The Hunt family have been in the pub and hotel business for over forty years.
Roberta does the administration and coordinates all aspects of the business with Luke, who trained as a chef at Exeter College and gained experience in Michelin Star restaurants and hotels as a chef and front of house, now provides a welcome to the guests and helps in the smooth running of the business.
The Barrel was built around 1900. Up until 1982, the pub was a manor house and toll house where the people who lived in Clinton Devon Estate's houses in Beer, paid their rent. Then in the spring of 1982 the building was converted into a pub. The Hunt family bought the pub in 1990 it was a good, fun, very busy drinking pub with only a small snack menu. My parents put in a top CD juke box, fruit machines, provided meat draws and fun charity days. We would get people from all over the region coming as my father is on of the best and most loved publicans you will meet. Since then many changes have been made to keep the pub moving with the times, initially having a new kitchen built and extending the bar and family room. This worked very well until we acknowledged that there was a general trend towards better quality food in pubs. So when Luke returned in 1998 we changed to a menu with fresh local fish and seafood, as well as snacks. This proved to be so successful that we reduced our snacks further and when Robert and Eva joined the pub in Spring 2001, we all decided to make more changes, developing our non-smoking, ( before the smoking ban) comfortable restaurant, with pictures of Old Beer and the Quarry Caves. The restaurant also doubles as a small function room, catering for parties of up to twenty.
At the end of March 2009, Robert and Eva fulfilled their dream by emigrating to New Zealand with their three lovely children Maximilian, and the twins Constantine and Soraya. Then in July 2011 they had Caspian.
On the 24 July we changed the name from Barrel o' Beer to The Seafood Platter
Because the days of drinking pubs are gone. We have been doing good fresh local food for many years but people still saw us as just a drinking pub that did food. Now we are one of the top seafood pub/restaurants in Devon and want people to see us for what we are, having achieved recognition through awards.