luck with the food, sometimes it is really good and other times just average.

  • ((((( 18 March 2017 by Rachel Wright from Exeter

    Service in this restaraunt was exceptional. Makes a huge difference when staff are knowledgeable about the menu.

  • (((** 17 March 2017 by J Stewart from Redhill

    Usually good but this time it was chaotic and there was obviously confusion about the order.

  • ((((* 11 March 2017 by Philip Robinson from Brighton

    Efficient friendly service. Good food. Very handy for the Holiday Inn Exeter next door.

  • ((((( 10 March 2017 by John from Torquay

    A fantastic meal. Staff very friendly. Great atmosphere.

  • ((*** 15 February 2017 by Marie Andrews from Exeter

    Waiter v pleasant and helpful. However the food was luke warm. The veg came out first, that was not v hot. We then had to wait for the meat platter which arrived several minutes later and again was not piping hot. It tasted v nice however. The restaurant was not busy. Also, one of my daughters had pasta and the other sausages. The pasta came in a tiny bowl, it was a v small portion in comparison to my other daughters meal. Perhaps a bigger bowl next time. Finally, call me old fashioned but mobile phones when working?!

  • (((** 4 February 2017 by Sarah Dononvan from Honiton

    Four of us ate. The food was of good quality and our waitress was friendly and provided good service. The barman that took our drink orders & brought over my pot of tea was, however, rather curt. As a side note, my tea pot had a saucer for a lid (when the barman brought this over no explanation/apology was given, he merely put it down & walked off). I burned myself when pouring it as the tea came out over the top & it then went cold rather quickly as a saucer isn't designed to fit a teapot.
    I would have given four stars were it not for the overall attitude of the barman and the incident with the tea.

  • ((((* 24 January 2017 by Annette Hammett from Exeter

    Service excellent

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