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Chichester Arms, Mortehoe

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user reviews of the Chichester Arms, Mortehoe

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Not too bad a place, fairly cosy inside and warm too.

My only complaint is that I found the bar staff a little rude and abrupt.
Mortehoe is a lovely village and a breath of fresh air from the nearby awful Woolacombe.

montie49 - 11 Nov 2018 10:41
4 ales. Proper job, tribute, dartmoor plus another. Decent pint. Good food. Dogs allowed
dave288 - 13 Jul 2015 21:44
Rather disappointing on my last visit, seems to be more set up for food now, which I found pretty average
vinnnie - 18 Nov 2014 10:31
Fine pub, good beer. Only criticism, no WiFi!

maybe - 21 May 2014 21:13
Very good: one of the best pints we've had this year (we tried Dartmoor and Proper Job). Very pleasant sitting out at the front watching the world go by. We didn't bother with the other two pubs in Mortehoe, didn't need to.
davercox - 17 Oct 2013 11:14
The previous comment from johnthechef should be viewed with suspicion, as he refers to a juke box in the pub. I have been drinking here regularly for the last nine years and there has not been a juke box in the pub during that period. Perhaps he is referring to another pub and has got confused.
Handyman - 29 Jun 2012 22:37
With its pool table, juke box and big TV this is obviously a drinker's pub aimed as much at the local trade as us visitors. Nothing wrong with that. Friendly staff, chatty regulars and a couple of pints of lfracombe Ales' "Mother-in-Law" were more than enjoyed.

Might have to report Mortehoe pubs to the Monopolies Commission tho' as every beer in all three pubs was the same price - 3.20!
johnthechef - 13 Nov 2011 15:24
Went for dinner and a few pints recently. Exmoor Ales were well kept and steak was cooked nicely (abate a little 1980s in style). Would definitely go back!
sfb - 8 Jul 2011 16:20
Visited here just before Easter. Glorious day great walking and washed down by some excellent beer, barum Original and Wizard Ale. Friendly pub with good service and a nice beer garden.
addlened - 28 Apr 2011 10:19
I've been coming here on and off for about 10 years and it is definitely one of my favourite pubs in the country. There's always a good beer selection and the food is excellent and reasonably priced. Staff are friendly and helpful. I'm surprised to read the negative comments as I have never had a bad experience here.
deano1 - 1 Nov 2010 09:49
Went there whilst on holiday last Mon for my best mates birthday and with 4 adults and 2 children there wasn't a single complaint on the food or drink front. A Good list of specials, some were a little expensive though. The T Bone at 18 was a lot but we found out it was a lot of steak as we bought it as a birthday present for our friend. Doubt we would have ordered it otherwise though, I have to be honest
Gnomi - 9 Jun 2009 17:59
Late comment from September. We had 3 decent beers here. Cottage, Barum and St Austell.
gillhalfpint - 15 Jan 2009 12:07
I'm surprised at the reviews I've read. We went whilst down there in June, got there at about seven, and although the pub was busy, got served quite promptly. The steak and ale pie we had was delicious and not particularly expensive. The local Barnstable ale I drank was pleasant. I sat outside on what was quite a pleasant evening. As for the bolshie locals, I've always found West Country people to be a bit like that. They sometimes forget that without tourists they'd still be mining tin.
HornchurchJohn - 11 Sep 2008 20:48
I visited this poor excuse for a pub at two minutes to twelve (midday ) the landlord who is a big fan of Fawlty Towers bellowed at me" O.k. what are you doing here , we open at twelve y'know".I said that I was sorry for not being encyclopeadic on the pub opening hours of EVERY pub in the u.k. I then told him that his Good Beer Guide entry read as earlier.After tasting the CR*P that he considered to be a pint I left for something nearer to a pub.Avoid this place at ALL cost.
slerpy - 26 Jul 2008 22:07
Have to agree with some of the other comments. Great place to sit outside with a drink on a summers afternoon. Bar staff (often from down under) are always friendly and helpful. However we have been refused a food order at 1.55 because 'the kitchen already have enough to do until 2.30!!'. Is this a business or what? A few years ago we booked for an evening meal as long as we could be there by 7pm. We were but our food order was not taken until about 7.20 although we were ready on arrival.The meal was excellent but we were told at 8.15 that we would have to finish our meal as the table was required for other customers. If we required a sweet we could eat it in the then smoky bar. We declined. A classic example of a brilliant pub where the owners have become complacent and now have a take it or leave it attitude as there will be other customers along to maintain the level of business. A great shame.
allinh - 12 Jul 2008 15:21
I was a bit disappointed. After reading these reviews I expected great things, but was left feeling they were either having a bad week (yes it wasn't just the one visit) or they only make an effort during the Summer months and we were there in January.

The staff themselves are fairly civil, but the locals are unfriendly, and you definitely feel like an outsider as they push in at the bar - and promptly get served before you.
The bar just didn't seem that well run - no mixers had been stocked, no ice ready - it wasn't as though we turned up at opening time on the dot either, it was gone 1pm. The barman handed out the food menu then the boss promptly took them away again because it was 'specials only.'Perhaps someone could mention it to the barman eh? The Specials are really very special - read burger and chips, sausage and chips, pie and chips, chips and chips and wait for it - nutroast. A whopping 5.95 for a cheese toastie at lunchtime. Surely no one can justify that price for two slices of bread, ten crisps and a limp lettuce leaf. What a complete rip off.

To say this is the best pub in the village is really very telling. A definite one for the locals which is a shame. Let's hope the locals can keep the place afloat.
billybob45 - 21 Jan 2008 15:35
I visited this pub on 1st and 2nd of August.
Friendly bar staff serving excellent ale from local breweries. The beer was really very good. No doubt their high throughput helps make for the beer quality.
I went back next day for lunch to try that. However, I was too slow in reading the menu and when they say last orders at 2.00 pm they mean 2.00 pm NOT 2.01 pm. Only in English villages do you get such "service". So, we did not have lunch. It is good that they have so much income that on one of the busiest days in the year they do not want to serve lunch after 2.00 to the second.
I talked to a Summer resident of the village who was also drinking Golden Arrow. He felt that this was the best of the three pubs in Mortehoe. I am sure that he is right as long as you know the kitchen timetable.
BeerEnthusiast - 6 Aug 2007 13:42
best in the area, if you want to eat BOOK,beer great,top notch real ales,lovely little village with great views
vinnnie - 17 Apr 2007 12:42
Quite possibly one of my favourite pubs in the country. A fine selection of real ales and wines - and the food/service is outstanding for a village pub.

The fillet steak is the best I have ever had.

Couple this with the amzing location (you sit outside and see the sun setting over Lundy Island) , and you have a recipe for pub perfection.
spartajms - 19 Feb 2007 11:03
If I was a pub - this is the one I would be.
Super beer, lovely indoors, wonderful outdoors, there's even a children's room seperate at the back.
londinieres - 10 Oct 2006 22:37
good food and real ales from a good proper landlord. My favourite place anywhere to sit outside with a decent pint, watch the world go by and just chill out in this beautiful village
mada - 4 Apr 2006 20:21

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