If you’re looking for a Sunday carvery of epic proportions, look no further than The Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford.
Why it’s on my list
Over the last couple of years my parents have become frequent visitors to Exmoor National Park, enjoying walks and taking part in volunteering activities. During that time they’ve done something I never imagined they would do – go out for a pub lunch! They always took a picnic lunch when I was growing up and never bought food whilst out and about, but maybe my brothers and I were little terrors growing up? Best not to dwell on that!
My parents visited the White Horse Inn with some friends of theirs and loved it so much they invited my husband and I to join them for a Sunday lunch the next time they visited.
Location: The Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford, Exmoor National Park, West Somerset, TA24 7PY
Opening times: The traditional Sunday carvery is available in the restaurant for Sunday lunch 12.30pm-2pm, and in the bar on Sunday and Wednesday evenings 6.30pm-9pm. They also do a great looking restaurant menu and bar menu that are available outside of these times.
To book: call 01643 831229
Yes this is technically in Somerset, not North Devon, but it’s well worth taking a short step over the border for this fantastic carvery that really celebrates local Exmoor produce. Incredibly generous portion sizes!
What I had
Roast beef, pork and turkey were available – I went for the beef and pork.
They also served an enormous platter of stuffing, all in one tray, not stuffing balls. I had a large helping of that.
Sides included roast potatoes, mashed potato, swede mash, carrots, peas and green beans, gravy and Yorkshire puds.
It’s a toss up between two things – the incredibly generous servings of beef and pork, or the stuffing, which was really yummy.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a carvery and been given so much meat. This is something I really appreciate as I’ve come away from some carveries thinking that they could have been a bit more generous.
You won’t go hungry, that’s for sure!
Not the best
I would have preferred some parsnips to the mashed potato, parsnips have such a lovely flavour. But the quality of all the veg was fantastic, a real celebration of local produce. Maybe a seasonal thing?
The Exmoor White Horse Inn is your typical country pub, and by that I mean it’s warm, cosy and dog friendly. My parents have dogs, so it was really nice to be able to have our lunch with them sitting next to us.
The restaurant is a little less ‘pubby’ so you can have that sort of experience too.
I’d be very interested to stay for dinner, bed and breakfast one day, it all looks really inviting.
Make sure you have some of the stuffing, it’s to die for.