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Night out at the Nobody Inn!

I am thirty-eight weeks pregnant today. I still cannot believe how quickly the past eight months have gone! We have a birth plan; we also have a name for our little girl and our bags are packed for the birth, but for some reason, I do not feel remotely prepared for her arrival. It must be because organising the house has been at the back of my mind for months, but somehow I have not managed to cram in any time for nesting yet. I wish I had more time. My first three babies were late; we shall see…

We drove to Devon on Sunday evening after the children’s swimming lessons. As I have a lot of work to get through, hubby has been taking the children out quite a lot whilst I have been staying indoors. I managed to complete a mammoth amount today (on my standards… I am so slow…) and hubby suggested a night out.  It was really refreshing leaving the house for a date, knowing the children were happy with their Poppy (granddad).

A few weeks ago, after I had written about my love of cheese, Sam, who blogs at And then the Fun Began mentioned the Nobody Inn  in Doddiscombsleigh, a pub renowned for its interesting and varied cheeses and wines.  Hubby had never taken me there and ever since Sam suggested it, I have been thinking about it. Who would not want to go to a place called the Nobody Inn?

The Nobody Inn

Big chunks of the road had collapsed into the river Teign and hubby decided to aim for Doddiscombsleigh through lanes that were barely wide enough for our car, but it was a lovely drive scented of wild garlic.

When we got there, I was not disappointed. The menu, based around local produce, is impressive, the staff welcoming and the atmosphere of the 17th century inn relaxed and homey. It was just what I wanted for a meal out with hubby. Hubby had local ale and steak; I had a small shandy -my way (95% lemonade, 5% beer) and cheese platter followed by a deconstructed Pavlova.

The Nobody Inn - Cheese Platter

Here are the six cheeses I chose amongst the mouth-watering selection listed on the cheese menu:

  • Oakdown with Garlic & Herbs from Trusham (Devon)
  • Sharpham Brie from Ashprington (Devon)
  • Devon Smoake from Jacobstowe (Devon)
  • Little Stinky from Marhanchurch (Cornwall)
  • Ticklemoor from Totnes (Devon)
  • Cornish Blue from Upton Cross (Cornwall)

Hubby and I had a great night out. If you are ever near Exeter, I highly recommend a meal at the Nobody Inn.



  1. 28/05/2014 / 6:26 am

    So glad you made it there Mel! It really is so full of character isn’t it? I love a bit of Ticklemoor and we stayed in Marhamchurch last October – I didn’t realise they had their own cheese! Good luck with some last minute nesting. Xx

    • Mel
      28/05/2014 / 10:48 am

      It really is a fab place for a night out, thanks for mentioning it! The nesting will have to wait but I hope I get to sort out my kitchen cupboards at the very least. x

  2. Vicki Montague
    28/05/2014 / 8:56 am

    Oh yes! My fav pub pre children!!! I still dream about it now! Cant believe you are working so hard and still managing to blog. You are a super woman and make me feel rubbish!! 😉

    • Mel
      28/05/2014 / 10:46 am

      Only working hard now so I can be a relaxed mummy when Wriggly comes… It was really good giving myself the night off yesterday. Struggling to get back to work now though, bouhou! No super woman in sight! x

  3. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy)
    28/05/2014 / 9:10 am

    Sounds like you had a tasty evening x

    • Mel
      28/05/2014 / 10:42 am

      Really tasty! It was great to be out with hubby. x

  4. 28/05/2014 / 4:42 pm

    Ah! That sounds like a lovely evening. I loved being pregnant but I am sure you’re almost ready to be on the other side now hey. Hope all goes brilliantly and can’t wait to here about the arrival. xx

    • Mel
      28/05/2014 / 6:20 pm

      Great evening out, quite happy to be pregnant for a bit longer. x

  5. 28/05/2014 / 9:04 pm

    Ahh bless you it did go quick didn’t it. You got pregnant right when I started blogging. haha So it was easy for me to keep up with your pregnancy. So excited for you. Sounds like you had a great evening. I loved being pregnant I miss it so much and I would LOVE to have a third but Mr P isn’t keen. lol Can’t wait to hear all about the arrival and addition to your beautiful family. #sharewithme

    • Mel
      28/05/2014 / 11:52 pm

      I am really lucky hubby and I both wanted a big family. I am really looking forward to being a mum again and seeing my three welcoming their little sister in our home. They are very excited, especially Beanie who keeps talking to the baby and kissing the bump!

