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The Five Bells

Muddy says: Set your sat-nav! You don’t want to miss this award-winning destination pub, thanks to 16th century charm combined with young forward-thinking owners and an awesome contemporary menu.

Just two years since getting the keys to The Five Bells in the snoozy village of Clyst Hydon, and new owners James and Charlie Garnham are already getting a lot of heat. They’ve recently 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. If you think that’s impressive you should taste the food. Their regularly changing menus – pub classics and fine dining – are created by Charlotte Vincent, of Gidleigh Park and The Royal Clarence.

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. Dishes are quality, local provenance with plenty for intolerances – an impressive 80% of the menu is gluten-free. The Five Bells is clearly on the up, so I wouldn’t hang around. Get booked up, before they do!


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