Review | Hunter’s Inn, Parracombe
Sophie’s burger itself was homemade and satisfying. It would be no exaggeration to say that this burger, lovingly made in the Kitchen at The Hunter’s Inn, was a simple monument to juicy, scrumptious beefiness. Utterly delicious in every way, I could even go as far to say that it was the beefiest Beef burger I have ever tasted. And I’ve eaten a lot of burgers in my life… The chunky chips, light and fluffy on the inside and brown and crispy on the outside, were of course the perfect match for the dish.
My final destination on this leg of my gastronomic journey was the colourful and creamy Trio of Lovington’s Ice Cream, sourced from across the border in neighbouring Somerset. Sat on a brandy snap basket, it was a real sweet treat that is so evocative of all that is good and great about Westcountry produce.
Sophie elected for the Lemon Tart served with Strawberries and Clotted Cream. Looking rather good on the plate, the taste and experience of the dish matched the appearance completely! Having lived in Devon for most of my life, I’m somewhat a sucker for clotted cream and the accompanying Wild Berry Compote made with Blackcurrant Cassis was just heavenly.
Both desserts were a perfect end to a really fabulous night. Both David and Justin can be proud of the food, service and ambience found here at The Hunters Inn. Why not pop in sometime soon and find out for yourself?
Five Fascinating Facts about the Hunter’s Inn
- The Hunters Inn was originally a thatched farm cottage that became a meeting place for the local area.
- The first time that beer was served may have been when the owner rewarded his workers at the end of harvest
- The exact date it was originally built is somewhat unclear but it is thought that a mill once stood on the site and the first dwelling could pre-date the Domesday Book.
- In 1895, the then thatched Hunters Inn was totally destroyed by fire, despite the postman’s best efforts to raise the alarm.
- A new Swiss Chalet design Hunters Inn opened in 1906, inspired by nearby Lynton’s Victorian nickname of the 'Little Switzerland of England’.
Review by John Raby, independent restaurant reviewer
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