Great Western Hotel | Exeter, Devon
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Great Western Hotel
Good based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

Isambard Parade
Exeter, Devon England EX4 4NU [ print map ]
01392 274 039

Hours: 10-midnight; 10-1am Fri & Sat

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Great Western Hotel

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10 reviews for Great Western Hotel
 Ambiance  58%
 Service  63%
 Selection  64%
 Food  60%
 Value  69%
 Overall  64%
 Rating  68%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11  (350) Rota, Spain | October 30, 2015
Quaint free house I was happy to patron on the way through Exeter. Nice pub fare and a respectable set of real ale. Nothing fancy or particularly modern, but itís a comfortable place to settle in for a couple pints.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (603) , England | May 8, 2015
Really handy for St Davids station this place is looking a little tired nowadays. Beer range is well kept and mostly from local Devon micros. Prices are OK. Service was quick and place was open late for a thirsty rater. Worth a look in as find some interesting beers here.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
Boudicca  (1035) London, England | February 28, 2015
Formerly the beer destination of Exeter, the Great Western is now a bit shabby and down at heel with eight hand pumps of rather ordinary beer. Itís close to the station though and perfectly OK for a nightcap or a pre-train drink. (Visited 15 January 2015).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub  (705) Banbury, England | September 10, 2014
There is a faded grandeur to this old Railway Hotel, there are plenty of reminders of busier times, all the way back to I.K Brunel. Large rooms comfortably furnished but with slightly tired decour. The beers are largely from the South West micro scene, so a good place to visit if you havenít dipped your toes into this area much. Certainly worth a visit if you are in the St. Davids area, but a bit of a clamber back up into town.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Bennettonbeer  (11) , England | May 24, 2013
The Great Western feels a little bit like time has passed it by, and itís none the worse for that. Old world hospitality is provided both in the Hotel and the excellent CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) recognized pub bar on the ground floor. It appears slightly frayed around the edges, but its clean, warm and friendly. All 35 rooms are en suite with Sky TV and are of a high standard The food in the íBrunelsí Restaurant is also excellent with an extensive a la carte menu with good vegetarian options . One hopes that while they will continue to improve the facilities, no attempt will be made to change the nature or charm of this old established watering hole close to St Davids main line railway station, the University and only a ten minute walk from the City centre. Itís not the Hilton I know, but you will most probably really enjoy staying here. Recommended!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
tampierre  (12) Pilsen, Czech Republic | April 9, 2013
Nice quiet and relaxing atmosphere ; Service might be improved ; Superb selection of 6+ local ales ; Fairly priced ; One of the best places in Exeter to enjoy local real ale.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
niquillis  (306) Stoke on Trent, England | December 18, 2011
I last visited 2 years ago and the range has completely changed is now local beers. I do think itís a travesty that this pub is no longer in CAMRAís Good Beer Guide, itís far superior to the Wetherspoons just up the hill. 7 ales on from Palmers, Dartmoor, RCH amongst others. Well worth it and if you arrive in Exeter by train you have no excuse!
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
lambic  (106) Newton Abbot, England | September 28, 2010
This used to be one of the best plsces for cask beer in Exeter with over ten hand pumps serving beer from around the country,these days the range is around four or five usually well kept westcountry beers. Food is good pub food. Very handy for St Davids station
downender  (343) Bristol, England | July 28, 2009
Visited 26/07/09. Not much has changed decoration wise since Gazzaís visit - some of the upholstery looked new, but the hotel itself remains rooted in the 1950s. 8 ales were on, 3 RCH, 3 from Devon and a couple of guests from wider afield, including the excellent Ufford White Hart which was served in tip top condition. Bar maids were efficient and prices pretty good for this part of the world. Will visit again.
Gazza  (164) Worcester, England | November 30, 2007
A very old-fashioned hotel by St Davidís station which looks as if itís not been touched for 30 years. The bar sells by far the largest range of beers in Exeter, up to a dozen, although sometimes the quality can be dodgy and the rarity varies. A good ten-minute walk from the centre of town but only a minute from St Davids, worth a look. Nearby is a huge Wetherspoons (on the hill) and a few other pubs sell real ales.

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