The whitewashed building might be 16th century and the 19th-century name refers to the nearby railway line, but the food is absolutely 21st century. 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, along 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 baked fig, Parma ham, parmesan crisp, rocket and sherry vinaigrette; and Darts Farm 28-day dry aged 10oz rump steak.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.15, Saturday to Sunday 12–9.15
Dinner: Monday to Friday 6–9.15, Saturday to Sunday 12–9.15
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
A376 signed Exmouth, through Ebford. Follow signs for pub, right into Exton.