So forget the dieting and tuck in at my local where the £5 lunchtime carvery offers amazing value. Considering that 'The Dog' is sort of just round the corner from me I really should have blogged it before now, especially as we first discovered it about ten years ago when we were staying on holiday at Pooh Cottage Holiday Park just up the road at the end of Bear Lane. http://www.poohcottage.co.uk/
My man-sized slices of roast pork - make sure you have room for dessert
I was impressed by the generous portions of my choice of tender slices of pork; you could even have a mixed selection of pork and roast beef along with steak and onion pie. And then on to the vegetables. True, I could see dreaded swede in the back row - that's just my pet hate - but there was plenty of choice apart from that: boiled or roast potatoes, peas, carrots, cabbage, gallons of gravy and a special dish of pork crackling.
I suppose I could have helped myself to Yorkshire pudding as well, but the plate was beginning to weigh me down at that point. There was just enough room for big dollops of what looked like freshly-made apple sauce and mustard. The roast beef and the scampi and chips were equally popular with the rest of the family.
The Dog and Donkey is a family-friendly pub with a spacious dining-room, but it's a good idea to book in advance, especially in the holiday season
We could have topped all that with puddings, but the grandchildren were beginning to get a bit grizzly and would be needing their afternoon nap, I was told. So it was a brief visit to the lovely little playground next to Knowle village hall, and then back home. Where, I have to confess, I followed my grandchildren's example. Well, it was not exactly gardening weather, and Otter ale (4.5% alcohol by volume) from the quaintly named village of Luppitt http://www.otterbrewery.com/ is a restful sort of brew.
Carvery dishes are priced £5 per person Tuesday-Saturday and £8.95 on Sundays.
The Specials Board at The Dog and Donkey offers a wide range of tempting dishes. Examples are deep fried battered fillets of red mullet on crisp green salad with sweet chilli sauce at £9.50; belly pork noisettes with bacon, black pudding, beer gravy and jacket potato wedges at £10.95; 10 oz lamb steak with fries, tomatoes, onion rings and salad garni at £11.50.
The pub also has 'Specials' nights offering good value at £7 for steaks (Tuesdays), fish and chips (Wednesdays), and curry (Thursday), as well as a Sunday lunchtime carvery.
The Dog and Donkey
24 Knowle Village
Budleigh Salterton Devon
Tel/Fax: 01395 442021