Barrel O' Beer: "Homely Pub And Great Value Lunch Menu" Beer Restaurant Tip by johngayton

Beer Restaurants: 4 reviews and 7 photos

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UPDATE 2016 - The pub is now called the Seafood Platter. It's still in the same hands but maybe a bit more of a restaurant than a pub. I didn't get a chance to drop in this visit but it does seem to get good reviews.

There's two "no brainers" in this village if stopping off for lunch. Firstly (well at least for me) it is definitely de riguer to have a beer and secondly you have to take advantage of the local seafood.

Neither of these is a problem as there are three excellent pubs to choose from and so the choice is simply a matter of tossing a coin (if you can find a three-sided one that is).

On this visit I my coin came up on its edge and so I chose the middle of the three - The Barrel O' Beer.

This is what I would call a "homely" pub with its open log fire and simple furnishings. Service was friendly and as a pub it has a local feel to it. The main menu has, as to be expected, plenty of fish and seafood options and at lunch times they also offer an incredibly good value 5 special menu.

I was kindof embarrassed ordering from this but then I was just after a light lunch and a bowl of mussels with home-baked bread sounded ideal.

Favorite Dish: The mussels, from just round the corner at the Exe Estuary, were perfect - plump and fresh and cooked in a vineous cream sauce. The home-baked bread roll was chewingly doughy with a crispy crust and was perfect for the task of mopping up the flavoursome juices.

Washed down with a decent pint of the local(ish) Devon Glory ale the total bill for a very satisfying lunch came to just over 8.

Address: Fore Street
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: On the main drag, about halfway between the bus stop and the beach.
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 1, 2016
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  • planxty's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Come on mate, why be embarrassed? If it is on the menu then it is offered for eating. I adore mussels and those look just gorgeous. Check this out from the other side of the country. I know the tip only shows oysters (beautiful) but the mussels there were also unbelievably good, not sure where they source them from, I think it may be Belgium.


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