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The Five Bells, Clyst Hydon, nr Exeter

An award-winning destination pub, thanks to 16th century charm combined with young forward-thinking owners and an awesome contemporary menu.

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Just three years since getting the keys to The Five Bells in the snoozy village of Clyst Hydon, and new owners James and Charlie Garnham have had a lotta heat. In 2020 they made the top 50 in the 2020 Estrella Damm awards, had a shout-out from Tom Parker-Bowles in the Daily Mail and have a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

And if you think that’s impressive wait till you taste the food! Their regularly changing menus – pub classics and fine dining – are created by chef Charlotte Vincent, of Gidleigh Park and The Royal Clarence. Dishes are quality, local provenance with plenty for intolerances – an impressive 80% of the menu is gluten-free.

The vibe is rustic, cosy and low-beamed, but uber-friendly, thanks to James and Charlie’s hands-on style. He’s a local lad with family still in the village and is passionate about making the pub he’s been coming to since the age of five, a foot-stomping success.

In winter you can cosy by the fire or in summer there is a five-acre beer garden for relaxing with a Devon cider or Powderkeg beer.  The Five Bells is clearly on the up, so I wouldn’t hang around. Get booked up, before they do!


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The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, Nr Exeter, Devon EX15 2NT
01884 277288

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12pm-2.30pm/6pm-9pm
Wednesday: 12pm-2.30pm/6pm-9pm
Thursday: 12pm-2.30pm/6pm-9pm
Friday: 12pm-2.30pm/6pm-9pm
Saturday: 12pm-2.30pm/6pm-9pm (open for drinks all afternoon)
Sunday: 12pm-3.30pm

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