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Not as cheap as the Crown in Lynton but then again the stone seats outside give a fantastic view over the bay so its worth paying a bit extra. 3 handpulls from Exmoor Ales as well as Doom Bar and Sharp's Special. The beers I tried were good but not quite in the excellent category.
paul_d102 - 25 Aug 2014 21:31
an astonishingly beautifull building, positioned in the most spectacular way jutting out towards the sea, with a 17th century cottage and a huge hill side as a back drop. its so pretty to behold, that its perfectly obvious as to why its overrun with tourists (like ourselves).

despite the crush of punters at about 7 or 8pm, the service was good, the food pretty good and the beer excellent. the exmoor ales are available as three 1/3 pint tasters which is a great touch. the stag and the gold were lovely.

only one complaint. the pub chef suffers from delusions of grandeur. he refused to put cheese on chips, for some reason he feels that it's beneath him. but he will still serve mushy peas and chips. idiot needs to get over himself. its a pub your serving. not the ritz.

none the less, ignoring the cooks pretensions, the place is brilliant.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 28 Aug 2012 13:36
Nice little pub in a very nice location down by the harbour. Like a few others I found the barpeople a tad condescending, but as it was a nice day on both of the days that we called in here recently, we enjoyed our pints outside and only had to deal with them when we got in the next round. Nice to watch the world go by - smugly watching the envious looks of some of the people walking past.
littledrummerboy - 24 Jun 2012 22:13
Well finally got back to this hostelry, after a long time. Have read the reviews regards the landlord in all honesty can't say I've seen him or know him.But every visit I've made the staff have been wonderful.The beers, as always excellent and the food although pricey is always good.I had the fish and chips this time round, on a par with Weston supermares Papa's Restauarant price wise etc so no qualms there.
It's still a firm favourite for me and the modern toilets are always a talking point with guests I take there.
james55westhead - 2 Apr 2012 12:22
Cosy pub in a fab location.
I drank 8 pints of Exmoor ale here on my girlfriends birthday it was fantastic.
It was never a dull moment sitting outside, watching the world go by and the tide come in on a sunny summers evening.

