Exmouth's Top Five Pubs

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By ALGrace | Sunday, September 26, 2010, 23:39

Here are the top five pubs that Exmouth people regularly rate highly, with some of the reasons why. If you disagree or you think there’s an obvious one missing, join the conversation and recommend your favourite below.

1. The Heavitree Arms, High Street

A favourite stop-off for anyone on a serious night out in town, regulars say that this town-centre pub is a must if you're on a crawl! The best thing seems to be the shot bar, but what The Heavitree lacks in good looks, it makes up for in atmosphere and a place to meet up with friends in the afternoon sun! Food is good value and served quickly.

2. The Powder Monkey, Parade

Says what it does on the can! This is Exmouth’s Wetherspoons, so you know what to expect in terms of cheap, good quality food and a good choice of drinks. The pub is a favourite with OAPs by day, making the most of the bargain meals, and by teens at night, necking alcopops and cocktails. When the two worlds collide, it can create quite a unique atmosphere – last night’s survivors gathering under the smoking umbrellas for their morning fags n booze, while the pensioners enjoy a cooked breakfast inside. Lovely bar staff and great service make this a firm favourite for anyone not aged between 25 – 65!

3. The Bath House, Esplanade

Not surprising for a seaside town, another seafront pub makes it in to the top five. It’s great for summer because of all the benches outside and potential for al fresco lunches, looking out over the beach. It’s also a really popular choice on New Year’s Day, to go to after the count down – although it can be very crowded. By day, it’s a popular stop-off for people of all ages but by night its target customers are under 25s. Don’t be put off though – pensioners love it too for a coffee and convivial service – and the extensive menu.

4 The Beach, Victoria Road

Heavitree Breweries have been going since 1790 and The Beach, near the marina, is in a great location – close to the town centre and to the marina and sea front. It’s traditional, offering three real ales, and wines available by the glass or bottle. Food is all prepared and cooked to order, using local produce – everything from Exmouth sea food to a curry, and daily specials. Great for summer or winter, its live music is another draw for many, as it plays host to a number of local artists. The staff are friendly and one of the best things is the shot bar.

5. the Clipper, The Strand

A Smith & Jones pub with an award-winning menu. This is Exmouth’s choice for the more discerning, with sumptuous booth and leather sofa seating, mellow colours and a heritage feel. It's also one of the only pubs in town to serve cold Kronenberg. Popular with town centre professionals for a lunchtime gossip or an after-work wind-down, it’s also popular with families. The Clipper has a lovely beer garden and a big screen for sports, and Wifi is also available here. The pub also participates in the Smith & Jones voucher scheme and has lots of offers for wine, meals and Friday specials.

There are other pubs out of town that some people I spoke to recommended, such as The Nutwell Lodge (for its carvery) and The Saddlers Arms, Lympstone, for a quiet game of pool and great food.

So have your say! Shout out if you think I haven’t got it right! And why not upload your own photos of great nights out in Exmouth pubs to the GALLERY?



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    Hi to everyone, i noticed a comment left by 'keyboard man' (thanks for the mention) about the Beacon Vaults. It has indeed had a makeover and it now has a 26 seater restaurant (not tearoom as suggested), with all fresh homemade food and a Carvery on a Sunday lunchtime. Please check out the website at http://tinyurl.com/cupbe6k
    Feel free to pop in and have a look around.
    Hope to see you all soon.
    Lynne and Andy (The New Owners of the Beacon Vaults)

    By beaconvaults at 22:46 on 14/05/12

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    By CAM_MAN at 19:11 on 08/03/11

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    Plainly a new pub review needs to be done shortly on the site. Since this review was posted in September 2010, we now have The Grapevine (good food, good beer and a superb venue, especially on a Friday night and Sunday lunchtime) and Spoken (good food and a nice ambience, but shame about the big TV screens). Both establishments have greatly lifted the bar. They are considerably more upmarket and sophisticated than anything Exmouth has had to date, and the town centre is all the better for it. Meanwhile The Beacon Vaults appears to have had a makeover and now has a little tearooms area at the front. And, by all accounts, The Powder Monkey is to have a makeover shortly. Not before time either. It was starting to look very tatty. All of this is good news for Exmouth, with a wider choice of pubs aimed at a more diverse, more mature and more sophisticated clientele.

    By Keyboardman at 12:50 on 06/03/11

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    The Clipper is awful! Queued for ages at the bar and people who were arriving after us got served before us. Only 2 bar staff on on a Saturday lunchtime and rude staff who clearly couldn't give a toss about their customers! It has gone downhill fast!

    By emmie42 at 19:27 on 05/03/11

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    I'm surprised The Pilot isn't on the list. It's not an eating pub - it's a man's pub really, but I know my husband loves it and has plenty of friends who would say it's the best pub in town - not least because of the dog that watches the TV in there, and you can see his eyes following the screen - especially if the football's on!!

    By Chrissy4547 at 17:44 on 27/09/10

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