Review on The Galley

A converted 300-year-old cottage overlooking the Exe estuary, the Galley remains one of the focal points of affluent Topsham (just outside Exeter). Paul Da-Costa-Greaves' passion is fish and he goes about his trade with almost missionary zeal, following the principles of 'yin yang' and Buddhist values.

Supplies arrive daily from the local boats and from Devon ports such as Brixham and the results on the plate are zingily exotic: consider grilled John Dory with Bombay potatoes, coriander, spiced mango and cream or 'a magical explosion' of grilled halibut fillets on seaweed, parsnip and celeriac mash garnished with chilli ice cream, ginseng and caviar butter sauce.

'Keeping the passion alive' is the chosen mantra when it comes to desserts: 'Seductress' is actually baked lemon and vanilla cheesecake, and there is the invitation to 'Lick me' when it comes to chocolate fondues served with 'warm therapy' dipping chocolate and essential oils.

A sprinkling of organic bottles adds extra interest to the wine list, and the place stocks a healthy assortment of organic beers and local drinks. The Galley now has its own spa for alternative therapies, and accommodation is available in self-styled 'nautical cabins'.

The Galley is also featured in: AA Guide

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Eclectic / Seafood


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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Galley

  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu


Accomodation is available


The Galley
41 Fore Street

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