I’m not going abroad for my holidays, like many of my fellow countrymen who are too skint, I will not be jetting away to anywhere exotic, we have to make do with being stuck with the continental warmth, the mid-Atlantic storms and the fickle climate.
Luckily we have an impressive array of beautiful destinations in our lovely county; glorious wild spaces and lots of green, so it’s not all bad really? Luckily The Oddfellows has got your back with their Staycation Salvation!
The Oddfellows is a firm favourite of the Exeter dining scene. The owners of this multiple award winning pub (Taste of the West Gold for the past two years running, to name but one accolade!) Yvan and Faye Williams have created a gastropub that continues to serve locally sourced, consistently good food. The pub is at the heart of a community of music lovers, foodies, beer lovers who love their ethos and the events that they put on.
Running across July and August (you still have time!) main courses are buy two for £20. These main courses are still at the high standard you’d expect from The Oddfellows, just, well, cheaper.
Not only do The Oddfellows have some of the nicest ales on tap, but they also actively promote local breweries through their ‘Meet The Brewer’ evenings which I was attending semi-regularly at one point. Keep your eye out for details of these on their Facebook for more of these in the future.
Our menu tonight:
Baked Camambert Sharer with Black Peper, Garlic and Rosemary fresh bread – £9.50
Chris – Crispy Beer battered market fish of the day, beef dripping triple cooked chips, crushed minted peas, Oddfellows chip shop style curry sauce – normally £14
Tori – West Country 8oz flat iron steak, truffle oil and parmensan cheese beef dripping chips, watercress salad, house ketchup, chimichurri sauce – normally £17
Drink: Salcome Pale Ale
We started our meal rather conservatively, in fact we were debating whether to even do a Starter. Our server Steph, who was totally lovely and made us feel right at home, implanted the idea of having a Baked Camembert Sharer to start. And we were so glad we did.
There are many photos of use dipping the soft fresh rosemary and garlic bread, deep into the creamy heated majesty of the gooey magic. How can anyone not love a good baked Camembert?
Soon it was over and we had that feeling of Camembert-sadness which inspires some to buy another one and repeat the whole thing again (nope never done this, honestly!).
But our disappointment doesn’t last long because we got to tuck into our mains before long. Being highly original and a creature of habit, I had to go for the Fish & Chips.
The batter was, as expected, crispy and light. It surrounded a generous Hake fillet that was soft and moist, punch the fork through the coating and underneath was flakey flesh with that meaty ‘not-too-fishy’ taste that you get with Hake. The decadently cooked chips were decadently tasty and perfect for dipping in the Oddfellows very own chip-shop-style curry sauce.
Tori being a total carnivore, loves a good steak. She had to go for the West Country 8oz Flat Iron Steak. This was a superbly cooked steak, full of flavour with a soft tenderness that only goes to show off the quality of the meat.
The value of this meal is amazing. But the offer isn’t around for long, so take advantage of it whilst you can.
It’s not often that an independent does an offer like this. The Oddfellows also caters for events with their portable cocktail bar, and don’t forget to visit their bar on the beach at Queen’s Drive on the Seafront. I visited a few weeks ago when the weather was still hot and enjoyed a pint of Speakeasy from Powderkeg Brewery.
The Oddfellows has been a firm favourite with city diners and foodies for years. Their multiple awards are an testament to the dedication and passion that Yvan and Faye & team have put into making it work.
60 New North Rd,
Exeter EX4 4EP
The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication.