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The Book Cover

Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AB

((((* Tapas
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
  • The Book Cover - Devon
Main course: £5
Food spend: £12
Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 17:00 - 23:59.

Lovely! Wonderful cocktails, food and atmosphere.

Andrea Millard 29 January 2018
from Exeter

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With the look of a vintage book store from the outside, The Book Cover is actually a swinging speakeasy-style bar, specialising in creative cocktails with an eclectic jazz soundtrack. Filled with quirky 1920's style, and accessible only with a special password, this is a truly unique setting to enjoy Prohibition-era glamour.

To complement the bold selection of cocktails, The Book Cover menu serves up all kinds of mouthwatering tapas dishes. Fresh seafood flavours include salt cod fish cakes with curry mayonnaise, moving on to hearty meat options like black pudding and emmental toasties. Vegetarians can enjoy treats like crispy polenta with parmesan, and there is a selection of sliders, including confit lamb burger with green chilli mayo. For groups, there meat and cheese boards, perfect for sharing, while a simple selection of desserts includes indulgent truffles and honeycomb.

The cocktail menu at The Book Cover in Exeter is truly unique, and uses the finest homemade infusions alongside premium spirits from all around the world. Signature creations use orange-marinated cognac, Dooley's rum infused with cherry and pineapple, fresh basil leaves and homemade rhubarb soda to craft unforgettable mixes.

A beautiful speakeasy bar with an intimate feel, The Book Cover is an 8-minute walk from Exeter Central Rail Station.

The Book Cover

Portland House, Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AB

Contact +44 1392279393

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3.9 ((((* (based on 43 reviews)
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  • (((** 12 February 2018 by Amy from Bristol

    The evening was good, though I thought it would be more of an experience. There was an entrance lobby but no-one to greet us. There was supposed to be a password to get in, but they’d given up on this. We were told we would be sat in the restaurant, so I was disappointed to be sat at bar stools on a table next to the bar. The food wasnt great eg we ordered chorizo which actually seemed to be German sausage in batter. The drinks however, were amazing. Overall, I was expecting more.

  • ((((( 29 January 2018 by Andrea Millard from Exeter

    Lovely! Wonderful cocktails, food and atmosphere.

  • ((((( 16 January 2018 by Kimberley Fletcher from Exeter

    Amazing place, the decor is beautiful, gorgeous food and cocktails and warm wonderful attentive staff. The perfect cocktail mix for a great evening.

  • (**** 2 January 2018 by Julian Mesling from Exeter

    The meal was adequate a little dull perhaps. The service was well meaning but entirely untrained and amateur, one of our waitresses started clearing away plates whilst we were obviously still eating. The barman didn't know how to make a brandy champagne cocktail, he obligingly tried, but it was foul, {too many bitters} yet we were charged £11.00 for it even after we explained! This is supposed to be 1930's Speakeasy themed, I took the trouble to dress in sympathy with that, the staff however do not, quite the opposite. The photo's on the website are misleading, showing prohibition style dress, even needing a password to gain entry, however, no-one greeted us on our arrival, we had to find our own way. The music was wholly wrong, and on a rather short, unimaginative loop which became irritating quite quickly. The website clearly implies a clandestine "Speakeasy" atmosphere, yet the reality failed to even approach anything near, it's windows are huge and directly next to the pavement, quite inhibiting and not prohibition likely! What is clearly needed here, is a manager, older and more informed, to keep the theme going and train the staff. There is a huge choice of venues in Exeter, people will simply be underwhelmed and go elsewhere. If you are going to be edgy and out there, then be that, honour your website theme, work at it, make a determined effort to operate a joint that gets people talking, take a risk. Rick's Cafe American would be a good place to start. Play Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald music etc. Come on you only live once, assemble a disreputable past while you still can.

  • ((((( 14 December 2017 by Sandy Miles from Exeter

    We have been to The bookcover about 4 times now, and really enjoy the whole experience. The Tapas are always served well and very tasty, the cocktails excellent, and the staff friendly and welcoming. Its a great quirky place to go either as a couple or with friends. We went one Friday and there was a table magician, which was good fun. There is always music playing, but it is not so loud you cannot chat, which is a definite plus in my book.

  • ((((( 12 November 2017 by Anon from Exeter

    Magical. Restaurant was incredible and the Chicken wings were so delicious.

  • ((((* 30 October 2017 by James Meylan from Exeter

    Great service, excellent food and atmosphere.

  • ((((( 28 October 2017 by Pip Dawe from Somerset

    We LOVED our experience here - amazing choice of exotic cocktails and blooming lush tapas :)

  • ((((* 11 October 2017 by Shannon Davey from Exeter

    Amazing food and cocktails. Testing technology before film night would probably help them for the future. Apart from that amazing!

  • (((** 6 October 2017 by Sam Lydon-drake from Exeter

    Great tapas, lovely atmosphere but again the service is shocking. Nothing wrong with the individual staff but nobody is managing them so you get left for ages and they get things wrong. Also, they managed to get the bill wrong again! Shame.

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