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The Imperial (JD Wetherspoon), Exeter St. David's, Exeter

New North Road
Exeter
EX4 4AH
Phone: 01392434050
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J D Wetherspoon

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E TA left this review about The Imperial (JD Wetherspoon)

Comprehensively described below, this impressive building in its imposing setting is certainly a cut above most other JDWs. What lets it down is the humans. There was a wedding party setting the tone; the bride and her hens were cackling and stamping out their fag ends right by the door, much to the obvious disgust of the photographer. The staff had clearly been overworked and were tetchy, while the other clients sighed as one when the wedding party left,  presumably to find somewhere with cheaper lager, Tesco maybe. When we eventually found a seat someone asked us if we were going to be long- we said we were, he tutted and staggered off, muttering angrily. The ales were good though - BBC Fool Hardy, Black Tor Wheat Beer, Doombar, Broadside, Otter Ale and St Peter’s Plum Porter.  Worth the climb up the hill if changing trains at St David’s.

On 8th October 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Imperial (JD Wetherspoon)

Most JDWs are converted shops, cinemas, post offices or occasionally a purpose built new build. Every now and again you encounter one that is completely off the scale and this one is more off the scale than any I can recall. There is a footpath to the right of the Premier Inn opposite St Davids Station. This steepens considerably to reach a road where there is a sign for the pub. According to my map the pub was still some way off and all I could see was a private road with some lawns up the hill to the left leading to what looked like a stately home. I pressed on to discover that the stately home was actually the pub. Inside it's massive with one bar split into two and the main one further on in the Orangery which was packed.
I didn't get to note all the beers but did see offerings from Otter, Hanlon's, Dartmoor and Salcombe. The prices seemed to be the similar to their other South Devon outlets. I noticed they had Otter Head in their quieter bar so found a seat and knocked back a number of these while watching a large group of students who were less Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll but more conservative 1950s America.
Overall I thought this was a superb Spoons.

On 24th May 2017 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Imperial (JD Wetherspoon)

Impressive 'spoons on the hill above St David's station, comprising a substantial old hotel with two counters (one temporarily closed) and various seating areas supplemented by a long - much lighter - extension in a splendid orangery featuring another bar. Numerous real ales available from the various counters, including five from the local Hunter's (e.g. Royal Hunt Best Bitter). First class.

On 31st January 2016 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
Exeter St Davids, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Exeter Central, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
St James Park (Devon), 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Imperial (JD Wetherspoon), Exeter
8th Oct 2019, 06:52
Review submitted by E TA
 
27th Jul 2019, 20:17
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Function Room : Yes last updated 22 May 2017 by Aqualung .
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 17 August 2019 by Quinno _
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