Culm Valley Inn

17 reviews

Culmstock , Cullompton, EX15 3JJ

Culm Valley Inn

SquareMeal Review of Culm Valley Inn

Don’t be put off by the care-worn appearance of Richard Hartley’s highly individual inn, a former branch-line railway hotel. Once through the paint-peeling front door, it’s not exactly smart but deep pink-washed walls, glowing coal fires, soft candlelight & a huge welcome have the desired effect. The laid-back chef-patron makes this place tick with effortless style, serving top-notch microbrewery beers & unusual wines from small specialist growers (all available by the bottle or glass). Chalkboards list 'stunning' pub food: Ladram Bay crab, weekend fish specials such as whole brill with basil cream sauce, Ruby Red Devon beef, local wild boar & a 'beautifully presented' tapas selection. Dishes are generally available in three sizes & at prices to suit all pockets. In addition, the kitchen cures and smoke its own hams & makes sausages. The setting, beside the River Culm deep in the Blackdown Hills, is glorious. Cash only.

Culm Valley Inn Location

Culmstock , Cullompton EX15 3JJ

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-2pm Mon-Sat 7-9pm

Culm Valley Inn's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.1


Service: 6.5


Atmosphere: 8.1


Value: 6.7


Food + drink: 1

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 1

10 November 2012

My friends and I went to the Culm Valley Inn for lunch. Never again. The food took ages to come, I had to go and find out what had happened to it. The food was overpriced for what it was. The service was absolutely terrible and the coffee was cold. One member of staff was so miserable and unwelcoming, I certainly would not go back there, it was a shame as its in a lovely spot and I didn't mind all the dogs milling around but can see that it would put some people off.


Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

20 September 2012

It does make me laugh how people can go in a dirty messy old country pub and find it quaint, – no it is what it is and this pub is dirty and messy. Cats jump on the table you are going to eat on, dogs eat foods off plates and the whole place is a mess. If thats how you like to live at home then enjoy as for me it does not matter how good the food is if thats the surroundings you have to eat in.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

17 May 2012

My partner, myself and few friends went here last saturday night for a birthday meal. We loved the decor and feel of the pub. It was a bit tatty but full of atmosphere and as much an old fashioned pub as a restaurant. It was reasonably busy and only one waitress ran around the tables. The food was a little slow arriving but we could see through the serving hatch into the kitchen, that the chef was working hard to get the food out. It was all delicious! A fantastic Balinese squid, very authentic tasting! , a lovely fish stew, steak, perfectly tender etc and very tasty puddings, especially a Portuguese almond tart! The pub dogs were wandering around our table but the chef came out and shooed them back to the bar. We were treated to some very good piano playing including Happy Birthday for the birthday girl, which completed the laid back atmosphere. It is the kind of place you feel like lingering around after your meal All in all it was a lovely evening and I would recommend anyone to give it a go as long as you are not expecting fine dining and silver service!