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Odd Wheel, Wembury

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user reviews of the Odd Wheel, Wembury

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A fairly regular user of this pub. Started off well but the landlady clearly has problems keeping good staff. Regular turnover of chefs make eating there a real gamble. Lots of enmpasis on attracting parties at weekends so have turned up on several occasions to be turned away as bar is closed for function. The bar/waiting staff (especially the boys) seem far more interested in talking with their mates than actually serving you. Despite an attractive refurbishment the odd wheel does not come anywhere close to the friendliness and quality of three other nearby locals, namely Volunteer, Rose and Crown and The Dolphin. What a pity!
plymstockmac - 24 Jul 2011 16:15
Visited today for a family meal with octogenarian parents. We haven't been here since the new management took over and were pleasantly surprised at how nice the renewal has turned out. The bars have a much more pleasant feel about them and there is a good choice of beers including 3 guest ales on our visit today. As the previous reviewer has pointed out, there is a greater emphasis on food now. We had starters and main course each which were both of good quality and reasonably priced. We will be visitng again.
metroace - 30 Jan 2011 14:49
Visited today for a family meal with octogenarian parents. We haven't been here since the new management took over and were pleasantly surprised at how nice the renewal has turned out. The bars have a much more pleasant feel about them and there is a good choice of beers including 3 guest ales on our visit today. As the previous reviewer has pointed out, there is a greater emphasis on food now. We had starters and main course each which were both of good quality and reasonably priced. We will be visitng again.
metroace - 30 Jan 2011 14:46
The pub reopened early in August 2010 and is run by the woman who also runs the Elburton Hotel in nearby Elburton. I don't live in the area so haven't been for some time but I can tell you that the locals seemed thrilled that their pub had reopened.

The focus is more on food than it was before and I had two really good meals here during my week on holiday at a nearby farm. However although the selection of beers is smaller than previously the quality of the ones on sale was good. It was nice that they had a beer on from the local Summerskills brewery which was lovely.
GrahamA - 15 Jan 2011 08:42
closed....and about time too.Lets hope it opens up with decnt real ale.
rockface - 25 May 2010 18:49
Have heard that the Odd Wheel is closed and is for sale. Have had many happy times at this pub when in the area. I hope it reopens - too many good pubs are disappearing.
GrahamA - 5 Apr 2010 06:45
The 'Oddy' is now under new management and is in the process of having new life breathed into it. Beers are good and consistent, the food is worth going back for more than a second bite now. There is an air of enthusiasm about the place and although it will take time to bring sparkle back to every corner of the dear ol' place, she's definately worth a visit.
[ use it or lose it! ] I'm giving it a 7 'cause there's so much potential and it's only gonna get better. :-)
msnpaddle - 8 Jul 2009 21:18
Can't believe no-one else has reviewed it since I was here on holiday last year (2007).

Once again it was a regular stop for me this year whilst on hols. Seemingly nothing has changed except that they seem to now do a couple of extra beers - eg Bays Breaker. Also, the pub was consistently busier than last year which is a good thing when you read about many pubs closing down...

So, see you next year?
GrahamA - 3 Sep 2008 14:45
Went here every day last week whilst holidaying in the area and thought it was excellent.

The public bar is spartan and the lounge decor reminded me strongly of old fashioned pubs from the 60s and 70s, and just maybe that was when it was last decorated.

But don't be put off by that unless you're really wedded to All Bar One uniformity. The staff are all friendly and attentive I'd become a local by the end of my second visit.

The beers are well kept and some appear to be served straight from the barrel in the cellar. The Jail Ale was good, but I preferred the South Hams XSB - a touch more refreshing on a warm evening.

I only ate here once during the week but the food was excellent and portions were large. The menu is reasonably priced with some children's opetions too.

The place gets very busy on Thursday nights when live jazz bands play in the lounge bar.

Would definitely go back when in the area.
GrahamA - 29 Aug 2007 09:41
I can see a case for the contrasting reviews about this pub. The public bar gets full of smoke, is ruined by the pool table, and gets a motley crowd that visitors may find unfriendly. The saloon is essentially for eating. The east European chef does a good job with the food menu. The landlord keeps real ales but when pressed about one he advised me to avoid it as it was a "bit past its best". But the others were OK so I was grateful he warned me - but why was it on tap? Worth a visit - it's better than drinking at home in front of the TV! Very reasonable prices too.
GrahamH - 21 May 2007 18:50
Nothing wrong with this pub at all - a proper vilage local and excellent beer - Princetown Brewery's Jail Ale was in perfect form last night!!
johnthechef - 30 Jan 2007 23:05
LOVE THIS PUB...it has a great feel to it,great beer,live jaz music on thursday night(roger marks amarda band)a real locals pub,but friendly..ok food for the price.p.s. i dont live anywhere near here but always visit when this way on holiday..iam not sure what shabby means,cause its clean and well used.a great pub
rockface - 26 Aug 2005 03:07
returned just to see if it had got any better. Sadly the pub is still v.grim- decent band on that nigh though, so all was not lost. Do not waste your time (or money on petrol/taxi) on this pub- you will be disapointed.
anonymous - 22 Jun 2005 16:34
THe pub need a great deal of work and is in dire need of a total update
benhanjack - 4 Apr 2005 09:37
Food was good but pub is a tip, take the money and run !!!!
silversurfer - 2 Mar 2005 17:55
shame about this pub. Great location, shabby pub.
plymstockmac - 14 Dec 2004 15:38

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