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Review: The Jubilee Inn, West Anstey

Published on January 3, 2018
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Out on the wilds of Exmoor, Abi Manning discovered The Jubilee Inn, a surprising 1930s home-from-home dining destination

Jubilee Inn

A bog standard boozer this ain’t. Recent refurbishment has transformed this old Exmoor inn into a 1930s country home-style dining experience, complete with Laura Ashley-esque vintage wallpaper, sink-in-able leather furniture and eclectic personal touches like the quirky teapot collection in the dining room.

VISIT for fine dining without formality. With its close proximity to the national park, rousing yomps and horseback exploration on the moor are rewarded with full plates of fresh, wholesome food with a soupçon of French influence.

For a cosy-up-and-gaze-at-the-stars kind of evening, savour supper before snuggling down in one of the (seasonally available) boutique rooms that make The Jubilee feel like home.

DON’T VISIT if you’re looking to prop up the bar into the wee hours. Although it was once a pub, the new development has turned this into more of a reservations and rural dining experience than pint and a packet of crisps territory.

WE LIKED the trio of exquisite puds: a burst of sharp herb in the lemon and basil posset was accompanied by a lust-worthy lemon crème caramel and rhubarb elderflower rice pudding. Another trio for table three please …

INSIDER’S TIP In need of a winter warmer? Try the Jubilee’s homemade honey mead.

What we ate (dinner)

Starter Vulscombe goat’s cheese, fig and honey spring roll with dried fruit jam
Main Herb crusted rack of Exmoor lamb, aubergine caviar with coriander, roasted vine cherry tomatoes, baked potato cake
Pud Verrines – assortment of desserts served in small glasses

3 courses from £34

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