The Five Bells is a seriously good foodie pub with thatched Devon charm.
The village of Clyst Hydon is only ten miles from Exeter, but arriving here feels a little like stepping back in time. Driving through the winding green Devon lanes past fields and forest to reach us marks the start of the adventure.
The 16th century, Grade II listed thatched inn is picture perfect with stepping stones leading to a beautiful, large beer garden. Head on into the pub and you’re met with a deceptively light-filled airy space. It feels old, with stone floors and wooden beams, but it’s also modern in comfort and layout.
We saved the pub from closure with the help of local villagers, renovated it and reopened in August 2013. Ex-Gidleigh Park Head Chef Ian Webber now heads up the kitchen bringing the skill and perfectionism of his Michelin starred background to give the menus a down to earth, comfort food appeal.