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The Imperial, Exeter - pub details

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Address: New North Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4AH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2436) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Exeter St. Davids (0.2 miles), Exeter Central (0.4 miles), St James' Park (0.8 miles)

Chain: Wetherspoons

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Having just criticised Wetherspoon's in my last review, the roles seemed to be reversed in Exeter. This was a very enjoyable visit to this branch of the chain. The Imperial is huge. I thought I'd found the main bar, only to find a much bigger bar in the so-called orangery. The full ale range across the 2 bars was Hanlon's Yellow Hammer, Kirkstall Dissolution IPA, Greene King IPA & Abbot, Sharp's Doom Bar, Milestone Fletchers, Morland Old Speckled Hen, Walker White Gold, Bowman's Wallops Wood, Hunter's Black Jack, Otter Ale & Exmoor Beast. The real cider range was very impressive - Snail's Bank Yuzu, Mango Cider, Black Forest, Raspberry Ripple, Orchard Dry, Banoffee Pie & Appley Dappley, Barbourne Tangerine Dream, Thatcher's Stan's Cheddar Valley, Hunt's Hazy Dazy & Elf's Tipple, Thistly Cross Whisky Cask & Purbeck Cider Company Katy Perry. The place was absolutely packed with students from the nearby Exeter University. They all seemed to be having a final hurrah before vacating the university due to the coronavirus fears. This was a very good example of a Wetherspoon's and was a fitting last pub before what I presume will be a hiatus of a few months. Adieu for now.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Mar 2020 21:31
Never enough serving staff, given the size of the pub. Customers have an irritating way of queueing in the orangery by standing back from the bar - you sometimes don't know if they're in the queue or just standing there. If you want to eat, DON'T eat outside because your food will be stolen by herring gulls - they're a menace (probably a health danger too) and Wetherspoon's should do something about them.
Trequites - 2 Aug 2019 16:59
Interesting and usual Spoon's pub, with a number of small bars and seating areas within one very large establishment. Gets busy with a largely student clientele. Warm and welcoming with a typical food and drink menu offering the usual variety at low prices. Beers from Ruddles and Green King. A must is to through the body of the pub and turn left into the Orangerie area for a rather unusual and spectacular dining area.
hoplover - 12 Apr 2015 00:40
Take the trouble to make the short (uphill) journey from St.Davids station to The Imperial - it is worth it. This is a grand manor house with a superb orangery and is definitely one of Wetherspoon's most iinteresting properties. All the usual offers for food etc., but the beer range was good between all the bars, and the beer was in good condition. Plenty of staff on duty when I went which was good to see. Huge garden; car park (you have to pay initially) and some fine fittings inside. Worth a visit.
mcroyal - 22 Jul 2014 11:47
A very characteristic pub especially the orangery.
Beer generally good with a fair choice between the two bars. Although busy (mainly students) service was pretty good by JDW standards.
Definitely one of the better JDW pubs worth a visit and only a short walk up the hill from the satation.
Illavhalf - 13 Jul 2013 17:13

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