Coming in at number 50 as a new entry on the Top 50 Gastropubs list, the Five Bells Inn in Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, is a very special gastropub indeed.
The sleepy village in which it is located is beautiful with thatched farmhouses and an award-winning fine dining offering.
Food is a mix of pub classics and a more refined offering, which is served alongside an offering of high-quality drinks including local ciders.
Food has included the likes of honey roasted figs with Devon blue cream cheese, poached pear, apple, frisee lettuce, lemon oil, prosciutto and croutons; baked crayfish thermidor, Parmesan, parsley and fennel; and Vulscombe goats’ cheese, pink pepper bon bon, tomato velouté and black olives for starters.
Mains have included the likes of vegetable Wellington with pea, butternut squash and sweet potato Ballantine, sage velouté and cavalo nero; oven-roasted catch of the day rarebit served with prosciutto, salt and vinegar kale and potato terrine; and Fordmore Farm duck breast with preserved blackberry, persimmon, duck croquette, green beans and dauphinoise potatoes.
Puddings have consisted of deconstructed caramel apple crumble served with vanilla mascarpone; lemon posset with Tarquin’s blackberry gin sorbet and pistachio shortbread; and Devon clotted cream and fudge cheesecake served with vanilla ice cream.