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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