Hidden Treasures: Make the most of balmy summer evenings with these gardens and courtyards in Exeter

As we head into late summer, now is the perfect time to enjoy long, lazy lunches, afternoon teas, evenings (pretty much anything really) as long as it’s making the most of finer weather. So, we’ve put together some suggestions to help you make the most of Exeter’s ‘off the beaten track’ al fresco bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants.


Forn Bar & Restaurant, 14 Mary Arches Street, Exeter

This tapas restaurant serves authentic, Spanish food made lovingly from scratch. The restaurant is a great spot for catching up with friends. It is also home to a hidden, leafy garden tucked away behind Mary Arches Street – perfect for moving your tapas outside and summoning the spirit of Espania in Exeter!


Zizzi, 21 Gandy Street, Exeter

Serving tasty Italian favourites from its haunt in Gandy Street – in the old City Chambers no less! – Zizzi is also home to a pretty courtyard garden replete with Mediterranean planting and colourful furniture where you can make like an Italian and sup a prosecco on a balmy Exeter summer’s day.


Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter

Exeter’s world class, multi-artform venue is home to exhibitions, theatre, film, radio, recording and a print workshop. Their licenced, independent café-bar sells locally sourced food, snacks, drinks and speciality coffee. Nestled alongside the bar, the Phoenix terrace is a sunny spot for pre-gig/cinema nosh or post work drinks. 


The Chevalier Inn, 81 Fore Street, Exeter

The Chevalier is a JD Wetherspoon pub on Fore Street with a brand new roof terrace. This urban garden has fantastic views of Exeter Cathedral and can be easily accessed via a lift. For those who like to boogie, the pub hosts DJ nights every Friday and Saturday with double doors from the dance floor opening onto the roof terrace.


The Glorious Arthouse, 120 Fore Street, Exeter

This family run, independent café is a colourful haven and bursting with delicious food, drink, art and creativity. Pop in to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, lunch or sweet treat and on sunny days head to the courtyard hidden away at the back of the house where you can pretend you are ensconced in a secret garden – perfect for romantic trysts!



To find out more about Exeter’s fantastic shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, attractions and businesses visit https://www.inexeter.com/

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