  6. 29/05/2014 / 9:55 pm

    OMG Exeter is rather near me. Well not really near near but its nearer than say London and look at thos eselection. Looks so luch. *sigh* I wish I can have a taste of those. Or maybe I should just wish for a date with hubby cuz we hadnt had one since that facebook movie was in theaters 2-3 years ago =( #sharewithme

    • Mel
      30/05/2014 / 1:04 pm

      You should really try having a night out there with your hubby. You would love it! It really is a great place.

  7. 30/05/2014 / 11:20 am

    How fab to manage a date night at 38 weeks! This place sounds very cool, I wouldn’t have been able to resist The Nobody Inn either. Good take on #ThePrompt too honey 🙂 my girls were 8 and 12 days late, but little dude was only one day over, you never know… very excited to hear your news xxx

    • Mel
      30/05/2014 / 1:02 pm

      I know, lucky! I have a really lovely father-in-law. Just one day over after 8 and 12 days, oh dear… We’ll see what happens here. 12 days would be nice but again I am forever begging for time and I know that once she’s here, it won’t matter how many days I have had. I will adapt to her and be a happy mummy! x

  8. 30/05/2014 / 3:07 pm

    Oh, that looks wonderful! I’m so glad that you managed to get an evening out on your own, so important, before things get a little mad for awhile 🙂 I am a big cheese lover too, this restaurant looks like heaven! Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

    • Mel
      30/05/2014 / 10:59 pm

      Having a bit of time for ‘just us two’ was great, and made even better by the fact it was spontaneous rather than planned ages in advance. x

    • Mel
      30/05/2014 / 10:55 pm

      It just does, doesn’t it? When you are in your early teens, time drags on and on and then all of a sudden, you are an adult with responsibilities, children, a job and time just flies…

    • Mel
      31/05/2014 / 11:37 pm

      Too much work to be nesting or putting feet up, ha ha!

  9. Gailann Houston
    01/06/2014 / 1:08 pm

    Great name! Sounds like a lovely place to visit. #ThePrompt

    • Mel
      01/06/2014 / 2:55 pm

      It really is! Just the name would have got me to go, but the place is amazing!

  10. 01/06/2014 / 7:56 pm

    I feel so hungry after reading this! Haha 🙂 Good for you for making the time to go out now, i dare say it’ll be a while before you can do it again!

    • Mel
      01/06/2014 / 8:08 pm

      True, I doubt we will do that again for a few months!

  11. 02/06/2014 / 7:15 am

    How lovely to have a date night before the next baby – I hate cheese but your pictures make it look lovely. Good luck with new baby. #magicmoments

    • Mel
      05/06/2014 / 12:03 am

      Thanks Afra! I am glad we managed to squeeze in a night together when we were there.

    • Mel
      05/06/2014 / 12:07 am

      It was! I am glad hubby had the spontaneity to invite me out!

  12. Kim Carberry
    02/06/2014 / 9:58 am

    Sounds like you had a great evening 🙂 x

    • Mel
      05/06/2014 / 12:06 am

      We did, thanks Kim!

  13. maddy@writingbubble
    02/06/2014 / 2:12 pm

    That cheese looks amazing! Glad you managed a night out so late in pregnancy! My last baby (no.3) took an age to be born (9 days of stop start labour!) so mine and hubby’s last pre-baby meal out was actually during (early) labour. I had pineapple for pudding as I thought it might help hurry things along. Good luck with it all and I hope this baby turns up exactly when you want her to!

    • Mel
      05/06/2014 / 12:08 am

      My third labour was also the longest… but 9 days! That sounds atrocious!

  14. 02/06/2014 / 2:25 pm

    That sounds gorgeous and what a great name! I hope you’re feeling a little more prepared now x

    • Mel
      02/06/2014 / 10:28 pm

      Still not feeling prepared, but it is probably ‘me being me’ rather than anything else!

    • Mel
      02/06/2014 / 8:51 pm

      I really, really fancy cheese right now. I wish we had a selection at home… On my shopping list for tomorrow!

  15. 02/06/2014 / 8:04 pm

    That looks a super gorgeous place to visit, the cheese board sounds fabulous.x


    • Mel
      02/06/2014 / 8:21 pm

      I would really recommend the pub to anyone going near Exeter. The whole menu was mouth-watering.

  16. 02/06/2014 / 11:09 pm

    Good for you two for getting a night to yourselves! Glad you enjoyed it. And, what a lovely name for a pub – very original! x

    • Mel
      02/06/2014 / 11:15 pm

      The name was enough to make me go, really, but the menu was also divine. I did not want to overdo the food at this stage of my pregnancy, but next time, I will probably go for something more substantial… or maybe a larger cheese board with red wine (their selection is impressive, too!)!

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