The Lamb Inn

South West England Devon Crediton

  • From £79 a night
  • 7 Guest Rooms & 1 Suite
  • Contemporary Coaching Inn

A proper village pub with rooms and great food in the green heart of Devon.

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There are some pubs that get just about everything right, and the Lamb Inn, just outside Crediton, bang in the middle of the green heart of Devon, comes pretty close. It's a proper village pub, for a start, with plenty of locals popping by just for a drink; but it serves excellent food too and has a handful of rooms upstairs to tempt you into staying overnight. No surprise, then, that it has featured in the Daily Mail's '20 Best British Country Pubs',  has won 'Best Devon Pub' and was voted the i-newspaper's 'Best UK Summer Pub a couple of years ago. Clearly this is no ordinary village boozer, although we're pleased to say that it still has the feel of one.

The Lamb is actually a 16th-century coaching at heart, but its eight guest rooms are not by any means stuck in the past – crisply refurbished in a contemporary style, with luxurious king-size beds, flatscreen TVs with Freeview, good wifi, tea- and fresh coffee-making facilities and complimentary water, recently updated bathrooms, some of which have giant baths to luxuriate in. There's good wifi and a scattering of newspapers in the bar downstairs to make you feel at home, and overall the feel is both cosy and comfortable, but with the sort of service and facilities you expect from a decent hotel.

The pub itself is furnished in a traditional style, with a roaring fire in winter and a pleasant beer garden to enjoy in summer. The food is excellent – a short and fairly traditional menu but with innovative touches and really good cooking; there's plenty for vegetarians and their Sunday roasts are superb. Like all good pubs, the Lamb is also dog-friendly, with dogs welcome throughout the pub and in all guest rooms.

Finally, The Lamb is an easy place to reach – just outside the small Devon market town of Crediton, not far from the M5 and just off the main north-south Exeter to barnstaple route. Dartmoor is a short drive away, as is Exeter and the coast beyond. All in all a terrific place for a a short but indulgent countryside break.

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Looking for a real country pub, individually styled hotel rooms or award winning restaurant, there's something for everyone at The Lamb Inn.

The Lamb Inn is a 16th century former coaching inn situated in the picturesque Devon village of Sandford close to the market town of Crediton and just ten miles from the Cathedral town of Exeter. The Lamb Inn is the perfect example of a quintessential English country pub. The Lamb Inn bar has an open fire, comfy sofas and a restaurant that serves freshly cooked, locally sourced, award-winning food prepared by talented chefs on the chargrill. The vegetarian and vegan dishes are plentiful and varied. Outside there is a sheltered cobbled courtyard with tables and sun umbrellas making it a very popular place to enjoy a meal and choose a cool drink form our extensive range of local ales and lagers, also a varied selection of wines and spirits. There is a separate covered sundeck overlooking the courtyard and a further grassed area, ideal for children, at the top of the garden. As well as the Lamb Inn bar there is the smaller Tap Room and a large function hall, The Dowrich Room.

During opening times we have everything from the best espresso coffee, real ales and quality wines to individually styled accommodation. Whether you want a meeting, a hotel room, a garden or a pub with real atmosphere we are the place to be.

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Open all year. 


Guest rooms from £79 to £155 a night, not including breakfast. Dogs £6 a night.

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The Owner Says

The Lamb Inn at Sandford
is a 16th century former coaching house with open fires, low ceilings, comfy sofas, stunning bedrooms and a conference room. The Lamb Inn is dog friendly. We also have a lovely sheltered garden on three levels; perfect for summer's evenings.


Contact Website  01363 773 676  The Lamb Inn, The Square Sandford, Crediton, Devon EX17 4LW

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  • Wifi
  • Walking
  • Family rooms
  • Parking
  • Wedding Venue
  • Exclusive Hire
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Pub with Rooms

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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews


Local Hospitality at its Best

Stayed here for 2 nights and enjoyed the whole experience with Nick and his team. After having a long exhausting drive to the Inn, to be greeted by the staff and looked after at dinner was so relaxing. The room we had (3) was well-maintained and quiet. Breakfast, although Continental, was filling, with Nick offering to serve additional coffee etc. I would recommend the Lamb Inn for its local food and hospitality with the locals - such friendly people. Good luck to Nick and his team for the future.
Aug 7, 2023 by Roger W

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Thank you for taking the time for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Excellent Stay

Another great stay at The Lamb Inn. We try and get over this way twice a year, and the welcome is always fantastic. The room was spotless, the bed was extremely comfortable and the food was excellent.
Jul 2, 2023 by Pedro R

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Fantastic hidden gem 5 Star!

The Lamb Inn is an exceptional hidden gem on our travels down to Cornwall. The accommodation which is dog friendly was very cosy and perfect for our needs! The beer garden is on a few levels and quirky with private seating areas. Our meals were fantastic, we ordered the Chicken Kebab and Goat Curry, partner thought the kebab was lovely with added pomegranate it made the dish! I had the goat curry and thought it was one of the best I've ever tasted, thank you. Will highly recommend The Lamb Inn. 5 Stars!
May 17, 2023 by Curious

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A wonderful venue for a mid Devon break

My wife and I have just returned from a three-night stay at The Lamb Inn at Sandford. Nick and his team have excellently managed to maintain the ‘oldie worldly’ charm of this historic pub with all its endearing character and the essential elements of high-quality accommodation one expects today. But the real distinguishing features are the warmth of welcome one receives from Nick, Vicky and Chris, plus the excellent cuisine one enjoys. We can’t express our appreciation too much for a lovely break and are looking forward to returning in the not-too-distant future.
May 12, 2023 by PMP

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Thank you so much for your kind review

We will definitely be back!

This was our first time here. I’d heard wonderful comments about The Lamb from colleagues. I have to say that since moving to Devon 2 years ago, this is our favourite place to eat! The atmosphere was just perfect for a relaxing country village pub. The food was beautifully cooked, very reasonably priced and absolutely delicious! The staff were super lovely and very friendly. We have a blind 10-year-old Miniature Poodle - he was made to feel most welcome and we could choose from a selection of doggy treats for him. Both log burners were going so we felt so cosy. There was even a pack of playing cards on the table. My husband and I enjoyed playing cards whilst waiting for or sticky toffee pudding, which may I add was mouthwatering as it was a light fluffy sponge dripping in rum and toffee sauce. To be honest, we could have sat there all afternoon enjoying the best atmosphere we’ve ever experienced in this beautiful county pub of Sandford. We will definitely be back! Visited March 2023.
Apr 8, 2023 by Zazarina

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Thank you for taking the time for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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