Best Exeter Pubs, B. Cathedral Quarter, Exeter

Best Exeter Pubs, B. Cathedral Quarter, Exeter

Exeter Cathedral Close

Ship Inn. Sir Francis Drake was born on the outskirts of Tavistock which is a town on the west side of Dartmoor National Park near Plymouth. He's said to have frequented the Ship Inn which is why you'll see this sign by the entrance: 'Next to my own shippe I do most love that Old Shippe in Exon a tavern in St Martins Lane. Sir Francis Drake 1587.' Located in the atmospheric St Martins Lane on the north side of Exeter Cathedral Close.

If you're an international visitor, with its connection to Sir Francis Drake, the Ship Inn is a must.


West Quarter

For a unique experience, head to The Fat Pig. A brewery, distillery, smokehouse and pub! Located in the West Quarter on John Street just off Fore Street.



Exeter's Quayside is a superb place. It's lined with pubs, restaurants and cafes. Try The Prospect Inn or On The Waterfront which is a mix of pub, bar and restaurant on the Quayside.



The Westcountry is known for its cider. We'd recommend a trip to The Old Firehouse which is 'widely acknowledged to be one of Exeter's best ale and cider pubs'. It's located on New North Road close to the big department store John Lewis at the top of the High Street.

The Jack in the Green Inn. This gastropub is situated on London Road on the outskirts of Exeter.


Exe Estuary

The River Exe flows into the Exe Estuary which is one of the most beautiful spots in Devon. There are plenty of pubs from which you can enjoy the location. Hire bikes at the Quayside and cycle down the Exe Estuary Trail to visit some of these pubs.

Try Double Locks on the Exe Canal.

A little further on, there's The Turf. Glorious location overlooking the Exe Estuary.



Topsham is the historic port of Exeter. Located on the east side of the Exe Estuary where the River Exe meets the estuary, the setting is stunning. It's a beautiful, well-heeled waterside town packed with excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. The Exe Estuary Trail runs through Topsham. Foot ferries cross between Topsham and Topsham Lock/Exminster (the Topsham Ferry) and Turf Locks (the Topsham to Turf Ferry).

The Passage House Inn and The Lighter Inn are by the Exe Estuary.  The Globe Inn is on Fore Street which is the main road that runs through Topsham.

If you're an international visitor, a trip to Topsham and one of these pubs is a must.