Exeter Restaurants and Dining

(Exeter, Devon, England, UK)

Picture taken at the Haven Banks areaExeter now ranks amongst the top dining cities in England and offers an overwhelming selection of places to eat, drink and enjoy a tasty gourmet meal. Restaurants and eateries in Exeter enjoy a wealth of fresh ingredients, which is readily available from the coastline and countryside of Devon, and used to create some truly mouthwatering meals.

If you simply walk around Exeter city centre, you will soon unearth a large number of restaurants and Devonshire tea rooms, serving traditional English afternoon teas, with scones, jam and clotted cream. There are also some very appealing cafes, farm shops, bakeries and delicatessens in the city, as well as a weekly Farmer's Market and the annual Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink each April, when more than 100 exhibitors, many celebrity chefs and crowds of foodies descend upon the city.

Further image of Haven Banks

Where to Eat

Eating out in Exeter is much more than simply sitting down at the restaurant. The local pubs provide an altogether different dining experience, with hearty meals being accompanied by local ales, quality beers and garden tables.

If it is a sunny day and you are in the mood for a picnic, then consider buying your lunch at one of the centrally located sandwich shops or bakeries, and then head to the Cathedral Green, in central Exeter, which is the ideal spot for chill out.

Photo of outdoor cafe tablesThose who prefer award-winning restaurants and international cuisine should look along Fore Street, North Street, Queen Street, Magdalen Road and around the Cathedral Yard area.

The historical and now very trendy Exeter Quayside is also a great place for summer al fresco dining, with tables and chairs positioned to overlook the waterfront. There are also some further dining establishments and inexpensive eateries within the shopping quarter of Princesshay, and around the bustling pedestrianised High Street area.