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Great Western Hotel, Exeter St. David's, Exeter

St. Davids
Exeter
EX4 4NU
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Quinno _ left this review about Great Western Hotel

Located just to the left of Exeter St Davids BR, this one is a tale of faded grandeur as far as the pub is concerned, the whole place feels in need to a facelift (perhaps it’ll be classed as heritage in 50 years?). GBG 2014 listed, plenty of local ales were on at the ‘loco’ bar and both of those I tried (which I scandalously failed to note the names of, one may have been Branscome Branoc) were both in good order. Aside from the main drinking area painted in a nasty mustard colour (though I was very taken with the large wooden-framed mirror), there was a darkened rear room showing the football results coming in to a gaggle of punters. As to be expected in such a location, there was plenty of rail ephemera dotted round. Food was offered, and the 1980’s style plastic menu wallets fitted right in. A selection of newspapers were available. It's a bit of a hike from Exeter City Centre - about 15/20 minutes – though worth it for an ale drinker. But the place could be so much better with a few tins of paint and a deep clean.

On 15th February 2014 - rating: 7
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I L left this review about Great Western Hotel

A long time favourite as not only is it handy for Exter St Davids railway station, it also does a very nice range of ales. It is starting to look worn but still as good as ever fro both food and the 8 plus ales on and dont recall ever having a bad pint in this two roomed split laevel bar area. It was once one of four pubs but now only two left in this area, probably affected by the large Wetherspoons just up the road. This pub still seams to have a good local following. Well worth making sure you have a bit of time when changing trains in Exeter!

On 3rd November 2010 - rating: 8
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John Bonser left this review about Great Western Hotel

Close to St David's main line station, but some way out of Exeter City Centre, is The Great Western, a pub / hotel that, externally at least, exudes the air of an establishment that has seen better days and does need a good lick of paint.

A cosy and largely carpeted bar - The Loco Bar - is split level and has a number of different drinking areas. Perhaps not surprisingly, a railway theme dominates and there's several splendid paintings / posters to admire. The "Great Western" engine nameplate hangs proudly in the back room. Note also the old Great Western poster advertising a "Special Fast Excursion to London" on Saturday 5 July 1879.

A bank of 9 pumps was, on my recent evening visit, serving mainly local brews of which both the O'Hanlons Port Stout and RCH Pitchfork were in superb form. The pub is listed in the CAMRA 2010 Good Beer Guide.

Staff here are clearly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about beer and I was served promptly and efficiently by a barman who was a dead ringer for David Seaman, complete with ponytail. Amongst various posters and flyers advertising forthcoming beer festivals was a rare sighting this far west of the latest issue of London Drinker.

This is clearly not your average hotel bar and it appears to have a good following of regulars. Notably, Seamus O'Donnells, a pub branding itself as Exeter's Number 1 Irish bar and situated virtually opposite, was closed and boarded up.

The hotel restaurant - The Brunel restaurant - seemed quite busy for a midweek evening. Food is also available in the bar till late.

It's a bit of a hike from Exeter City Centre - about 15/20 minutes, and even longer if you take the scenic route along the river towpath - but I think it's a hike worth making. This pub is at the top of my list for a revisit when I'm next in Exeter.

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Exeter St Davids, 0.12 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Exeter Central, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
St James Park (Devon), 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Great Western Hotel, Exeter
3rd Jun 2017, 11:37
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15th Feb 2014, 15:05
Review submitted by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : 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 : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - To bar, but not to accomodation - last updated 24 June 2014 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: February 9th 2017
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