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Ahoy there! Hubbox has moved. Don’t worry, it’s not gone far. It’s dropped anchor in Princesshay to bigger and better premises. Along with a new menu, Hubbox boasts a larger kitchen with charcoal grill, a long bar, and more seating including a terrace outside.
The staff are still great and add to the music and décor to create an upbeat and friendly atmosphere. Hubbox continues to use their long-established local suppliers, many from Cornwall since opening its first venue in St Ives.
Sea meets land at their new premises, with a beach theme throughout with anchors, lanterns, wooden tables and some awesome chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. We were eating upstairs where you can really appreciate how much more spacious their new premises actually is!
The new menu is exciting. There’s a large choice of burgers which you would expect, a ‘Surf and Turf’ fish section, steaks and chicken from the Charcoal Grill plus a long list of fries to select to accompany your dish along with sides and a few salads.
There is also a specials board for ‘catch of the day’ and board for ‘butcher’s specials’ but we didn’t look at those. If you arrive hungry you can have a few dishes from the Anti Pasty menu which we did to share. We ordered a smoked mackerel pâté and beetroot jam as well as chicken strips with a BBQ sauce (choice of HBX Hot sauce, jalapeno mayo or ranch).
The pâté had a lovely coarse texture and the beetroot jam was sweet. The chicken strips were super crunchy, the meat juicy and the BBQ sauce had that familiar sweet smokey taste.
It was a busy evening, but there was plenty of staff and the food was coming out of the kitchen pretty quick. We didn’t have to wait long before our food arrived. Ashley had a side of Mother Clucker Fries as recommended by Dan our waiter. He said they were very popular.
These were skin on fries with buttermilk-fried chicken, (a smaller version of the chicken strips we had as our starter) cheese sauce, Korean BBQ sauce and sour cream. Inside the Surf and Turf burger was creamy and subtle brown crab that went well with the patty, and the soft and light bun was particularly good.
My Flat Iron Steak served pink, arrived on a wooden with HBX skin on fries, some rocket, slaw and dirty onions. If you haven’t eaten anything dirty before, this BBQ term is used when cooking food directly on the coals.
The onions with their skin on are cooked slowly in the embers so the outside chars whilst the inside steams and goes soft and sweet. You then scoop out the juicy onion leaving the blackened crispy skin behind.
These were some of the best I have eaten. You get two with the steak, but you can order them as a side which I will do next time! The steak was cooked just as I like it, pink in the middle, chargrilled on the outside, it cut nicely (you get a large steak knife for this) and it tasted pretty good. You could pimp it up with a peppercorn, chimichurri or seaweed butter sauce.
The new venue is bigger and better for sure. It has an inviting atmosphere, somewhere you would wish to linger with friends, enjoy a drink and eat some tasty BBQ food, listen to music, and, for a few hours, you could be on a beach in the centre of town!
Where is it?
Hubbox Exeter, 14 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU
Contact: 01392 258737
Restaurant: Sunday – Thursday 9am–9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am–10pm Drinks ‘til late
Takeaway orders: Sunday – Thursday 11.30am–9pm, Friday & Saturday 11.30-10pm