The Jack in the Green
Rockbeare, Nr. Exeter, EX5 2EE
With a well-travelled and rosy-cheeked rugby aficionado at the helm, the irresistible Jack in the Green is proving to be one of Devon's most exciting freehouses. Finishing 60th in the National Restaurant Awards' 'UK's Top 100 Restaurants' and fifth in the 'UK's Top 50 Gastropubs', The Jack is celebrating its 20th year in style. Expect impressive cooking from head chef Matthew Mason, good local brews, such as Otter, and a warm welcome from owner Paul and his team. 'Sophisticated simplicity' sums up the menu, which also includes a selection of sensibly priced seasonal classics - several are under the £10 mark. A crystal-clear philosophy to serve only the best Devon produce means seasonality is evident in every dish. Small artisan producers are chosen for their integrity and all ingredients get the star treatment. Whether it's a ploughman's and a pint, the three-course 'Totally Devon' option (£25) or the gourmet tasting menu with wines, The Jack is relaxed and informal enough to suit any occasion. For a proper foodie break, stay overnight at Larkbeare Grange - the 2011 VisitDevon 'Bed and Breakfast of the Year' - just ten minutes away.
Open: Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
Food Served: Mon 11am-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Tues-Thurs 11am-2pm, 6pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-9pm