This is a traditional pub and restaurant that serves fresh and quality meals. The décor is stylish with a driftwood sculpture, pastel colour and a shabby chic feel to it. Delightful panoramic views of the River Teign estuary which require a window table to fully appreciate. Booking recommended.
Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm
Favorite Dish: Half Mediterranean Roast Chicken with fresh vegetables – £11.95
Fosters Shandy - £3.00
Family restaurant that operates under the Beefeater chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The Grandstand is brand new (2012) and is laid out open plan with an adjoining lounge bar for drinkers.
We ate here on our second night of four and enjoyed the quality and value so much we returned the next night, it may not be Gordon Ramsey but it is good honest food at a good honest price.
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Favorite Dish: 10oz Rump Steak – £11.49
Lager Shandy - £3.25
I'm not sure if the Eastern Eye was there before, under another guise, but my governor at work brought it up in conversation last week, so I thought I'd give it a try.
And not disappointed at all - OK I've only been once and only had one main course but the place has a certain "swagger" to it - it buzzes (and this was a Tuesday Night!).
Once we had sorted out the slight hiccup when I had my beer -bottled Cobra for me - tho I think it was the "brewed under licence" version :( and had my poppadums - the only thing I was missing was a menu!
It does aid the decision-making process!!!
But after that everything was fine - yep, very good food, attentive staff and nice atmosphere - this is well worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: As I do, I went for something I haven't tried before - on the Chef's specialities - Xacuti Chicken - absolutely delish!
This was chunks of chicken breast which had been marinated with a Tandoori - type flavour, then finished with an oniony sauce with peppers and subtle spices. Within the sauce there were also 3 whole green chillies - avoid these unless you like it really hot!
This came with pilau and plain rice.
Should also mention the poppadums - 5 different dips - the garlicky one was my fav.
And as to the flaming sambuca - this is on the house and the waiter brings it to the table then, with a flourish, clicks his fingers and extinguishes the flame - apart from the little bit that spilled onto the doiley and set that on fire! Ha - best laid plans of mice and men!
This place aspires to be a modern, with-it, sort of upmarket Ruby house (sorry: Scots rhyming slang-Ruby Murray = curry) AND SUCEEDS!
It does all your old favs, dhansaks, bhunas, vindaloo.............and etc. and does them all very well. But try the chef's recommendations and ask the waiters for advice regarding what to order as side dishes. The usual advice is "Just have plain rice, the dishes need no further embellishment."
Hey! Wot's goin' on here?
The usual answer is to recommend as many as pos side dishes to build up the spend per head. But not here!
They really take pride in doing a few things that are a bit different from the norm and it's well worth having an eating experiment.
And it's not particularly expensive.
Favorite Dish: PATRANI LAMB!! (upper case on purpose!)
Four lamb cutlets, on-the-bone, perfectly cooked, marinated with ginger, pepper, herbs (unlisted) and subtle spicing. This is finger food - I don't see the point in even attempting to eat these with a knife and fork - chomp and drool!
And of course the hot, lemon-scented, towel awaits. Bliss!!