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Really very good indeed - a beautiful reconstruction or what was presumably a fine Victorian pub with modern touches and great beer from their own range. Yes, the choices tend to be hoppy but I like hoppy - while the location next to alternative Fore Street is also good. Hipster yes - but connoting all that label's association with authenticity and quality.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Feb 2018 16:55
Hipster bullsh*t reigns supreme here. Whilst it's a lovely pub inside, it's sadly let down by a poor beer selection. Whilst there are actually quite a few beers to be had, they're all of a certain percentage and the same types of hoppy pales with not much to choose between them flavour-wise. I like to mix things up when I'm out for a few beers and would like to see a bit more of a range.
littledrummerboy - 14 Jan 2018 16:25
Full for quiz night, so unable to get a table to eat. Just as well as the menu seemed very pretentious for a pub. What's happened to pub grub? Everything looked liked it was smoked, including the beer. Their own Smoked Porter was reasonable.
Came here in the summer and the menu was a lot different, more pub food orientated. Still a good place to drink and socialize, if somewhat pricey.

rpf1955 - 15 Dec 2016 15:07
Really good brew pub. Worth seeking out
KevW - 15 Nov 2016 13:25
Great atmosphere helped by the wonderful bar lady. 3 ales all brewed on the premises as is their gin distillery and the trad' cider is theirs as well. Excellent blues music.
Steamer1 - 18 Jul 2016 16:34
The interior of this place is pleasant and quirky with an even more interesting room down a few steps by the gents.
Good selection of ales and ciders, i have to say that the pint of John street ale i had (brewed on the premises) was quite possibly the finest pint of ale i have ever tasted! Seriously!
The drawback of this place is that it is a total utter rip off.
I can understand it being slightly higher than most places but the prices are a joke. This is not the square mile in London, it is a pub down a backstreet in a rough part of Exeter.

7/10 For the ale and pub interior
montie49 - 10 Aug 2014 13:49
Having read the other comments on BITE and having walked past several times and liked the look of the menu, we decided to try The Fat Pig last Saturday lunchtime. The initial impression of this recently refurbished now self-styled 'gastropub' was good.

A limited range of ales was on offer, including Exeter Brewing's Avocet which was acceptable but unremarkable. The soft drinks, were wallet-wiltingly expensive, (example: 3 for an orange juice from a carton). How can any landlord justify charging beer prices for carton orange juice ? This is a trend that increasingly winds me up - it's like the barman is holding up a great red and yellow sign saying "If you don't drink - SOD RIGHT OFF - and don't bring your kids here ever again !". Greedy greedy greedy.

The pub has an odd policy of reserving tables even on a quiet Saturday lunchtime - is this actually a pub or a wannabe restaurant ? Well the prices would indicate the latter with lunchtime mains at around 13+ and no lighter meals (ie. sandwiches etc) available.

Still, price isn't everything and we all know that good food is worth waiting and paying for. Unfortunately when the food arrived it was not good at all. Overseasoned sausages, pheasant and fish both dry and overcooked, vegetables tasteless and the ribs looked just horrible.

It wasn't a complete disaster, just expensive and badly cooked. Maybe we were unlucky, maybe it is usually better than this, but at these prices, we can't afford the gamble. There are plenty of good places to eat and drink in Exeter.
keystone - 24 Feb 2011 11:23
Stopped for a quick one before dinner across the road - lively atmosphere, interesting beers and their own cider. Worth a look.
mickeyphelansshorts - 14 Nov 2010 22:04
Decent real ale and food. Food is gastro-pub style, pricey for a pub but good quality. Atmosphere good, with a real fire and very friendly service.
brenhell - 27 Oct 2010 23:21
Visited on 6 February. O'Hanlons Stormstay, Exeter Avocet and St Austell Proper Job. 2 real ciders also. Stripped down gastro but we got talking to some locals and it was a decent place.
GuideDogSaint - 19 Mar 2010 23:20
Great food great beer (& cider) lovely pub.

Bit small but cracking atmosphere and really like the homely feel with the wooden tables and stools. Have a pint of Proper Job if you can it is delish.
charliew - 3 Apr 2009 22:29
Once The Coachmakers now reopened by Hamish & Rob Lothian as a gastropub. Stripped floorboards & chunky beech furniture give the place an open, airy feel. Three cask ales on plus scrumpy which was Thatchers last time I was in. Hopefully a Devon cider may be in evidence soon!
Excellent food, a bit pricier than normal pub fare but reflected in the quality & imaginative dishes.
Would've scored higher but for disabled access from street and to the toilets. I'll speak to them about this next time I'm in and report back. Otherwise top pub that's deparately needed in Exeter centre.
Bob_Sherunkle - 8 Apr 2008 11:11

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