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Pubs & Bars in Exeter

For real ales, scrumptious ciders and fine wine connoisseurs Exeter is a great place to sit and enjoy a beverage. Whether you need a break from the busy city or are looking to have a fun night out there’s a place to suit everyone.

Exeter is home to some historic pubs with fascinating stories - Sir Francis Drake was said to frequent the Ship Inn on Martin's Lane, and the White Hart on South Street is one of Exeter's oldest inns. The Old Firehouse, situated in the city's old fire station, is said to be the inspiration behind JK Rowling's Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter series - Rowling studied at the University of Exeter.

The city also has some great cocktail bars - go upstairs in Oddfellows to discover its bespoke speakeasy cocktail bar, visit the vibrant bar at Circa 1924 where the friendly mixologists will make an exclusive cocktail just for you, or seek out Doctor Ink's Curiosities on Exeter's quayside for Victorian inspired craft cocktails! The Bike Shed Theatre's underground bar is wonderfully unique and serves delicious classic and more unusual cocktails. 

For top quality pub food, head to the Rusty Bike or Fat Pig, both home to fantastically quirky, locally sourced menus. The Hourglass also has an excellent, ever-changing menu.

In warmer months, walk or cycle to the Double Locks and The Turf waterside pubs to enjoy a drink beside the Canal and River in their large beer gardens, and summer BBQs. The Turf is one of the only pubs in the country only accessed by bike, boat or on foot! 

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  1. Christopher Archambault

    Southernhay House Hotel

    Location

    Exeter

    In central Exeter a new chic boutique hotel and restaurant has just opened. Southernhay House Hotel is a loving refurbishment of an 1805 Georgian colonial town house.

  2. Globe Hotel

    The Globe Hotel

    Location

    Exeter

    Just 15 minutes’ drive from Exeter Airport and 4 miles from Exeter City Centre, the Globe Hotel is a 16th-century coaching inn situated in Topsham, an historic suburb of Exeter on the Exe Estuary.

  3. Exeter Court Hotel

    Exeter Court Hotel

    Location

    Exeter

    Exeter Court Hotel restaurant in Devon offers a superb dining experience with a range of dishes for all occasions.

  4. Jack in the Green

    Jack in the Green Inn

    Location

    Nr Exeter

    A well travelled and rosy cheeked rugby aficionado running one of Devon’s most exciting freehouses – Irresistible!

  5. Las Iguanas

    Las Iguanas

    Location

    Exeter

    Bringing the tantalising tastes and Latin love to Queen Street Exeter. Las Iguanas serves up fresh and authentic food and cocktails from Brazil, Mexico and Latin America. Eat Latin, Drink Latin.

  6. The Saint George and Dragon

    The Saint George and Dragon

    Location

    EXETER

    The Saint George and Dragon is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character with an astonishing history.

  7. On the Waterfront, Exeter

    On the Waterfront

    Location

    Exeter

    Perched on the edge of the historic Exeter Quayside, we are housed on the ground floor of a magnificent 19th century warehouse. This building and many like it nearby served the booming woollen industry of the mid 19th century.

  8. Toby Carvery

    Toby Carvery

    Location

    Exeter

    At Toby Carvery Exeter, we know you love the tender, meaty bits and the crispy, crunchy bits that make a proper roast dinner. After all, that's what makes us the home of the roast. Here, food is always freshly prepared.

  9. The Salutation Inn

    The Salutation Inn

    Location

    Exeter

    Fine Dining Restaurant, GlassHouse and Accommodation set in the heart of Topsham, close to Exeter in Devon

  10. Bierkeller Exeter

    Bierkeller Exeter

    Location

    Exeter

    BierKeller will host a great range of entertainment with events scheduled for each night of the week including a resident Oompah band. Comedy nights will take place on Sundays and there will be international music nights and a weekly quiz. Big name acts will also feature every month.

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