London Road, ROCKBEARE, Nr Exeter, EX5 2EE
Empty plates, diners' contented smiles and two AA Rosettes testify to the Jack's well-deserved reputation for upmarket modern British food, but this family-friendly roadside pub also offers good West Country brews on tap. The smart interior with its low beamed rooms, soft brown leather chairs and a wood-burning stove create a contemporary pub atmosphere. In the restaurant, the simple philosophy is to serve the best seasonal Devon produce in stylish surroundings. Local artisan producers underpin chef Matthew Mason's innovative menus with punchy flavours, be it game from local shoots, or salad leaves and seasonal vegetables from growers just six miles away. A three-course 'Totally Devon' selection could start with cured pork shoulder and smoked ham hock with apple and a green mustard vinaigrette. Next may come loin eye of Whimple lamb with mutton and caper pudding and swede purée. Finish with Sharpham brie; or hazelnut cake with caramelised pears and Devon cider brandy syrup.
Tel: 01404 822240
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11-3 5.30-11 (Sun 12-11)
25 Dec-5 Jan
Coach parties catered.