Ruby Burgers, Exeter – Press Night 25th January

A couple of months ago, I received a bit of an unusual tweet.  It was from the owners of Ruby Burgers inviting me to a press night at their lovely looking establishment that has just opened their doors, on Queen St in Exeter.  It was nice that they were holding such a night in the first place (to be honest why would they not?) but … Continue reading Ruby Burgers, Exeter – Press Night 25th January

Tesco Exe Vale In-store Cafe, Digby Retail Park

Eating Exeter isn’t just about fine dining and nice nosh, we go to places you might not necessarily think are worth writing about, and that includes in-store cafe restaurants.  I am personally fascinated at how different in-store cafe’s can alternate so wildly in the way they are managed and the varying degrees of success that you experience depending on where you go.  From the in-store … Continue reading Tesco Exe Vale In-store Cafe, Digby Retail Park

Matford Diner, Marsh Barton Trading Estate

It has been a number of years since I have been to a ‘greasy spoon‘ type cafe.  What makes a  cafe a greasy spoon? Well I would say surroundings is a start.  Let’s Do Cafe in Fore Street, is my benchmark for these types of cafe.  Mostly because they do a damn good job at doing what they do, but also they are reasonably priced … Continue reading Matford Diner, Marsh Barton Trading Estate

George’s Meeting House, South Street

The George’s Meeting House is located in South Street in Exeter. Occupying an old Presbyterian Meeting House built in 1760, it was named after George III hence George’s Meeting House.  It was opened as Exeter’s first non-smoking pub in 2005, and Wetherspoon’s second pub in Exeter.  Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoon founder and CEO lives around the corner so I hear, so this Wetherspoons is special.  This ‘Spoons is, I … Continue reading George’s Meeting House, South Street

Devon Coffee, Queen Street

Nudged between Subway and Cafe Nero in the upper part of Queen Street is a new independent cafe called Devon Coffee, opened four months ago with little fanfare or announcement. My first suspicion that something had changed, was a new hand painted pavement sign advertising Bacon Sandwiches for £3. So was this just another coffee shop trying to muscle in with the big boys? What made them different in … Continue reading Devon Coffee, Queen Street

All Day 6 (Wok 7), Palace Gate, Exeter (2/5)

EDIT All Day Six is now called Wok 7. You can’t miss it, no matter how you try and avoid its orange glow at the bottom of Palace Gate in Exeter.  The bright and shiny beacon of tangeriney paint hits you like a visual nuclear warhead.  As I like the colour orange, this was genuinely the only reason why I chose to eat here one night a … Continue reading All Day 6 (Wok 7), Palace Gate, Exeter (2/5)

Starz Bar & Restaurant, Exeter

Some of the more astute of you will remember a few years ago I wrote a review of Starz Bar and Restaurant in String Beans/Veget8 which you can read here.  Initially I was quite scathing about the lack of vegetarian options, the oppressive surroundings and well pretty much all of it.  In fact I was so scathing I felt guilty and decided to withdraw it on the basis that … Continue reading Starz Bar & Restaurant, Exeter

Lloyds Cafe & Bistro, Catherine Street

If I was in to fluffing out my review titles with a tagline, I would say that it was ‘A little bit of London in Exeter‘.  The atmosphere, the bustle and professionalism of the service felt like something that was more akin to central London fine-dining than an Exeter cafe. Tori and I met some friends who we’d not met in person before on Saturday afternoon, the whole experience was … Continue reading Lloyds Cafe & Bistro, Catherine Street

Lets Do Cafe, Fore Street

This originally appeared on Gower The Gourmand on the 22nd July 2012 I have to admit that this post has been a little delayed, but the reputation of this place has stuck in my head as the benchmark for ‘how a cafe should be’. Lets Do Cafe has been in Fore St since 2001 and ever since it started, it has had an ethos that it only uses locally … Continue reading Lets Do Cafe, Fore Street

