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The Swan

Station Road, Bampton, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 9NG
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The Swan, Bampton, Devon food

Buzzy dining pub on Exmoor

Exmoor’s most decorated dining pub continues to thrive, delighting locals and tourists who visit to experience its smart cooking in casual and cosy surroundings.

Chef owners Paul and Donna Berry, along with chef Finn Hutchinson, craft scrumptious food from carefully sourced fresh fish, locally shot game, moorland-reared meats and the best of the Devon veg patch (veggies and vegans are well catered for).

The line-up of dishes changes daily, depending on what local and seasonal produce is available, though visitors will always find a hearty British classic (or three) on the menu to satisfy comfort-food cravings. Evergreen dishes such as rustic steak and kidney pie, and beer-battered fish and chips are firm favourites with the Bampton pub’s regulars.

Despite excellent cooking and attractive decor, The Swan is most definitely a pub – and all the better for it. And while you can stand at the bar and sink a well-kept ale, you can also order Champagne by the glass.

Three comfortable guest rooms upstairs can turn a visit into a weekend jaunt. There are loads of wonderful walks nearby, as well as the pleasures of Dulverton and nearby National Trust property Knightshayes Court.

Sample menu

Starter: Wicked Wolf cured fillet of salmon, watermelon

Main: Chicken kiev, cauliflower cheese, burnt cauliflower, heritage tomato salad

Dessert: Lemon sponge pudding, lemon sauce, lemon meringue ice cream

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Chef(s): Paul Berry and Finn Hutchinson
course lunch from: £20
3 course dinner from: £30
Seats: 60
Bedrooms:  3
Room rate from: £105
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