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The Book Cover

Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AB

((()* Tapas
Main course: £5
Food spend: £12
Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 17:00 - 23:59.

First visit to The Book Cover, loved it.
Cocktails were amazing and tapas lovely especially the calamari. We will be back

Carl Knill 19 May 2017
from Exeter

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From the outside The Book Cover appears to be a vintage bookshop.... never judge a book by it’s cover! Step inside and you’ll find it’s a completely different story. You’ll be immersed in the nostalgic atmosphere of a bygone era … Our first class bar specialises in creating tantalising cocktails and craft spirits. We house an extensive range of gins ‘new and old’, boutique beers and a great selection of wines from around the world. The Book Cover is a Speakeasy Bar, the perfect venue to indulge in some clandestine sipping in laid back, atmospheric surroundings.

The Book Cover

Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AB

Contact +44 1392279393

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Customer reviews for The Book Cover

3.7 ((()* (based on 15 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • entertainment (8)
  • trendy (8)
  • dinner (5)
  • romantic (4)
  • large parties (3)
  • luxury (2)
  • value (2)
  • private dining (1)
  • ((((( 26 May 2017 by Carole Mcnamara from Exeter

    Lovely attention to detail, the Art Deco theme throughout, even the back ground music was of the right era. The tapas was delicious and the cocktails delightful.
    Would We go again, you bet we will.

  • ((((( 19 May 2017 by Lydia Brammer from Exmouth

    We had a great time at The Book Cover last night! Amazing cocktails, delicious food, fabulous band - what isn't there to love?

  • ((((( 19 May 2017 by Carl Knill from Exeter

    First visit to The Book Cover, loved it.
    Cocktails were amazing and tapas lovely especially the calamari. We will be back

  • ((((* 14 May 2017 by George from Exeter

    It was okay but a bit underwhelming and didn't quite meet the hype. The password entry was cool, but the atmosphere wasn't quite there. The drinks were nice, but were a bit pretentious and overpriced. Service was good though - staff were very attentive and knowledgeable.

  • ((((* 7 May 2017 by Lyvia from Amsterdam

    Very cool and trendy place. They serve tasty small dishes, which I would not compare with proper Spanish tapas but they are very good small bites. The confit lamb burger was definitely my favourite one. The cocktails are very good as well. The atmosphere felt special. Although it is a bit pricey, I think it is a pretty good place to spend an evening with friends or as a couple.

  • ((((* 5 May 2017 by Nath Faulkner from devon

    Food was unavailable but staff were friendly and helpful. Great live music and atmosphere.

  • (((** 3 May 2017 by Amanda James from Exeter

    We were s group of 4 ex colleagues really looking forward to meeting up in a new venue for us. However we were very disappointed that we were phoned an hour before our table booking to be told there was going to be no food due to maintenance work in the kitchen. I think when you have disappointed guests you should make them feel more welcome and perhaps put some nibbles on the table for them, but the staff were busy bustling around clearing up after the bank holiday ignoring a cardboard box on the bar and ignoring the customer service element of their work . It is not as if it was full of customers, only one other cover, I think we have 4 people who are not going to rush back, what a shame.

  • ((*** 28 April 2017 by Debbie Rogers from Exeter

    Difficult to rate the dining experience, as 2hrs before we were supposed to arrive, I was called to say that there was no tapas available. Having not been before, I thought that there maybe other food available, but sadly no. Having not eaten, and trying to celebrate a birthday, we left after one rather expensive drink.

    When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed, but that's where the hospitality ended. It was extremely quiet in there, and we thought someone would come and take our order, after we had found our table but again sadly, no. We had to go to the bar to order our cocktails, and 5 mins after they arrived, a waitress came to ask us if we wanted to open a tab, or could we pay the bill now!

    We were all disappointed with our experience, as we had been really looking forward to our night out.

  • (**** 3 April 2017 by Derwyn Williams from Exeter

    I booked the restaurant on Thursday morning for later that evening (8pm). When we arrived, we waited for 30 minutes to be served. We read the cocktails menu and the small selection of Tapas type food. However, when we asked if there was another food menu, we were informed that the chef had walked out two days before and that you would not be serving food that evening. If I had been informed that this was the situation when I made the booking, then I naturally would not have proceeded to book a table. All in all, a ruined evening.

  • (**** 3 April 2017 by Terri Juleff-skidmore from Exeter

    Had booked for food to receive a call 2 hrs before stating there was a problem with the kitchen therefore food was not an option. As much as I appreciate these things happen, it was disappointing. No offer of a goodwill gesture for the inconvenience caused.

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