“Alfresco April’ (and May) is nearly here! If all goes to plan with the roadmap, from 12th April, outdoor hospitality will be able to open serving food or drinks. This is great for those who are itching to venture out locally or further afield (and who’ve waited patiently after the ‘stay-at-home’ rule lifts on 29th March), hungry to enjoy some edible delights or liquid refreshment … Continue reading Alfresco April – Dining & Drinks Outside from 12th April
Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 437470 – www.hitwexeter.co.uk/ I am in my mid-thirties, despite the beard and the wrinkles which make me look well in to my forties (I’ve stopped playing Guess My Age as it is just depressing) I am thirty-five. I am old enough to remember Boxes & Boogies Nightclub, The Hothouse, The Thirsty Camel, The Turk’s Head, Mambo… the list … Continue reading The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower
Can I start this review by saying that I don’t have a vendetta against Marstons Inns. I didn’t go in to the pub preparing to pick at the service or criticise the meal and the fact that they own The Waterloo Cross (where we had a disastrous meal last year) does not sway me in one direction or another. But I went in, willing to … Continue reading The Red Deer, Crediton – (2/5)
When my sister decided she wanted to go to Falmouth to study Fine Art Photography, I was overjoyed and eager to get down and have a nose around this part of Cornwall, as I have to say I have never been. Falmouth is a lovely little town, squatting on the side of the Carrick Roads where the River Fal empties itself in to the Atlantic. … Continue reading The Seaview Inn, Falmouth
In all honesty, I’m not usually one for pub grub. I’m not being snooty or fussy, I’ve just experienced my fair share of bland and boring pub meals, not to mention the microwaved plates of yellow they serve at Weatherspoons’. However after years of snubbing pub food, a trip to The Nobody Inn in Doddiscombleigh last week opened my eyes to the world fantastic foodie … Continue reading The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombleigh, Exeter
I find the idea of sitting next to a pub, next to a railway line a really nice idea. I like trains; being something of a closet train spotter myself. The first time I rolled in to The Beer Engine was about four years ago after doing a county-long pub crawl that started in Barnstaple and ended in Exeter as part of the Tarka Ale … Continue reading The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres, Exeter (4/5)
The Barbican is foodie’s wet dream. Crammed on to a relatively small portion of land, lies a gastronomic plenty with so much choice your head is likely to pop just thinking about it. Pubs, seafood, Mexican, Chinese, Greek. And it was here we found ourself in the pouring rain, looking for a dry and reasonably priced establishment after a kiddy filled day at the National … Continue reading REVIEW: The Ship Inn, The Barbican, Plymouth.
Vote in the Express and Echo’s Best pub award! “NOMINATIONS have now closed in the Echo’s first Pub of the Year competition – with an impressive 61 in the running for the contest. Voting from that list has now begun – below is the list of 61 that were nominated by our readers. To vote, simply type the number of the pub you wish to … Continue reading Vote in the Express and Echo’s Best Pub Award!
Sundays are usually the worst time to even consider going out for food, especially if you are as anti-social as I am.. It is normally the same time that everyone else tries to go out, and as a result you end up having to fight for tables and waitress attention, moreso, than any other time of the week. But this day was different. We were … Continue reading The Farmer’s Union, Clock Tower