Well House Tavern
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
16-17 Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1HB
For as long as anyone can remember, it was said that the bones on display in the Well House Tavern basement cellar were those of a young woman who died from the plague in the 14th Century. However analysis by archaeological pathologists has revealed that the bones, in fact, belong to two people. Could this discovery throw light on one of the city's most tragic love stories, that of Martha the nun and John the monk? Like this famous Exeter story, the Well House Tavern is part of the city's history, refreshing locals and tourists alike for centuries. Its prime location on the Cathedral Yard means that diners and drinkers have a stunning view, and the cosy interior is the perfect spot for whiling away an afternoon. This is the first Michael Caines' tavern - located next to the Abode Hotel, which houses his fine-dining restaurant. As you would expect from this Michelin-starred chef, the food here is absolutely top quality, yet retains the tradition of a classic pub lunch menu. A selection of sandwiches and wraps are available with tempting fillings such as roast Devon Red Ruby beef or prawn and dill. Jacket potatoes, nachos and salads make great snack choices, or soup of the day served with crusty canon loaf. Main meals are hearty and traditional, find possibly the best fish and chunky chips of any pub in Exeter, and the 'pye' of the day is becoming legendary. A pint of prawns is served with crusty bread and Marie Rose sauce - a perfect lunch dish - and you'll also find a selection of pastas. Drop in on a Sunday and experience a roast with all the trimmings - with a pint of real ale, you've got the perfect Sunday afternoon. The Well House Tavern offers a staggering selection of traditional cask-conditioned ales. They regularly have beers from Otter, O'Hanlons, Exe Valley, Scattor Rock, Branscombe, Skinners, and other local breweries, as well as occasional guest ales from other parts of the country. With such good food and good beer, any lunchtime visit here is sure to turn into a longer stay.