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At a glance

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

The whitewashed building might be 16th century and the 19th-century name refers to the nearby railway line, but the food here is absolutely 21st century, served in a chic, modern dining pub-restaurant. Taken over in 2015 by the St Austell Brewery, the traditional exterior disguises the crisp, clean lines and finish within, where reliable West Country beers such as Branscombe Vale Branoc, combined with an appealing menu, combine to make The Puffing Billy a favourite destination dining bar. The home-cooked dishes are seasonal and locally sourced so along with pub classics you can expect the likes of fennel and orange-cured salmon, poached king prawns and chicory salad; and beef short rib and Portobello mushroom pie with horseradish mash, buttered kale and chantenay carrots. The neighbouring Exe estuary and the distant upwellings of Dartmoor's hills and woods may be glimpsed from the tables at the front.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: 12-2.15
  • Dinner opening: 6-9.15

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Branscombe Vale Branoc, Hanlons Yellow Hammer, St Austell Tribute
  • Real ciders: Sandford Orchards Devon Red, Thatchers Gold

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A376 signed Exmouth, through Ebford. Follow signs for pub, right into Exton

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