COLEFORD, Crediton, EX17 5BZ
The attractive 13th-century building with thatched roof makes a perfect home for this friendly inn. The ancient slate-floored bar with its old chests and polished brass blends effortlessly with fresh white walls, original oak beams and simple wooden furniture in the dining room. Set beside the River Cole, the garden is perfect for alfresco summer dining, when you can ponder on the pub's history: it was used by travelling Cistercian monks long before Charles I reviewed his troops from a nearby house during the English Civil War. Menus change regularly, and special events such as 'posh pies week' or 'sea shanty evening' are interspersed throughout the year. Home-made bar food includes a range of soups, omelettes and platters, while a larger meal might include roast guinea fowl breast, redcurrant sauce with raspberry and Madeira; seasonal game pie; or aubergine moussaka with tomato and fresh basil. The pub's talking Amazon Blue parrot, called Captain, has been a famous fixture here for some 30 years, greeting bar regulars and guests booking into the six well-appointed bedrooms.