The Rusty Pig In Ottery St Mary, Devon has to be one of the best kept secrets in the South West Of England and is real gem. We had the pleasure of visiting some friends in the town and they had booked the Rusty Pig for a night out on our holiday in the South West.
Downstairs is the bar come restaurant, which is directly linked to the kitchen. (See the photo below.)You can see everything the chef and his team are preparing whilst you are having your cocktails, beer or other drink. The Chef will chat to you as he is preparing you the meal which is unique. In the bar area downstairs there is only one table, and you may have to share with fellow diners if you book this, but my advice is to do so, as you get a brilliant atmosphere, chatting to drinkers and other diners. The downstairs table can seat 8 comfortably.
Upstairs they have a mixture of small tabes for upto 6 people and a lovely small garden terrace that overlooks the roof tops of Ottery St Mary where you can enjoy a cocktail or secret smoke.
We arrived just after 530pm as at the time of writing (Aug 2017) they were doing 2 cocktails for £10, instead of the normal £7+. They are lovely and after about 2/3 cocktails you are really ready for your meal.
For our visit Mark was the chef and he made it a very memorable night. The concept of the Rusty Pig is that the chef provides the menu from what he has been able to source that day, so it changes daily. When we were having cocktails people were dropping off vegetables for tomorrow’s diners !
So into the meal. Mark asked if we would like to know what we were having or would we like a surprise… which we all said surprise please. The starter was a beef terrine, with salami and pickled green beens… very tasty. Main course was roast pork, carrots, ,cabbage and cream potatoes with bacon lardons. Wonderful.
During the meal Mark brought over some black pudding, which I love, as he had heard we could not make breakfast the next morning. It has to be the best black pudding I have ever tasted. Ask him when you go to try it !
The dessert was Eton Mess, gooseberry style. I’m not a big desert fan but this was very tasty as it had the poached gooseberries in it which gave it a real kick. Well done.
So my recommendation is if you are ever in the Exeter, Ottery St Mary, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth or just in Devon go here either for breakfast, lunch or dinner as you won’t be disappointed.
10 out of 10 to the team at the Rusty Pig.
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