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Eating out

Food and Entertainment in Exeter

Serving up a smorgasbord of culinary delights to tempt your taste buds, Exeter’s extensive food menu is complemented by a lively entertainment scene that offers something for everyone.

Food & Dining

Offering the best of the West, Exeter’s geographical location means that it is perfectly positioned for local restaurants to showcase an abundance of outstanding local seafood and farm produce, on offer all year round.  You’ll never have an empty plate as dining opportunities around the city are endless.

The Queen St Dining Quarter, located in the city’s cultural quarter, plays host to a number of familiar artisan and international-themed restaurants, including the likes of Pho, Turtle Bay, Comptoir Libanais and Franco Manca.

Exeter is also proudly home to a truly delightful choice of independent restaurants and eateries, offering fresh local produce. Award-winning Harry’s Restaurant alongside Eat on the Green, The Conservatory, the Ivy Exeter and Exe Restaurant are popular with visitors and locals alike. For a traditional meal in a cosy establishment then The Turk’s Head and The Old Firehouse present hearty options.

A beautiful dining setting by the water, the historic quayside offers a variety of food options and in the warmer months makes a fantastic spot for some al fresco dining. Samuel Jones Smokehouse, Puerto Lounge and On The Waterfront are just a few of the popular waterside choices.

live musicLive Music & Performance

If music and live performance is your thing then there’s no shortage of entertainment, all year round in the city. Both the Great Hall and the Lemon Grove, here at the University of Exeter, have an extensive programme of music for all genres to enjoy.

Exeter Phoenix, situated right in the heart of the city, boasts a theatre, concert spaces, cinema, café and other art based resources. They host a plethora of events throughout the year – a real hive of activity. The Exeter Corn Exchange also has a packed calendar of events, with live music, talks, and theatre to a regular comedy club.

Live entertainment can also be found right on campus at the Exeter Northcott Theatre, with a year-round varied programme of the highest quality drama, opera, music, dance, comedy and family theatre.

Shopping in Exeter Town Centre

For any shopaholic then Exeter is an absolute dream. Familiar high street names can be found in award-winning Princesshay. Head to the cobbles of Gandy Street and stroll along Fore Street which are home to a wide choice of chic boutiques, independents and artisan treasures just waiting to be discovered and soon to be your new favourite shopping destination.

And if that’s not enough, you can always head to the quay and peruse the charming craft and gift shops that you’ll find nestled within converted warehouses and other historic buildings.


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