You won’t be able to miss Bill’s, with its bright and cheery exterior – what a pretty sight as you enter into Gandy Street.
We were invited along to check out the recent refurb which took place last month and lucky for us, it coincided with the launch of new dishes on the dinner menu. Now I haven’t visited Bill’s Exeter prior to the refurb, so I don’t know what it was like before, but I have been to the one in Bath to have breakfast with friends the morning after a big birthday celebration. We were well fed and looked after and at the time all said how good it was and thought the décor was fab.
Inside, was the familiar trendy silver pipework on the ceiling, interesting lampshades and chandeliers, pictures on the wall and leafy plants breaking up the comfy banquettes and cosy tables.
My friend said that it was ‘Great Gatsby-ish’ if there is such a word! We found it welcoming, fun, quirky, relaxing and it certainly brightened up the damp evening when we walked through the doors.
Feeling very much at home at our window table, we sipped some refreshing cocktails whilst looking at the menu. You could have nibbles for the table, but we went straight for starters.
We were contemplating the sharing platters but settled on Devilled Chicken Skewers and one of the new dishes of Crispy Feta and Watermelon Salad which we shared anyway. The Skewers looked chargrilled and had a little heat in the BBQ glaze which was cooled down with the tasty tzatziki dip. Yum. The Crispy Feta was really quite tasty and the Watermelon salad had a lot of lovely flavours and textures. A great combo we thought.
Already excited by our starters, we were looking forward to the mains. My friend chose the Pan Fried Chicken with Wild Mushrooms which came with a creamy herby mash, tender broccoli and a lovely wild mushroom sauce. She tucked into that.
I fancied a Burger and the ‘Special’ on the evening of our visit was ‘Surf n Turf’ Burger, a beef patty with deep fried king prawns. This came with fries and a chipotle mayo. Messy to eat, lots of lip licking and finger wiping, probably because it was a tall burger and I used my hands! The sign of a good burger I think.
Quite full up but thinking we could squeeze in a pudding if we shared it, as our eyes fell on the Bill’s Chocolate and Praline Sphere. It was a chocolate ball filled with a rich chocolate mousse and salted caramel ice cream, topped off with chocolate sauce, wafer and a chocolate ball. So glad we shared this but if you are a chocoholic, this would be the pud for you!
It was a lovely meal, the staff were very friendly and found time to talk to us. These are happy people in their workplace. The menu has lots to offer, meat, fish, and plenty for the non-meat eaters too. Check out the Daily Specials and the Burger Special which the Chef changes weekly.
The new items on the menu look interesting and we we’ll be back to spend another enjoyable experience at Bill’s. Whether you visit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, you will be made to feel welcome from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. We certainly were.
Where is it?
32-33 Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS
Telephone: 01392 259227
Opening times: Monday – Wednesday 8am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday 8am – 11pm
Sunday 9am – 10pm
The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication.