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Places To Eat In Exeter

The biggest city on the Devon coast, built by seafarers and traders, Exeter is a hidden gem of the British dining scene, benefiting from fantastic local seafood and farms, around which the finest restaurants centre their dishes.

Book a bed and breakfast stay at the University of Exeter and you’ll have no shortage of fine dining establishments, within walking distance, to whet your appetite.

Queen Street Dining 

Queen Street Dining, Exeter

Queen Street Dining, Exeter

The recent redevelopment of the neo-classical Guildhall has created a unique dining destination in the heart of Exeter. Located in the city’s cultural quarter, Queen Street Dining is now home to a series of high-specification artisan restaurants including Comptoir Libanais and Kupp.

Aside from the regular High Street eateries, Exeter features some truly fine independent restaurants. Here are just 5 of our favourites:

The Conservatory

One of the features of The Conservatory is its restored Tudor wall, dating back to 1600. This combination of historical reverence amongst the more modern, is reflected in the restaurant’s menu. It includes all the English classics served with the best of unpretentious modern cooking techniques, and paired with a superb wine list. Since opening more than ten years ago, this well-established treasure has become one of Exeter’s most popular dining spots.

The Canopy

This quaint and quirky, family run restaurant offers a warm and welcoming escape from the outside hustle and bustle. Step inside and the woodland setting immediately instils calm and tranquillity. With a selection of freshly home-cooked Mediterranean and British dishes, the menu is truly mouth-watering and features a variety of high quality, local produce. The Canopy certainly has that certain something that sets it apart from other High Street eating establishments.

@Angela’s

Offering the best of local dining @Angela’s specialises in local seafood, which it offers from its dining room hidden away in the West of the city. It’s easy to miss, but to do so is a foolhardy move, as you will miss one of the city’s best hidden treasures. Also serving West Country meat and game, the husband and wife team behind @Angela’s will do their upmost to make even the most unwilling day-trippers feel like locals.

Harry’s Restaurant

Harry's Restaurant, Exeter

Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter

Harry’s Restaurant in Exeter is set in the heart of the city and has been gratifying appetites for 25 years. Rated as one of the best restaurants in Exeter on TripAdvisor, Harry’s has established itself to become the go-to dining den on the neighbourhood food scene.

Founded in 1993 by the Pounds family, Harry’s is still independently owned and run today. The eclectic restaurant, bar and private dining room all sit within the iconic Gothic style building, formerly Harry Hems’ 19th century architectural sculptors workshop.

Samuel Jones

For a more casual, pub dining experience, Samuel Jones on the quayside foots the bill. The menu features an array of tasty, smokehouse style dishes, all lovingly prepared in house on chargrills and barbecue ovens. The setting, a contemporary converted warehouse situated on the waterside, offers a relaxed ambience whether you choose to sit amidst the bare stone walls and aluminium ducts or soak up the sun and watch the world go by on the river outside.

Food For All

So you see, if food really is your thing, then Exeter will not disappoint. Stay for a few days and you’ll still struggle to fit it all in.

Looking for bed and breakfast for your short stay in Exeter? Then look no further. Our budget-friendly accommodation close to the heart of city makes a perfect base for you to explore Exeter’s culinary delights. Visit www.exeter.ac.uk/accommodation for further information.

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