Eating Out Feature

The Best Quirky Restaurants in Exeter

Looking for somewhere to eat out that is different to your average restaurant? We find restaurants in Exeter that offer something a little more quirky

20 March 2019

When you’re looking for somewhere to eat out, sometimes you want something a little different from your average restaurant. Maybe you’d like to find somewhere with an unusual menu, or range of cocktails you've not tried? Either way, when you’re looking for something a bit different from your usual haunts, we’ve provided a list of restaurants in Exeter offering something a little more quirky.

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The Glorious Art House

When you visit The Glorious Art House, you’ll find yourself almost immersed in a painting, with an interior like an art installation. It has a cosy and quirky feel ,as bright yellows clash against turquoise and floral wallpaper. Local artwork is on display in the top floor gallery, with a garden lined with fairy-lights. Serving up incredible coffee, the quirky cafe serves lovely food too.


The Queen of quirky, everyone loves a good American-style diner. At Hubbox, you’ll find 21-day aged beef burgers, made from local meat. Hot dogs have a New York style, yet produced locally using free-range oak-smoked pork. Fries are hand-cut and double fried, making the perfect diner dinner (with plenty more options to choose from). Decked out with street art murals, neon lights, advertising signs, and a shipping container kitchen, this place is cool. 

The Fat Pig

A brewery, distillery and smokehouse, The Fat Pig is all about local cuisine. Not only is pretty much everything locally sourced, but the meat comes straight from the farm. It’s rare breed pork comes from Haldon Hill, with beef from Mortonhampstead, and Langford lamb. It shoots most of the game that is served, with venison from Honiton and Dartmoor, and rabbit from around Exeter. Making sure to use every part of the animal from nose to tail, food is cooked from scratch. It even makes its own gin and beer. With cosy fires, this place welcomes dogs, and is even vegetarian-friendly.

Cosy Club

Serving food from morning until night, the Cosy Club is described as being a cross between mansion splendour and village hall eccentricity. Again, it delivers a nostalgic atmosphere through its elegant decor and charming waiting staff. You’ll find a clash of cultural references, with its mix of furniture from vintage sofas from the 1930s, old club chairs, flags and oil paintings, and the odd bit of taxidermy. With soft lighting, this is a cool and casual place to dine in style. 

Circa 1924 

Who doesn’t love a retro restaurant? Be taken back in time to Circa 1924, where you can enjoy the speakeasy vibes and listen to live music as you sip on delicious cocktails. Serving up mouthwatering steak as its specialty, there’s plenty to choose from on its regularly changing menu. To really immerse yourself in your visit to Circa 1924, dress up and deck yourself out in flapper dresses and pearls!

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