Best places to eat in Exeter
In the summer months as tourists flock to Devon, many will find themselves in Exeter, Devon’s country town, at some point during their stay. The city has much to offer – historic buildings, cultural events and an exciting new shopping development. Exeter is also home to a vast array of eateries, ranging from tiny cafés and pubs to chain restaurants and gourmet cuisine. If you chose to make a day of it in Exeter, you will be sure to find somewhere special to dine.
Exeter’s top restaurants
- ABode Restaurant in the ABode Exeter (formerly the Royal Clarence) Hotel is the place to head for gourmet dining. Situated in Cathedral Yard, overlooking the historic Exeter Cathedral itself, the restaurant uses regional produce to create its European menu. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer suggestions of the perfect wine to accompany your meal.
- The Olive Tree Restaurant at the Queens Court Hotel is situated just outside the city centre. It too makes good use of the fresh local produce. The décor is Italian, but the menu is modern British cuisine.
- Tea on the Green is another spot to enjoy the beautiful Cathedral, especially during the summer when you can sit outside. This quirky café serves everything from Sunday roasts to cream teas.
- The Real Food Store Café aims to serve simple, tasty and fresh food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The menu changes depending on what’s in season and is created from ingredients that can be bought from the shop downstairs. Staff are happy to pass on cooking tips and are always eager to hear of any of your favourite dishes.
- Darts Farm, just outside Exeter in Topsham, is another place where you can try the high-quality artisan foods and fresh local produce in the café and then buy in the shop to recreate at home. Also available are local drinks, including Devon apple juice and Pebblebed sparkling wine.