Polpo Exeter opening event by Chris Gower

18 Higher Market Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter - T: @polpo I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Polpo now for, well... months.  We were sad to hear that Grillstock were going to abandon plans to visit Exeter but we knew that in its place would be something exciting.  There was the usual speculation from… Continue reading Polpo Exeter opening event by Chris Gower


Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

For any restaurant or café, quality of output is incredibly important.  British diners are a very picky lot, and because we’re not very good at complaining restaurants don’t often get to read about a bad burger or an over-cooked steak until they see it on TripAdvisor. One of Exeter’s best loved restaurants is Lloyd's Kitchen… Continue reading Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX - 01392 437470 - www.hitwexeter.co.uk/ I am in my mid-thirties, despite the beard and the wrinkles which make me look well in to my forties (I've stopped playing Guess My Age as it is just depressing) I am thirty-five.  I am old enough to remember Boxes & Boogies Nightclub, The… Continue reading The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Five Guys, Queen Street

74 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX - 01392 276744 As we waved goodbye to Ruby Burgers, muffled reports came in that there would be a large well known chain Burger restaurant moving in.  The doors closed and we waited with baited anticipation to discover who it was going to be.  MeatLIQUOR? Patty and Bun? Five Guys?… Continue reading Five Guys, Queen Street

Kupp, Queen St. – The Bottomless Brunch by Chris Gower

Kupp has taken on the dubious mantle of being 'one of my favourite places' in the Queen St Dining quarter.  As a food blogger in Exeter I feel it is wrong to have favourites as one must be objective, but I am starting to realise that actually it is perfectly OK to have favourites.  I… Continue reading Kupp, Queen St. – The Bottomless Brunch by Chris Gower

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Queen St – by Chris Gower

Burgers are highly subjective things to write about. I spend a lot of time talking about burgers as they are one of my favourite foodstuffs.  Some love them and talk about them with a passion, they would be happy if every single restaurant had an extensive burger menu and would most probably be equally happy… Continue reading Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Queen St – by Chris Gower

Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX - 01392 477704 - http://www.oldtimersexeter.co.uk/ Old Timer’s Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Exeter’s hidden gems, of which we seem to have many!  An independent establishment that is owned by the same names that own The Timepiece Nightclub and Hole In The Wall, it has been one of the highlights… Continue reading Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower

On The Waterfront, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

On The Waterfront, 4-9 The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AP - 01392 210590 http://www.waterfrontexeter.co.uk @OTWexeter A long term favourite of mine has to be On The Waterfront; a restaurant based in the old ship buildings down on the Quay, it is well known for its 'dustbin lid' pizzas as well as a great drinking venue… Continue reading On The Waterfront, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road by Chris Gower

60 New North Road, Exeter - http://www.theoddfellowsbar.co.uk - Exeter @theoddfellows – facebook.com/oddfellowsbar Exmouth @oddfellowsexm – facebook.com/oddfellowsexmouth Just off the bustle of the High Street, under the shadow of John Lewis lies a small pub that has made a big impression on Exeter's dining scene in recent years.  Nestled between houses and office blocks; it backs… Continue reading The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road by Chris Gower

Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3HP     Tel: 01392  690868 http://www.turtlebay.co.uk/locations/exeter Turtle Bay is the first of the Queen Street Dining Quarter restaurants to open in Exeter's highly anticipated new food destination; the Caribbean street food concept has been going since 2011 and has been the latest project for the man who co-founded Las… Continue reading Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

The Salutation Inn, Topsham – Chris Gower

The Salutation Inn, 68 Fore Street,Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HL -  01392 873060 info@salutationtopsham.co.uk http://www.salutationtopsham.co.uk/ Topsham is one of my favourite places.   It sits on a peninsular of land between the River Exe and the River Clyst, both opening out in to the magnificent Exe Estuary.  From Topsham Quay you can see right down to… Continue reading The Salutation Inn, Topsham – Chris Gower

Circa 1924 Express Lunch – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924, 6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ. Ph: 01392 438545 Web: www.circa1924.co.uk/ @Circa1924 info@circa1924.co.uk Online reservations: http://www.circa1924.co.uk/#!make-a-reservation/cg3s Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm - 2:30pm and 6pm - late. (Food serve 12 -2 and 6 - 9:30pm). Express lunch 2 courses for £10.95 Circa 1924 is 1 years old - Happy Birthday! A great achievement for a bar and… Continue reading Circa 1924 Express Lunch – by Lauren Heath

Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

I was recently invited to a bloggers evening at Base and Barley following the release of their new burger menu. I have seen all manner of burger puns being shared over Twitter recently: "Does my bun look big in this?" and "lets ketchup over dinner then burger off for a dance at the meatball"...let's move… Continue reading Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

Hanlon’s Brewery, Half Moon Village

Hanlons Brewery, Hill Farm, Half Moon Village, Devon EX5 5AE  http://www.hanlonsbrewery.com/ Talk to any ale fan in the Exeter & Devon area and you won't find many that would not class Yellow Hammer as one of their favourite ales.  For as long as I can remember this beautifully light and golden ale has been a… Continue reading Hanlon’s Brewery, Half Moon Village

The Rum and Crab Shack – by Lauren Heath

The Rum and Crab Shack, 15 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU http://rumandcrabshack.com/  @rum_shackexeter So the city’s newest addition is a welcome one I’d say. You can find many types of restaurants in Exeter - French, English, Italian, Spanish, Asian – mostly varieties of either meat or vegetarian, but very few restaurants specialise in seafood.  Enter The… Continue reading The Rum and Crab Shack – by Lauren Heath

The hunt for Exeter’s best veggie breakie (part deux) by Stephanie Darkes

84 Queen St, Exeter, EX4 3RP - 01392 201 181 Last week it was my birthday and post-party night I was desperate for a top drawer veggie breakfast. So I turned to the oracle that is Twitter for some suggestions and plenty came back including: The Cosy Club, Tea on the Green and Bills, all of which… Continue reading The hunt for Exeter’s best veggie breakie (part deux) by Stephanie Darkes

Prezzo, High St.

A pseudo-Italian chain restaurant located at the heart of Exeter.  All a bit 'meh' 202 High Street, Exeter, EX4 3EB - 01392 477739 This restaurant occupies one of the oldest sites in Exeter; there has been a building here since the 12th century. Some historians claim that there has been an inn here since around that time too.… Continue reading Prezzo, High St.

The Samuel Jones, Quayside

Modern refurbished pub restaurant with amazing views across the Exe and good food... The Samuel Jones, 37 Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AE - 01392 345345 Ah, the Quay. Nothing better than finding a nice spot, dangling your legs over the side and letting the swans nibble your toes whilst you sip on a cool beer.  It… Continue reading The Samuel Jones, Quayside

Cuba Cantina, Gandy Street -by Lauren Heath

15 Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS. Tel: 01392 425200  https://www.facebook.com/cubacantina/ Considering I work 3 doors down from this new foodie venture, I'm not quite sure why it's taken me this long to eat in there.  I have had a few nosey's, and walking past it every lunch time I'm pleased to say others have happily wandered… Continue reading Cuba Cantina, Gandy Street -by Lauren Heath

Marco’s New York Italian – by Lauren Heath

Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2LJ - @marcosexeter - 01392 348111  On the east side of Exeter, off a lane at the back of the airport, lies a hotel in a convenient location for travellers. Beside said hotel is a restaurant which, in my opinion, is conveniently located for locals. With easy access by car off the M5, A30,… Continue reading Marco’s New York Italian – by Lauren Heath