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The Well House Tavern

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16-17 Cathedral Close
Exeter
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Quinno _ left this review about The Well House Tavern

Well-appointed location, opposite the cathedral green and affording excellent views from the large plate glass front windows. The interior is pretty naff; bare boarded and echoey at the front, though there’s a little more character at the rear. Having got soaked in a downpour en route this really didn’t feel like the kind of place to relax and dry off in, being cold, sterile and draughty. Main reason of the visit was to see the skeleton, who was resolutely unadvertised. I decided to go exploring and headed off down an umnmarked staircase to the right hand side of the bar; this took me into a rough-hewn cellar which did indeed contain the skeleton at the far end, plus a cabinet containing some interesting bits of brewerania. Surprisingly good range of ale at the bar; I forget what I had but it was decent enough. Black-shirted staff were pretty laddish and this felt like a corporate establishment rather than a proper pub. Worth popping in for a half to see the skeleton but I doubt I’d do this one again now my curiosity has been satisfied.

On 15th February 2014 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The Well House

Located in Cathedral Close, just across the green from Exeter Cathedral, is The Well House Tavern, a bare boarded bar with dark beams and wooden furniture and that inevitably uncomfortable, rather echoey feel that such places inevitably have. Large plain glass windows at the front give you a good view of the Cathedral but, unfortunately, presumably because of Council restrictions, outside drinking on the green is not permitted.

Inside the pub, a blackboard tells us that the original building was a Norman hall and was constructed as part of the medieval burial ground before tenements were built in the 15th century. After a number of varied uses, the building became The Well House Tavern in 1984 and is now part of the Royal Clarence Hotel next door along with a sister café bar and Michael Caine's restaurant.

Despite an apparent emphasis on food and wine, particularly at lunchtime, there's 6 handpumps which, on my recent early evening visit, were serving O'Hanlons Yellowhammer, Cotleigh Tawny Owl, Cotleigh Buzzard, plus Teignworthy Reel Ale and Well House Ale ( brewed by Otter ). Mistakenly as it turned out, I went for the Cotleigh Tawny Owl ( £ 3 at 3.8% ) , which was pretty uninspiring, but a subsequent pint of Yellowhammer ( 4.2% and a notably cheaper price of £ 2.50p ) was much better. The pub is listed in CAMRA's 2010 Good Beer Guide and is holding a beer festival on 24/25 September.

Despite the lack of comfort and the rather incongruous loud music, I wouldn't be entirely averse to a return visit.

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 6
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Well House

This pub has a great view of the cathedral. Its a bit cafe-y and therefore pretentious, but it is rather nice for a pint.

On 27th September 2009 - rating: 8
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15th Feb 2014, 15:11
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - September - last updated 05 October 2010 by Dave McNally
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes - 6 handpumps - last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _

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