Board
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11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Genevieve F
    Sandbach, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Fun family night out
    We were welcomed in and had everything explained to us, how the place works and how they were dealing with the pandemic restrictions. I had read the reviews and feel that some of them are a little unfair. This place does charge an entrance fee, which is clearly stated on their website, and is fair enough as they have a large choice of board games and you are not made to feel as if you have to purchase any food or drink. There was only one person serving and he was really busy, however nothing was too much trouble. We chose a game which once we took it out the box realised there was no way we were going to be able to learn it in one evening, the staff member then recommended a different game for us which we thoroughly enjoyed. My teenage kids did not want to leave but it was very late so we had to! It looks like a great place for teenagers to go and spend a couple of wholesome hours with their friends. It was great for our family and there was a good choice of games for all ages. The menu is quite a limited choice but the food was freshly prepared and very tasty. It was more about the overall experience rather than going out for a meal. If we ever go back to Exeter we will definitely revisit.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 14, 2020
  • Henry D
    3 contributions
    Great night out, even with covid
    Staff were very friendly, even when one member of our party was late. The food is great, the onion rings are like doughnuts, they are so big! the staff were very happy to recommend games for us to play and we got to try some new ones. these games were also available to buy, they were a bit expensive but it is a nice touch.
    Visited September 2020
    Written September 26, 2020
  • HazellSW
    Exeter, United Kingdom45 contributions
    Absolutely brilliant way to spend an evening
    After first going to Board about a year ago, we now visit pretty regularly. There is a huge variety of games to choose from, helpfully categorised on the shelves so you have an idea of what you're getting yourself in for. The staff are knowledgeable about the games and happy to help set the game up quickly so reading the rules books from cover to cover isn't necessary and doesn't eat into your 3 hour slot. The food is simple but really decent and comes in large portions - nothing too fussy so is exactly the type of thing you'd want whilst trying to focus on games. There is a £5 cover charge per person, which to me is completely reasonable considering the great care that's clearly taken over the games and the care the staff give to you when visiting. It's a great place to visit if you want to do something a little different and have a good distraction from screen time. Cannot recommend enough.
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 3, 2020
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Ethan D
Exeter, UK8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Far too overpriced. While I like the idea of a restaurant where you can play board/card games, and was impressed with the wide selection of games to pick from, the £6.50 price of adminission (for 3 hours per person!) is absurd. As a party of 4 this meant paying £26 before anyone orders any food or drinks.

Especially when you consider alot of games work best with larger groups, 4-6 people etc, this per person based admission fee is a deal breaker.

Were it instead a price per table, say £15 for 3 hours, we would be inclined to invite several friends to join for a meal. You'd soon make the money back on the larger food and drink orders you'd receive from larger parties attending.

Will be sticking to game nights at home until the price is made more reasonable.
Written October 21, 2022
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Hi Ethan, Sorry to hear about your disappointment with our pricing structure. It is quite usual for activities like us to charge an admission fee and we do promote ourselves as a venue to enjoy a premium experience with your friends or family as opposed to just playing a board game at home. For our admission price you get seated at one of our oversized custom-designed tables with plenty of space for a board game, a guaranteed 3 hours in a warm and comfy environment, unlimited access to our huge library of games, including help with the rules and tailored recommendations, plus access to our food & drink range that we can bring straight to your table. Perhaps a good analogy might be to compare us with a visit to the cinema vs watching a film at home? Sometimes we all just want to stay at home and watch a film and that’s ok, but other times we might also want to get out of the house and have a bit of a day out with our friends or family and that’s what we focus on.
Written February 12, 2023
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Abi
13 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Was looking forward to visiting this place with some friends as we love trying new games, we were with a friend who had visited before. However it was very disappointing, my friend said previously the staff came over and recommended games, helped with rules, told you abit about them.. whereas we didn't experience this at all, we were sat down, drinks orders taken and not told anything game wise.. this made us begrudge the £6 entry fee we each had to pay.

Waited 40 minutes for our first round of drinks, food came out slowly and at different intervals despite ordering together... even my burger and chips came out at different times... not great.

