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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

First visit for me. Really enjoyed it. Fabulous food and lovely service. Have already booked another evening for 9th March. Looking forward to it!

Marie Taylor 17 February 2017
from Exeter

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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 197 reviews)
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  • dinner (168)
  • lunch (101)
  • romantic (98)
  • private dining (87)
  • value (65)
  • luxury (26)
  • business (25)
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  • al fresco (1)
  • child friendly (1)
  • ((((( 20 February 2017 by Karen Robertson from Exeter

    This restaurant has a spectacular half wall of Jacobean/Tudor wall paintings uncovered during renovation, or a fire. They give such vitality to a pretty room and lift the spirits. The main room is a little noisy, but otherwise a very happy evening and a delicious meal. We had the charming waitresses I remembered from the week before. They are welcoming and friendly, but not obtrusive. The lamb braised and loin was fork tender. I can't wait to go back. A beautiful space. Perhaps a little noisy, but full of pleasure and delight. Excellent value. This chef knows what he or she is doing.

  • ((((( 17 February 2017 by Marie Taylor from Exeter

    First visit for me. Really enjoyed it. Fabulous food and lovely service. Have already booked another evening for 9th March. Looking forward to it!

  • ((((( 16 February 2017 by Anne Porteous from Exeter

    Not the first time we've eaten here, and certainly won't be the last! Lovely food, and great service in this lovely and intimate restaurant. My husband pronounced his meal as the best so far, and we've never been disappointed before anyway, so high praise! Both fish and meat dishes are excellent.

  • ((((( 12 February 2017 by John from Exeter

    This was our first visit. The food was excellent - very tasty. The waitress was attentive and helpful but not intrusive. We didn't feel rushed.

  • ((((( 11 February 2017 by John Kendal from Bath

    Fab food, fascinating Tudor panelling.

  • ((((( 11 February 2017 by Kim Gould from Exeter

    Great atmosphere, food and wine. Service spot on. Highly recommend a visit.

  • ((((( 6 February 2017 by Jo Rooke from Exeter

    Never fails to deliver. Tried Jerusalem artichoke risotto for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it.Tasty chicken and wonderful hake were also on our table's order. Despite being busy, service was great. Lovely choice of wines by the glass, and different sizes which is perfect for all tastes.

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by Michael Hauskeller from Exeter

    Great food, reasonable prices, excellent service. Couldn't have been better.

  • ((((* 5 February 2017 by keith from exeter

    Good food friendly staff Been now a couple of times would like menu change -The early bird very good value for money tho

  • ((((( 4 February 2017 by Maggie Emery from Exeter

    The food was excellent, can't fault it, great wine selection and the service was very good.

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