excellent food relaxed atmosphere,good service
19 November 2018
A Grade II-listed former farmhouse, Bib Gourmand winner Five Bells Inn is a rustic country pub in the heart of Devon. Dating back to the 16th-century, Five Bells is a beautiful thatched Tudor building with whitewashed walls and a leafy, tranquil garden.
Vintage British character is offset by ultra-modern seasonal cuisine on The Five Bells menu. Pan-fried scallops with cauliflower, cumin and lemon thyme precede chump of Dartmoor lamb with parsnip, rosemary and ramson, while the pub champions a 1-pot cooking method in which whole chickens are pan-roasted and served in the pan at the table for sociable group dining.
Devon pub The Five Bells Inn retains its historic character with chunky Tudor roof beams and a 20th-century bar top. Modern comforts like chic slate flooring and televisions broadcasting live rugby complete the Five Bells interior, whilst the garden is awash with the colour of hanging baskets and pristine flower arrangements.
Country hideaway The Five Bells Inn is a 15-minute drive from junction 28 of the M5, and about half an hour from Exeter.
The Five Bells Inn
Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, EX15 2NT
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Customer reviews for The Five Bells Inn
((((* 4 December 2018 by Vanessa from Cullompton
Good service and food
((((( 28 November 2018 by Nicola from EXETER
Excellent Sunday roast, full of flavour and locally sourced produce. A good mix of tasty vegetables. Good to have fish and vegetarian options. Service is always friendly and welcoming and tables are well spaced unlike so many places where tables are crammed closely together.
My one suggestion for improvement would be to have the dessert menu changed occasionally on the Sunday lunch menu for those who visit regularly. the options are delicious but nice to have the surprise of something new!
((((* 21 November 2018 by Mark from Exeter
Great as usual but this time limited choice due to running out of pork
((((( 19 November 2018 by Iain from Cullompton
excellent food relaxed atmosphere,good service
((((* 19 November 2018 by Steve from Maidendown
We enjoyed the general atmosphere of the restaurant not too formal but not a casual pub atmosphere. We also liked to opportunity to bring our dog, though we left him in the car as we hadn’t realised he was permitted.
We both had the rump steak as a main course, unfortunately the steak was slightly overcooked, we weoffered a replacement and the waiter was very good about it, but we declined as it was not really a major problem and it was Handel’s e trembly well by the staff.
In short we would love to come back and try different menus and, of course, bring the dog!
((((( 12 November 2018 by Edward from Ottery St Mary
This is one of the very few - and I mean few - locations that I would recommend to friends to eat in East Devon, joining The Holt and The Nightjar. The food - whitebait, mushroom risotto - was cooked to perfection - the menu items imaginative. Top class ingredients. I'd have preferred the table to have been dressed a little more, and the ambient temperature to have been 2 degrees warmer, but these are details, and the table was a 'nod' to the 5 Bells as a pub. I drunk the excellent Stormstay, with cask marque - quite delightful. Not cheap, but for the food and service we had, I'd say we had good value. Would we go back? Oh yes !! Overall 5 stars, well done - a lovely evening. Just don't clean your car before you go, or better still, go by taxi !!
((((* 11 November 2018 by Edward from Taunton
Having moved out of the area this was my first visit since 2006. Car Park good size. Restaurant and bar still attractive and welcoming. Menu covered a good mix of foods and catered for all tastes. Good wine list.
Only criticism would be the lack of heating.
((((( 9 November 2018 by Ann from Colyton
What a lovely venue, exciting menu and very tasty roast lamb. Oh yes and fab honeycombs cheesecake.
((((( 9 November 2018 by Andrew from Kidwelly
A very enjoyable experience. The food and service was superb. Highly recommended.
((((( 7 November 2018 by Paul from Cullompton
Lovely Sunday Roast and dessert fully recommend. Good selection of ales and a craft Stout. Lovely friendly atmosphere and staff.
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