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Picturesque thatched pub offering the best of seasonal produce

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly

The Digger’s Rest has been welcoming drinkers for more than 500 years. This pretty free house is just a few minutes’ drive from the Exeter junction of the M5, and stands in the delightful village of Woodbury Salterton. Originally a cider house, its vintage can be identified from the thatched roof, thick stone and cob walls, heavy beams and log fire. These days, choice on the bar is much wider but real cider is still well represented by Westons and Symonds. Real ales feature Otter Ale from Devon with guest appearances of other West Country brews such as Exeter Avocet. Wine fans will appreciate the list created by the independent wine merchant, Tanners of Shrewsbury. The menus make the best of seasonal produce with English and West Country organic produce used wherever possible. The kitchen is also committed to supporting farmers who practise good husbandry. Menus feature fish landed at Brixham and Looe, West Country beef hung for 21 days and pork from a farm just up the road. As well as the main menu there is a blackboard which features dishes created from prime cuts or rarer seasonal ingredients. The May beer and cider festival is worth a visit.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-3 5.30-11 (Saturday 11-11 Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.15
  • Dinner: all week 6-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Otter Ale, Hanlons Yellow Hammer, Exeter Avocet, Hunter's Crack Shot
  • Real ciders: Westons and Stowford Press, Symonds, Sandford Orchards Devon Scrumpy

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, May
  • Cider festival, May


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

2.5 miles from A3052. Signed from Westpoint Showground

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