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The Conservatory

18 North Street, Exeter, EX4 3QS

(((() British
Main course: £18
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 21:00

Excellent! High quality food, excellent service and extremely good value.

David Godsal 25 March 2017
from Exmoor

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One of Exeter’s longest-standing and most renowned restaurants, The Conservatory building dates back to 1600, and boasts an original, restored Tudor panel wall in the dining room. The menu fuses using classic English cuisine with an innovative Mediterranean influence, resulting in imaginative, modern European fare.

Seared scallops with blood orange and bok choi and Cornish crab arancini with apple salsa exemplify the restaurant’s quirky take on favourite dishes. Hearty dishes such as braised blade of beef with swede and smoked cheddar gratin are just as popular.

Iced peanut butter parfait with dark chocolate ganache and banana curd is a must-try dessert on The Conservatory menu. Early bird and express lunch menus are readily available, alongside a substantial wine list. Award-winning, local organic ales can also be sipped alongside the food.

True to its name, The Conservatory in Exeter boasts light and airy surroundings, creating a bright, relaxed setting. With Exeter Cathedral on its doorstep, The Conservatory is found just a 6-minute walk away from Exeter Train Station.

The Conservatory

18 North Street, Exeter, EX4 3QS

Contact +44 1392273858

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Customer reviews for The Conservatory

4.7 (((() (based on 223 reviews)
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  • dinner (187)
  • lunch (109)
  • romantic (108)
  • private dining (92)
  • value (70)
  • business (27)
  • luxury (26)
  • trendy (20)
  • large parties (16)
  • entertainment (7)
  • afternoon tea (6)
  • breakfast (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • child friendly (1)
  • ((((( 29 March 2017 by Mike Philpot from Exeter

    Don't be put off by the street door with just a passage. Once inside you are in for a treat. It's a quirky cosy dining room with a Tudor panel running down one side. The ambience is conversation not Muzak and the attention to detail sublime. The menu is imaginative with plenty of choices but ingredients, composition and presentation are exceptional. To top it all the extensive wine list is fairly priced and features a number of local wines. We had a wonderful experience and vote this the best restaurant in town

  • (((** 27 March 2017 by Richard Symons from Exeter

    The food was very pleasant. The outward appearance of the restaurant was poor also being located in a rundown area of Exeter. Although some may like the quirky set up of the restaurant it was not impressive and a little tired. We had to ask for a drink as the waitress appeared preoccupied. Overall not a great success.

  • ((((( 26 March 2017 by Scott Malpas from Bovey Tracey

    Went for lunch with my wife and mum. Delicious 3 course meal from £12.95 menu. We all thought it was a lovely meal and was excellent value.

  • ((((* 26 March 2017 by Iain Vosper from Exeter

    Friendly staff and lovely food

  • ((((* 26 March 2017 by Cefn Blundell from Evesham

    Good food very well presented. Wines reasonably priced.
    Coffee served in a cafetière at the end was a little weak for our taste.

  • ((((( 25 March 2017 by David Godsal from Exmoor

    Excellent! High quality food, excellent service and extremely good value.

  • ((((( 23 March 2017 by Ryan Parry from Exeter

    Brilliant food and excellent service. We will definitely be back!

  • ((((( 23 March 2017 by Jo Rooke from Exeter

    Another fabulous meal at the Conservatory. Fish is always a favourite, but had the belly pork this time and it was delicious. Never fails to disappoint in terms of food or service.

  • ((((( 20 March 2017 by Charlie Linton from Exeter

    The meal was booked for my father and his friend. They said they immensely enjoyed their dining experience at your atmospheric restaurant and were well fed for their nearby event in the Cathedral afterwards. They passed me a message to say thank you very much ??

  • ((((( 19 March 2017 by Emma Pain from Exeter

    Lovely food and good service.

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