7 Things to do in Exeter - A KIHT Travel Diary

We had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Exeter the other week, and whilst we were down there we got to do some fun things!

Exeter is a gorgeous because it does not feel like a city, it is surrounded by so many beautiful areas of outdoor space and tons of things to do!

We put together a list of the top 7 things we did whilst we were down there.

1.Tea on the Green
No holiday is complete without great food in beautiful surrounds, and as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we thought that this was the best way to start.

Tea on the Green is a great stop for breakfast/brunch especially if the weather is nice enough to sit outside. It's right in the heart of Exeter and as the name says – it's on the Green in front of Exeter Cathedral. We had a fab brunch sat in the sun. The orange juice is freshly squeezed and pretty much everything is homemade. They have a large selection of teas and the coffee was also great! Would recommend trying the breakfast hash for something a bit different. It is one of their specialties, and it's great! The view of the cathedral is just stunning, and you can quite easily while away a few hours people watching and drinking tea.
Once you've done with your breakfast you're then right in the center of Exeter to spend the rest of the day as you please.

2. Polpo
Polpo is a great restaurant for dinner. It is Italian tapas, so great if you're going in a group as you can try lots of different dishes and share them all! It is situated in the center in the newly converted Market Guildhall on Queen Street.
The restaurant is lovely and light inside, and still holds a lot of character, with a great atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and attentive, which always adds to a great dining experience.

Would recommend the mixed fish sharer – it's defo a must as it's just so yummy! Also, the bruschetta is great – but would say get a few as they are only small as a nice taster to wet the appetite! On the whole, the food is healthy and super fresh, you can watch the chefs working in the open kitchen whilst your eating, which is always lovely to see.

As they are Italian they have a great selection of wine – we had a mix of white and reds and all were great!

3.Hire a bike
After a few days of eating and wandering around the beautiful city, we decided we needed to do something a little more active! We made our way down to the Quay – there's a multi story car park right next to it, so you don't have to worry about parking the car.

On the main front of the Quay there is a great bike hire company – Saddles and Paddles, and for £16 each hired a decent bike for the full day.

Once we had our bikes we headed over the bridge and rode along the flood defenses. It's a scenic route and eventually leads out to the sea with lots of pretty pubs to stop at along the way.
The route is simple and flat the whole way, so it's great for all abilities and fitness levels. We would highly recommend this, it was a great fun day out and beautiful scenery and pubs along the way.

4.The Terrace
This was definitely one of the best places we ate whilst there! The Terrace is situated on the top floor of a building again in the popular area of Market Guildhall on Queen Street.
The cocktails are great, and they do some lovely gin mixers that were great! For the food, again it was faultless! Would recommend any of the fish dishes – they are super fresh and really tasty! If you have a big appetite, we would recommend with some of the meals you order sides as the portions aren't huge, but were enough for us with a starter! Also if you are splashing out the puddings are to die for!
They are all freshly made on site including the ice cream!! I would also say do not leave without trying either a coffee or an espresso martini! The coffee is just unbelievable! If you can try and book around the time of sunset as if the weather is nice, it is a gorgeous scene watching the sun go down over the buildings whilst having your dinner or drinks.

If you are willing to travel a bit, a day out to the village of Clovelly is a must. This is one of the most idyllic villages we have ever seen! It's near the town of Bideford in Devon, so about a 50-minute drive from Exeter, but it is sooooo worth it!

Firstly there are no cars – you have to pay to get into the village – its £7.25 for an adult and £4.40 for children. They also offer a family pass. There is ample parking at the top of the village before you enter.

The village runs down a very steep hill finishing at the sea. It is one main winding street full of stunning old buildings, cute cafe's and pubs and small little shops. As they don't have cars, they use donkeys to carry their goods up and down the hill. We managed to get a selfie with one of the donkeys!

As you make your way down the steep hill there are plenty of stunning photo opportunities, with the path eventually opening out to a small port of fishing boats and a little pub at the very bottom.
We went at high tide as you can jump off the end of the breaker into the sea. It was brilliant fun, and an adrenaline pumped experience! We even drew a fair crowd of people watching and filming us fooling around and jumping screaming! Make sure you take a wetsuit as the water was cold!! There are public toilets next to the pub that you can change in which are nice and clean. 

The breaker has 3 heights you can jump from depending how brave you are! The top one is really high, so definitely only for the fearless!

Once we had fuelled our adrenaline and started to get a bit cold! We changed and walked around the bay to a waterfall on the beach – it was just stunning! Coming off the cliffs and onto the stony beach, it was a great way to end the day!

We made our way back up the hill, which was a real struggle!! It's much steeper on the way up! So to help out we stopped for a drink at one of the pubs about halfway!

All in all a hugely memorable day, and we hope you agree got some great shots!

6.On the Waterfront
What holiday week is complete without a great Pizza! On the Waterfront offers just that! Set right on the Quay, so a few minutes drive out of the centre, but totally worth it!
The restaurant is under the old railway bridge so inside the atmosphere is very cosy and almost cave-like, its ace! It was so busy, so definitely a great sign.
The Pizza's are massive and absolutely beautiful! They even do Gluten free bases and Vegan cheese – which is gorgeous.
Having dairy free and gluten allergies in our party can mean we sometimes struggle eating out, especially when it comes to pizza, but this was truly amazing! So much so we all had a pizza each! Another massive bonus, if you can't finish it they box it up for you to take home. Winner!

7.Renting a cottage
If you can, we would recommend splitting your stay between the city and the country – we hired a farmhouse for a few days in Doccombe, Dartmoor and it was idyllic!
We were off the grid and just wondered around in the nearby fields as it was set in beautiful farmland of rolling fields. We managed to get some gorgeous shots, showing this! Especially in the mornings when the mist was rising off the fields it was almost magical looking!

We ate out in a few local pubs in the nearby village of Moretonhampstead, which also has a fab butchers and green grocers selling all sorts of delicious fresh produce! The town was about a 10-minute drive and was lovely to come out to in the evenings, would recommend eating at The Horse, a lovely atmosphere and great food!

Thanks for reading x

Hi John, Thanks for the comment. I would say our favourite place for dinner has to be The Terrace – we ate there twice as the food and experience was so good!
Hope you enjoy
Thanks Kiht

  • Wow! Going to Exeter next week so will definitely check out some of these places, just out of interest, which was your favourite restaurant?

    Cheers for the blog!

    John King

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