The Best Restaurants in Exeter

The Best Restaurants in Exeter

Ten miles south of Exeter, Michael Caines’ gorgeously renovated 18th-century mansion commands luminous views over the Exe Estuary. From the instant you step through the door, everything is absolute perfection, particularly the world-class food. The à la carte menu (£135) offers such sumptuous choices as langoustine cannelloni, Brixham lobster, and duck liver terrine. Taste of the Estuary (£145) may be a seven-course tasting menu based around local scallops, sole, mackerel, and john dory. Stay overnight if you’ll. The Oyster Catcher suite has huge dual aspect windows, a marble bathroom, and therefore the comfiest bed in Devon. B&B from £340.

The Daisy Café
Cheap eats, kid-friendly

Located on the outskirts of Exeter, this traditional café with a contemporary twist has rapidly won the hearts of locals since opening last year. Faye Rowbury manages to please everyone, with proper breakfasts, generous sandwiches, warming bowls of homemade soup, and hot daily specials (the brie and bacon panini may be a personal favourite), all made with locally sourced ingredients. Once a month Faye throws a brasserie evening – get in fast because it invariably sells out. In summer, invite a table within the garden.

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The Flat
Cheap eats, kid-friendly

Just up the road from Angela’s (see below) is an edgy new establishment called The Flat, which describes its food as ‘planet-friendly indulgence, done simply’. It is, in fact, a vegetarian and vegan pizza and pasta joint where everything is formed from scratch using ethically sourced organic ingredients. A choice of seven pizzas (in two sizes) and three pasta dishes keeps things simple. My top pick is bleu, truffle, and radicchio pizza. Gluten-free bases are available. Small pizzas from £7.50.

The Curry Leaf
Cheap eats, kid-friendly

In the centre of town, behind a rather dour façade, lurks Exeter’s best Indian restaurant. The menu includes traditional south Indian specialities and is great for vegetarians. Try something a touch bit different – as an example, appams (fermented rice flour pancakes served with various stews), or their combat biryani, served under a flaky crust. There are options for teenagers and you’ll get takeaway too. Mains from £6.95.

Casual dining

Tucked away under one among the grand terraces of Southernhay are Rendezvous, a bar with an enthralling, slightly retro vibe, and outstanding service. Exposed brick walls, flagstone floors and low lighting produce an intimate atmosphere. choose between over 60 wines, and dive into food like lamb rump and belly with squash or beefsteak with chunky chips. Rendezvous also features a lovely garden – an oasis within the heart of the town. Mains from £16.90.

The Conservatory
Special occasion

This restaurant is on the location of a Tudor merchant’s house, and as you enter the upstairs dining room you’ll see some remarkable painted panelling that dates back to about 1600. Chef-owner Mike Barry’s food, on the opposite hand, is bang up to date: fresh, locally sourced, and with a stunning brush. Fish comes daily from Cornwall, vegetarians are well provided for, and therefore the lunch/early-bird dinner menu maybe a snip at £17.95 for 2 courses. À la carte mains from £15.95. 

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