The Rusty Pig

Words By Matt

It’s been a long time coming but we finally made it to the Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary. I am going to keep this one short and sweet due to my ever increasing load as an interior photographer and some big news which we will be sharing soon. This restaurant goes by the self proclaimed title of a ‘Feasting house’ and we found it hard to disagree. The food, drinks and service were bang on. This is my type of eating establishment. Both Robin the owner and Mark the head chef make you feel very welcome with an informal approach to service.   

The main menu is a set 3 courses of whatever the chef decides to cook on the day, taking into account seasonal availability. They also have a selection of bar snacks and some delicious sounding pizzas if you fancy something quicker with a drink. 

Love the logo

You can eat anywhere there’s a stool

We sat upstairs and ordered some wine while the chef (Mark) explained the evenings menu. The food is all sourced locally and is a perfect showcase for some of Devons best producers.    

The place feels like you’re round a mates house having dinner (if you’re mates can cook), very relaxed and informal with all the staff making us feel right at home which adds to the overall experience.

The wine was ordered

The Hoppers

Mark explaining the menu

A few shots of the kitchen in action 

Sticky Asian  inspired duck wings

Pizzas looked good

The food arrived and we got stuck in. Every dish had something different to offer. My personal favourite was the dessert which was a geranium parfait with thyme, redcurrants and smashed meringue. Yes that is some fancy shit for a Yorkshire man but who am I to argue when it tastes that good.  

The sticky duck wings

Proper finger food

Belly of Pork with black pudding and seasonal veg

This is it, bloody gorgeous

Well fed, well watered and thoroughly impressed by our experience it certainly deserves all the accolades. It’s no secret that the Rusty Pig serves amazing food but it’s the overall experience of eating at a place that has such passion for local and ethically sourced ingredients that really makes it special. 

We will definitely be back, even if it’s just for a beer and a pizza and to soak up the atmosphere on as summer evening.

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