Let me set the scene. Beautiful, rolling Devon countryside glistening in the sun; the sound of laughter and conversation complemented by birdsong in the surrounding trees; and nestled amongst them, possibly the oldest public house in the county.
The buzz in Bill’s on Gandy Street starts first thing in the morning when it opens for breakfast at 8am – it’s clearly a favourite among city workers meeting clients before the work day begins.
It is slightly daunting reviewing an Inn that has already been reviewed by John Keats, the early 19th century Romantic poet, but at the very least I can report the menu has more on it now than it did then.
I love a proper country pub. Beer gardens for summer days, thatched roofs, views of rolling countryside, or fireplaces and comfy chairs for nestling away in winter; they’re the perfect place to spend a lazy day whatever the weather.
There’s nothing quite like eating out at a country pub at this time of year. That feeling of getting out of the cold by stepping into an inviting, cosy ambience where you know a warming feast awaits you makes my stomach positively tingle just thinking about it.
When we first saw The Terrace arriving on the scene as part of Exeter’s latest dining quarter it aimed itself more towards providing a place for the younger people to enjoy the city’s nightlife.
When you’re looking for the perfect evening out for dinner it’s safe to say that it’s about more than just the food; it’s the whole package – ambience, good company, staff that make you feel special and perhaps a table with a view.
A warm glow invites you as you step inside Giraffe World Kitchen’s enticing frontage and see low hanging orange lights, worldly décor and earthy colours from the booths and tables in the restaurant.
The Cridford Inn, the oldest pub in Devon, and possibly in England is a building steeped in history.
Board Exeter proudly boasts the accolade of being the South West’s first board game café/bar – a place for young, old and everyone in between.
The City Gate has been proudly perched on the corner of Exeter’s iconic Iron Bridge since it first opened in 1778, but despite its longevity, you might not be so familiar with this 18th century pub-hotel.
As Freeman of the City of Exeter, Michael Caines MBE was thrilled at the opportunity to restore and refurbish what was formerly Courtlands House, a grade two listed Georgian Manor
Lively yet relaxed, informal yet chic, Polpo, the final restaurant to arrive at Exeter’s new Queen Street dining quarter, has created an experience that is charmingly humble with a modest elegance that greets you before you even step through the door.
The instant curb appeal of this unusual and quirky restaurant sat on Exeter’s south street immediately got us excited as we made our way down the hill to the restaurant front.
Ideally situated next to the slipway in Exmouth overlooking the River Exe, the choice of location for Rockfish’s latest restaurant – their first venture up into East Devon – really could not be any better.
The Oddfellows, situated at the top of Exmouth’s High Street in what used to be The Heavitree, is an independent gastro-pub that has recently opened following the success of their Exeter restaurant of the same name.
One Magazine’s Jake Tucker makes his first visit to Exeter’s exclusive new dining quarter for a slice of rustic meets sleek at Queen Street’s pizza, pie and cider house.
Nothing quite beats a relaxed Sunday lunch to help me unwind from the stresses of the week and to enjoy quality time as a family.