Stopped in for a Saturday lunch on a bank holiday weekend - started out slow but did get busy so you may want to book ahead or prepare for that! The setting is absolutely lovely, and you can get a table near a window overlooking the water. The decor was casually elegant, like a proper restaurant and more than just an inn! It should be noted that the Coombe Cellars Inn has changed hands about 4 years ago, so any prior reviews should probably be taken with a grain of salt as things have clearly changed.
They had quite a lengthy lunch menu offering a two course prix-fixe for £11.95. Most a la options aren't on the prix-fixe menu but they had plenty of good choices. I started with the soup of the day which was potato leek and spinach (or something much like it), which was silky, light, and fresh. Came with two pieces of crusty bread for dipping and was very satisfying as a first course. I then had the gnocchi with summer vegetables. The gnocchi were pillowy and delightful to eat, the flavor of the dish was mild but it was a great option for somebody who is looking for something a bit on the lighter side.
Others in the group had the lamb meatballs and were absolutely raving about them the whole time!
The one thing is that service was quite slow throughout. Slow to take orders, slow to bring food. All servers were friendly and joked pleasantly with us, but they aren't speedy about it. Nonetheless, as long as you aren't in a massive hurry, it's really a lovely place to have a meal with a great view.
I didn't even realize I had reviewed this restaurant before, but I do remembers last visit. If the last visit was 3 stars, this is definitely a 2 star place.
I arrived for a business lunch at 12:50pm. We were sat immediately, as we had reservations.
12:55-drink orders placed
1:00pm-drinks arrive (one wrong)
1:20-waitress finally returned for food order. One person ordered 3 appetizers as a meal, but requested it all together (soup, salad, and calamari). No one else ordered any appetizers
1:45-soup and salad come out, separate from everything else
2:00-some of the food comes out. My order is partly wrong, more on that later
2:05-remaining food comes
2:15-we finish eating
2:25-we finally get the waitress to pay the bill
Really? 90 mins for a lunch service? 2 tables were sat, served, and cleared while we waited for food
Food: I ordered the shredded BBQ chicken with roasted root vegetables instead of chips. The sandwich was 3/5, but I got the chips. And the root veg. At least I got the food I ordered, but they sill got it wrong and we paid extra for an additional side.
I wouldn't return, but as I'm typically on the receiving end visiting customers in this area I will provably be back. Hopefully they redeem themselves.
It's a lovely spot and nice furnishings and I really enjoyed going there when it was refurbished (I think?) in 2007.
The last few visits, the service has been patchy - a couple of occaisions I have waited to order and have been waiting for 15 / 20 minutes for someone to come-over (or even come near so I can call them over!).
The food is pretty good - particularly the fish specials, but generally over-priced for what it is (especially the drinks). Given the price doesn't justify itself I don't go here very often anymore, which is a shame as it was very nice when I started going there last year.
The setting, surround and building is great and we've come back time and time again. There's a great view of the river Teign from the large glass windows that overlook it.
The reviews above seem to be quite mixed but we've never had a problem with the service, which has generally been prompt and courteous. Certainly nothing to complain about.
Coombe Cellars is really a gastro-pub and the food is of a fairly good quality. Having started eating there since October 2007, we always seemed to have some issue with the food. Either it wasn't piping hot when served or a green salad arrived with tomatoes. However after a couple of talks with the managers, things have improved and the food is better. And talking food, it does all appear to be freshly prepared and not as one reviewer here wrote portion-controlled unedifying easily-masticated boil-in-a-bag meals.
It maybe a little pricey (hence the gastro-pub moniker), however the overall experience of setting, service and food sets it above most places around the Torbay area.
It is disappointing to hear that others have not had a good time at the Coombe Cellars as it really is a little gem in a sea of cheaper chain pubs.
Really enjoyed a early evening drink here, sat outside enjoying the view of the Teign.
The food looked very good. It has a lovely large car park, plenty of tables next to the windows.
The down side is the approach road. It is very narrow and windy. Take great care
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Our bellies are full, but our pockets feel just a little too empty this is the feeling we are left with after just having visited The Coombe Cellars in Stokeinteignhead.
