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Helen Scholes is marketing manager at Stagecoach SW and a board director of InExeter. 

For morning coffee, I’ve recently been enjoying The Glorious Arthouse on Fore Street.  Great coffee in a colourful, quirky environment.

The massive salads on offer at the Plant Café Deli are hard to beat for a healthy and tasty lunch.

And after the salad, for a decadent sweet treat, the cakes in Boston Tea Party are great – I am powerless to resist their rocky road.


Mark, a counsellor, and his husband Gary, a customer service representative live in St James with their 13-year-old Jack Russell, Tizzy.

For a special occasion we head to Cote Brasserie.  We love the food, the layout and the ambience.  Fine food, fizz and a table with a view of Exeter Cathedral – what’s not to like?

For lunch we like KuPP.  Of all the new restaurants in the Queen Street Dining development, it is the one we have visited most.  You are guaranteed to find something different to try on the menu – there is nothing else quite like it.

On a sunny day, we take an outside table at Café Rouge.   The menu is great, what’s better than tucking into Steak and Frites, and people watching in the heart of Princesshay piazza? Tizzy loves it too!



Amy lives and works in the city.

For an evening out my friends and I tuck into Chateaubriand at Circa 1924, followed by Artigiano for wine and then onto the Firehouse for a bit of live music.

A lunch in the city usually involve Typedong – I love Asian food and this little indie restaurant on Sidwell Street is fantastic.

For all fresco dining you can’t beat tapas and wine in Forn’s garden.


Philippa Rutherford is owner and manager of the jewellery boutique Mantis on Gandy Street and board director of InExeter.

Breakfast has to be Lloyds Kitchen in Catherine Street.  They do the best eggs benedict and have lovely freshly baked croissants.

I love a flat white from Devon Coffee on Queen Street.  They make the best coffee and it is lovely and cosy inside with great décor.

Lunch at Herbies on North Street is great.  It’s been a long-time favourite of mine and I often go there with my daughter who is vegetarian.  That said, the best kept foodie secret in Exeter is the Cavern’s Vegetarian Café.


Sharon, a PR consultant, and her husband Will, a filmmaker, live in Exeter with their young family and their cat, James.

For coffee it’s got to be The Exploding Bakery. These guys really know how to do coffee and the cake is incredible. Despite being next to Central Station it feels really peaceful inside.

We love Tabac on the rare occasions we get out as a couple for a pre-dinner drink. The beers are fab and it feels like a real escape.

One of my favourite lunch spots (Sharon) is Plant on Cathedral Green. I always go for some kind of cheese-based tart with all of the amazing salads. Often followed by a latte and the amazing raspberry and beetroot cake.

For a family lunch we often go to Ask. It has a really lovely feel being in such a beautiful building on Cathedral Green. Plus they give out crayons and stickers to keep the kids entertained. On some occasions this has allowed us to finish the odd sentence to each other.


Russ, an operations supervisor from Exeter and his mum Viv, from Torquay.

We enjoy Exeter’s Sunday lunch offering, debating between South Street Standard and Oddfellows as our favourite venues. The quality of the food at both is fantastic – locally sourced, generous portions and nicely presented.

For tea and cake we make a beeline for the Exploding Bakery – the cakes are so good and the location is perfect, right next to Central Station.

In the evening, we head to the Fat Pig: it has a brilliant range of drinks including their own gin, great smokehouse food and fab staff.


Mattie Richardson is the founder of Bunyip Craft and an InExeter board director.  She lives with her young family in the city.

The best treat we can give the kids is a visit to Brody’s Breakfast Bar on Queen Street, they love the range of breakfast foods, and the pancake machines are pretty epic!

In the evening the kids like Yo Sushi.  We took them for the first time about a year ago and now they want to go all the time.

My husband and I would say any meal that we get to eat out is a special occasion, but the real dream is @Angela’s on New Bridge Street, we’ve been once and the food was beautiful.


John and Jenny are farmers from Cornwall, often visiting Exeter to catch up with friends and family.

For a night out in Exeter we enjoy pre-dinner drinks in Crocketts on Paul Street.  The décor is great with lots of quirky details and the range of gins and accompaniments is fantastic.

A curry at the Ganges is a must – the specials are really different and the fish menu is excellent – I particularly like the mango and fish dish they do.








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