We stopped by here in need of some tasty food after a morning wandering the shops at Exmouth. The Clipper is a nice gastro pub serving some nice looking morsels at very reasonable prices. The interior is lovely and spacious with a beer garden at the rear for those rare British warm sunny days! I had the suet pudding, chips and peas - it was delicious and I would recommend this to others.
Favorite Dish: The suet pudding was lovely.
When I was living here I'd usually be working from 10 in the morning until 10 at night. A few beers would then be enjoyed around town and when the pubs kicked out I'd quite often find myself here looking for supper.
This little place does exactly what it says over the doorway - "The Best Kebabs In Town". Not only is the food spot-on but the staff were always friendly and, as I quickly achieved regular status, always good for a late-night laugh as they crammed as much meat into my pitta as it would hold.
Favorite Dish: No frills, no pretentions, just a Medium Donner, easy on the salad, plenty of chilli sauce and a couple of pickled chillies. Perfect for the job of soaking up the evening's beers!
The Grove is a nice pub, owned by the London Brewers Youngs whose beers are amongst my personal favourites. As well as great beer Youngs pubs also offer excellent pub food, usually made on the premises with locally-sourced ingredients and here at The Grove is no exception.
I've eaten here a couple of times over the years and the service has always been professional and friendly. The menu centres around pub classics such as Steak & Ale Pie, Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas, lighter meals such as their excellent Fishcakes, a good range of sandwiches and a couple of trendier digressions such as their Deli Board.
In addition to the printed menu there are also a couple of blackboards with the day's specials and fresh fish.
The pub's location at the west end of the seafront is pretty much next door to the Dock area and the upstairs terrace overlooks the Estuary. Downstairs there's a pleasant beer garden, which hosts summer weekend barbeques, if the weather's good, whilst the interior is smartly informal with plenty of solid wood and traditional pub knick knacks.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I was in the mood for a proper lunch (as opposed to a snack) and the Paella on the "Specials" board sounded good to me. Unfortunately it wasn't available as they were waiting for the fish to arrive - such is life and it least it shows that things are actually cooked here (unlike many of the pub chains).
Instead I opted for one of their Pork and Apple "Gourmet Burgers" (from another blackboard). This, I must admit, was a bit disappointing being a bit on the dry side and lacking any real flavour - a good dollop of chutney or something might just have rescued it. Good home-made chips though and excellent beer.
All-in-all not worth complaining about, it was edible, but food for fuel rather than a "Gourmet" palate.
PS At the best part of 9 quid it wasn't particularly cheap either!