It's not that the dishes were overly expensive, it's just that the promises made by the super location and stunning interior were not met by the actual delivery.
The Coombe Cellars used to be a dreary Brewers Fayre, but thankfully this is no longer the case. It is far more upmarket now and the mix of textures and colours interspersed with natural stones and driftwood is by far the best décor around. Perhaps coupled with the beautiful setting this heightened our expectations too much?
Anyway, at first the menu spoils you for choice but on closer inspection some of the meat dishes seem a bit similar. We opted for the Fish Mezze to start topped up with the Dublin-bay prawns sautéed with spinach, in a spicy tomato & garlic sauce.
The Mezze was under generous, something that really irritates me! A mezze plate is to share and you should just want to dive in enjoy yourself without worry of there being enough to go around. The whitebait was plentiful, but apart form that it was skimpy.
The Dublin-bay prawns should have been fantastic, but they were bland and watery like tinned tomatoes.
Whilst the starters were arriving, the glass of wine I ordered had to be changed because it was corked.
Not a good start, but just gazing out the window at a stunning sunset over the Teign estuary still made me happy to be there.
Main courses arrived and the presentation and quality of the ingredients really could not be faulted. It was just a shame the plates were not very hot and the divine venison and jus soon became cold.
We all like our vegetables al dente, right? I do. I cannot stand over cooked mush, but The Coombe Cellars had taken al dente to the extreme today - the veg was practically raw but curiously hotter than the food on the plate.
My companion was drawn to the roast pork on off the specials board and she is not normally a fan of pork, but was lured by the promise of pork crackling. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon. Just a shame when the dish arrived the crackling was so minuscule she instantly wished she hadn't bothered.
Our waitress was another let down - apathy in every robotic breath.
On to desserts, surely they would redeem things for us? The Sticky Toffee Pudding and Custard absolutely did! It was moist and light, absolutely fantastic. The Chocolate Brownie was equally as good, but the Homemade Raspberry Trifle unfortunately was a sloppy mess.
I hope we were just a little unlucky today, but my gut feeling is bad luck had nothing to do with it.
Now here is a truly pleasant surprise; for quite some time Coombe Cellars, nestling on the South Side of the Teign Estuary, had become the epitome of a naff large-scale eaterie (Have you been to a Harvester before??) with portion-controlled unedifying easily-masticated boil-in-a-bag meals being served in traditional pub surroundings!. Roughly translated; the kind of place you would take elderly parents or friends with young children. What a delight then, on a recent visit to discover that someone with a modicum of sense, style and enterprise has brought this monster of a bar blinking into the light of the 21st Century.
The internal fittings and design would make Kevin McCloud beam with pleasure: think 21st Century Barn Conversion and you're pretty damn close. The food is now produced by human beings, and most probably a chef or two who take pride in their endeavours. The staff are also bouncing around like liberated factory-farm animals, and take pride in their new surroundings. The bar area itself glitters not only with technology, but a splendid choice of carefully chosen wines, and beer so damn COLD that the beer pumps would scare the Titanic! The menu, instead of being on a laminated sheet, is now printed on fine cartridge paper. It's no longer cheap, but it's much, MUCH better. On my visit, I was pleased to see that the clientele had chosen to dress up to visit in definitive smart casual. In itself this speaks volumes for the venue's rebirth. As I was indeed at the time with the AGED PARENT, I didn't have time to delve into the more exotic meals, but I certainly saw, smelled and admired them. Even the burger I chose for ease of consumption had been hand crafted, and in all likelihood never seen the inside of a freezer. I shall now choose more carefully the friends I take there eating while admiring the spectacular Teign Estuary, and indulging myself in the more expensive items and, yes a bottle of excellent wine!!
A great place to go and eat,lovely views of the estuary and the sea,beautiful surroundings.local boat club nearby.
Fantastic location but didnt feel welcome when my wife and i wanted to pop in for a drink. Quite rude staff. If you want to go here dont be dressed casually.
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