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The Exeter Brewery Tap Room, Exeter

Pub added by Tris C
Unit 1, Cowley Bridge Road
Exeter
EX4 4NX
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Exeter Brewery Tap Room

This is a popular taproom operated by the Exeter Brewery, with a prime location close to St David’s station, albeit with restricted opening hours on Thursday and Friday evenings, closing at 9pm in the Winter (despite a large sign outside proclaiming closing at 11pm). After crossing the road, you first need to negotiate a muddy car park before entering into a small bottle store. Various Exeter Brewery bottles are available here for take out, but you can pass to the left of the counter to follow a series of corridors towards the back of the building, passing the brewery on your way, to eventually reach a rather cosy taproom. It’s a relatively simple bare boarded space with exposed brick walls and a basic L-shaped servery to the right. The bar has a decent tongue and groove counter front and plain mirrored bar back with a load of brewing awards displayed on the canopy, raising expectations of some decent beer. Bench and chair seating skirts around the perimeter with a couple more filling the middle of the room in the space opposite the bar. Rather unexpectedly, every table was booked on my Friday evening visit, but the friendly barman was quick to apologise for the full house and helped me pick a table where the punters weren’t due to arrive for a while. The decor includes some framed images of pump clip designs, a set or two of antlers, a shelf full of old beer bottles, an rather ominous portrait of an unknown bloke and some art relating to the brewery.
There were five operational handpulls on the bar, dispensing Exeter Avocet, Lighterman, Darkness, ‘Fraid Not IPA and Ferryman, the latter of which was a decent drop that went down nice and easily. This selection was enhanced by three home-brewed keg options, one or two of which were the equivalent versions of some of the cask range. The place had a good buzz thanks to the full house and felt like a bit of a hidden club thanks to its obscure location away from other pubs.
I liked this place and was a bit disappointed that I was only able to enjoy a brief stay due to the requirement that customers remain seated. In an age when you can drink in countless breweries, surrounded by brewing kit and the attendant noise and smells that come with that, it was nice to find a proper taproom in a well presented, separate room, making this well worth a look if you find yourself in this part of town on one of the appropriate evenings.

On 16th April 2022 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
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16th Apr 2022, 17:27
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
7th Oct 2021, 16:56
Pub map correction submitted by Graham Coombs approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 18 July 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 July 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 July 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 April 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 July 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 July 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 18 July 2021 by Tris C
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