The Puffing Billy Inn

4.2
410 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Puffing Billy is located in the beautiful village of Exton on the east side of the Exe estuary.

We offer a dynamic, seasonal menu of locally sourced produce inside a cosy, recently revamped stylish interior. We change our menus regularly and have a daily changing specials board utilising local produce. On Sundays we offer a superb selection of roast dinners.

Our bar offers a wide range of drinks which include an interesting range of soft drinks, regularly changing real ales, an extensive wine list, over 100 spirits and a full coffee menu.

Dogs are welcome in the bar and timber area of the restaurant, the garden and outside. We do not allow dogs in our main restaurant.

We welcome customers who wish to come in for a drink or a coffee in either our bar area, secluded rear garden or at the front of the building where you can watch the world go by. We have bike parking for our more energetic punters and for the little ones there is also an excellent play area across the road.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 410 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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FaithS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful evening at The Puffing Billy. The staff worked tirelessly to look after everyone, making sure our orders were on the way and being really courteous despite the clearly busy day. There was a loud group behind us and they dealt with their rudeness really well. I would recommend trying to get a table next to one of the heaters otherwise it's pretty chilly.

MA
MADGESMUM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

In strange circumstances this pub/restaurant came up trumps with both service and food. Not a very warm evening but staff were handing out blankets as required.

Service was very good and friendly and food was good quality.

Would definitely go back again when in the area.

AB
AlexB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice atmosphere with friendly service. Was quite cold under the cover on a nice warm day but at least you know you won’t get wet when it rains.

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were bubbly and friendly. Food was great! Thank you.

MM
MichelleM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Highly recommended.

CH
ChristineH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always superb food and wine with excellent service

DD
DebbieD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely venue for lunch in garden and for a takeaway lunch because there is an amazing children’s play opposite with picnic tables opposite . Food was average on this occasion. Fish cakes were a bit cold and would have liked a bit more fish and bit less potato. However we have enjoyed our food here several times before and eating warm food outside would not be the choice in April but covid has made this only option.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant sat in the garden under canvass. All Covid rules being followed and we were very well looked after.

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KateS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening, delicious food and great atmosphere. The staff were super friendly and it was so good to be out!
My only feedback would be for some healthier menu options 👍
Thanks Puffing Billy - we will be back

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Cully
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food as of past visits but this time the wait for food to arrive from first sitting to order to food arriving was a little too long.

CD
ClassicDynamic
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great ambience with friendly and efficient staff. Good choice was good and we were pleased with our various choices. Would have given 5 stars if they hadn’t run out of beer but we sympathise that they were overwhelmed with demand.

CM
ChrisM
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have been to the Puffing Billy many times previously and always been pleased. Under current circumstances it was as good as it could have been Eating outside not ideal yet

JR
JRay
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Took 25 minutes to be given a menu and had to remind waiter about the drink I'd ordered. Very poor service... at least 4 or 5 staff members wandering around covering about 8 tables. Thought about walking out... i would have done if it was just me. Ended up ordering just a starter, so i was sat there for just over an hour and had one drink and one starter. They need to train their staff if they want to increase sales! And there was only one vegetarian option, and bad tinny music playing in the background. Wouldn't hurry back.

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Catty
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The food has taken quite a while, starter and main arrived at the same time, it was obs cold outside so main gone cold for those with soup starter. Mains were disappointing at £15.

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BillieLouB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for our new years eve (a day early as we were about to go into lock down again, they called us to offer to go in that night and gave us a time of our choosing which was fantastic) so it was very busy so the service was a bit slower than usual but that's forgivable with the day that we went. It wasn't loud with stupid people it was a nice atmosphere though I was slightly cold. The food was good. I had the tagliatelle which was nice but not something I'd rush to go back for. My partner had the soup from the special board, sweet potato and chilli which was lovely! I always love the gins there though and such a lovely pub and the staff are very nice

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HelenO
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten here many times a s the food is always great and service very good .

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LadyP
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, felt COVID safe, lovely food and service

SE
SarahET
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely Festive set menu, that was very good value for money. We had 2 courses for £22.95 each, plus a bottle of Malbec and I thought was a very good deal at £70. Crackers on the table were a nice touch as was the roaring fire.

