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The Five Bells Inn

Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, EX15 2NT +44 1884685931

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

Wonderful surroundings, friendly landlord and staff, great food!!

Daimon Tilley 09 March 2018
from Taunton

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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

Contact +44 1884277288
Reservations +44 1884685931

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Customer reviews for The Five Bells Inn

4.6 (((() (based on 258 reviews)
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  • lunch (175)
  • romantic (92)
  • value (62)
  • luxury (57)
  • private dining (53)
  • views (48)
  • large parties (38)
  • al fresco (36)
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  • ((((( 14 March 2018 by Shelley Turner from Hertfordshire

    Such a fabulous restaurant and food to die for. The staff and service were excellent and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the Five Bells.
    Hope we can make a plan to revisit later in the year.

  • ((((( 14 March 2018 by Hayley Lamb from Bristol

    Had not been before and found via Google and online recommendations. We booked for Mother's Day and they managed to squeeze us in as the last table. The food was excellent and they catered well for allergies (lots of gluten-free options). I don't normally like pub roasts that much as they are never as good as homemade, but this was without a doubt the best I've had (and on par with homemade!). I thought the set menu with 2 or 3 courses was good value for money, and wish I'd had room for all 3. The pub itself is very nice, we were by the fire which was lovely. Would like to come back in summer and try out what looked like a very nice pub garden too. 5*

  • ((((( 9 March 2018 by Daimon Tilley from Taunton

    Wonderful surroundings, friendly landlord and staff, great food!!

  • ((((( 6 March 2018 by Louise from Exeter

    Lovely pub, friendly staff and a great dining experience.

  • ((((( 28 February 2018 by Gillian Manning from exeter

    Excellent! Lovely Sunday roast - v. attractive pub - great service!

  • ((((( 26 February 2018 by Felicia from Cullompton

    Enjoyable. Peaceful.
    The food is extremely well cooked with very special and interesting 'taste' experiences

  • ((((( 19 February 2018 by Sami Glover from Clyst Hydon

    Exquisite food. Presentation was just amazing. The attention to detail in the dining experience was brilliant. Freshly baked bread, locally sourced food at its best.

  • ((((( 18 February 2018 by Mark Dinnin from Farnborough

    Fantastic meal: lovely atmosphere in a beautifully presented pub - recently done up but retaining its read pub feel (hadn't been for about 4 years and not disappointed). Great food- super range of locally sourced ingredients. We had delicious soup, smoked nackarel and baked cheese starter. Main course were fabulously plump and sweet mussels in cider, fish and chips comprising a very generous haddock fillet in lightest of batters, washed down with quality local real ale and fantastic fruit juice drink actually made in the village. We had the 2 course lunch menu which filled adults and gluttonous teenagers alike.
    Great service - friendly and definitely know their food!
    Brilliant value. Only regret is we couldnt fit dessert in... oh well, next time!
    Highly recommend this place . It's not far outside Exeter and much better than any of the other gastro pubs we've been to in the area (have tried many when loved in area for 15 years).

  • ((((( 17 February 2018 by Paul Richards from Ivybridge

    A delightful lunch. Fantastic location and would be great outside in the beautiful pub garden in summer. A warm welcome was followed by a delicious two course lunch. The Cornish boy Laity starter was crisp and oozed cheese. The marriage with the tart gooseberry chutney was inspired and a good change from cranberry. My wife loved her crispy battered fish whilst my steak sandwich had a distinctly New York feel. Great value and will come again.

  • (((** 14 February 2018 by JMC from Tiverton

    We booked for 4 persons on a Saturday evening. Our experience was ok but not great. The welcome was good. The menu was very limited in terms of choice and didn't match the image given on the website. The main courses were good, very tasty but portions very small. I had the fish which was very good though it was served on a chipped plate. My son had the Hoggit which he enjoyed. We didn't get the wine we ordered but what we had was very nice and correctly charged. We had asked for a more expensive one so this turned out fine. Pudding was not good. On arrival I thought my tart was enclosed in a chocolate pastry case but it was actually burnt. It was sent back and refunded. Portion of ice cream so small it was barely there! I had also phoned to advise that one person had a nut allergy and as most puddings had nuts in some form his left very little choice.
    Overall my feeling is that it could be very nice with some improvements.

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