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Thank you for taking the time to visit us, read on and learn a little bit about what The Fat Pig Ltd ethos is.
The Rusty Bike was a creation born in 2009 off the back of hard work and reputation at The Fat Pig in John Street, Exeter.
From the bare bones of The Eagle Tavern, a run down, shut down, falling down back street boozer, larger than life proprietor Hamish Lothian and his team created a haven of goodness within a stones throw of the university. Sparing no expense Hamish employed the artistic graphic design talents of his five year old daughter Esme to give her impression of a Rusty Bike, we think you'll agree she did a pretty fine job.
Our aim is to minimize the distance from producer to plate. We opened our own pig farm as part of that vision, but break-ins and poachers shooting five of the herd put a stop to that. Not giving up however, we source all of our meat direct from the farms around Exeter: rare breed Pork from Haldon Hill, Ruby Beef from Dartmoor and lamb from Langford.
We have forged strong ties with local land owners and game keepers where we shoot our own venison, pheasant, rabbit and pigeon for the pot, and we use only line-caught fish. Bicton College supply us with fantastic rose veal and a small amount of hops for our brewery. You will often find us foraging in the hedges for wild garlic, dandelions and berries, and we bloody love it.
Put all this together with a talented and dedicated team of chefs and friendly hospitable staff out front and its pretty close to our idea of the perfect pub.
We have tried to offer a different experience at The Rusty Bike. Whereas our mother The Fat Pig offers a rustic and hearty simple menu 'The Rusty Bike' has been turned into a platform for our chefs, led by Darren Jory, to showcase the fantastic produce available locally.
From full butchery to delicate smoking and curing, and selecting Ruby Red beef on the hoof at Richard Mizzens farm, or foraging for wild garlic to adorn their salads and soups, or raking cockles on the beaches and shooting game these boys along with Hamish cover the county to bring all this to your plate, as we like to say...from welly to belly.
But let us not forget we are a PUB. We are fortunate that we also benefit from the great brewery built at our mother pub The Fat Pig in John Street who supply us with all our ale - our own beer from our own brewery. To complement this we have an extensive wine offering, a varied selection of high end spirits and we even make our own cider.
All Day Roast! On Sundays, the kitchen is open from 12-7. So, after a lie-in, come down to The Rusty for some top nosh!
RECOMMENDATIONS AND AWARDS
Taste of the West Gold 2012
A Recommendation in the 2013 Michelin Guide
Also in the 2014 Michelin Guide, the 2014 Michelin Pub Guide, the 2014 Trencherman's Guide and in the 2014 Alisdair Sawday's Guide.
A big thank you to all the staff at The Rusty for their dedication and hard work in achieving this recognition, which is a culmination of six years hard work by The Fat Pig Ltd and its local suppliers, game keepers, fishermen, farmers and brewers.
Many, many thanks
Chief cartridge loader, head brewer and pot wash.