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The Galley Restaurant

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41 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HU, England
01392 876078
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Here at The Galley Topsham we want to impress you with 'the best of Devon...
Here at The Galley Topsham we want to impress you with 'the best of Devon on a plate'. We are passionate about serving you the freshest fish and seafood, simply and stylishly presented, together with exciting meat and vegetarian options sourced from local farms so we think we have something for everybody. We have a daily changing menu which means we only serve what is in season and locally available, so you can be sure that what you are eating is of the best quality. Our a la carte menu is available at lunch and dinner. At lunch we offer a special menu of two courses for £16. So whether it's a long lingering dinner, a light lunch or a business engagement we have something to suit you. We love wine and have worked hard to create a balanced wine list that includes top favourites along with some interesting options you may not be so familiar with. We are very happy to recommend a wine to go with any of our dishes so please do ask. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and friendly. We have no dress code and we warmly welcome families with children. Great food is nothing without great service however and we put a huge emphasis on matching the service to your needs. Nigel is on hand front of house to greet you with a friendly smile and make sure you relax and enjoy your meal. With our unique location on Topsham Quay and fabulous views over the River Exe you can soak up the atmosphere of this ancient sea port from the comfort of our two dining rooms.
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  • 60
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A splendid meal

We were staying in Topsham for my birthday and three of us booked a table for the evening. The service was attentive and friendly and the three course meal was excellent with varied and interesting choices. All three diners were delighted with the food. My husband is sometimes a bit critical but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
shapland
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Poole, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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English first
Poole, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We were staying in Topsham for my birthday and three of us booked a table for the evening. The service was attentive and friendly and the three course meal was excellent with varied and interesting choices. All three diners were delighted with the food. My husband is sometimes a bit critical but loved all his dishes. I had a sparkler... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We booked a table for dinner on Thursday 21st of May at The Galley based both on the reviews on trip advisor and a personal recommendation from friends who know the area. I am so glad we did, the food was wonderful, good wine list and great service. I started with the crab and prawn cocktail, whilst my husband started... More 

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exeter
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The galley has been on my list of place for a while now. iv heard so many good reports about it and it exceeded my expectations. yes parking can be a pain, especial at the weekends in topsham. but that shouldn't stop anyone from coming here. Beautiful location, with a glimpse of the estuary. It does get busy here, so... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had beef and cod as mains and mussels scallop as starter. Very lovely service and the price is reasonable. £17 per person for two courses lunch. The beef rump is really tender and cooked in French style and the cod is crispy and fresh. Will come back next time

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Newport, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

So why do some restaurants get Michelin Stars and many don't? For those who have read my other reviews you will know that I have been fortunate to eat in some amazing places and I have got to say the food, ambience and service here equals anywhere I have been before, even the 2 star midsummer house in Cambridge. Every... More 

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Devon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Had a table for two in the window and enjoyed the lunchtime special. Three choices of starter and 3 for main, too full for pudding but did enjoy a coffee with home made petit fours for afters. The young man serving us was both polite and professional in his service and the owner makes a point of visiting and chatting... More 

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Somerset
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Visited this restaurant to celebrate a special occasion and was bowled over by the quality of the food, the friendly service, the laid-back ambience - an evening that will not be forgotten. The food was truly outstanding - even something as basic as a steamed mussel was amazing - fat, juicy, tender - a sort of "essence of mussel". Nothing... More 

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Exeter
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Visited for lunch in May 2015. The service is great in this charming character restaurant, the Exmouth mussels were superb and the roast cod delicious.

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The food, the ambience, the staff, the service. The owner once worked with Rick Stein so he was very well trained. His food has some traces of Stein's influence, but the dishes are his own. Well worth going here to eat, but you must book, it is always full.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

What a lovely surprise tucked away in Topsham in such a pretty area near the Estuary. Absolutely delicious freshly cooked food with a different take and flavours. Attentive but friendly service in a unique restaurant. Really hard to chose what to have. We ate there twice during our stay in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 41 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter  >  Topsham
  • Phone Number: 01392 876078

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

Description

Here at The Galley Topsham we want to impress you with 'the best of Devon on a plate'. We are passionate about serving you the freshest fish and seafood, simply and stylishly presented, together with exciting meat and vegetarian options sourced from local farms so we think we have something for everybody. We have a daily changing menu which means we only serve what is in season and locally available, so you can be sure that what you are eating is of the best quality. Our a la carte menu is available at lunch and dinner. At lunch we offer a special menu of two courses for £16. So whether it's a long lingering dinner, a light lunch or a business engagement we have something to suit you. We love wine and have worked hard to create a balanced wine list that includes top favourites along with some interesting options you may not be so familiar with. We are very happy to recommend a wine to go with any of our dishes so please do ask. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and friendly. We have no dress code and we warmly welcome families with children. Great food is nothing without great service however and we put a huge emphasis on matching the service to your needs. Nigel is on hand front of house to greet you with a friendly smile and make sure you relax and enjoy your meal. With our unique location on Topsham Quay and fabulous views over the River Exe you can soak up the atmosphere of this ancient sea port from the comfort of our two dining rooms.
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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