I had the pan fried hake with fennel and roasted potatoes - the staff were very accommodating to remove chorizo from mine as I am a pescetarian, and hubby had the rump steak. It was slightly underdone, but better that thsn over, tbh!
We both had the treacle tart, which was mildly disappointing, the pastry had a soggy bottom. But the ice cream was delicious, and again they accommodated our fussiness by substituting ginger ice cream instead of cinnamon for hubby.

Ideal venue for travelling by public transport too, the train from Exeter and Exmouthboth stop 5 mins walk away at Exton (request stop).

Will definitely go again.

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Visitor
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice but took a while for someone to come over (table service required due to covid)

JM
JennyM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were put onto table 1 which was beside a door where the staff were constantly in and out
This was when much nicer tables were empty
However after our starters the waitress kindly offered to move us
Food is always good here

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Peaches
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. We had a lovely evening. Good food and made to feel very safe and welcome. Good luck in 2021

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Locals
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Generous Christmas menu lunch cooked perfectly and served with a smile. Roast beef succulent and vegetarian parcel a winner. Also Belgian chocolate delice highly recommended for dessert.

JP
JohnP
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with good ambience, efficient service and an overall great experience. Recommend the Christmas lunch.

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Malcolmm
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not as good as previously. Sat near toilet door qite breezy when people in and out. Moved restaurant was not much warmer. Food mushroom sauce so thin just left pile of mushrooms. Turkey Gravy too thin. Cabbage too sweet. Roast pots not roasted enough and turkey had grisly bits but good portion. Only one drink as noone asked if we wanted another. If first time would not rush back everything just average when we know they are better than this.

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LauraR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always lovely food and atmosphere here. Lovely at Christmas especially! Traditional, cosy pub feel; super tasty food, Good portion sizes and LOTS of gluten-free options

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TenaciousP
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice looking pub, pleasant ambience, friendly and helpful staff. Covid arrangements easy to follow without being obtrusive. We had a light lunch of sandwiches with chips: thick-sliced doorstop style bread and very tasty fillings. We shared a belgian chocolate brownie for dessert, which was easily enough for two. Main dishes being brought to other diners were nicely presented - people at neighbouring table enjoyed theirs.

Recommended.

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Pete
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Puffin Billy, it’s a lovely treat for the family.

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robf
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was frankly pretty poor both in taste and execution. Will not return under current regime.

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Rikrox
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and staff at a reasonable price .Nicely decorated for Christmas but was lacking the usual roaring fires which made it a bit cold ,especially when the back door was left open when serving the outside area

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the staff were really friendly great service. Sat next to the warm fire. Really lovely evening

IH
IanH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a nice environment with log fires and good choice of beer and wine.

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Beegal
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good going there! Food is amazing and good atmosphere! Lovely outside area too!

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SarahF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely country pub with two cosy fires. Also great covered garden with heaters.
Food very good we had sunday roast which wasn't very hot but they soon fixed that and was lovely. Great steak and chips and good affordable wine.
would definitely recommend nice friendly staff too.

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Lindsay
Jersey
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Adult food was great, kids meals were a little overcooked.

Staff very welcoming and pleasant but service very slow.

Overall an enjoyable experience.

FC
FrancescaC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service . Overall a lovely place to eat . Pleasant and helpful staff .

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Catc
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, the staff are really friendly and welcoming. The food is really and also nicely decorated for Christmas!

DH
DaveyH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class as always. Staff are very welcoming,polite and professional in these challenging times. Food always good quality for a reasonable price. Don't want to big them up too much as won't be able to get a table !

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VictoriaS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great little pub. In a nice location. Food was lovely, although maybe a little on the expensive side. However worth the money :)

Service was great considering impact of COVID. A little on the slow side, but waitresses very accommodating and serving with a smile.

Lovely evening spent with my fiancé as a lockdown restrictions were relaxed, and tier 2 restrictions observed.

Would definitely recommend

DD
DebbieD
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really lovely small pub - friendly staff - visited several times and sat inside both in bar and restaurant . Have also had a takeaway lunch in the park opposite .

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Adam
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service. Thank you
For great service in trying times.

FAQs

The Puffing Billy Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01392 877888.

The Puffing Billy Inn is rated 4.2 stars by 410 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.