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A dish served at the Cridford Inn in Trusham

The Cridford Inn

Sue Stoneman feasts on a special Asian Banquet at this popular Trusham inn

The Cridford Inn is the oldest in Devon. Once you have found it on the edge of the moors, you’ll be glad you did. Along with all the charm of a traditional village pub – a thatched roof, low beams and cosy fireplace – it also serves fantastic food with locally sourced ingredients and has a team of really friendly staff.

I visited for owners Paul and Ness Moir’s Asian Banquet evening, which is extremely popular with locals and visitors. In fact, this event sold out within a day, so you need to be quick if you wish to book a table! This was our first trip out to this delightful pub, and what a wonderful time we had. We were greeted with cocktails on arrival, and the restaurant was beautifully decorated with Chinese lanterns, chopsticks and candles on the tables, along with a traditional hong bao, or red envelope, which is associated with good luck and happiness.

On the menu were baked scallops, hot and numbing duck, spiced pumpkin gua bao (steamed buns), salt and Sichuan pepper lobster, siu yuk pork belly with jasmine rice and Asian greens, and miso cheesecake.

The dishes contained a host of different flavours and textures, each beautifully presented and with amazing smells and tastes. If we had to choose, our favourites were the pork belly, with its crispy skin and peach chutney, the Asian greens with the curried hummus, the panko-breaded pumpkin fritter in the puffy warm bao bun and the succulent lobster. We would happily eat it all again!

Now we have found this gem of a pub and experienced its wonderful food and charm, a return visit is a must to sample more of the top-notch cooking that the Cridford offers.

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Sample Menu

Taken from the dinner menu


  • Oak-smoked chicken & chorizo arancini, chipotle mayo, Parmesan, pea shoots
  • Crispy tempura-fried cauliflower florets, sticky Asian glaze, sesame seeds, spring onion


  • Buttermilk-fried honey chicken breast, pretzel burger bun, slaw, honey mustard mayo, iceberg, tomato, skin-on fries
  • Prosciutto-wrapped pan-fried monkfish, coconut curried chickpeas, chilli & mango salsa, pickled raisins, katsu, coriander


Starters from £5.95

Mains from £10.95

Desserts from £4.95

Asian Banquet: £45 per person, optional wine pairing: £13 per person

Sue loves: this old Devon inn’s charm, and the virtual trip to the Orient with the wonderful Asian feast
The Cridford Inn
Nr Exeter
Devon TQ13 0NR

01626 853694

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