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Visited midweek on a quiet out of season afternoon so the place was almost empty most of the time we were in here.

However with a few people in I could imagine this place having quite a good atmosphere and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to get o bit of quiet too.

5/10 Maybe a revisit is needed.
montie49 - 16 Apr 2018 17:29
Looks as if its back to being a pub. Menu now seems to be heavy on burgers.
Didn''t have a pint so can''t rate this time.
captaineric - 15 Sep 2017 11:15
Has turned into a restaurant.
captaineric - 23 Apr 2013 10:04
must have been lucky compared to others. 5 of us (incl. kids) went there on the hunt for dinner. Interior looked a bit shabby but staff was welcoming and food was good (2x moules, risotto, rock salmon, seafood pasta). Pint (Tribute) was OK as well. Had a friendly chat with the landlady afterwards. Will probably go again..
peteathome - 15 May 2012 19:53
visited on 24th,the food was awfull,not a pleasant experience
blackjack - 29 Sep 2011 12:27
Awful! Chilled real ale, one of the staff over friendly to the point where it was creepy, the other looked like we were there to spoil his day. Wouldn't let us have a bowl of chips with our round of drinks for five. Shabby tired decor. Never again.
soul223 - 21 Jun 2011 20:15
Visited Beer on Sunday lunchtime after driving the coast road home to Devon from Dorset. It was a nice day so lets go for lunch I thought and decided to try the Barrel O beer. Proclaiming on a board outside to be one of the best food pubs in Devon and also advertising Moules Frites ( a personal favourite), I thought we were on to a winner. Stepping inside I was a bit surprised to find ourselves as the only punters, still it was only 12.20 so I was sure more would turn up. I opted for the afore mentioned Moules and Mrs Gaffer went for Pork steak in Cider sauce to be washed down with a pint of Otter and a soft drink for her. When the food arrived we were still the only punters and judging by what was put in front of us I could see why. A chewy pork chop swimming in a watery sauce with a couple of new spuds and a bit of veg and a load of closed mussels and overcooked chips. The landlord was a rather brusque and unwelcoming sort so I decided to put this one down to experience, skip dessert and vow that next time I'm in Beer we will try one of the other pubs. To cap things off it was horribly overpriced for what you got when I could have gone in the next pub up the street for an 8.50 carvery. D'oh!!
thegaffer - 27 May 2011 14:58
Well A nice menu. and not cheap food which was good. But the portions are microscopic. One big problem is the chilled real Ale. Would not use again because of the small portions really about 7.00 for three small scallops, then the monk fish portion was like a large prawn no veg just the fish. Bread and butter pudding is indeed awsome but hey guys get to grips with portions. It has not been painted inside since the smoking ban so that is off putting.

Barryboy - 5 Apr 2011 18:28
I wish I had read the previous review before choosing to eat here this evening. We should have taken note of the fact that the restaurant was empty last night and again tonight; a fact the owner said was simply not trye; it was only our night that was the problem. My partner had seabass, which was very chewy, definitely overcooked and quite possibly not as fresh as they claim. My lobster was chewy, definitely not fresh, and when I came upon a bit that smelled really quite foul, I became a bit worried. We had already mentioned to the owner that we weren't very happy with our food when he asked us. He appeared terribly surprised claiming his chef was Michelin-trained, and patrons were usually complimentary. We decided later the Michelin training might have been simply watching "Masterchef" as not only the fish but everything else was very poorly cooked. The worst part was the owner's reaction when I told him I was genuinely worried about the rotten smell of the bit of lobster I had just tackled. He became terribly aggressive and defensive, and was obviously not prepared to listen to us at all but kept talking over us. When my partner pointed this out he reacted quite nastily, talking about us starting an argument etc. In the end he conceded to let us have our food for half price - not great since it was still totally overpriced for what it was in the first place. I very much we won't have to go back tomorrow reporting food poisoning...Avoid at all costs!!
poahpoah - 15 Dec 2010 22:30
Not recommended! Visited Beer this week, decided to treat ourselves to a meal out and picked Barrel O Beer. Menu was fairly varied, mostly fish dishes. My partner picked the Crab and I went for the Skate wing. Both very over priced for what we received. The crab was small with only a bread roll for 15!!!!!!! The Skate wing was underdone, pool of blood in the middle which made me feel quite sick thinking that I had already eaten some of the fish! Chips were also overdone, a terrible meal at the cost of 12.75!
The chef was advised of my bloody skate and all she apparently said was that she thought it was okay!! They only would allow a discount on my meal, I had to pay 10 for fish i hardly ate because the chef cant cook and for overdone chips that i ate only because i was hungry!
I would not recommend anyone go here, food bad, atmosphere uncomfortable and very overpriced.
katy2807 - 21 Jul 2010 20:08
This is one of the most bizarre pubs we have ever been in! It was a bit like being in a Little Britain sketch! We were served by 2 men in shiny 80's style suits and ties, one of whom seemed to think he was working in some sort of Michelin starred resteraunt rather than a very dated pub! It felt like you had to talk in hushed tones and we did not feel comfortable at all. Toilets especially are in desperate need of an overhaul, they were cleanish but just really tatty.
Went in for lunch, food on normal menu was very overpriced, but we had set menu, 2 courses for 9.50. Starters were ok but main courses were not good at all and we would have been very cross if we had paid normal price for them.
They had 3 local ales on handpumps, but managed to dispense them by only pulling the pump once, like lager??? And they were too cold.
We won't be rushing back next time we are in that part of the world.......

