Whisky galore at a classic dining pub
This charming 17th-century inn in the rural Devon village of Doddiscombsleigh enjoys a solid reputation for excellent wining and dining.
Off the beaten track in countryside not far from Exeter, it’s so tucked away you’d never just stumble across it. However, those in the know visit for the lovely cooking and incredible drinks collection: 240 whiskies and 30 wines by the glass, plus an impressive cellar of bottles from across the globe.
It’s a dining spot for all seasons and, in summer, foodies make a beeline to the inn for lunch in the garden. However, The NoBody Inn is undoubtedly at its most atmospheric in the depths of winter when open fires, low ceilings, blackened beams and authentic interiors combine with the crackle of logs in the grate and the soft glow of candlelight.
If wine and whisky aren’t your bag, you’ll certainly find a spirit to seduce you – the orange notes of the house gin are a good place to start – as well as a sterling collection of well-kept ales and beers.
However, the pleasures extend way beyond those of the liquid variety and Michael Pooley’s crowd-pleasing cooking (crafted from a wealth of locally produced ingredients) deftly walks the line between smart and hearty. Ingredients such as local venison and fish from the Devon coast are treated with cheerful reverence.
Trencherman’s tip: attractive guest bedrooms make The NoBody Inn a great spot for a gourmet getaway, solving the who’ll be designated driver argument.