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user reviews of the Artichoke, Christow

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Place could and should have been a lot better.

The owner looks like he has given up on the place.
No kitchen open pub cold and place felt lacklustre.

Not what we expected!

montie49 - 21 Jan 2018 12:27
At last! freed from the yoke of an indifferent landlord the pub is now under new FREE HOUSE ownership. The new landlord Sam is a local lad keen for success. A refit of the interior has retained all the character of the ancient building blended with classy new furniture, even relaxing easy chairs. 3 handpumps of excellent ales and a new chef offers superb and enticing options with a twist for dining.
OgrisDad - 6 Oct 2014 11:37
This pub has got better and better. The current tenant serves real ale in superb condition and good food on offer too. now that winter is here a Christmas menu will be available. This is my local or rather one of them!
OgrisDad - 23 Nov 2013 13:42
This is my local and I am a real ale enthusiast and CAMRA member. The reviews are all sound except the commet on variable ale condition. Last year the existing landlord finally got over his condition problems and installed cooler jackets to the in- bar stillage. The Bass is by handpump from the cellar and both this and the Otter are jolly good stuff now; thats why I drink there four days a week; now retired don't you know.
OgrisDad - 12 Mar 2009 16:47
Been to this pub many times over the years, its always been consistently good. The owners have been there for years now. Normally at least two real ales on, a local brew and Bass served straight from the barrel. Never had a bad pint. Food is excellent.

Pub is approximately 9 miles outside Exeter. Note that the road leading to it is narrow 1 car wide in most places.

Pub worthy of a 10 in my book as its the sort of pub I like, just gets a 9 due to road situation which is really outside their control!!
typeo - 9 Jul 2008 20:39
"The Artichoke" - what a fantastic little gem of pub this is! Its advertised as a 12th Century Inn !! in the tiny village of Christow, a few miles from Exeter. Blink, or sneeze, and you'll miss it! Small, but beautifully formed. I'm guessing by the lack of reviews here (and this pub should have hundreds..) that its been recently taken over, renamed, or something. It has a newly refurbed dining area (enough for 20 people or so), and a long thin bar area for the locals (of which there were only 7 when i popped in the other day)!
A gr8 little country pub tho'. I had the rump steak and it was absolutely gorgeous (Mrs TJ had some vegetarian 'thing' and she said it was very good too)! We would certainly eat here again, if in the area - and Exeter is really a nice part of the world to visit, so we probably will revisit! They didn't have any local cider, which was disappointing. The chef intimated to us that he'd either been using this pub or working there for about 30yrs - now that's unusual in this day and age..!
The Artichoke is a splendid find, if you can find it down a tiny road, which looks like somebody's driveway..! Someone mentioned the beer garden, previously, but its more like a small yard, concrete, with half a dozen tables if that.. so don't expect anything too grand there. But not too far away, apparently, is the tallest waterfall in England (70m high..or was it 70ft..? Nah, metres sounds better!) and plenty of green country scenery. So this pub is a nice little haven tucked away, nicely, away from the hubbub of town life. We luvvit! Well done to owners Rob & Tess. Rating: 8/10 TJ
TeeJay - 17 Jun 2008 23:59
Foody village pub.

Great locals. Especially when the oldies get in and play their starnge card game.....

Beer can be very variable. Barrels racked behind the bar, so can get warm and go off quickly.
captaineric - 7 Apr 2008 00:31
Exceptionally friendly service, varied and traditional menu, excellent food. Lovely beer garden with stream running through it.
Midas Chan - 23 Feb 2007 21:08

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