The Nobody Inn

Exeter, Devon

Buried deep in the countryside, Sue Burdge’s inn is so much the model of an olde worlde Devon pub that it ‘could have been created by a set designer’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Buried deep in the countryside, Sue Burdge’s inn is so much the model of an olde worlde Devon pub that it ‘could have been created by a set designer’. To get there, you plunge down a rabbit warren of narrow, winding lanes. The bar is ‘beguiling’, with beams, brasses and blazing log-burner, the counter ‘stacked with bottles and barrels of every kind of drink imaginable’. This is ‘somewhere memorable’, though not without its irritations, some a result of the age of the building (a shower was ‘a bit tight’ for a reader standing five foot six inches). Bedrooms range from very small (four-foot bed, separate bathroom) to tolerably spacious, with ‘a big, comfortable bed’ and en suite shower. One bed has ‘a beautiful, hand-carved headboard’. A decanter of sherry is a nice touch. The staff, when not fraught, are ‘welcoming, well practised and very able’. The food sometimes misses the mark, but the NoBody Pie has proved a palpable hit. More ambitious dishes might include ten-day corned beef, hashed with onions, potato, peppers, kale, veal jus, fried duck egg. Come in winter and hope to be snowed in for weeks, so you can sample the 260-odd whiskies. (J and MB, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Doddiscombsleigh
Exeter
Devon
EX6 7PS
England

Telephone

01647 252394

Bedrooms

5.

Open

all year except 24/25, 31 Dec, 
1 Jan, restaurant closed Sun, Mon, but bar menu available.

Facilities

2 bars, restaurant, free Wi-Fi (improving but may be patchy), in-room TV (Freeview), garden, patio, parking, dining room wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 5.

Dogs

allowed, on lead, in bar only.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £59–£90, double £79–£110, D,B&B single £79–£105, double £110–£140. À la carte £32.