I have never been to Comptoir Libanais before, it’s a bit of an admission given it’s reputation in Exeter being so positive. And everyone else I know who, has any sense of ‘what is good food’ has already been. OK not everyone, but I feel that my first visit was a prelude to everyone else saying ‘oh you’ll love it’ and ‘their vegetarian stuff is … Continue reading REVIEW: Comptoir Libanais, Queen St. Dining Quarter #ad
I remember, a few years ago now, I introduced myself to someone at a professional networking event I was speaking at (not about the blog). They had heard of Eating Exeter, as it was back in 2016 and said something that has stuck in my head and I tried to unpack afterwards. They said that the blog was too ‘burger focused’… Cue me looking shocked … Continue reading REVIEW: Beer Factory and Kitchen at Hanlon’s Brewery #ad #invited
I do like a good revisit – especially to a place that we enjoyed as much as we did when we visited last year. At the time Mike Welsh was heading up the food, but after moving on to pastures new, this left a space to be filled. Enter stage left, Charles Dingley and his partner Carlie who have taken the reigns. Every chef, like … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad
Here we are, at the end of another cycle. The world gets weirder every year, but one thing is consistent – we live in a part of the world that has some amazing food producers, restaurants and events taking place throughout the year. Our county is home to so many award winning hotels and restaurants, visitors to Devon are totally spoilt for choice. This year … Continue reading Review of the year: 2018
Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what does its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors on 20th August for a grand refurbishment and reopened just 19 days later, but what now awaits the curious diner inside? The gothic style building on Longbrook Street underwent a serious facelift, carried out by high-quality craftsman, builders … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!
Smashing small plates and inspiring sides makes for social Caribbean tapas style dining – eat what you want when you want. New burger menu – goat, halloumi and vegan. New One Pots including two vegan options. Vegan, low carb, gluten-free, paleo, low-alcohol – all bases are covered. Turtle Bay’s new sociable dining menu has just landed and it’s all about ‘anything goes’, … Continue reading News: Turtle Bay launch new menu and it’s all about the Caribbean social!
Tickle your taste buds at Las Iguanas and travel on a foodie journey through the Latin American countries of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. Enjoy some traditional dishes, and sip your way through the exciting drinks menu with their all-day happy hour. Our waiter Sam invited my friend and I to our seats in an alcove looking on to Queen Street and the diners eating … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Las Iguanas, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman
– Great British bakes with all of the taste, less of the calories – As the nation grumbles back to work after a season of office parties, over-indulgence and family get-togethers, many of us are looking to make some lighter choices to assist these healthy new year resolutions. The brand new Good Taste Range of bakes at Warrens Bakery arrives to offer an appetising change from the … Continue reading Cornwall’s oldest bakery rolls out a leaner start to 2018
I said to my dining companion, “I’m not going to write a review!” after all I didn’t have my good camera and I wanted to concentrate on catching up with my good friend and fellow food-lover, the fantastically talented singer-songwriter Kimwei. Seriously, visit www.kimwei.com and take a peek at some of his music videos, especially Beauty In Every Element – it is properly amazing stuff. But here … Continue reading Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter
It is strange how life completely overruns everything sometimes! After a promotion at work, I hadn’t realised how much brain space it would take up, so apologies to our regular readers for a lack of activity on the blog in recent weeks. But to break the silence, here is my write-up of the stonking meal we had at the Seven Stars in Kennford a few … Continue reading The Seven Stars at Kennford by Chris Gower
Many of you know that I am lucky enough to work in the city centre; surrounded by all these food options is both a blessing and a curse, as it can be hard to choose where to go for a catch up with a friend or have a business meeting over lunch. The former is always time sensitive so choosing the right venue is important. … Continue reading Wagamama, Weekday Work Lunch Style – by Lauren Heath
Tel: 01392 494 222 Princesshay, Exeter, EX1 1GE @giraffetweet Princesshay Shopping Centre is the gleaming modern jewel in the centre of Exeter’s shopping experience. With restaurants and fine High Street names, it replaced the tattered pre-war complex that some of us Exonians still remember with a bizarre nostalgic fondness. When the modern Princesshay opened, with it also opened Giraffe with its slightly westernised versions of world … Continue reading Giraffe World Kitchen, Princesshay by Chris Gower
https://www.theflatexeter.co.uk/ – I: @TheFlatExeter F: TheFlatExeter Edit: Previous version of this review stated that gluten-free and vegan mozzarella was default, in fact these are options. Last year Exeter lost two great pizza restaurants. The Base & Barley became The Book Cover and Pizza Stein turned into Bierkeller, leaving diners in Exeter without a central place to grab hand-made thrown pizza. Yes, there are plenty of little Italian … Continue reading The Flat, 142 Fore St – Vegetarian/Vegan Pizzeria by Chris Gower
http://www.citygatehotel.com/ – 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 been situated before being removed in the early 1800s. For … Continue reading The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment
For any restaurant or café, quality of output is incredibly important. British diners are a very picky lot, and because we’re not very good at complaining restaurants don’t often get to read about a bad burger or an over-cooked steak until they see it on TripAdvisor. One of Exeter’s best loved restaurants is Lloyd’s Kitchen in Catherine Street, in the dominating shadow of the House … Continue reading Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening
38 Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AE Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AE Facebook – Instagram – Twitter We visited Dr Ink’s a few weeks ago after an event and although it was only a brief visit, I’ve been eager to write something about this lovely establishment for a while. There are quite a few places in Exeter that do cocktails now. They range from the pre-made … Continue reading Dr Ink’s Curiosities, Quayside
74 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX – 01392 276744 As we waved goodbye to Ruby Burgers, muffled reports came in that there would be a large well known chain Burger restaurant moving in. The doors closed and we waited with baited anticipation to discover who it was going to be. MeatLIQUOR? Patty and Bun? Five Guys? Five Guys is like some sort of neon advertisement for … Continue reading Five Guys, Queen Street
Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 477704 – http://www.oldtimersexeter.co.uk/ Old Timer’s Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Exeter’s hidden gems, of which we seem to have many! An independent establishment that is owned by the same names that own The Timepiece Nightclub and Hole In The Wall, it has been one of the highlights on the dining scene in Exeter for many years. This … Continue reading Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower
Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street , Exeter, EX2 4HY – 01392 790120 – http://www.hotelduvin.com Back in September, as a late birthday surprise, I was treated to Sunday lunch at Hotel Du Vin, Exeter. Previously called The Magdalen Chapter, the building that was originally an Eye Infirmary was taken over by the luxury chain earlier this year. Along with rooms, a spa, walled garden and guest areas, … Continue reading Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath
I’m not really allowed to have favourites when writing a blog like this. But I have certain places that I have a massive amount of respect for in what they do, their ethos and the drive they have behind what they serve. Yvan and Faye Williams are both passionate about their business and their high culinary standards. Back in 2014 when they introduced their @meateasyexeter … Continue reading From the archives – The Oddfellows, New North Road.