The Stables

British, Pubs·

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
British, Pubs
Cosy, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Celebrations, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating


The Stables is a quaint, old style pub restaurant in Cowley, Exeter, where you can relax in a Chesterfield or near a crackling fireplace. The pub was originally a blacksmiths, “We wanted to stay true to the history of this grand old building, while giving it a modern twist, and a fresh lease of life.” A modern and independent freehouse with a vintage twist, The Stables serves up a wide variety of beers, lagers, wines, spirits, and coffees to complement their honest home-cooked local food in a comfortable environment.

The lunch menu is available midday until 3pm every day, except Sunday, where it's served until 4pm. Starting off the menu is a selection of jacket potatoes, served with salad and homemade coleslaw. The Stables ciabatta comes in options of grilled chicken with bacon and cheese, and Brixham fish and tartare sauce. You can also add chips or a homemade soup to your ciabatta for a little extra.

On Sunday, a roast dinner of West Country topside of beef, pork loin, turkey breast and a trio of meats is served up. All of the Sunday roasts are served with roast potatoes, honey roasted parsnips, seasonal veg, stuffing, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy. You can also get some cauliflower cheese or pigs in blankets on the side.

The Stables afternoon tea is a real showstopper. Begin with a selection of finger sandwiches, a homemade quiche and sausage roll, and some plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and jam. You'll also be served a selection of cakes, bakes and sweet treats and a pot of tea or cup of coffee. If you're feeling particularly fancy, you can upgrade to a Prosecco afternoon tea.


Is there a car park?

Yes, there is a car park at the back of the building and disabled parking at the front.

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Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes, it is recommended. You can place a booking via the website or over the phone.

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Cowley Hill, Cowley, Essex, EX5 5ER

01392 851334 01392 851334


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon 17:00-21:00
Tue 17:00-21:00
Wed 17:00-21:00
Thu 17:00-21:00
Fri 17:00-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun 17:00-20:00


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6 Reviews 

Andrew W

22 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
Diabolical service - new broom required at The Stables

Agree 110% with the recent reviews by others of The Stables  -the service was APPAULLING - as, simply, there was no service!! We booked in at 13.25ish, as pre-booked,  and had not received ANY food of any description by the time we walked out at 15.15 - corresponds to nearly 2 hours of everybody's wasted time.  I can only guess that the problem resulted from  insufficient/incompetent staffing of the kitchen. The serving staff (all 2 of them for what I I would estimate at about 30 punters) were clearly doing their best to manage the farce created by the ineptude in the kitchen which resulted throughout our 2-hour front row observation of the spectacle. cause by the failure of meals to appear out of the kitchen area. I had a perfect view of what was going on into and out of the kitchen to observe the pantomime. However, of course I cannot confirm what was going on - or not going on - behind that closed kitchen door - but the mind boggles, especially as there havebeen  serial similar reports posted on Tripadvisor website over the last several monhs reporting similar experiences by oter punters..
To summarise  -  NEVER AGAIN - and there speaks someone who has patronised the pub in its various reinventions for over 40 years. SAD INDEED  - a pathetic lack of response from management to what has been clearly a long standing failure  - clearly time for the broom to be put to use to clear out The Stables.

Ray S

14 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Ray S

14 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Stephen P

06 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 3

A very pleasant meal but lacked atmosphere.

karen S

04 March 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

The staff excellent food delicious its a great pub. 

Ray S

18 February 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fantastic staff

All  meals booked and eaten by the 6  persons was fantastic 

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