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Have to agree this is an expensive pub for a pint and I was not that impressed with the selection of beers, had the Guinness as didn't have anything else I like, but I am a bit fussy as I don't like Larger or real ales, so limited to the fizzy beers like John Smiths, Tetley, Worthington's etc... That said it was a nice pub, somewhere you can take the wife and it does have a very nice outside seating area. Maybe just a bit upmarket for my taste, but if you want a pleasant pub with no louts and no trouble, this would be ideal.
AnchormanMike - 31 Dec 2014 10:39
A very expensive place if you fancy a beer.

The interior is ok and it does have a nice beer garden though. Also near to the seafront which is of course handy.

montie49 - 1 Jan 2012 16:05
Visited yesterday when met friends with the wife and kids. Log fire, first seen by me this year, very welcoming. Normal Young's bitters on offer with the addition Bath Gem, which had more body and was in great condition. Must be Winter Warmer time soon. If someone tells me when it is I'll get a train ticket! I had beef and mushroom stroganoff to eat, which could have been warmer, but very tasty and quite rich. Others had fish and chips, swordfish with dressed noodles and 'The Grove Burger', the mastery here being to deliver it to the table without the presence of scaffolding to keep it upright - sort of a mixed grill in a bun!! All very well turned out. Staff very pleasant and attentive. Dog and child friendly but in a laid back way because all behaved impeccibly, perhaps demonstrating clientelle personal standards. Have been here many times before and it will remain on my 'awayday' list. Get that Winter Warmer in - please!!!!!
tauntonbob - 6 Nov 2011 10:53
Conveniently located between the marina and the beach, they do an excellent pint of Ordinary here. Shame they had no Special, but with Ordinary this good, who cares? Good staff, too - all in all, a very pleasant place.
Trequites - 24 May 2011 21:45
five handpumps available included bombardier,youngs gold,special and youngs bitter,service was quick and friendly,6.23 for fosters and youngs gold so about average,8/10
fat_beer_badger - 13 Mar 2011 17:05
Hello The Grove,
I too am from the North West (Thanks goodness).
Just ignore the rantings of a reviewer who appears to be able to visit every pub in England every day (SproutChappie). Take it with apinch of salt. If you want proof go to all their reviews. They say the same about every pub on the listing!!!!
Good luck for the future.
Oh by the way I don't work for you, I don't own your pub I'm not even your delivery guy, in fact I now live in Berkshire!!!!.
merkin5 - 2 Feb 2011 19:09
I hesitated to comment, as the lower orders often object to correction.
(I'm also from the North, but it does not impede my use of language.)
The_Final_Arbiter - 17 Jan 2011 13:33
being from the north west england i had not young special for years. the young special i tried was very good pint and one of the best drinks in the 4 days in exmouth

this pub is a old type pub with a large front garden. with wooden floors if in exmouth again will visted
forestwood - 17 Jan 2011 12:46
The pub and it's location are fantastic with a decent sized beer garedn to boot.
But the rather expensive pint of fosters i had was revolting so for that reason alone i can only give this place 5/10
fj54lcu - 14 Nov 2010 21:22
Food is certainly overpriced - my a mile but the ales are excellent. Well kept, presented and served. I would certainly have another drop in there - in fact I look forward to it.
TheRedBladder - 5 Oct 2010 12:05
A large cream rendered detached pub, with two facing gable ends, on the sea front, with beer garden at front

The interior was open plan around the bar in the corner, with cream walls and wood panel, with wood floor and some nice old pictures. The music was of a decent level, service good, witha mixed clientele though it was still quiet. They did food, but i didn't eat. There was an upstairs bar as well.

Beer; apart from the usual tap stuff there was Young's Kew, Bitter and Special, Otter Bright and an excellent St Austell Tribute on handpull.

I thought this place was pretty decent, the best of the few i did in Exmouth that day.
Archivist - 14 Sep 2009 12:55
Went to this pub today for food with some friends. It has definately gone down hill. The food was way over-priced. My Chilli looked like it had been reheated a few times and the portion was really small. When I asked at the till if there would be any discount on it as it wasn't worth it, the guy was defensive, rude and arrogant. Won't be going back to the grove. Hopfully coastal errosion will wash it away!
Yeodave - 16 Nov 2008 22:14
Captaineric sums it up when he says the Grove is off the kids drinking circuit. I use this pub when in Exmouth for precisely that reason.

In my opinion, not one of Young's greatest but it's the best pub in Exmouth. I'll give it 7/10.
Paris_Hilton - 22 Aug 2008 14:12
Visited last week-end and will not bother again. Nice looking pub but with poor service and that speaks volumes.
chimp - 16 Jun 2008 17:46
When Youngs took over, the pub took a sad nose dive. The beer selection was lost and then the live music on Friday nights was ended. So it quickly lived up to its nick name as The Grave.

Off the kids drinking circuit, so needs something to attract passing trade.
They decided on food. But have to say it is a lottery as to what you get. Visited on Nov. 5th last year. Two meals were good, two sent back. One for being undercooked and the other for being stale. Last weeks lasagne maybe.

Think the problem is staff. The manager seems O.K. but sometimes wonder about the catering staffs grasp of English. Had to repeat the order about three times before they understood. Beer has got better recently and the Quiz nights are well worth visiting for.

So to sum up. Good in parts. Bring back the live music. Hire a few decent workers that remember to clear the tables, and get in a few decent guest beers. All is not lost yet.
captaineric - 7 Apr 2008 00:18
Good atmosphere, great beer and friendly bar staff.

Avoid for their roast sunday lunch, you will find better in a motorway service station.
The potatoes are more deep fried than roasted - inevitably uncooked in the middle whereas the other vegetables are overcooked and soggy. The beef is rubbery and fatty, almost inedible. Thankfully though the portions are best described as minimalist.

If you are looking for food stick to a sandwich or perhaps a steak, anything not too difficult to get wrong, perhaps it's better to eat there when you are not hungry.

Shame really from Youngs, normally noted for their high standards which makes it all the more surprising.

viewfair - 30 Dec 2007 14:20
Wow! Draught Waggledance. Have only previously had it bottled. 10/10 for that and a cool cat.
anonymous - 25 Jun 2007 10:51
Another nice pub from the Young's Brewery Chain.
Located in a gr8 seafront location with a nice generous sized beer garden, and a log fire for the winter months. Usually where my Sunday beer crawl around town starts off. Unfortunately quite unreliable for all the Young's ales being on at any one time. Still usually pretty quick service,and generally a nice way 2 spend a summers day.
Virtually chav-free, but quite hard 2 find a table outside in the summer season.

My Rating 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 23 Apr 2006 17:08
Great location, and used to be a lovely pub. Could be a bit touristy.
csmile - 15 Apr 2006 00:22
Since Youngs took this pub over it has lost its soul. Now the staff can be off hand and the beer is terrible at times. A Sad place compared with how it used to be and one hopes Youngs sells it onto someone else soon
anonymous - 15 Jan 2006 21:57
Nice little pub on the seafront with a popular walled garden in the summer. Now owned by Youngs with the range of beers on draft or bottled. A good old style (deap red walls and lots of wood) pub. There is a good range of food which of fair price and good quality. Great summer pub - cosey winter boozer.
bigjohn - 12 Feb 2005 16:52

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