Review on Restaurant at ABode Exeter

The Exeter branch of the ABode group of boutique hotels is located in the former historic Royal Clarence, dating back to 1769, reported to be the first hotel in England, it's situated just opposite Exeter's magnificent twelfth-century Gothic cathedral. The hotel features a fine dining restaurant, although it no longer sports the Michael Caines name, the Lounge Bar as well as casual dining in the Well House Tavern serving real cask ales.
Taking the reins of the kitchen is Alex Gibbs, who has climbed the culinary ladder working at establishments such as Michelin starred the Horn of Plenty. He proposes a seasonal menu which could kick off with roasted Devon quail, quail egg, herb purée and quail jus or a terrine of confit duck liver and leg, rhubarb and  toasted brioche. Main courses range from beef fillet, ox cheek, glazed shallot, celeriac, spinach, wild mushrooms and horseradish shallot confit to Stone bass, Thai purée, stir fried mange tout and shiitaki lemongrass foam. Accomplished desserts close the show with dark chocolate fondant and pistachio ice cream or you might prefer the selection of British cheeses served with chutney, hazelnut bread and grapes. For a real treat, why not try the six-course tasting menu.

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Modern European


Alex Gibbs

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am (8.00 - 10.30am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm (6.00 - 10.00pm Fri & Sat) (6.00 - 9.00pm Sun)

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Restaurant at ABode Exeter

  • Childrens menu
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 65 covers


Accomodation is available, (56 rooms)


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