Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Our Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Eve - 11am till 11pm
Food 12noon until 2pm and then 6.30pm till 9pm

Christmas Day - 12noon till 2pm - Pub Only - No food.

Boxing Day 10am till 10.30pm - Pub only
11.30am until 2pm - Baguettes and Soup only - no bookings

27th December through to the 30th open as usual

New Years Eve - 11am until late
Food 12noon until 2pm and then 6.30pm until 9.30pm

New Years Day - 12noon until 7pm (closed in the evening)
Food 12noon until 3pm.

2nd January - open as normal.

Donna, Paul and all The Team thank you for your custom during 2017 and wish you all A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We’ve launched our Christmas menu!

Calling all Christmas celebration organisers who are looking for a venue for a festive works, friends or family meal this year (2017). We’re now taking bookings!

We’ve officially launched our festive party menu this month including a full vegetarian option.

We’ve focused on Westcountry-sourced ingredients wherever possible with our Christmas Menu and as we make everything on-site too, our dishes are super fresh and tasty. We’re offering two or three-course options including a vegetarian menu this year.

We’re taking daily bookings until December 23, excluding Sunday lunches. Our menu features the very best Westcountry produce such as a pulled pork fritter made from pork from Oakford Farm, Salcombe crab, Exmoor lamb shank and Creedy Carver duck. There’s a choice of desserts including our very own Christmas pudding.

We try to plan a diverse and palate-pleasing menu each year featuring some firm favourites and other options too. We pride ourselves on the quality of the produce we use. A lot of it comes from businesses nearby, so we’re giving Westcountry suppliers a well-deserved boost and by dining with us you will be too.

Friday, 24 November 2017

We’ve taken gold in the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards

We’re celebrating again today after receiving another award win this week!

Last night we were presented with a Gold Tourism Pub award in the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards at a star-studded ceremony in Plymouth at the Guildhall.

Earlier in the week we won Best Dining Pub in the Trencherman Awards too, so it’s been a wonderful week for us.

The 2017 Devon Tourism Awards judge said we displayed: “Exemplary service combined with top quality food.” Wow!

We’d like to thank you, our customers, suppliers and the whole team at the pub, everyone is part of this.

The event was hosted by travel journalist Simon Calder and arctic explorer Ann Daniels and they, along with awards sponsor Alan Knight from Accounting & General, are pictured with us here.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

We’re a Trencherman’s Awards 2018 winner!

We attended an awards ceremony at the fabulous Salcombe Harbour Hotel recently to find out if we’d scooped one of the top awards and we weren’t disappointed!

Thanks to your kind votes and continued support, we were named as the Best Dining Pub, beating off stiff competition from across the Westcountry. So, a HUGE thank you to you for voting for us!

Here's a look at some of what happened on the night:


Thank you to Guy Harrop for the photographs.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Star-studded stay at The Swan for Dark Skies Festival

We’re offering star gazers the chance to stay during Exmoor’s first Dark Skies Festival from October 19 to 29 this year (2017).

Being located on the Devon side of Exmoor we offer easy access to some of the key astronomical events taking place in the National Park during the festival.

Exmoor National Park is Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. It’s a brilliant place to stargaze whether you own a telescope or not as the lack of light pollution on the moor means there’s plenty to be seen with the naked eye. We’re delighted to be supporting this star-studded event, which will raise invaluable awareness of this part of the world and the beauty of the night sky.

We all spend so much time looking down these days with all the technology linked to our daily lives and there is something wonderful about switching off from the outside world for an hour or so, and just looking up for once and contemplating the universe.

Exmoor’s international dark sky designation means it is one of the best places in the country for stargazing, as it has very little light pollution and is often cloud-free. Fewer than 10% of residents in the UK can see a natural night sky with stars above them, according to the Campaign for Dark Skies.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

We’re doing a demo at Taunton food & drink fest

We will be hosting a free cookery demonstration in Taunton this month (September, 2017) as part of the 2017 Feast Taunton event.

We’ll be at The Castle Hotel in Taunton on Saturday, September 30 at 12.30pm to take part in the food and drink festival.

Feast is a wonderful celebration of the Westcountry’s best homegrown, reared and produced food and drink, as well as featuring some of the region’s top chefs who use these fantastic ingredients in their cooking and we’re delighted to have been asked to be involved.

The event, which runs from September 29 and October 1, is designed to help raise the profile of everyone involved in the industry from livestock farmers to the area’s microbreweries and vegetable growers.

We hope lots of people turn out for our free demo and, also, for the daily workshops. There will be lots of topics to get expert advice on and skills to learn. Our cooking demo will include some great tips and recipes for you to take home too.

There will be something for all the family at Feast including activities for children scheduled throughout the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be two very special dinners featuring some of the country’s top chefs including Michael Caines on September 29, followed by the Great British Menu chefs’ feast on Saturday evening featuring Jude Kereama, Josh Eggleton, Dominic Chapman and Emily Watkins.

To find out more visit www.feasttaunton.co.uk.

Photos by www.davidgriffen.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

British eggs are brilliant

People don’t realise how often eggs are used, where they can be used and that they aren’t just an item for the breakfast table. We’ve been sourcing our free range eggs from John and Mandy at Exe Valley for more than 10 years now and they provide a fantastic, tasty product combined with a great service.

We strive here to champion local producers and we’re keen to let our diners know where their food comes from and how they are also supporting the areas’ farmers when they eat with us. We’re also keen to involve children so they understand where their food comes from and how easy it is to make homemade food from scratch. So, we’ve popped a simple, fun recipe together for a light sponge below, using eggs and it’s below for you to download, and try at home with your kids and grandkids.

New research published in June’s issue of Complete Nutrition says that, as well as containing high quality protein and fatty acids, there are a number of key nutrients found in eggs – including vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium, iodine and choline – that are not present in many other foods, and in which many population groups are known to be deficient.

The report’s author Dr Carrie Ruxton explains: “The evidence is pointing to a specific role for eggs in health, as nature’s very own multivitamin. This may mean that health professionals could be justified in actively promoting the consumption of eggs.

“As recent government data shows, eggs are a veritable natural pharmacy of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and protein, putting them on a par with most of today’s so-called ‘superfoods’. Yet eggs are much more affordable and versatile.”

Now we and Exe Valley Eggs are planning to do more to publicise the benefits of eggs. We hope to have a collection of recipes available for people to download in the autumn to link with British Egg Week 2017 from October 9 until 15.