Pub Details

4 Bank Square
TA22 9BU
(01398) 324007
Opening Times
11 - 3, 6 - midnight
12 - 3, 7 - 11


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Licensee information

Licensee name
Patrick Groves
Free house

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Smartly informal place with exceptional wines, real ales, first-rate food and a good mix of customers
Why can't every pub get it this right?' asks one of our readers, while another says always a very special occasion to come here, even if that occasion is just for a pint and a chat.' Still run by the charming Mr Groves and his helpful, courteous staff it continues to attract a wide mix of customers and you must book to be sure of a table. Many are here for the top-class food but they keep local beers and, particularly, exceptional wines, too. If you want just a glass, they' ll open any of their 400 wines from an extraordinarily good list, and there's also an unlisted collection of about 500 well aged, new world wines that the landlord will happily chat about. St Austell Dartmoor Best and HSD and a guest from Red Rock tapped from the cask, a farm cider, many sherries and some unusual spirits. As the pub is on the edge of Exmoor, there are plenty of good sporting prints on the salmon pink walls, some antlers, other hunting trophies, stuffed birds and a couple of salmon rods. There are bare boards on the left by the bar counter and daily papers to read, tables partly separated by stable-style timbering and masonry dividers, and a carpeted area bit on the right with a woodburning stove in a big fireplace; maybe unobjectionable background music. Big windows keep you in touch with what's going on out in the quiet town centre (or you can sit out on the pavement at a couple of metal tables). A small suntrap back courtyard has a few picnic-sets.

Good Pub Guide Food

Delicious food using their home-bred meat might include filled ciabatta rolls, chicken liver and foie gras parfait with pickled wild mushrooms, quail egg and port wine syrup, bresaola with parmesan, olives, sun-blush tomatoes and mustard ice-cream, omelette arnold bennett, burger with serrano ham, mozzarella, tomato chutney and chips, guinea fowl supreme on puy lentils with confit garlic and red wine sauce, bass with razor cleam and seared scallop, truffle purée and sauce vierge and puddings such as chocolate brownie with coffee ice-cream and lemon tart with blood orange posset, iced lime parfait and Pimms and elderflower sorbet.

Bar food times: 12 - 2, 7 - 9.30


Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Anywhere


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Rating: 3/5 (1175 votes cast)

Reader Comments

This place has maintained consistently high standards over the years we have been going there. The food is lovely but you are just as welcome if all you want is a pint and to read the paper (the bar was packed with farmers and dogs last time we were there). The wine list is outstanding and they know how to look after their beer. One of the best places to go on Exmoor.

We went to Dulverton two weeks ago for one week and we went every night to this beautiful and warm pub , the owner is a very good man , a nice person , and they have a lot of beers to choose , and beers from the zone ,and a lot of whiskeis and Rhums , and is not expensive, i thing if you go to exmoor one day you must visit this Pub .

Wonderful pub - very helpful and accommodating staff. Nice, bustling atmosphere. Tasty food, delivered promptly. Would happily go back.

This is a favourite place of mine on Exmoor and you will be just as welcome for a drink as a meal (and so will your dog). I'm a bit surprised by the criticism of the restaurant food as we've always eaten well off either menu. If pannacotta is on the dessert menu, don't miss it - I've never eaten better, even in Italy. If only more places were happy to do most any wines by the glass.....

Should you wish to dine in a very friendly pub and have great food stick to the bar menu. The restaurant food is genuinely a rip off, and i dont use that term lightly.

Yes it is very well cooked, yes it is very well presented, but £9.50 for 4 very small prawns and a dab of salad? Thats not value thats very very expensive.

£16.50 for 2 very small pieces of Sea Bream served with tinned toms and finely sliced peppers; again massively over priced.

The saving grace of the pub is the staff. They couldnt be any more attentive or helpful. The landlord is a gem when it comes to the out and out quality of his wine nad his expert wine knowledge.

In summary dont eat the restaurant food as it falls very short of the asking price, stick to the bar menu and enjoy one of the great bottles of wine on offer at the same time!!

My favourite place for both drinking and eating. Great beer, fantastic wine list and superb food. Bar menu is reasonably priced, restaurant is expensive but very good. Not great for vegatarians though. Very friendly staff and a nice mix of locals / visitors.


This place is reputedly anti-veggie. We stay locally often but have been warned to avoid this restaurant. Good advice?

Friendly, comfortable, welcoming fire and most important great food and beer. Will certainly go again.

A very special place!
Have eaten at Woods several times, always leave 'feeling' you have had a very special time!
Everything about Woods is excellent enhanced by the woodburner and locals gathered around the bar area.
A real gem of a place!

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