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Reviews of Old Fire House (Average Rating: 9 of 10) see review guidelines
Quinno _ left this review about The Old Fire House
The Old Firehouse is located a couple minutes out of the immediate city centre and isn’t immediately obvious unless you’re looking for it, the entrance tucked back beyond an angled courtyard behind a pair of large wrought-iron gates. The best way to describe the interior is to say that it’s like a multi-floored cider-heavy version of the Alehouse (Reading) or Rummers (Aberystwyth); exposed brick, wood fittings and a Ruritanian feel. Was the busiest pub that I visited on Sunday evening by a mile. Very dim inside, the atmosphere was buzzing but amiable and seemingly full of students. Live music on the ground floor courtesy of a noodling acoustic guitar soloist. Many ciders available on the handpumps, most of which I’d never heard of. Ale wise, there was a decent selection all on stillage (six or so?). I decided to follow the maxim of ‘when in Rome’ and treated myself to a mulled cider (from a proper cauldron, 2 quid a go) which was pleasant though not a patch on the mulled mead at the aforementioned Alehouse. Plenty of people informally eating and pizza was seemingly everywhere. Well-worth the trip based on this fleeting visit. Note: closes weekday afternoons.
On 15th February 2014
- rating: 8
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Ale Monster left this review about The Old Fire House
This is a brilliant free house built around 1834 that is grade II listed and was actually used as a fire station until 1888, the Georgian frontage with sash windows, decorative columns and shallow pitched roof concealed by a parapet is partially obscured by tall gate posts and a wrought iron gate. The building is at a 45 degree angle to the road as the New North road was only built in the 1930’s. The interior is one smallish dark room with exposed stone walls and stone floor, the untreated wood bar counter and basic bar back is an L shape following the walls in the back right corner, there is a large empty fire place in the back wall on the left of the counter, the ceiling is bare wood boards and new thick wood beams decorated with several old oil lamps, garlands of dried hop plants and fairy lights, across the front of the room below the windows are a few rustic (misshapen) tables and pew style benches. Between the roadside gate and the front of the building is a small cobbled court yard with a couple of tables which are covered by a glass awning.
The pub does not have any regular ales but there are up to eight changing guest beers all on gravity (straight from the cask) from a stillage against the back wall of the bar counter, worth mentioning is a wall full of boxes of cider along the right wall also behind the counter and four on hand pull. Some of the beers on during this visit were Hunters Crack Shot, Exeter Avocet Organic, O’Hanlon’s Original Port Stout, Teignworthy Reel Ale and Blue Anchor Spingo Middle. I tried all of these and found them to be in excellent condition (GBG 2013 and Cask Marque). The staff were very knowledgeable about the beers and eager to offer samples.
A great pub with some character and a fantastic selection of beers that they really seem to care about. Something to be aware of is that it doesn’t look like a typical pub and although I was actually looking for it, I still managed to walk past before turning round and finding it on the way back! Staff were very friendly and helpful which seems to be a company policy, so a little forced but they appeared genuinely happy to be working there. Live music on both Friday and Saturday nights, the pub is popular with students. I have not visited many pubs in Exeter but I would definitely return here for a few drinks if in town again.
On 3rd July 2013
- rating: 10
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- Accommodation : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Beer Garden : Yes - cobbled terrace - last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra
- Car Park : No last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Live Music : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Pinball : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
- Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra