The Jack in the Green
London Road, Rockbeare, Exeter, EX5 2EE +44 1409688972
- Main course: £0
- Food spend: £0
Lovely food and excellent service
15 November 2018
Voted 20th in a 2014 poll of the Top 50 Gastro Pubs in the UK, The Jack in the Green enjoys a secluded country setting in Exeter. A refined British dining menu takes pride of place alongside a wine list 17 years in the making.
Lightly-curried cod fillet with tempura mussels, apple and sultanas form a delicious starter on The Jack in the Green menu, and can be followed by the ‘totally Devon option’ of tender slow-braised pork belly with star anise, ginger and rhubarb sauce. An exquisite 5-course tasting menu features a la carte options paired with harmonising wines, while a light bar menu includes comforting pies and pub classics.
Vegetarians at The Jack in the Green in Exeter can enjoy a creative veggie menu, and there’s also a carefully-considered children’s menu for little diners. Venture outdoors for sun-drenched al fresco dining, while the interior boasts 3 elegant dining rooms and a classically-styled bar.
The Jack in the Green lies in Rockbeare, 7 miles from the centre of Exeter.
The Jack in the Green
London Road, Rockbeare, Exeter, EX5 2EE
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Customer reviews for The Jack in the Green
((((( 15 November 2018 by Thomas from Exeter
Lovely food and excellent service
((((* 12 November 2018 by Jason from Devon
The haddock risotto starter was particularly impressive. The sticky toffee pudding was absolutely excellent. The food here is usually very high quality and alongside knowledgable and good quality service. However, on this occasion, some of our party selected elements from the vegan menu. This was not up to the standard of the usual menus and the dessert was pretty poor (the crumble). The overall experience was still good however.
((((( 10 November 2018 by Sid from Poole
Perfect setting, very clean and always maintains its standards of food
((((* 10 November 2018 by Veronica from Exeter
A lovely evening for my partner’s birthday. We had the tasting menu which was delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. The decor looks a little dated and doesn’t quite match really modern and interesting food. We will definitely go back.
((((( 1 November 2018 by Sandra from Smithincott
The Dining room was well laid out with tasteful decor.All the dishes selected, were very well presented and tasted delicious.This was booked for my husbands 60th birthday,along with our daughter.
(((** 31 October 2018 by Ben from Brighton
Had high expectations of this restaurant, some of which were met and some which left a bit of a bitter taste. It was a Tuesday evening and having heard positive reviews we decided to pop in for the tasting menu. The menu was £45 for five courses and we also had paired wine for an additional £29 pp.
The table was strangely set for two, and ended up feeling more like I was in a meeting than eating, also the waiter who took us to our table mixed up the drinks.
There was bread on the table to begin with which was nice and a shot of mushroom soup which was flavourful, although a fairly standard way to begin a tasting menu.
The service was slow and we were served by four different people as the night went on which was rather confusing.
The first course was tasty with a scotch quail egg and some delicious ham and picallili. The matching wine was lovely and full of flavour and body, although the wine 'chat' explaining it was rather monotonous and scripted - a recurring theme throughout the evening.
The second course took about 20 minutes to arrive after clearing and was not good. The main issue was that the star of the dish, the cod loin, was so dry it was barely edible. Both of us left the loin and enjoyed the curried cauliflower sauce with the fresh vegetables. The wine that matched was bland and really added nothing to this course.
The main was good, with a delicious beef fillet, although the promised 'big and bold' red to match was a real let down.
Course 4 was cheese - some very good cheeses were cut, although there needed to be more chutney. A very nice lovely port to match this course.
Finally there was an opera cake which had tasteless strawberries on top and whilst looked beautiful, was overshadowed entirely by the sorbet which was great. Matching desert wine was good.
We paid quickly and left before coffee as it was now past ten and the restaurant was being reset around us for the next service. Overall rather disappointed, mainly with the service.
((((( 31 October 2018 by Patricia from HONITON
I have dined here several times and can honestly say that I and my guests have always enjoyed the excellent and beautifully cooked food.The choices and variety of courses are to be commended ,and the staff are very pleasant and helpful.
(((** 29 October 2018 by Robert from Honiton
We've eaten here before and been pleased, but the chef had an off night on this occasion. I had a 'posh' prawn cocktail, which was ok - it included guacamole, large prawns etc. However, the Malaysian laksa i had as a main course was pretty well tasteless, and nothing like ones i've had elsewhere, including in Malaysia itself. My wife had a main course that was incredibly salty, and we overheard another couple grumbling about how salty their main course was, having not been like that previously. So overall not a great experience on this occasion.
((((( 25 October 2018 by Sophie from Exeter
We were pleasantly surprised at how attentive the staff were, minor details such as carrying our drinks to the table and pulling out my chair did not go unnoticed.
The food was incredible it was full of flavour with generous portion sizes.
There were some excellent drink choices on the menu, especially the gin.
All round a lovely place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
((((( 25 October 2018 by Lorraine from Somerset
The staff were lovely and the food was absolutely excellent. The Chinese belly pork was amazing
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