The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment  - Iron Bridge, Lower North Street Exeter, EX4 3RB The last time The City Gate hotel had much of a refurbishment was back in 2003, a rebirth from the days when it was The Crown & Sceptre hotel.  It sits in a commanding position over the Longbrook Valley roughly where the old North Gate had… Continue reading The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment


The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

You know those days, between the seasons, where there's just enough warmth yet still a chill in the air? There's the lure of a country walk to inhale fresh air and appreciate nature as she removes her winter layer or gets ready to batten down the hatches. That feeling seems to envoke the need to… Continue reading The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

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

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX - 01392 437470 - 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

10 Questions for The Poltimore Inn, North Molton

Situated on the edge of Exmoor, The Poltimore Inn has risen from the ashes after a year-long refurbishment.  This cracking independent pub is a definite desitination if you're visiting Exmoor. 1. How would you describe The Poltimore Inn? What makes it special? The Poltimore Inn is everything a good village pub should be, with a… Continue reading 10 Questions for The Poltimore Inn, North Molton

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

The Boat House, Dawlish Warren

The Boat House, Beach Way, Dawlish Warren, Devon EX7 0NF - 01626 888 899 In the world of eating out, dining out and finding somewhere to eat in Exeter, Dawlish Warren doesn't really jump to the forefront of my mind.  The Mount Pleasant Inn which overlooks the Warren is quite nice, a pub/restaurant with nice views of the surrounding seafront… Continue reading The Boat House, Dawlish Warren

The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.

2 Bakers Way, Exeter EX4 8GA - 01392 690655 - - Twitter Sitting opposite the Pinhoe branch of Aldi, and next door the Sainsbury’s supermarket, The Pinhoe Hoard is Exeter’s newest mega-gastro-chain pub that is catering to the widest spectrum of punters with its large dining area, kids play facilities ample car parking and convenient placement. You… Continue reading The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.

Comedy at The Oddfellows, Exmouth

If you fancy a laugh, and some great Eat The Smoke BBQ Street Food, then head down to The Oddfellows in Exmouth tomorrow night, where Yvan has organised a Comedy Night! Tickets are £5 per person, doors open at 7:00pm and the night kicks off at 8:30pm.  Available will be, not only the great food &… Continue reading Comedy at The Oddfellows, Exmouth

The Red Deer, Crediton – (2/5)

Can I start this review by saying that I don't have a vendetta against Marstons Inns.  I didn't go in to the pub preparing to pick at the service or criticise the meal and the fact that they own The Waterloo Cross (where we had a disastrous meal last year) does not sway me in… Continue reading The Red Deer, Crediton – (2/5)

Mexican Monday at JD Wetherspoons (1/5)

I like Wetherspoon Pubs generally.  They have an amazing range of real ales and often the place is clean and normally quite comfy.  Yes they might be a homogenized brand, but they do it well. Unfortunately the food can be a little hit and miss.  Frequently I go and have the burger n beer offer… Continue reading Mexican Monday at JD Wetherspoons (1/5)

The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombleigh, Exeter

In all honesty, I’m not usually one for pub grub. I’m not being snooty or fussy, I’ve just experienced my fair share of bland and boring pub meals, not to mention the microwaved plates of yellow they serve at Weatherspoons’.  However after years of snubbing pub food, a trip to The Nobody Inn in Doddiscombleigh… Continue reading The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombleigh, Exeter

Toby Carvery, Digby, Exeter – (2/5)

The great British roast dinner, something that all residents of this peculiar little island hold close to their hearts, and even the picky eaters among us are catered to with the wide variety of elements which compile this classics dish. It became apparent that this strange connection that the British have to the good old… Continue reading Toby Carvery, Digby, Exeter – (2/5)

The Malt House (Harvester), St Thomas, Exeter (3/5)

Exeter isn't a large city, and eventually things get back to me about restaurants in Exeter that are either truly amazing places to eat or should be just avoided.  And one thing that comes back to me quite often is the varying experiences of friends of ours who have visited The Malt House. Take a… Continue reading The Malt House (Harvester), St Thomas, Exeter (3/5)

The Old Firehouse, 50 New North Road

Tucked away in the corner of the city centre, sandwiched between two looming grey office blocks, is The Old Firehouse, Exeter's own little secret garden. Walking through the flowered arched entrance you could be stepping back in time into the bustling beer garden, if it wasn’t for the fairy lights dotted around the walls. One… Continue reading The Old Firehouse, 50 New North Road

The Half Moon, Clyst St Mary, Exeter

Sunday lunches are quite a British thing, correct me if I am wrong but I don't know of another culture that will insist on having roast dinners even in the middle of Summer whilst its baking hot outside.  But like many things in the culinary universe, it is very very easy to (excuse the French)… Continue reading The Half Moon, Clyst St Mary, Exeter

The ODDfellows, 60 New North Road

It seems like Burgers are becoming as much a part of the staple traditional British menu as Roast Dinners, Fish & Chips and Ham, Egg & Chips. Exeter has seen three new burger restaurants appear in the last two years, burgers are now a given part of menus in many pubs and restaurants and even… Continue reading The ODDfellows, 60 New North Road

On The Waterfront: Christmas Menu

Its that time of year when, depending on where you work, the collective decision about where to host the Christmas meal falls on some unlucky sod.  Often the decision is one that you have to choose carefully, especially if there is much disagreement about where the best place to host.  Some want quality food, and… Continue reading On The Waterfront: Christmas Menu

The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres, Exeter (4/5)

I find the idea of sitting next to a pub, next to a railway line a really nice idea.  I like trains; being something of a closet train spotter myself. The first time I rolled in to The Beer Engine was about four years ago after doing a county-long pub crawl that started in Barnstaple… Continue reading The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres, Exeter (4/5)

Special Dispatch: The Ship Inn, The Barbican, Plymouth.

The Barbican is foodie's wet dream. Crammed on to a relatively small portion of land, lies a gastronomic plenty with so much choice your head is likely to pop just thinking about it. Pubs, seafood, Mexican, Chinese, Greek.  And it was here we found ourself in the pouring rain, looking for a dry and reasonably… Continue reading Special Dispatch: The Ship Inn, The Barbican, Plymouth.

Vote in the Express and Echo’s Best Pub Award!

Vote in the Express and Echo's Best pub award! "NOMINATIONS have now closed in the Echo’s first Pub of the Year competition – with an impressive 61 in the running for the contest. Voting from that list has now begun - below is the list of 61 that were nominated by our readers. To vote,… Continue reading Vote in the Express and Echo’s Best Pub Award!