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The Barrel House

$$ - $$$
British, Contemporary
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59 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5PB, England
+44 1803 849290
Fri - Mon 09:00 - 16:00
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Dartington, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure why Trip Advisor has this in the restaurant section. It is an excellent bar with it's own Micro Brewery. Real fire, great atmosphere and superb selection of beers. They don't do food (other than great Pork Scratchings), but they are very happy to let you order a pizza or a Chinese takeaway and eat it in the bar.... More 

Thank ANorthenerAbroad
Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I met a friend there and he bought me a beer. It was very cloudy and tasted dreadful. He took it back and the barman said, "there's nothing wrong with it, that's the way we do it now without finings". I've never had such an awful beer anywhere and he charged me again for a different, not house, beer.

1 Thank bobstrawson
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Just when I thought there was no was no where characterful & fun to go in South Devon for a great night out we have discovered this place. Great live music & DJ, tried 2 brilliant cocktails, food was great, atmosphere excellent, staff & service all friendly & professional. Had a great dance. Few places like this in South Devon... More 

Thank Hartyparty22
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This place is brilliant, fantastic atmosphere with a great range of drinks and beers. Great music events also. Love it

Thank Nicola P
Paignton, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We went into this lovely warm old style real pup and got a friendly welcome found some nice seats and a rest from the market and shopping adding this pub to our mini pub crawl Staff were friendly great laugh and the ambiance of the place was chilled with a great mix of people of all ages We had one... More 

Thank Steve B
sarahkidd1970, Owner at The Barrel House, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review and happy new year. More 

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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We only popped in for a quick pre-dinner pint but we were served cloudy beer - didn't complain because my wife hates a fuss so just didn't bother drinking it. Noticed that all three cask ales being served were cloudy. Bit surprising for a brewwhouse really

1 Thank kernowboy
sarahkidd1970, Owner at The Barrel House, responded to this review

Hello - sorry I only just saw this. You should have talked to us. Many of the beers we serve are vegan ( and everything we grew ourselves). - this means they do not go through the finnings process - hence they are not clear. This is a growing trend in craft beer as not only does it allow vegans/veggies... More 

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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

We popped in to check out the venue as we were watching a band there (upstairs in the ballroom) that evening. Hummmmm, it's taking shabby chic to the extreem. A sort of price list scrawled on a blackboard and probably the smallest cluttered bar in Totnes or even Devon. Craft beer was nice near perfect in fact but tapping close... More 

13 Thank kernowlobster
Totnes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Great food, especially Sunday brunch in a warm and inviting grand house of Totnes. Their micro brewer produces excellent beers too.

Thank BlueGeranium
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Disappointing again.Not much choice of night spots in Totnes so needs must.They get decent musicians and some of the DJ's are good.The problem is the lay out and the unpleasant pushing and shoving around the bar and parts of the dance floor,at £4.50 a pint you don't want to be spilling it.And why oh why do the staff sport those... More 

16 Thank Dave D
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2015

Have visited twice in the past few months, on the first visit we had the American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and the bacon and brie (I think) panini. Both were delicious (we shared) and good portion sizes - food was piping hot and didn't take long to arrive! Coffee was great, had a chocolate brownie for desert which... More 

1 Thank IBOldfield

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
British, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5PB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Totnes
  • Phone Number: +44 1803 849290
The Barrel House Cafe and restaraunt is now closed - the Barrel House Ballroom on the second floor is only open for gigs and private events - please not do leave reviews for The Totnes Brewing Company here - that is a seperate business. We are currently waiting for Trip Advisor to close this account as it does not represent the businesses now occupying the building.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?