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The Conservatory

18 North Street, Exeter, EX4 3QS

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  •  - Devon
  • The Conservatory - Devon
  • The Conservatory - Devon
  • The Conservatory - Devon
Main course: £18
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 21:00

Amazing food and service, top quality, even allowed my father to come in through a side door to avoid some small steps. Will definitely visit here again!

Samantha 20 August 2018
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 385 reviews)
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  • dinner (319)
  • lunch (194)
  • romantic (175)
  • private dining (148)
  • value (131)
  • business (50)
  • luxury (44)
  • trendy (34)
  • large parties (21)
  • entertainment (14)
  • afternoon tea (10)
  • breakfast (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((* 8 September 2018 by Paul from Taunton Deane District

    The halibut was cooked beautifully.
    The vegetables were very over cooked for my taste.

  • ((((* 1 September 2018 by Dr from Wedmore

    The food was fresh, cooked fine and presented well. The staff were efficient but could have been a little more friendly and accommodating. We were surprised the the Early Bird dinner was only starter and main course - restaurants generally offer 'two course deals' that have a choice of starter + main or main + dessert. We suggest changing the restaurant policy to reflect this. Also, no flexibility was offered regarding choice of potatoes, more flexibility would make customers feel that they are being better looked after. Whilst the restaurant is a little small it was not too noisy. Overall, a good experience and I would be happy to recommend The Conservatory. On the basis of the above comments I give the restaurant 4 stars rather than 5 stars. However, 5 stars could be achieved quite easily by a small change in restaurant policy regarding menu and flexibility.

  • ((((( 20 August 2018 by Samantha from Exeter

    Amazing food and service, top quality, even allowed my father to come in through a side door to avoid some small steps. Will definitely visit here again!

  • ((((( 19 August 2018 by Marian from Exeter


  • ((((( 19 August 2018 by Betsy from Exeter

    Excellent in all ways. lovely venue- no background music, than goodness. Attentive but not intrusive service, beautiful food elegantly served. Thank you

  • ((((( 18 August 2018 by John from Exeter

    The service was quick and cheerfully carried out. The cuisine was excellent and the wine list very good. I enjoyed every course, and my family were likewise full of praise.

  • ((((( 16 August 2018 by David from Exeter

    Booking was simple and easy using the restaurants on line booking system. The welcome was smiling and friendly and we were immediately seated on a nice spotlessly clean table. Complimentary water and bread and olives is always a nice touch. Arrived in time for the two courses for £17.95 and this is excellent value. GIn cured Trout and Pasta dish were our two starters.(Faultless) Blade of beef and herb crusted plaice were our mains. (Faultless) Excellent NZ Sauvingnon Blanc at a reasonable price. Puddings excellent but partner struggled with cheesecake purely because of the amount of food he had eaten in the starter and main. Staff checked on things at the right time and in a friendly manner. They are excellent. Feel very comfortable here and the prices are excellent in view of the high standard of cuisine. The chef clearly has ride in their work and this seems to be transferred to the staff.

  • ((((( 13 August 2018 by Mel from Chard

    We had not been to the Consevatory for quite a few years, perhaps we had just forgot about how good it was, so when we visited Exeter we decided to book a return. We went for dinner where the welcome and service was friendly, attentive and excellent overall, just how we remembered. The broccoli pasta starter was delicious and our hake main course was presented perfectly and very enjoyable. We had an intimate table for two and whilst the staff were attentive when needed they were not at all intrusive. Prices were just about right and so we thought good value. An excellent evening in an excellent restaurant and we will definitely return.

  • ((((* 9 August 2018 by John from Stratford upon Avon

    The starters of smoked trout, the crab crumpet and the scallops and pork belly were absolutely delicious. So was the special - hake for main course. Wine was beautiful. Correct temp. The pudding was slightly disappointing - cherry bakewell tart with clotted cream ice cream. It did not taste of almonds! It needed more almond essence! Overall an excellent place to dine. The chef certainly has a lot of talent. Great flavour combinations and excellent presentation on the plate.

  • ((((( 7 August 2018 by Adrian from Polperro

    I found the food and service exceptional. Well done!

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