Devon Life June 19
Our Great British Institution! James Garnham, owner of the Five Bells at Clyst Hydon says when Sunday lunch is served at his place, it comes with a special touch.
Devon Life Spring 2018
Andy Cooper returns to an old favourite dining spot and finds there are changes on the menu: "The advent of new owners has brought a new menu and a stop off at the Five Bells now will see you offered such delights as soused mackerel with rye bread, baby beetroots, liquorice and nasturium, slow cooked pork belly with honey and thyme roasted carrots, greens and marjoram jus or wild garlic and pea risotto."
Exeter Living Review
Country pubs are famous for their picture postcard appeal, thatched roofs and pleasing gardens overlooking rolling fields and the rumps of cows that inhabit them. Stepping into the postcard, we expect dark wooden beams offset by whitewashed walls, cosy log fires and a friendly greeting. With the Five Bells Inn, you get all this - plus a fresh modern feel, a commitment to local suppliers, the gold standard of allergy care and exceptional food.
Western Morning News - July 19
First female head chef to ring changes at Five Bells. New head chef, Charlotte Vincent, 40, joins us after a 20 year career in catering that has included a decade as pastry chef at both Gidleigh Park and the Royal Clarence Hotel.
Grow Exeter - May 18
Any dining experience here is underpinned by excellent customer service – one of the reasons why this is just one of two pubs in Devon to hold a rare ‘Bib Gourmand’ from the Michelin Guide. Having grown up in the village, and with his mum and brother still living there, we catch up with James to hear more about the ambition that is driving this close-knit team forward.
Devon Life Winter 2018
New owner, James Garnham says "my plan for the business is to maintain its regional reputation for fine dining that our head chef has built up over the years, but introduce more pub style meals and create a great atmosphere for the locals."
Crumbs Mag Devon Oct 17
Grade II listed and full of character, The Five Bells is a cosy thatched village inn buried deep in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, yet just a stone's throw from Exeter. There are four local ales on the pumps, a local cider and a superb selection of wines from Christopher Piper. Ian Webber - previously head chef at Gidleigh Park - delivers pub classics well done.
Crumbs Mag Devon - Summer 19
Rustle up this seasonal feast from the kitchen team at The Five Bells. It’s been 18 months since James and Charlie Garnham took the reigns at the Five Bells at Clyst Hydon and in that time it has become a proper foodie destination again.
Devonshire Magazine Nov18
What was noticeable when we arrived was the buzz that the old inn seemed to have, plenty of people enjoying themselves and looking happy, always a good sign I’d say.
Devonshire Magazine Aug 16
Happily, the only conclusion to be drawn after dinning at The Five Bells was that a true master resides in the kitchen. Not only did each course taste utterly fantastic, but the visual presentation was approaching what you would call "art" on a plate! One of the very best meals we've ever had in Devon - utterly superb! I have no reservations in awarding a Fine-Dining Gold to the Five Bells Inn.
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