We had Sunday lunch at the Magdalen Chapter this week and it was excellent.
The restaurant isn't that much different from when it was Hotel Barcelona, its had a bit of a facelift, some new fixtures and fittings and the pizza oven is gone, but its the same room as the restaurant was previously in.
The food however is hugely different, it is so much better now. We had the three course Sunday lunch menu, its a set menu, but there were still 5 or so choices for each course. At £17.95 for three courses I thought it was exceptional. Great food, good service, nice environment.
The wine list is good and is available in two formats, a traditional paper style as you would expect and a way over the top gimmicky version on an Ipad. Shame, as they really dont need to resort to this sort of thing to impress, it adds nothing and if anything it cheapens an experience which is otherwise outstanding. Don't get me wrong this is a tiny tiny point and some people love it I'm sure, but it just came across as slightly tacky in an otherwise high end restaurant.
The Ipad thing and the lack of parking (there is a pay and display just round the corner, but that was full) are the only negatives I found, and they were far far out-weighed by all the positives. We will definately go back.
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- The Magdalen Chapter combines old and new to create a stunning contemporary hotel. Service and quality are to the highest standard where integrated interiors and technology make your stay it’s most enjoyable. Situated close to the sophistication of Exeter’s centre, it's an ideal place to stay for a city break or to further explore Devon. ... more less
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