The Swans Nest is run by Carianne, Nick & Jolene who together have over 30 years professional service & training in local hospitality establishments in Devon. They aim to provide a family orientated pub restaurant, and they reopened The Swans Nest in March 2013. It is situated on Station Road, just off the A379 Exeter to Dawlish road at Exminster, and has been an Inn since 1876.
I have been trying to find somewhere that offers a good carvery for a while, and although there are lots of places that offer a carvery, finding one that has been cooked well has proven difficult! When we found out that this is one of The Swans Nest's specialities, we both knew that we had to try it.
We went on a Saturday lunch time and the place was packed! Full of families and people young and old; it is easy to see how they got their reputation as a family friendly place. Even dogs are welcome in one part of the bar, and there is a little jar of dog treats available which I think this is a great touch, especially as a dog owner myself!
The smell of the roast was great, and it also looked delicious. There was a choice of Turkey, Pork, Beef or Gammon and we could each choose 2 meats. I went for pork and Turkey and Nick chose beef and pork. We stacked our plates up high with the vast amount of vegetables available, carrots, green beans, red onion, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, parsnips and red cabbage. There was every sauce available with traditional gravy as well as a gluten free and vegetarian alternative.
When we went up to collect the carvery, the sweet section caught my eye. Such a massive range and variety of different cakes and treats that I just couldn't resist! After much deliberation I went for a chocolate brownie cheesecake, and it tasted as heavenly as it sounds!
We were both really impressed with the friendly service and great food and will definitely be coming back again!