We're so excited to return to our favourite restaurants this April, sitting outdoors will not stop us digging into delicious, locally-sourced grub! We've put together a list of restaurants planning to re-open for alfresco dining from 12th April - where will you visit first? 

The Lamb Inn

Dine within The Lamb Inn's gorgeous beer garden from 12th April - this friendly pub offers scrumptious sharing platters, burgers, Sunday roasts and much more with plenty of veggie options!

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Check out The Lamb Inn's feature in the Saturday Telegraph:

The Daisy Café

Yippee - The Daisy Café's ‘Secret Garden of Heavitree’ will be open from Thursday 15th April. The warm, welcoming café will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30am-3pm. Expect locally-sourced breakfasts and lunches, great drinks and Birra Moretti on tap!

Matthews Hall Café

Visit Matthews Hall Café from 13th April for outdoor dining - this small, independent café is perfect for a pit stop whilst you're in Topsham! Here you'll enjoy home-made cakes, fantastic scones and treats, breakfasts, light lunches and fresh coffee!

Route 2 Café

From 12th April, cycling enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that you can pick up some tasty treats from Route 2 Cafe's cycle-thru and take a moment to relax on their reserved tables along Topsham Quay!

On the Waterfront

We can't wait to indulge in dustbin lid pizzas, tapas and local beverages at On the Waterfront from 12th April! Dine outdoors within the heart of Exeter Quay, for the ultimate alfresco experience! 

River Exe Café

From 29th April, catch the ferry from Exmouth and enjoy an outdoor lunch at River Exe Café! This is the place to be for spectular views along the Exe Estuary and the freshest local seafood! The specials menu changes daily according to what is available from the market and the local fishermen, making this floating restaurant one-of-a-kind!

Rendezvous Wine Bar

Book a table at Rendezous Wine Bar, when this intimate, independent restaurant opens for outdoor dining w/c 12th April! Enjoy their special garden food & drinks menu from Wednesday through to Saturday from 12-8pm - the bar will be open until 10pm! 

Eat on the Green

Head to Eat on the Green for traditional, English dishes within the beautiful setting of our Cathedral green! From 12th April, enjoy hearty breakfasts and lunches along with evening meals until 8pm Monday-Saturday! 

No.5 Cathedral Close

Exeter's latest independent restaurant is re-opening from 12th April - with a beer garden, a secret walled garden AND their new Exeter Cathedral green terrace! This luxury restaurant and cocktail prides itself by using the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients within their exquisite menu. 


Book a table to enjoy fresh seafood on Rockfish's outdoor terrace! The food at this award-winning restaurant are sustainably sourced and local - often cooked within 8 hours of being caught! Book your table now, to experience this fabulous dining experience from 12th April.

Exeter Phoenix Café

From 12th April, visitors will be able to dine outside on Exeter Phoenix's cafe bar terrace! The opening hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9.30am - 11pm (food served until 7pm)
  • Friday-Saturday: 9.30am - midnight (food served until 7pm)
  • Sunday: 10am - 6pm (food served 12-5pm)

Call 01392 667062 or email phoenixcafebar@exeterphoenix.org.uk to book your table!


Princesshay Shopping Centre is a haven of popular chain restaurants! Dine outside and tuck into a Slim Chickens or Wagamama from 12th April. Athough not currently offering outdoor dining, Nandos, Slim YO!, Costa and Starbucks will be open for takeaway services – simply order, take away and enjoy on one of the many picnic benches within Princesshay Square!

Queen St Dining

You'll be spoilt for choice of dining options at Queen St Dining from 12th April! Take a break from shopping and dine alfresco at Turtle Bay, The Terrace, Comptoir Libanais, Absurd Bird, Franco Manca, Arthur's Deli, Brewdog and Pho! Visit their website for booking details, there will be additional seating in Market Square for Brewdog and Absurd Bird!


The Lamb Inn
The Lamb Inn

A real country pub with great food, open fires, beautiful gardens & large rooms that would put some 5* hotels to shame; at affordable rates.

The Daisy Café
The Daisy Café mug and cake

A warm welcome and local, home-cooked food is what The Daisy Café is all about. Enjoy a coffee and a cake or two, indulge in an English breakfast and gather for a light lunch outdoors in the south-facing peaceful garden.

Matthews Hall Cafe
Matthews Hall Cafe exterior

We are a small, friendly, independently run café, set in the heart of Topsham. We offer a great selection of food and drinks and have both indoor and outside seating.

Route 2 Café Bar
Route 2 Cafe dining area

Notably one of the top cafe’s in Topsham. Our laidback, pet-friendly atmosphere will draw you in whilst a delicious selection of homemade cakes and local tea and coffee will entice you to stay.

On The Waterfront
On the Waterfront, Exeter - taken from across the Quay

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.

River Exe Cafe
Local Produce Served
River Exe Cafe

A truly unique dining location, the River Exe Cafe is situated on a floating barge just off the water-ski lane on the River Exe.

Rendezvous Wine Bar
Rendezvous Wine Bar internal

A hidden gem in the heart of Exeter's Southernhay area, a stone's throw from both Cathedral Yard and Princesshay.

View of Princesshay from the car park

Local cuisine and global flavours, there’s something on the menu for everyone at Princesshay. With an abundance of cafes and restaurants to choose from, you can treat yourself to stunning food and drink, views of Exeter Cathedral and the Roman wall.

Eat on the Green
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Champagne on Cathedral Green

Eat on the Green is an independent restaurant in the heart of Exeter, owned and managed by a team who are passionate about creating great food using local, free range produce bought directly from the farmers and brought to you with excellent table service. The restaurant is in a Sixteenth Century building overlooking Exeter’s historic Cathedral Green.

Rockfish Exeter
External  image of Rockfish restaurant

Amongst the treats at this consistently award-winning restaurant are sustainably sourced and locally landed seafood, often cooked within hours of being caught. From your table by the Quayside enjoy simple, relaxed, ingredient-driven quality food for the whole family.

Queen St Dining
Queen St Dining entrance

From dawn ‘til dusk and to supper and beyond, Queen St Dining is the perfect location for Exeter’s food-loving residents and city visitors to sample the finest fare from local food heroes and unique cuisines in cool casual dining destinations

Exeter Phoenix
Arts Centre
Exeter Phoenix - front of building

Exeter Phoenix is a vibrant, world-class multi-artform venue in the heart of Exeter's city centre. Each year we host hundreds of events and artistic activity spanning many disciplines.



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