The Turk’s Head

202 High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3EB

Tel: 01392 706013

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Beers and ales at The Turk's Head


Nestled in the heart of Exeter's city centre, the Turk's Head stands as a timeless historical site with a legacy spanning over 700 remarkable years. Once a humble inn, this establishment has seamlessly transformed into a beloved pub, faithfully preserving its rich heritage and captivating visitors' imaginations from all walks of life.

Stepping into the Turk's Head is akin to stepping back in time. Its six enchanting rooms, mirroring those utilized centuries ago during its inn days, exude an old-world charm that enchants patrons with their unique ambience. Each room tells a story, whispering tales of weary travellers seeking respite and merriment in days long past.

Microbrewery experience and tours

At the heart of the Turk's Head lies a microbrewery, a testament to its dedication to crafting exceptional libations. Expert brewers tirelessly hone their craft, carefully crafting each brew with passion and expertise, resulting in an impressive selection of handcrafted ales and lagers that are sure to delight even the most discerning palates. You’ll find their brews on both bars, including their flagship IPA, Fat Boy, which was one of their first experiments and now a legendary tipple. If you're not sure what to drink then don’t worry as they'll guide you through their latest brews and if you still can’t choose, they’ll offer you a tasting board of 3 delicious beers to sip, gulp and glug. If you’re lucky and the tank room is available, the team can give you a peek inside, to see where the beers are made.

If you've ever fancied yourself as a brewer then you can put yourself to the test with their incredible Brewery Experience Day. Kick off the day with breakfast and introductions with brewers Tilly and Simon, followed by a complete brew day, from start to finish – with lunch included of course!
Topped off with a few well-deserved pints at the end, this truly is a fantastic opportunity for any beer enthusiast. 

You can also go behind the scenes and discover the secret of a perfect pint with a brewery tour, running Monday to Friday. Book your tour now for just £10 per person, which includes a pint so that's one heck of a bargain.

Legends and rumours intertwine with the pub's vibrant history, adding an air of mystique. Among these whispers is the tale of Charles Dickens, the renowned literary mastermind, who is said to have frequented the Turk's Head, finding inspiration amidst the convivial atmosphere. It is even rumoured that many of his beloved characters were named after the colourful characters he encountered within these hallowed walls.

Today, the Turk's Head remains a cherished institution, captivating locals and visitors alike. It serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of Exeter, a place where tradition and innovation effortlessly intertwine. As you raise a glass within its time-honoured confines, you become a part of a narrative that spans centuries, joining the ranks of those who sought solace, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments within the welcoming embrace of the Turk's Head.

So, whether you are a history enthusiast seeking a glimpse into the past, a connoisseur in search of exceptional brews, or simply an individual longing for an authentic pub experience, the Turk's Head beckons you to step through its doors and become a part of its enduring legacy.

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      • Cater for vegetarians
      • Late Licence
      • Outdoor Seating
      • Serve breakfast
      • Serve evening meal
      • Serve lunch

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      • Broadband Internet Access
      • Dog Friendly
      • Dogs-Accepted
      • Event venue
      • Toilets

      Key Features

      • Groups
      • In town/city centre
      • Non smoking establishment
      • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

      Payment Methods

      • Visa accepted

      Venue Facilities

      • Groups Accepted

      Opening Times

      Open New Year

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