Old Timers, Exeter - pub details
Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 39206) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras
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| This is a place with great character. Lots of odds and sods to look at while |
supping a pint or eating a meal.
Food is of a good standard and the atmosphere is great like you are in another world and can forget about your worries.
Great place 10/10
montie49 - 25 Sep 2011 13:31
|They say for a business to be successful you need three things - position, position and position. Well, if that were always true, Old Timers would be sunk. In fact without a map or directions you might never find this gem if you searched for a week, even though it is only about a minutes walk from the busy city High Street. Tucked away, off an alleyway, off a narrow lane, off a small square in the heart of Exeter, Old Timers is very much worth the slight effort.|
Efficient and polite barstaff serve three real ales - the local Otter Bitter, London Pride and Abbot Ale. All well served at the correct temperature and without anything undue to report. Only once in several visits have I been served a duff pint at the start of a session and it was taken back with genuine apologies and replaced with one from the next tub without question. Various wines and fizzy lagers are also available.
Food is all prepared by chefs Paul and Caroline Staples on the premises as far as I can tell, being without the tell-tale sign of always being exactly the same. If you are a pizza lover, try the hot and spicy with some coleslaw and a side salad - the best I've had in the city. The daily specials often include dishes such as Lamb Tagine, Beef Chilli and Stew and Dumplings. There is also a range of sandwiches and ciabattas generously stuffed with the usual selection of fillings with salds, curly fries etc. There are various food deals available including Pizza and a Pint in the bar for £7.00 between 6pm and 8pm every night.
Having described Old Timers' thirst-quenching and tummy-filling capabilities it would be remiss of me to omit the extraordinary decor. Once the ancient tax offices for the city, the pub is decorated in a magnificently eclectic style. A 6-foot wingspan B-52 hangs from the ceiling, the walls are covered with ornaments, notices, signs, clocks and a multitude of memorabilia from all corners of the globe (and France). If you look up the word 'clutter' in any good English dictionary you will find Old Timers referred to, along with the phrase 'symptom of compulsive hoarding'.
Unusually for the city, there is also a quiet, enclosed, paved garden with huge sun brollies where you can quaff among the relocated gravestones of the neighbouring ex-chapel. A large function room is available upstairs which can be booked for parties and is decorated in a similar style to the bar, though perhaps less aeronautical sadly.
Maurice, the creator of Old Timers also owns the Three Little Pigs in Crediton and has obviously gone to great lengths to make the pub so remarkable. I thoroughly recommend a visit any time you are in Exeter.
Directions: From Boots on the High Street, turn right and walk about 100m to a small square on your right just before McGahey's Tobacconists. Turn right into the square and head for Michael Spiers jewelers in front of you. Passing Spiers on your left, walk up the alley and take the next entrance on your right marked 'Timepiece'. You have arrived at your destination.
keystone - 3 Mar 2010 10:10