Diggers Rest

Bustling village pub with real ales, good food and seats in terraced garden

The good pub guide review

A former cider house, this place is 500 years old and very much the heart of the village. The main bar has antique furniture, local art on the walls and a cosy seating area by the open fire. A modern extension is light and airy and opens on to the garden. Ales include St Austell Proper Job and Tribute and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump, a selection of good quality wines and a full range of spirits; friendly new owners took over recently, and service is attentive and efficient. The window boxes and flowering baskets are pretty in summer and there are fine walks around Woodbury Common and in the surrounding Otter Valley.

The good pub guide food review

Pleasing, good value food cooked from scratch mixes traditional dishes with more global fare; dishes include deep-fried whitebait, chicken wings in barbecue sauce, home-made aromatic fishcake with lime mayo, home-made beef lasagne, ham, egg and chips, burger (beef, Cajun chicken or falafel) with chips and slaw, Thai red chicken curry, slow-cooked Mongolian beef with noodles, Buddha bowl (roasted vegetables, grains, pickles, falafel and halloumi), and puddings such as fruit crumble and lemon drizzle cake.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Diggers Rest, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter, EX5 1PQ

(01395) 232375

Pub Group: Heartstone Inns

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-3, 5.30-11

Saturday: 12-11

Sunday: 12-10.30