The Puffing Billy Inn

4.3
439 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 439 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SueL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food under extremely difficult conditions

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LucilleH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Wasn’t happy at first to be given our precooked table for two NOT under the outdoor canopy when rain was forecast. On asking, waiter was very helpful and we were moved to a table under canopy as luckily there was one available. My vegan roast was excellent and my husband’s fish burger was very very good. They were v busy on bank holiday Monday so verybusy but we weren’t offered dessert menu so we just asked for the bill as we weren’t fussed but it would have been better to have been asked if we wanted dessert or coffee.

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Janetruss
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A very enjoyable visit in the circumstances. Food was on the whole excellent but the roast was disappointing - roast potatoes and parsnips were good but with only just one small head of broccoli there was not enough green veg on the plate! The Beefburger meal was, however, very good indeed and the puddings, although expensive, were excellent.

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LouiseT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely place nice atmosphere food good. My food was a bit bland but my partner's was nice. Would go back as in a nice area

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BrianH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and a good evening all round, the puffing Billie team did a great job under the circumstances

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LizL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

It’s been a while since we lasted visited the Puffing Billy . This time we were a little disappointed with the menu ,perhaps this was due to Covid . The staff were welcoming and there were blankets provided for when it got chilly . A much needed gathering with our family

LR
LindaR
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drink, good service and a nice atmosphere on what could have been a cold, wet evening outside!

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jimothy
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Super food and drinks - all our group of six REALLY liked what they selected.
Good service and a fun visit. Our only observation was that we were some distance from the space heaters.
Would return in a heartbeat and recommend.
James

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JaneR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside because of Covid rules. It was raining when we arrived but all seating well under a huge canopy so quite comfortable. We were 30 minutes earlier than booked but got a table straight away. I had fish cakes as a main dish and they were fabulous with lots of fish (unusual !) My husband had mussels which he enjoyed. The chips were excellent too. All staff efficient and nice. Lovely relaxed lunch

JL
JayneL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served outside by attentive and friendly staff. Food freshly cooked, hot and delicious. Heaters and overhead cover appreciated.

MB
MarionB
Bath
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly and smiley - it was a real treat just to be there. Superb outdoor area, well used, ample car parking, and a lovely area to walk around. Thoroughly recommended.

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CatF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service
Really lovely experience - thank you!

SD
SteveD
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to get back to the Puffing Billy, food great & service excellent, will definitely be going back

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GinetteH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always - felt very safe all COVID measures put in place - just need more sun but not something you can order!

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RachaelS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor seating area and it was lovely that their menu reflected their usual Sunday menu and the outdoor arrangement didn’t change the experience. Lovely meal

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Clare
Bath
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was very poor and very slow. Waiters and waitresses only loking down at the floor so very hard to catch their attention. Even then it took a long time.

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CyclingStop
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. Great service, and just an amazing atmosphere.

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BOBAK
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Outside area and food were both lovely however slightly pricey given the poor service due to one forgotten starter, no cutlery, condiments or napkins (had to ask for them) also requested a finger bowl for mussels 3 times before we got it. And we were never offered a dessert menu nor was the table ever checked on.

LR
LilianaR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, delicious food and kind staff.

AJ
AmberJ
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remember to bring your coat as was rather chilly sat under the canopy.

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LisaW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Ordered a prawn sandwich with a Bloody Mary sauce and chips. sandwich arrived with no sauce just a few prawns on a bed of lettuce, it was tasteless. I was charged £2 for 6 chips as a side order. It’s a shame because we really like the Puffing Billy but this was a disappointment.

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Tone
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. The pork belly was lovely. All in all was a pleasant experience. Thank you.

KL
KatieL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great food (as always). Good social distancing in place and service was very polite (a little bit slow to get more drinks). Heaters outside and blankets made it really lovely.

JF
JadaF
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in the beer garden, excellent service, very nice location

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AngelaD
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were brilliant working in the new circumstances, food was great as well,

DM
DarylM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My partner ordered the roast beef, but she found it a little too fatty.

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MichelleM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff amazing after this long break !
As was the food !

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Victheskier
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Their outside dining is done as well as possible
Service was friendly but a bit slow
The roast lamb was delicious, fish burger in a black bun was better without the bun
A very pleasant lunch

JE
JennyE
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor space and a welcoming team of staff. Thank you very much for a great Sunday lunch

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FaithS
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
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.

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MADGESMUM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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.

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AlexB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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 on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
MichelleM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Highly recommended.

CH
ChristineH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always superb food and wine with excellent service

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DebbieD
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
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
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
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 on April 13, 2021
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
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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 on April 13, 2021
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.

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 439 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.