We decided to cut our visit short due to the very slow service, disappointing as all tables were booked in advance so the venue should know how many staff would be needed to ensure good service. My friend was disappointed at how downhill it had gone since his last visit.
Written February 17, 2022
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Hi Kiayakins. I’m very sorry to hear about your experience, this isn’t what things should be like when you visit us. I should say that we did have a period around the time you visited where we were severely short-staffed due to Covid illness spreading quite widely at the time. We eventually decided to close early some days and restrict customer numbers to help with this, but I wonder if you were unfortunate enough to visit before we put those measures in place. Please email me: exeter@board.uk and I’ll try and make things right. Please accept my apologies again for the sub-par visit. - Luke
Written April 6, 2022
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Clare T
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Jan 2020 • Friends
Always love going to Board. Food excellent, staff brilliant even when busy. Happy customers and I’m very satisfied with my experience.
Will say that normally my friends and I come on a Sunday which is often quieter and much more relaxed. So it was interesting to experience a busier day.
I differently prefer the quieter nights and will be returning on a Sunday. I look forward to coming back soon and thank you for the lovely evening
Written January 25, 2020
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piskies
9 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
First visit (though we’ve been to other board game cafes)
Really friendly service (I think we were served by a guy called Patrick who was great, super friendly service)
Food was good, freshly cooked cafe staples- burgers, wraps, chips, all tasty and hot. Staff were there to help with game choice if needed but we just sorted ourselves out as knew what we wanted.
We will definitely come back and would recommend to others! Probably a good idea to pre book as not a big place.
Written November 14, 2021
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Lewis M
Torquay, UK50 contributions
Oct 2021
I came here with the University of Exeter Lib dem society as part of a board game social and we all had a great time. There was a wide variety and selction of board games and its good value at £6 for 3 hours admission which works out to £2 an hour. The milkshakes here are also quite good. Dident try the food though since i ate before coming. What would make it better though is if they did a set menu or package where you get admission, meal and a drink for a set price. All in all it was a great visit.
Written October 12, 2021
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Louise
Exeter, UK62 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
The board restaurant is so much fun! It’s £6 entry fee for 3 hours of games which I think is really reasonable. They have a great selection of games, and the staff are always happy to help out if you need recommendations or any help with the rules of each game.
Food and drink were also great (milkshakes are amazing) but the main great thing about this place is the customer service - everyone I have spoke to on my several visits have been super helpful and friendly. It does get quite busy though so if you can book then do it!
Written January 3, 2022
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Leo C
Petham, UK78 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
My partner and I came here on a whim and loved the entire experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The menu was fantastic (especially the variety of cocktails). We played about 3 different games! Everyone is there was laughing and joking! I don’t know why this kind of restaurant isn’t more common. I’ll definitely be coming back!
Written August 24, 2020
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Penfold8471
18 contributions
May 2021 • Family
What an amazing idea, pick a board game, everything to choose from. You can choose more than one. Play the game, order good hearty bar type food, top quality and good portion sizes and you will have an amazing time. Great service, definitely saved in the favourites.
Written June 12, 2021
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Peter
Worcester, UK12 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
My partner and I are big board game fans and had to give this place a go during our visit to Exeter.

We had a classic burger each and the bbq pulled pork chips…. Wow those chips were incredible and beat us. The burgers were also excellent.

The staff were the highlight with Amelia providing some brilliant game recommendations and helped with the rules to make the learning curve quicker.

Would absolutely recommend for a couples or family night out.

Recommend Dragonwood for an easy starting game before food 😄
Written May 22, 2021
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glittermonster
Hoddesdon, UK41 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We came to Board to give it a go during a trip to Devon over Easter weekend. It was easy to book and find and we got a warm welcome and it was all explained and we got playing.
We played 8 different games while we were there which was brilliant. 2 we gave up on but the other 6 were really enjoyable!
We came as a family of 3, 2 adults with a 10yo. I'd love to come back as just adults to try some of the other games out!
The food and drinks were also delicious and staff really helpful.
I'd definitely recommend and come back!
I think you need another store in Hertfordshire!!
Written April 19, 2022
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