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Mill on the Exe, Exeter

Bonhay Road
Phone: 01392214464
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Mill on the Exe

A very large pub spread across two levels in a pleasant spot alongside the river and overlooking the weir, it looks to be a fairly modern building, or if not then extensively renovated. The upper level consists includes a conservatory like extension to make the most of the views, although with light painted wood panelling on the roof so it doesn’t get to hot. The lower level leads out to a terraced area alongside the river and this looked to be a pleasant spot.

Décor wise, there is a wood strip floor and much exposed brickwork and elsewhere there is terracotta paintwork and some wood panelling. There was plenty of woodwork including beams on the ceiling, although this all looked to be fairly modern. There was a bread oven behind the bar, although again, whether this is an original feature or not, I wouldn’t like to say. A couple of snug type areas offer more relaxing seating with low sofa’s or armchairs, but overall you get the feeling that the pub concentrates on the dining market.

The menu offered a decent looking selection of pub grub dishes such as Fish & Chips, Scampi & Chips, Burger, etc., and these were mostly priced around the £10/£11 mark. There was also a specials board and many of these offered fish options. We went for the Cajun Chicken which came deep fried and was served with fries and a salad. It was a decent enough dish, but looked rather mass produced and came with a very runny barbecue sauce served in one of those small paper cups that collapse as soon as you try and move it. Less successful was a Butternut Squash Risotto which was a very small portion, really more of a starter size, and I thought quite bland, although that is of course a matter of personal taste. At £11 this was well overpriced. As it happened the guy who collected the plates was presumably one of the managers, asked what we thought and was very apologetic. It transpired that the dish should have been about double the size that it was and should also have come with parmesan crisps, which the kitchen had apparently run out of. He did a good job of redeeming the situation by refunding half the cost, and in light of that I would be happy to give them the benefit of the doubt and go back to try something else. But of course it shouldn’t really have come out like that in the first place, and had one of the young waitresses collected our dishes I suspect we may not have had such a satisfactory response.

Beers on tap were all from St. Austell with their Tribute, Proper Job, Liquid Sunshine and Dartmoor Best. Ciders were Strongbow and Cornish Rattler, of both the original and pear varieties.

On 4th August 2014 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Mill On The Exe

A St Austell pub, advertised inside as a winner of their ‘turnaround’ award. This is a converted mill as the name suggests. The two-level interior décor is wood and exposed brick, with a conservatory-style dining room upstairs which contains an open log fire in the centre. Dining is pushed quite heavily but there’s plenty of room for drinkers too. Star of the show is the outside balcony and landscaped gardens overlooking the river Exe and canal. Four pumps, three from the St Austell stable plus a guest from Dartmoor. The pair I tried were in good nick, though they do use sparklers which I think rather takes the edge off a bit. As mentioned elsewhere, it’s a bit corporate in feel. Not a bad stop, I imagine it’s an extremely good location for a good summer beer.

On 15th February 2014 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about The Mill On The Exe

Situated on the banks of where Exeter Canal meets the River Exe is the imaginatively named Mill on the Exe, a former mill where corn and paper was produced in times long gone. We learn that there has been a mill here since the middle of the 16th century and that wool, corn and then paper had been produced here at various times. The mill closed in July 1967 and was converted to a pub in 1983.

It's a large, rambling affair set over 2 floors with much exposed brickwork, wood floors and beams and what looks like an addition to the building in the form of a conservatory at the front. There's a landscaped garden / terrace at the front with different seating areas where you can watch the waters flow by, and a predictably large car park.

It's a family restaurant type of place with large A3 size folded menus and condiments on most tables. The usual range of starters, grills, sharing platters and children's menus is on offer along with teas, coffees, latte, cappuccino etc.

There's the inevitable chainy, impersonal feel that you would expect with staff dressed in corporate black shirts.

It's a St Austell's Brewery pub and beers on were Proper Job, IPA, and 2 pumps for Tribute. The Proper Job - £ 3.00p - was an excellent pint and I remember thinking at the time that it was the best pint of the holiday so far. A CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2009 sticker was spotted, but the pub is not in the 2010 edition.

I don't normally like places like this, but I have to say that my food arrived promptly, was well cooked and presented and did the business perfectly. The beer, as noted, was excellent and it was pleasant sitting outside afterwards ( on table number 506 ) watching the river go by.

I'd happily come here again, but probably not just for a drink.

On 5th October 2010 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Exeter St Thomas, 0.41 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Exeter Central, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Exeter St Davids, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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4th Aug 2014, 23:30
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4th Aug 2014, 23:30
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - balcony seating - last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 April 2014 by Quinno _
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