The Puffing Billy Inn

4.3
518 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 518 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
ambience
4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was very mundane and not appetising. We have been many times few years ago and now changed completely.would not recommend

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FedWoo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

really great food, not a big or varied menu but great quality and amazing tastes! nice ambient and good service, definitely recommended. easy to reach by bike, train or car

JJ
JanetJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very pleasant, nice crew but service a bit slow after first course

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Ella
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We were delighted by our first visit. Open Table sorted out and confirmed our booking. A very friendly staff member welcomed us, and offered us a choice of seating. There was a choice of in the sun or undercover. The food was delicious and plentiful, though we did have to wait a while, as it was busy.
The Puffing Billy is well located on the cycle track close to a playground, with plenty of nearby roadside parking as well as their own cark.

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Chevi
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Items on menu classed as GF not all items were, had to check twice. Waited long time for food to be served, although was busy so expected some delay, suggest more staff. Good Luke warm when served had to ask to be heated up. Great pub, pleasant staff & great ambience but on the whole food & choice was a let down.

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Hindy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Unless they had a separate veggie menu (I didn’t ask) the menu was pretty sparse for veggies which I was surprised about. However we did have a very good meal and were very happy for the service in the pub.

MS
MelanieS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great food, brilliant service highly recommend.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience with superb food, courteous service and comfortable atmosphere.

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Charlie
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had a good evening spent at The Puffing Billy on Saturday.
The Fish platter which we shared was especially good.

SB
SusanellenB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff will return
Can’t wait for our next occasion

BH
BarryH
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service although table position not great.

CW
CurtisW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Children’s starters were missing, also one of our party ordered muscles which were not ready at the same time as the other mains. When they were brought out they weren’t cooked and many still closed. The chips and bread that accompanied them were left off and we had to ask. The other main meals were nice but the overall experience was spoiled.

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SarahA
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have eaten here many times and have found it of a good standard. This time was a little disappointing. The hummus was lacking in flavour and the main courses were very ordinary.

KA
KarlAndo
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely place to eat and drink. The staff are amazing.

LB
LucyB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch outside in the garden. Absolutely delicious! The staff were very helpful. Could not fault anything. Thanks so much Lucy

JJ
JessJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service. Highly recommend!!

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was excellent as always, but unlike usual, the service was very poor. We had to get up from the table to ask for service for our main course, desert, and to pay the bill. It was very disappointing to see the manager messaging people on her iPhone while we were waiting for someone to come to take our order.

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Gumboots
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit, even the children’s food was excellent, not the usual ‘something frozen chucked in the oven’. Hats off to the chef, they really love what they do and it shows. Stunning location. Love the Puffing Billy.

CL
CathyL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was the first time we had visited the Puffing Billy on recommendation from a friend. It was an early evening sitting and although busy there seemed to be plenty of staff. I have to say however that it was a very "average" experience, food was average, menu limited, and the service was poor. We were not offered pudding menus and eventually had to ask for coffee - by then our desire for dessert had waned somewhat!

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GillD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great atmosphere,
Service excellent

EJ
EleanorJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a pit stop on the Exe Cycle trail. Not cheap, but in line with most gastropubs - value for money as great pub lunch, kids and adults very happy with food. Recommend fish burger and sticky toffee pud!

Friendly, helpful and relaxed service. Book ahead!

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PeteD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Nice welcome from friendly staff. Service a bit slow and erratic, even though not hugely busy. Standard pub menu reasonably well done. Plate presentation a bit poor.

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Billy
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Best off going when they have the full menu, rather than reduced Bank Holiday menu. We enjoy it on a normal week night or weekend.

WH
WendyH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food service and atmosphere, recommended for lunch, cycling to Exmouth.

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Claire
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have been happier with our experience. Our server could do no wrong, he was warm and intuitive - a perfect combo. Food was outstanding too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most welcoming, very friendly and accommodating staff. Food was outstanding. Cannot fault at all. Will be back.

AR
AnthonyR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been disappointed. Food, service and atmosphere amazing as always

CS
ClareS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly pub with a warm welcome. Good food....recommended the Sunday Roast! Heavenly desserts & good selection of wine,beer & Gin.
Great service from start to finish even on a busy bank holiday weekend.

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VARUNF
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Roast Pork and Fish Burger was excellent ! Loved the ambience and quick service. Will visit again for sure.

JD
JDP12
London
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Staff were extremely efficient and helpful.

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mikef
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

nice clean well managed establishment , good food and fair portions ,worth a visit and nice walks close by .

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GrahamS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent surroundings and attentive service. Food good although menu slightly limited. Overall very good.

SW
SteveW
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was outstanding. A wonderful venue for pretty much any occasion.

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWX
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice furniture. Table a little too small for 4 people. Greeting/service very good. Food nicely cooked and presented without a long wait. I would prefer to be asked if I want ice in my G & T, as the glass was full of ice cubes and this waters down the gin. Overall we enjoyed the lunching experience and would come again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic dining experience with amazing staff!!

JW
JohnW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had some scraps put by for us on the table but alas forgot them when we left. So, we will have to be back again in order that our 4 legged friend at home gets her tit bits. Thank you for a very enjoyable lunch.

SY
SteveY
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Really attentive service. It was a highly pleasurable afternoon.

AM
AMarieT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

This is one of our favourite restaurants and we are happy to drive all the way from Torquay just to eat there. However, don’t know what went wrong on Wednesday as the food was absolutely not up to their usual standard. They did offer a free desert as recompense which was really appreciated

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Dave
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to be back inside especially as we were made so welcome and well looked after.

JR
JaneR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely meal 🥘 🍽 & staff
A tad chilly in restaurant
& service between corse a little quick
Otherwise v v gd

FAQs

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

The Puffing Billy Inn is rated 4.3 stars by 518 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.