Old Fire House

Mayor: Scopey (1) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 8
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Scopey  (629) Croydon, England | March 23, 2016
The Old Firehouse should be on anyone’s pub-crawl schedule in Exeter. It is located towards the North East of the town centre, which is a relatively short walk away. It is a pretty large & busy multi-floor pub with a strong student vibe to it. The main-focus here is cider with 4 casks via hand pump and about 10/12 bag-box options. They had 6 local cask ales on our visit which are on stillage. Beer condition was variable, but the cider was tasty. Plenty of rare cider scopes. Service was pretty prompt, especially considering how busy it was. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you like cider.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
YantarCoast  (31) Moscow, Russia | February 26, 2016
One of the best places in Exeter in terms of atmosphere. Although if you are planning on visiting be aware that it is packed with students on Friday and Saturday evening. Selection is so-so, as others have pointed out, it’s more of a cider place.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jamscoopa  (12) Bristol, England | October 14, 2015
Having lived in Exeter most of my life, i can say that the firehouse is one of the better bars in town. A half decent selection, but mostly focusing on local drinks, and then mostly on ciders. It’s generally charming, with a friendly atmosphere, its cosy and a little rustic, and usually rammed full of students and locals. It’s a great place to be when it’s cold outside.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
FLBH  (25) , England | March 7, 2015
Arrived around 22:30 on a Friday night to be greeted by bouncers requesting a £1 entry fee, so declined! Place looked packed from outside & had we checked website, we’d have realised there’s live music & £1 entry on Fridays & Saturdays after 21:00. I returned at lunch time on Saturday. Place still busy, but much quieter & more to my liking. It was a beautiful day, but the courtyard wasn’t getting much sun. Still very pleasant though. Bar downstairs is very small & I didn’t venture upstairs. I found the selection of 5 cask beers uninspiring & very poorly labelled (names written on fridge door, but brewery not identified). Jacket potato was tasty with salad garnish nicer than most & homemade coleslaw, but skin of potato wasn’t crispy & cheese was completely melted on, which isn’t my preference. Other food I saw looked good. Overall, not a bad place, but not great either.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (1107) London, England | February 25, 2015
A very atmospheric and cosy pub - quite magical in fact, manly candlelit, with fairy lights dotted through hops and colourful pennants strung from the ceiling. There’s a small enclosed yard (unheated) and a small room downstairs where the bar takes up half the space. There’s also a large upstairs room but we were lucky enough to find a table in the main bar. They’re open late and I understand this is known as a busy student pub but we missed the crowds by visiting fairly early on a Monday evening. There were seven casks and four ciders on offer. The food options looked good too, and not at all expensive. (Visited 12 January 2015).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub  (826) Banbury, England | September 10, 2014
Rambling old building reasonably close to the Central Railway Station in Exeter. There are two things that become immediately obvious, 1) This pub is very popular with students and 2) it is a cider pub that also does a few beers. The beers are however; straight from the casks behind the bar, a little like a mini beer festival. The bar girl took quite a laissez faire attitude with her customers, managing to remain remote from much of the serving procedure and there is a guess where the loo’s are competition that newcomers are always going to loose. The most popular drinks were pitchers full of cider and fruit syrup, which gives a clue to how it operates. Worth a look and good if you enjoy your fermented apples.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
robbgg  (29) , England | January 16, 2014
Ignore the previous entry - all the real ales (6 or more) are served direct from casks on gravity, from smaller craft breweries. The 4 handpumps are for ciders, plus another 8 or so in draught boxes. Often busy, popular with both students and locals, there is extra space in a courtyard outside and two floors upstairs too. Good food served till late. Rather dark inside but cheerful atmosphere.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
miquelcrush  (184) Granollers, Spain | August 16, 2013
Busy pub, always full and impossible to find a seat, we looked for a real ale and they only offered us cider...
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Bennettonbeer  (11) , England | May 24, 2013
My heart sank when some time ago when I heard that the deservedly popular manager, Roger, was moving to run another pub 25 miles away in Torbay. However under the new manager, Gemma standards have most certainly been maintained....thankfully. A really good range of genuine ciders and ale, supplemented by a fine spirits selection and the excellent food the Old Firehouse has long been famed for is all still available, and happily the staff remain friendly, helpful and motivated. I am confident that with Gemma at the helm the Old Firehouse is in safe hands. I thoroughly recommend this pub to anyone visiting Exeter
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
tampierre  (12) Pilsen, Czech Republic | April 9, 2013
Very nice pub ; Friendly atmosphere ; Great selection of local and national ales or ciders ; Superb food ,especially pizzas are worthy ; Fairly priced ; One of the best places in Exeter.

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