Rural feasting and country retreating
Country escapes don’t come much more authentic than a night above the inn at The Lamb at Sandford.
Burrowed among mid-Devon’s warren of country lanes, the 16th century coaching inn is a hidden retreat for foodie-focused weekenders and day-trippers up for escaping the city. The Lamb’s location just five minutes from Crediton and 20 from Exeter means it’s far enough from the hustle and bustle to really unwind – think hooves trotting past your bedroom window and waking to the sound of birdsong.
Whether you’re visiting for supper or staying for the weekend in one of the seven refurbed bedrooms, the cosy pub vibe and friendly atmosphere invites visitors to stick around long after they’ve finished their food. The reasonably priced wine list, monthly selection of Devon ales and ciders and local collection of craft gins are further enticement to linger for a post-pud tipple.
Head chef Andy Bennett sees to it that the fodder lives up to the rustic-yet-contemporary setting, so expect classics like pork belly taken up a notch via a pancetta fricassee, pork bonbon and the crispiest of crackling, and smoked salmon accompanied with torched mackerel, celeriac remoulade, pickled ginger and herb aioli.
Lunchtime revellers can choose from lighter options including sirloin steak ciabatta with horseradish and skinny fries, and The Lamb ploughman’s of Cornish Yarg, crusty bread, baby gherkins, apple, balsamic pickled onions and chutney. Whatever time of day you visit, one of the scrumptious homemade puddings – we’re talking lusciously-layered banoffee pie with white chocolate shard and honeycomb – is a must.
Local suppliers stock the talented chef’s menu with Creedy Carver duck, Salcombe Dairy ice cream, Black Dog eggs and beef that’s grazed a couple of fields over from the pub. Visit on a Monday and you’ll find the butcher upstairs knocking down pins with the local skittles team.
In summer, the spacious beer garden is a favourite with locals competing for the last rays of sunshine at the top of the hill, while in winter the comfy sofas by the fire are the coveted spot for a cheese board and large glass of port.
The Lamb’s busy events calendar includes a cinema club, open mic nights, jazz festivals and live music events.
The Square, Sandford, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4LW
Chef: Andy Bennett
Owner: Nick Silk
Restaurant opening hours
Lunch: 12pm – 2.15pm
Sunday lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 9pm
Pub open every day for coffee and drinks from 9am – 11.30pm
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Beer garden
- Online booking
Scallops, salsify, chorizo and herbs, £6.95
Creedy Carver duck breast, dauphinoise potatoes, romanesco, kale, carrot and red wine jus, £16.95
Sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and honeycomb, £5.95