"Go to Robin Rea's Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary and find out what a talented obsessive can do with a pig. This deli-cum-cafe is nose-to-tail stuff of the highest order - outstanding home made charcuterie, great terrines and pates - and always an interesting hot dish on the go too. Whatever you can't manage in one greedy porky session you can take away to try at home. Inspired."
Country Woodsmoke blog "The Dirty Pork Burger was truly a work of art, all handmade ingredients on site, a brioche bun, loaded with a slice of black pudding, a pork and mustard burger, slices of air dried bacon, and a slice of duck liver. An oozy herb topped fried goose egg and some lovely roast beetroots finished the plate off. I was truly in my element with this, the flavour was immense, all the pork is local, and well reared, and Robin is truly passionate about what he does. A wonderful meal, and heartily recommended. I will definitely be returning.
" Trip Advisor Reviews "I attended a 2 day cookery course last weekend and the day spent at the rusty Pig, I shall not forget. Pork butchery, pie making, sausage and salami making and smoking meats and curing. We then cooked for 16 people on the evening for a Charity event for the Ottery Food Bank. Whole day was just brilliant. I learnt sooo much and it was very hands on. Robin is very easy going and lots of fun. It far excelled my expectations. If you read this review Robin, big big thank you and I will keep my eyes peeled for future courses and will bring my hubby and friends along to eat.
" Trip Advisor Review "Popped in at lunchtime. My son had a quality sausage sandwich. For me they rustled up two chorizo sausages and baked eggs in a skillet. It was absolutely delicious - top quality locally sourced ingredients cooked in front of us. Good indie music in the background too!
" Trip Advisor Review "I'd heard good things about the Rusty Pig and was looking forward to something different. It's pretty much all in one room; kitchen, shop, restaurant. Two large benches for diners to share, friendly informal staff, and no menu as such, at least at lunchtime. A quick chat with the owner(?) resulted in an excellent meal of slow roast belly pork, and an interesting range of freshly cooked veg. All eaten off a tin plate with motley cutlery, and washed down by a pot of tea plus a mug. It's certainly different, and it works, mainly because the food is notably good, and the atmosphere somehow makes you feel "part of it".
Johnnie B "If you want to connect with the food you're eating, this is perfection. Everything is fresh, he rears and produces all the pork, and sources everything else from trusted suppliers in the area. Having that hospitality, quality and intimacy, without the pretentions of the London food 'scene', is something which is simply very special. Devon is a powerhouse of British food revival and Robin certainly is at its heart, representing the very best of the best. Plenty of excellent places in the area, yet this is something apart.
" Blinky "These guys know how to combine exceptional ingredients with a broad knowledge of the mysteries of curing and fermenting meat to produce truly amazing offerings from their aging cooler. The flavours of their sausages, hams, aspics and terrines left my taste buds doing the happy dance for at least an hour after we left. Since we live in the US we couldn't take advantage of any of their boxed offerings. I wholeheartedly recommend those who can to order one of their fresh and/or cured meat boxes to experience the remarkable quality of this team's work. You will not be disappointed!"
Awards and Testimonials
Live, Love, Eat Regional Restaurant Champion 2014 and Platinum Award Devon Restaurant Taste of the West Gold Award 2014 Finalist, Express & Echo Awards Finalist, Devon Environmental Business Initiative Finalist, Devon Life Food & Drink Awards