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The Fat Pig, Exeter

2 John Street
Exeter
EX1 1BL
Phone: 01392437217
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Fat Pig

This is a smart two room pub down a quiet city centre backstreet, with a higher quality interior than your average craft beer bar. You enter a lively front bar with bare boards, plain painted walls and the bar down the right-hand wall. A good amount of bench and chair seating is available under the front windows, through the centre of the room and in a recess to the rear right. The bar has a modern counter and bar back but still manages to fit in nicely with the pub’s overall aesthetic. A smart fireplace stands to the right, with an unusual bottle collection on its mantle, whilst the rest of the room is full of lots of cool art and a few bits of breweriana. A set of steps past the end of the bar lead down into a cosy tile floor seating area with exposed brick walls, hard backed benches along the far left wall, and some standard tables and chairs elsewhere. Walls are decorated with plain mirrors, modern art prints and pop culture images whilst shelves hold potted plants, curio bottles and a few smaller pictures. Bi-fold doors to the front suggest the room may open out to the pavement in the summer, but there’s very limited pavement space outside, so not a great deal of room for overspill. A TV screen in the front left corner remained turned off, with a nice retro soundtrack just about audible over the general hubbub of a good Friday night turnout. A trip to the gents toilets was memorable for the unbearably cramped layout - I’m glad I was the only punter in there at the time!
There were just two cask beers available on this visit, and one of those sputtered its last when I ordered it, leaving a sole option of Powderkeg Idler, which was a pretty good drop. The expired ale was quickly replaced with Crossed Anchors Big Red Ale and there was a good keg selection and plenty of bottles and cans to choose from.
This felt like quite a cool craft beer bar, aimed perhaps a little more at students than the typical hipster crowd, and benefitting from cosy, comfortable environs and some decent beer. I’d picked this out as a potential highlight for my time in Exeter, and whilst it didn’t quite live up to those expectations, it is still well worth a look if you’re crawling around the city centre.

On 16th April 2022 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Fat Pig

Dropped in as I enjoyed myself last time. Sadly it was a pear-shaped visit. Three of their own ales on plus one of theirs on keg, a stout. A real mixed bag - (NBSS 3, 2, 1) – with one in particular tasting more like mouthwash than ale. Somehow they’d also made a mess of their keg stout which is pretty impressive feat, it tasted revolting. A real let-down. Off-hand service at the bar as well. Cut my losses and walked out well before time. Something’s gone very wrong here.

December 2016
Fairly small brewpub down a grotty side alley and feels like a proper find when you get there. Inside is a square main bar with a small spur leading off. Wood flooring, khaki green colourings and dried hops everywhere. Plus of course the inevitable porcine ephemera. Four Fat Pig ales on and my Ham 69 was in pretty good shape. Also a cider and Sloe Gin. A fairly young middle class clientele and a nice warm ambience within. Monday quiz advertised. Overall it’s a pretty good place and I’d prioritise it over a number of others in the city centre. Rated 8

On 21st April 2019 - rating: 5
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Paris Hilton left this review about The Fat Pig

This back street brew pub is certainly worth a visit

On 15th November 2016 - rating: 7
[User has posted 78 recommendations about 62 pubs]


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Exeter St Thomas, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Exeter Central, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Exeter St Davids, 0.9 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Fat Pig, Exeter
16th Apr 2022, 18:20
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
2nd Feb 2021, 10:37
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No - small though! - last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Monday - last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 January 2017 by Quinno _
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