Bill’s Restaurant, Exeter

New restaurants seem to open in Exeter pretty frequently, but none of them have seemed to have generated so much buzz as Bill’s Restaurant in recent times.  Bills, which sits behind Tescos in Gandy Street has transformed the grim surroundings with its hip and cosmopolitan presence. For more information about how the first Bill’s Restaurant started, head over to their website and have a look.  Its a romantic story full of floods and … Continue reading Bill’s Restaurant, Exeter

The Exploding Bakery, Queen Street

I originally started writing about The Exploding Bakery on my personal blog here. When I first realised that Juice Moose had been replaced by this intriguing establishment, I had to tell everyone and wrote a small article about it.  But I thought that a proper review on a proper website would do it justice, as it really deserves it!. The Exploding Bakery is, as a … Continue reading The Exploding Bakery, Queen Street

Exeter Food and Drink Festival

It is that time of year again.  The Exeter Food and Drink Festival is appearing over the horizon like a big family-fun-filled-food related sunrise, and as usual I am curious to see what is happening. http://www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/ I am hoping to go along and see what is occurring, fancy giving myself and my co-editor some free tickets? (only joking). I am genuinely buzzing with excitement at the … Continue reading Exeter Food and Drink Festival

The Quay Brasserie, Topsham CLOSED :(

Date night. How did this phrase become relevant to my life? I’d like to think that the quality of the time I spend with my man (and from this point onwards, my date) would render the words redundant. Realistically, for us and probably all other couples who have contact with each other more than once a week, it is sometimes necessary to designate an evening for … Continue reading The Quay Brasserie, Topsham CLOSED 😦

Crosby’s, The Strand, Torquay. (4/5)

Eating Exeter spills out to other places around Devon sometimes, and this time we head to Torquay.  Torquay is a hotch-potch of little suburbs and villages, out of town retail complexes and a whole load of other attachments too including Paignton, Brixham and Babbacombe to name a few.  To anyone unfamiliar with Torquay, there is a diverse range of eating establishments that can bewilder and … Continue reading Crosby’s, The Strand, Torquay. (4/5)

Starz Bar, under the Iron Bridge, Exeter

Go for: American-style cuisine in a relaxed, party atmosphere. Massive portions. The downstairs cocktail bar. The barman. Don’t go for: An extensive vegetarian selection. Intimate dinners for two. Eat: Half-rack of ribs with hickory bbq sauce, Hawaiian beef burger with Monterey Jack cheese and pineapple, Shrimp Shrimp Shrimp (just for the name). Go with: A group of friends, especially when celebrating. Spend: £4-£10 for starters, £7-£15 for mains, … Continue reading Starz Bar, under the Iron Bridge, Exeter

McDonalds, High St. Exeter (2/5)

There has been a lot written about McDonalds in recent years. There are books about fast food Such as Fast Food Nation, Morgan Spurlock‘s film Supersize Me, there are anti-McDonald websites, pro McDonald websites and everything in between. There are people that love McDonalds, others that are indifferent and those who vehemently oppose its existance. There are other people that go in to a McDonalds … Continue reading McDonalds, High St. Exeter (2/5)

ASK, Cathedral Yard, Exeter

Editors note: This review is nearly five years old and has been marked for re-review. 5 Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1EZ – 01392 427 127 The rise and rise of the casual dining, chain Italian restaurant has given us some interesting results.  Notably in Exeter we are given two offerings in the form of Zizzi‘s and ASK.  We are also given Strada, but this is in a slightly higher league … Continue reading ASK, Cathedral Yard, Exeter

The Gandhi Indian Cuisine, Clock Tower

I’ll start this review with a fact.   A good curry is hard to find. Give me a place, and I genuinely ask you to comment on this review and tell me exactly where the best curries in Exeter are, because up to now I had not found one.  However I can safely say that the best curry you will find in Exeter at the … Continue reading The Gandhi Indian Cuisine, Clock Tower