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The Five Bells Inn

Clyst Hydon, Tiverton, EX15 2NT +44 1884685931

(((() British
  •  - Devon
  •  - Devon
  •  - Devon
  •  - Devon

As good as Gastro dining gets, can't wait to go back

James Vince 09 July 2017
from Awliscombe

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A grade II-listed former farmhouse, The 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, Tiverton, EX15 2NT

Contact +44 1884277288
Reservations +44 1884685931

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Customer reviews for The Five Bells Inn

4.6 (((() (based on 211 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (163)
  • lunch (144)
  • romantic (75)
  • luxury (49)
  • value (49)
  • private dining (44)
  • views (38)
  • al fresco (32)
  • large parties (29)
  • trendy (25)
  • child friendly (20)
  • business (16)
  • afternoon tea (10)
  • entertainment (6)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((* 23 July 2017 by Robert Board from Spreyton

    All the dishes I had were very good. The turbot dish was the best. Bit disappointed my partners main came with no veg. She had the Hake. Restaurant feature were very nice and was made to fell very welcome by all.

  • ((((( 9 July 2017 by James Vince from Awliscombe

    As good as Gastro dining gets, can't wait to go back

  • ((((( 6 July 2017 by Jim Kennard from Cullompton

    A warm welcome from the barman / manager with a bit of chit chat whilst ordering the drinks, having previously made a reservation were shown to our table with menu's, we did not have a starter, however warm breads were supplied which were both tasty and filling. The main meals were both well presented and all of our party thought very delicious. All in all a very enjoyable meal, we will definitely return and would recommend.

  • ((((( 5 July 2017 by Ann-marie Tyce from Exeter

    Excellent service and lovely food. Like that food is sourced locally.

  • ((((( 3 July 2017 by Hazel Spence from Taunton

    An excellent experience , very friendly , the grilled plaice was perfection , but , special thanks for not forcing music on us .

  • (((** 3 July 2017 by Richard Bevan from Cullompton

    Food is always excellent however on the most recent visit the service was way too slow which was disappointing. We were not offered bread despite other tables clearly having some and when the main course was served, a request for vinegar took so long to arrive that the chips had already been eaten. A disappointment given the previous high standards of service at this location.

  • ((((( 30 June 2017 by Jan Botsford from Bampton

    Service was excellent and the food was delicious. I had the lamb which was amazing and beautifully presented. We have been eating at The Five Bells for many years and it is consistently good. Highly recommended.

  • ((((* 17 June 2017 by Paul George from Exeter

    Duck starter out of this world.
    Mussels good. Duck fat chips lovely.
    Treacle tart slightly overdone, not treacly enough.
    Great ambience, good service, felt very welcomed.
    Requires designated driver as only way to get there is by car (or a long walk/cycle ride).

  • ((((* 16 June 2017 by Nicholas Milton from Wellington

    We arrived before the friends that we were meeting for dinner and received the usual warm welcome from the genial Gary. Once at our table were surprised, as always, with the wide choice of dishes and eventually made our selections. The first courses arrived sooner than we expected and all our starters and mains plus 2 desserts were of excellent quality. The Rioja went well with the Dartmoor Lamb. The resulting bill was in line with the standard of food that we had received so four contented customers went their separate ways and look forward to a further visit in the future.

  • ((((* 8 June 2017 by James Campbell from Exeter, United Kingdom

    Friendly service, led by the boss. Not very busy that day but all done without fuss. Good tempo of service. The food quality is high. I had duck egg Scotch style and ham, egg and chips. Very good. Partner had pate and steak burger, again all good. I have had an excellent steak there before but just wasn't in that mood. Ample car parking. Worth the navigational adventure to get there.

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