Are you stumped as to what to do on a Sunday? If this rings true with you, then read on, as Exeter has much to offer in terms of places to eat and drink, cultural and physical activities and shopping opportunities. So whether you are looking for a restaurant that offers delicious dishes which are second to none, a trendy bar to chill out in and sip cocktails, a way to burn off excess energy or a means to exercise your grey matter, Exeter comes up trumps.
And how about getting to Exeter? Why not reduce your carbon footprint and reduce wear and tear on your car by taking the train. Great Western Railway is operating trains every half an hour for the majority of the day on a Sunday between Exeter and Exmouth, calling at Exeter Central, Digby & Sowton, Newcourt, Topsham, Lympstone Village and Exmouth. There are also additional morning trains from Polsloe Bridge to Exmouth and afternoon trains for the return journey. A proportion of these supplementary trains travel to Exeter St Davids. The cost of an Off-Peak Day Return ticket for an adult is just £4.30 and under 5s go free. For more details about train times call National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 or visit www.gwr.com.
If you are in the vicinity of Princesshay or the cathedral, make your way to Catherine Street where you will find Lloyd’s Kitchen, an independent establishment that serves fresh local produce in addition to its own blended coffee. If you have a hankering for French cuisine, a visit to Cote Brasserie comes highly recommended. This charming restaurant has traditional French dishes and a wealth of ingredients sourced from France, including Breton corn-fed chickens, plus produce from English suppliers that all combine to give you a flavour-packed experience you won’t forget. Booking is advised though at both restaurants.
Are you Crazy about a cocktail? John Gandy’s on, you guessed it, Gandy Street, has just the ticket with its very own dedicated cocktail bar upstairs. It uses a range of premium vodkas, gins, whiskys and bourbons in its drinks, and on Sundays through to Thursdays you can enjoy their Happy Day promotion where you can purchase two cocktails for £9. On New North Street, Oddfellows welcomes you to The Speakeasy Cocktail Lounge. Its menu combines classic cocktails with those that have a more modern twist. There are around 30 drinks on the menu with something for everyone’s palate.
If you are feeling particularly energetic, hit the quay where you can hire bikes or kayaks from Saddles or Paddles, or for those who aren’t afraid of heights there is Clip and Climb. At this indoor climbing centre you can choose from different walls to climb and sign up for the Leap of Faith, if you dare. And if you are feeling more Homer Simpson than Bear Grylls, a different sort of activity would probably be more up your alley at Ten Pin Bowling.
For culture vultures there is the recently refurbished Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery which has been brought into the 21st century. Inside you will find exhibitions, amazing displays of exotic animals and antiquities which explain the history behind the city and demonstrate its global connections. There is also the stunning Gothic 900-year-old cathedral which you can wander around in awe, and Red Coat guided tours which last around an hour and a half and depart from either the Cathedral Yard outside Abode, the quayside or the Custom House Visitor Centre.
With so much to see and do, make variety the “spice of life” and the Sunday blues a thing of the past with a trip into Exeter!