Shuv - 21 Feb 2010 23:21
popped in here for a quicky last week mainly to get out of the rain one lunch time, was a nice cosy atmosphere with a log fire burning in the corner, i had a pint of best bitter can't recall what, which was very pale in colour for a bitter and not really to my taste, was also very cold,
vinnnie - 27 Oct 2009 13:59
This is a definite food first, pub second kind of place. We didn't eat as the food was very expensive, although the selection of fish dishes was extensive. Popping in at 5 pm we were able to sit by the fire with a nice pint of Otter, but I can imagine that attempting to drink later on in the evening wouldn't be much fun as it will be full of diners.
Drinking_Bull - 22 Oct 2009 12:24
A terraced, cottage like pub, with white render and green paintwork.

The interior is open plan, part of which is given over to a dining area. The decor is white walls and artex, with black beams and there are lots of nice local pictures and brass memorabilia. Traditional look, with pew seats. They do food, but it isnt cheap, i didn't eat. Service was ok, the clientele older, but it was quiet overall.

Beer; usual tap stuff, with Otter Bitter, Eve Valley England Glory, Devon Summer and Devon Heaven on handpull. The Heaven was almost MILDy, just served a little too cold.

I would return again - a good selection of beer and nice surroundings
Archivist - 14 Sep 2009 10:32
Visited the Barrel of Beer on 21st June 09. Beer was ok (several real ales), but the food was very poor quality and overpriced - a tough sirloin steak with awful chips and no veg, over 16. The lamb on a little mashed potatoe was about 15 - it was 70% fat! We complained; the meals were exchanged for steaks, both as tough as the first.
richtaylor - 26 Jun 2009 12:40
Finally got round to having a beer in Beer and chose this one.

2 exe Valley beers on tap
Otter Beer
Anstells Mild as well

I hate seafood with a passion but from the people coming in an eating, it would seem to be renowned for it, so if that's your cup of tea, then this pubs for you
Splodge68 - 12 May 2009 00:44
Nice pleasant bar,lunchtime meal of Ploughmans for self and Crab sandwiches for "She Who Must Be Obeyed" was very nice.
Of course really here for the Beer, so the Dartmoor Best Bitter went down a treat for self and "S.W.M.B.O" liked the Otter Bitter.
We popped in here a few times and stayed with these beers.
Staff very friendly and helpful, young barmaid with lots of body piercings really nice. Would go back again.
reelaleboy - 17 Sep 2008 20:30
Ale was fine, staff friendly, nice location..but just didnt like the place ? Couldnt put my finger on it.
nickthefish - 14 Sep 2008 08:32
Limited selection of ales on my visit with 4 locally produced ales with nothing over 4%. Staff very attentive. Small selection of sandwiches for lunch made even smaller after running out of crab. Other meals available for lunch but not a pub for a light lunch.
costello - 6 Sep 2008 16:03
Lovely little pub nice beer friendly staff.
shellshock - 3 Nov 2007 20:47
Local ales are available and the handpulls appear to be electric dispense - when left in the down position the beer pours automatically. The quality is okay. The menu is predominantly fish, I had steak and it was cooked to perfection. The food is more imaginative than the normal pub average but is overpriced. The place does lack character although the staff are friendly enough.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 16 Oct 2007 12:20
nice pub
good selection of reel ale good food
dont miss this one
prs - 11 Oct 2007 00:01
The quieter of the three pubs in the village, but the beer was good - there are a few local brews to try - and the service came with a smile and a chat. It is clean and the food is good value. I was suprised that it didn't open all day like the other two (That was in April). It may be different in the summer. Worth a visit - it's a great village and the people are very very friendly.
flagship - 30 Aug 2007 21:31
We enjoyed the local beers but found the food and general ambiance pretty average.
rentaquote - 1 Jun 2007 15:16
Found this to be rather crowded and the beer below average, very friendly staff trying their best to make everyone feel welcome, doesnt have the feel of a local, not a place to enjoy a few beers for me.
bellevueace - 31 Dec 2006 21:34
Nice friendly family run pub, the most instantly appealling of the three that ply for trade on the main drag. Four of us ate lunch to mixed feelings. We tried two starters, both delicious but very stingy portions at (almost) London prices. For mains there was a whole crab salad and John Dory that did what they said on the tin. The other two weren't that impressive. Our wretched vegetarian friend was presented with an unappetising small portion of white beans in a weak tomato sauce and no one when ordering grilled sea bass expects ONE fillet on top of twenty odd cherry toms all cooked to varying degrees.
The local ales are kept in tip top condition, there's Addlestone's cloudy cider on draught and even a local white wine on the list.
The staff are attentive and warm but imagine my horror on hearing that I'd missed last orders at 2.30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. I was just getting up a thirst and would have happily parted with my lolly in exchange for sweet, sweet beer for a while longer.
theStickler - 18 Oct 2006 11:31
agree with above comments.
blackjack - 9 Oct 2006 13:21
Excellent pub - beer well looked after, and the staff really seem to care about it. Best Sea Bass in Devon - guaranteed!
10/10 in every area
Pinkeye - 11 Sep 2006 21:05
verry good food and allways good real ales.
a warm welcome awaits you by the hunt family.
the chef worked in mamy top resturants around the world the savoy hotel london, michelin star resturants in paris & germany & a 3 michelin star resturant in burgundry.
josh stuart - 5 May 2005 15:34

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