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The Lamb Inn, Sandford

Muddy says: I’m planning to steal this wonderful village pub with rooms – or start a campaign to bring it my manor as every village should have one! In the meantime you’ll just have to go Sandford.

A little 16th century village pub with a big heart, The Lamb Inn is Muddy’s go-to for Sunday lunches and home-cooking when I can’t be bothered to cook on a school night. Perched above the square at Sandford, near Crediton, its earthy Farrow & Ball shades and twinkly fairy lights – as well as new owner Nick Silk’s attention to every detail – always create a warm welcome.

It’s an all year-round, all-welcome, dogs-welcome sorta place. In winter there’s an open fire and flickering candles: in summer, an outdoor pub garden and regular band nights. Sunday lunches are impressively good value: weighty plates of roast chicken, topside of beef, pork belly and crackling or nut roast. And there’s always loads going on: ferret-racing, cinema nights, beer festivals and live music.

There are 8 comfy en-suite rooms, with flat-screens, some with views over the comings and goings of the village square, including a Garden Suite with a living room attached. Ooh, and the goss is Kate Moss once stayed here. Check out my over-excited Muddy review here.

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