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The Cleave at Lustleigh - everything a village pub should be


There can't be another pub in the country with a prettier frontage than the Cleave at Lustleigh.

And it's as attractive inside with a choice of 4 attractive eating areas, not to mention the garden on sunny days.
We go for the back bar and take a table by the window so that I can take pictures of the food.  We're here to
catch up with Rob's older brother Seamus and his wife Amanda, and this is the perfect spot for us all to meet.

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I like this pub and am keen to show it to the inlaws who haven't been here before. It's obvious that the menu
changes regularly according to what's in season. There's a blackboard and more menus on the table.
Croque Monsieur starts the list at £5.25, but Seamus goes for the vegetable soup - £4.95  

Rob and Amanda both choose the Chicken liver pate £5.25. Verdict "yes, it's lovely"

And I take the salmon and it's great.

For his mains Seamus has mussels in creamy liquor and even from my side of the table, it smells divine.

Here's Amanda's freshly cooked plaice, which almost defeated her.

The mutton and black pudding was a new one on me, so I opted for it, served with roasted vegetables.
I'm a black pudding fan anyway and with this slow roasted mutton it was a rich flavour treat.

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I talked Rob into choosing the vegetable lasagne £ 9.25 as his main course with a suggestion that
we share both meals. Neither of us could choose the winner out of the two. Both were excellent.
And then puds ?  Surely not ?

No we didn't need desserts. But hey, one glance at the choices and some slight encouragement
from the attentive young chap who took our orders, and in no time banana cheesecake was in place.

And this cardomom Creme Brule. Not to mention the baked chocolate mousse cake above. (2 up)
All the puddings were £5.25. All got good marks... as did the drinks, local Luscombe cider
and well chilled Becks Vier. They also serve real ale. But we'd expect that wouldn't we ?


This is a pub you can rely on. If you're planning a group walking party sometime in the future this is just
the right place for your final destination. It's a great walking area with Lustleigh Cleave, Houndtor Wood,
Trendlebere Down and the village of Lustleigh itself all utterly charming. Come along in the Autumn to enjoy
the real fire. They say they welcome children and will organise mini portions for them if requested. Great.

I must ask them if they would like to be on my wedding receptions page. There are lots of photo
opportunities here and the kitchen can obviously cope with larger parties. 
Our bill came to £88.30. We needed a bit of a treat - we got one.

Well done The Cleave - we loved it

The Cleave website.  Telephone : 01647 277223

Should you want somewhere to stay locally, I can recommend Eastwrey Barton