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“Excellent little pub”

The Fat Pig Freehousej
Ranked #35 of 548 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $36
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 11, 2013

At least once on every trip away from home I tend to find a pub which I would gladly make a regular haunt and, for my Exeter trip, this was that pub.

Unusually for a back-street pub in a tourist destination, The Fat Pig was very friendly and welcoming, with customers and staff alike making me feel as welcome as any regular. I visited the week before the on-site micro-brewery opened but was lucky enough to try a pint of their first own-brew beer, Test Pilot: if this is anything to go by, this place will be a real treat when the micro-brewery opens properly.

The Saturday lunchtime menu was short - only about half a dozen items - but sweet, including (unusually but encouragingly) an interesting vegetarian option. The ham sandwich I opted for was delicious - a generous chunk of good, chewy bread filled with several thick slices of tasty home-cooked ham - and good value for under £7, given the size of the sandwich. The only negative I could list would be their following of the current fashion for serving food on wooden boards rather than plates, making it rather awkward to eat tidily: plates have been used for hundreds of years for a reason, y'know.

When the only criticism you can make is the choice of crockery, though, you know a place is doing something right! I just wish I could have popped the whole pub in my bag and taken it home with me.

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Thank Cat P
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We booked for Sunday lunch and given all the hype about the quality of their meat etc had great expectations. Service was excellent as was the beer but the roast lunch was just about 'average'. It was pretty good quality product but the meat was overcooked and the 'gravy' lacked taste and body. Vegetables were a little dry, it seemed as though the food was 'plated up' and then left for a while before being served. We expected a 'nine out of ten' but would give it a 'seven'. Disappointing as we have eaten here and at the Rusty Bike on several occasions.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Fat Pig is a hidden gem in the city of Exeter. Weather you visit for a drink or a meal the welcome is always warm - Nancy in particular is very friendly and welcoming! The food is fantastic all locally sourced and seasonal, and so the menu changes frequently.

In all a fabulous place to visit.

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Thank becky c
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

"The Fat Pig" is what is known as a "Freehouse" in England, i.e., not owned by one of the large brewing houses. The atmosphere is exactly what you'd expect in an authentic pub, and their specialty is pork derived from their own herd of free range pigs, but also included is local game and fish. The pub is popular and often crowded, so reservations ("booking" in Brit parlance) is recommended, especially on weekends and during the dinner hours. Our dinner included a variety of drinks and ales of the expected variety and the ales were excellent. Our pork dishes including roast ham were excellent and the portions generous. A burger was among the choices and was tasty and well-prepared. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Thank mblevine
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Was recommended this pub by a friend for good food, and it lived up to it. A really good and friendly atmosphere of young and old together, unpretentious and welcoming. Some out for drinks, other for food too.

The menu is just right - written up on a blackboard only, and not too long, so you know the food is fresh and varied according to the seasons and what is available, which is how it should be.

There is the fun indoor courtyard area or the more traditional pub area - you can eat anywhere you can find a table.

I would definitely go again.

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Thank Wren0200
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