montie49 - 8 Dec 2011 18:40
Nice pub in a idyllic setting. dissapointed there don't do a sunday roast, but definately worth a visit
milo71 - 7 Jul 2011 13:45
Beautiful pub in fantastic setting. Stag ale first class. However........
I ordered a pint and a small white wine, and was charged 7.85.
When I pointed out that I had been mistakenly charged for a large wine, I was told to my horror that the wine was indeed 4.60 for a small glass.
Never again!
wilum - 4 Jun 2011 19:54
Good pint of Stag Ale
f6c - 25 Apr 2011 20:46
Horrible, rude managers for the past three decades. But to sit outside on a sunny day with a pint and a fresh crab sandwich, it's worth it.
exguvnor - 29 Jul 2010 10:46
As we were staying in the village for three nights, my wife and I reconnoitred this pub for our evening meal and spoke to the bar manager. We returned approximately one hour later, with our 19 year old vegetarian daughter, together with our son aged 21. Before we had the chance to speak the slightly patronising manager immediately redirected us all to the only area in the pub bar approved for children. Considering the menu prices, a single vegetarian option would appear outdated and narrow minded. Clearly an upmarket hotel aimed at the affluent second homers and passing tourist trade, not dependent on any loyalty.
Hellskitchen - 4 Oct 2009 16:03
We stopped for a meal and a few pints here after a lovely stroll down from Watersmeet.
The beer selection was excellent and the pints of Fox and Gold I had (both Exmoor Brewery) both were fab.
THe food was lovely too - in particular the puddings which were the best pub puddings i can remember having.
Service generally excellent too, with really friendly helful waiting staff.
BUT - we went to pay the bill and despite it not being at all busy, and there being an itemised bill, the landlord refused to split the bill - we even offered to work it out for him but not a bit of it. I found him rude and unhelpful.
This is a real shame as we'd had a great time here and this really clouded our visit. It was such a simple request, and must be made so very often in such a tourist spot. More customer focussed service required please
jdawks - 30 May 2009 22:22
Been here 5 or six times over the past few years, and each time I visit it's become more upmarket. Gents incredible.
Well kept Cotleigh Barn Owl, but bar manager very pushy for us to order food - probably because we were taking up valuable dining space. Will visit again.
agoentis - 7 May 2009 15:10
Made areturn visit too this lovely pub,with friends in tow.Excellent pint of the Fox Ale and the Exmoor,Full marks on the Beer front.The Food was just as excellent,and well worth the price,and excellent service all round,Just as good as my first visit some months previous can,t wait to go back,,,,very soon.well done the Rising Sun...
james55westhead - 15 Mar 2009 17:53
Fantastic location and nice decor inside. Still felt like a pub though it looked like most people were there for lunch. The food was quite good, but very expensive and not very generous portions. I can't remember the beer so it must have been OK. We arrived a bit late for our booking and this seemed to go down badly with the staff. Aside from the impressive location, this is probably not one I would go back to again.
AJM - 1 Feb 2009 17:41
Late comment from September. Caught a bus from Minehead as we had heard of this beautiful village and we did enjoy our Exmoor beers in this loely pub.
gillhalfpint - 15 Jan 2009 11:33
Best Beer in town, by a long way. The atmosphere is a trifle dull, but the food is excellent.
LukeD - 11 Nov 2008 15:34
Todays lovely weather prompted a drive in the country nay coastline of Somerset/north Devon,as lunchtime approached i found myself in the beautiful harbour village of Lynmouth.Having parked up,in the Esplanade car park,i took the little stroll to The Rising Sun,a black/white thatched affair,on the harbour side,Olde worlde interior,looked a bit well used but very clean.I were served almost straight away 2-80p worth of local Exmoor ale,it came crystal clear and tasted everybit as it should,wonderful.The menue was not too big,and obviously well chosen,albeit to the ardent pub goer,s might think this a biot pricey,i can say now it was well worth the price and the wait,Excellent to say the least.(i,d chosen the slow cooked belly pork).I finnished this with another excellent pint followed by a caffetiere,of coffee,which yealded 2.5 cups for 1.80p not bad.I decided to spend a penny before departing,and wow what an eye opener,the toilets were ultra modern and sparkling/spotless.what a delightful treat these days.Will i be going back,bet your life i will and singing it,s praises to one and all..
james55westhead - 8 Oct 2008 19:13
I can only say that I wish this pub (or even something half as good) was near me. Brilliant staff, was drinking the carbonated stuff (don't really know why) so can't comment on the quality of the ale. Bar food was well priced and tasty, and what a location. One of Devon's (if not Englands) prettiest towns.

GoneFishing - 10 Sep 2008 13:18
This pub is one of the nicest in the area, there is little to fault it apart from it sometimes gets a bit busy ... understandably when you see the quality of the bar food. It is sensibly priced for really good quality seasonal local food with a menu that steps away from the basic scampi and chips. The wine is good and the beer prononced excellant .... can't wait to return
enid - 1 Sep 2008 18:24
lovely atmospheric bar (attached to an excellent hotel, most rooms have sea views) where locals and tourists mix happily. good selection of bar food.
mozzzzzz - 16 Dec 2007 19:26
This is a cracking pub with excellent (slightly expensive but value for money) food and spot on Exmoor ales. Despite being part of an upmarket small hotel it still manages to retain a real pub feel and Tony, the current landlord is a really nice guy. Also; Debs, the head barmaid, is a joy to watch working, one of the best barmaids I have seen ever.
johnthechef - 18 Sep 2006 21:31
The raised area outside is a lovely place to sup an Exmoor Ale and watch the world go by. The whole building is interesting, and survived the flood despite its age. Don't forget to visit the flood memorial exhibition nearby.
shropspy - 7 Aug 2006 14:23
More welcoming than the Village Inn with a lot of its space dedicated to a restaurant, where main meals looked reasonably priced unlike the bar snacks which looked expensive. Decent pint of Exmoor to fill up on but the release in the gents is met with 3 varieties of brown splattered tiles that has to be seen to be believed!!
lout_from_the_lane - 26 Apr 2006 17:56
Cosy, welcoming pub. Doesn't seem to have changed much since the '50s. Did I imagine it's got a thatched roof? Nice location too... right on the edge of the harbour. Rather lovely to walk up the gentle hill from the sea on a summers evening with a promise of a pint.
Albert_Campion - 16 Dec 2005 17:31
This pub is straight over the road from the harbour at Lynmouth and just around the corner from the cliff railway, they stock several of the poplular Exmoor ales from the Golden Hills brewery, good cider and good food.
GFR - 4 Jan 2005 10:40

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