Review: The Halfway Inn

The Halfway Inn is owned and operated by Webb Enterprises, a small family business that specialises in running traditional pubs/restaurants.

Your host is Tom Webb who is there to ensure that your dining experience is both pleasant and memorable.  They are passionate about providing fresh local seafood, with daily deliveries and only stock what they can sell that day.  They are situated about a 20 minute drive from Exeter City Centre.

I have to admit that Nick and I are not the biggest fans of fish, but even the rest of their menu seemed very appetising. They offer an A la Carte menu, as well as some more traditional pub grub, and daily specials.   When we arrived we were greeted by the friendly staff and shown to our window table.  Exeter was just a set of lights twinkling in the distance.  It was decorated well inside, yet rustic, with slate table places and coasters and a warm fire burning behind us. 

To start, Nick had king prawn tempura with chilli syrup.  He said that the batter was crisp and delicious and that the salad was fresh with a lovely dressing. The chilli syrup was full of flavour, but very mild. He thinks the portion was perfectly sized, but that's not too say it didn't leave him wanting more!

I went for chicken liver and cognac paté with crusty bread.  As you can see from the picture, the bread was proper thick slices, toasted perfectly. It was served with a well dressed salad with the same dressing as Nicks, setting it off nicely. The paté was one of the nicest I have ever eaten, it was perfectly smooth and full of flavour. The chutney that was served with it went really well with the full flavour of the paté making it a perfect complement.

For mains, Nick went for a home baked steak and Otter Ale pie served with Creamed potato and seasonal vegetables. It was served with green and red cabbage and a really light and fluffy mashed potato. He said that the pie was out of this world; the crust was crisp and perfectly browned and the steak was tender and cooked to perfection. There was a really high meat content in the pie and he could taste the ale accent.

I went for slow roasted belly pork with a crumb crust, served with dauphinoise potatoes and a red wine jus. The pork was so tender and flavoursome that I savoured every bite.   The dauphinoise potatoes were light and fluffy, with beetroot on the top that worked really well.  Each mouthful that I ate I really enjoyed, and the only thing that disappointed me was that there wasn't any more!

If you fancy a short drive out of Exeter, I really recommend that you eat here, and if you love seafood, this is definitely the place for you as there is a really vast selection.  Find their menus and more info online here

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

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