I was about to say that with my mothers 80th birthday fast approaching… but then I thought, well, actually its been approaching for 80 years so we’ve had plenty of time to think about it. Anyway, my sister booked a table or three at one of the best pub/eateries in Newton Abbot: Teign Cellars, formerly the Greene Man and formerly formerly the Devon Arms. The Greene Man was a bit of an aberration and thankfully a short-lived one.
The food is reliable: most of the menu is good most of the time, which is about the best you can expect; everyone has their off-days. There were 12 of us and everything went pretty smoothly order-wise and delivery of food-wise. I must admit I could have eaten everything that everyone had ordered: nothing looked second-rate or unappetising. Macaroni cheese, cheese burger, roast pork, steak in stilton sauce… I had the Bressingham Duck, which was very good, and whilst the blackberry sauce was very pleasant (and slightly unusual) the whole blackberries were a bit much for me. I was also the only one to have a starter – the Thai fish cakes were very enjoyable.
Before lunch I had a pint of local dry cider – very enjoyable, and about half way through the meal I had a pint of beer, but it was pretty flat and left a fairly unpleasant taste in the mouth. The beer here can be a bit hit and miss but there is usually at least one good one on; I just got unlucky.
I think mum enjoyed it, as did everyone else, so altogether a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Teign Cellars food: 4*