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Eclectic Cuisine and Sustainable Produce - A Guide to Dining in Exeter

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Exeter has steadily developed one of the more eclectic dining scenes in England’s southwest. The majority of the city’s restaurants are located in and around historic downtown. If you head south of the city centre, you’ll encounter several venues that emphasize regional fare made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Typical dishes


Traditional Devon Cream Tea - or jam, scones and rich clotted cream served with a pot of tea - is a regional specialty. It's sometimes served for dessert, rather than traditional afternoon tea.

Dining in Exeter's City centre


Downtown Exeter provides plenty of options, from hearty pubs, familiar chains, fine dining establishments, and several quaint cafes that specialize in Devon Cream Teas. For a substantial meal, Michael Caines, a local chef with a national reputation, serves seasonal contemporary fare at his eponymous restaurant. Upscale cuisine and lively bar culture is fused at the gastropub The Oddfellows, where a pint of ale can pair well with plates like rosemary marinated lamb neck skewers.


  • Michael Caines, Cathedral Yard, Exeter EX1 1HD; Tel: +44 1392 319955; Website: Michael Caines

  • The Oddfellows, 60 New N. Rd., Exeter EX4 4EP; Tel: +44 1392 209050; Website: The Oddfellows


The tastes of Topsham


The tendencies that make Exeter’s southern waterfront neighbourhood an ecological haven drive its popular food scene. You’ll find farmers’ markets, food halls, and “eco-cafes” selling artisanal treats and simple dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Topsham is also home to several acclaimed, traditional dining experiences that adhere to farm-to-table principles. The menu at the French bistro Le Petite Maison rotates monthly, in order to emphasize fresh ingredients culled from local purveyors. The Galley Topsham takes advantage of its riverfront location by crafting a daily menu of regional seafood dishes.


  • Le Petite Maison, 35 Fore St., Topsham Exeter EX3 0HR; Tel: +44 01392 873660; Website: Le Petite Maison

  • The Galley Topsham, 41 Fore St., Topsham Exeter EX3 0HU; Tel: +44 1392 876078; Website: The Galley Topsham


The West Quarter


The restaurants found in Exeter’s West Quarter are an extension of the area’s uniquely eclectic spirit. The culinary scene is built around Fore Street, where small, refined eateries, internationally inspired venues, and unpretentious gastropubs co-exist. The husband and wife team behind @ Angela’s Restaurant create a classically elegant dining experience where white tablecloths, glasses of prosecco, and regional specialties like roasted Brixton monkfish rule the day. At Ganges, you can indulge in classic Indian dishes such as chicken vindaloo or prawn tandoori in a sleek, modern space.


  • @ Angela's, 38 New Bridge St. Exeter EX4 3AH; Tel: +44 01392 499038; Website: @ Angela's

  • Ganges, 156 Fore St., Exeter EX4 3AT; Tel: +44 1392 272630; Website: Ganges


Historic Quayside


The laid-back vibe that runs through this quaint section of Exeter is strongly present in its food scene. Quayside is home to a mix of familiar chains and casual spaces on either side of the River Exe, including several spots along the waterfront. You can ride your bike up to The Port Royal’s cycle-friendly space and enjoy contemporary pub bites like slow-roasted crispy pork belly or chicken liver and whiskey pate. A 19th-century warehouse is the home of On the Waterfront, where you’ll find a globally inspired menu and over 20 pizza creations.


  • The Port Royal, Weirfield Path, Larkbeare Rd., Exeter EX2 4DR; Tel: +44 1392 272360; Website: The Port Royal

  • On the Waterfront, 4-9 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AP; Tel: +44 1392 210590; Website: On the Waterfront