Heart of Oak
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
34 Main Road, Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8HS
My guest and I were looked after in the attractive lounge of this newly renovated establishment. There was a bar menu, an à la carte menu and a specials board available from which to choose. Following an appetiser of warm bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, my companion started with garlic mushrooms smothered in a creamy tarragon sauce - a snip at £4.95. My red mullet with a tomato salsa and fresh crisp salad was superbly fresh tasting and summery. Enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, we moved onto mains - my guest had an excellent 8oz sirloin steak enhanced by a punchy Stilton sauce, and I a rack of lamb with Dauphinoise potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, roasted shallots and jus. It demonstrated excellent ingredients put to very good use. We finished with desserts of profiteroles and homemade chocolate brownie at £4.50 a piece. Completing our evening with cappuccinos, we agreed to return to further explore the excellent menus at this village hideaway.