The hotel and its Loco Bar are located to the left when walking out of the Exeter St Davids train station. A freehouse at the street corner of the hotel, informal atmosphere, local feel in a rather worn out, but charming, setting. The whole hotel is under redecoration. A proper real ale pub with nine cask ales, among them from the Exeter Brewery located in the neighbourhood. Friendly service. We stayed three nights at the hotel, rather beyond par when it comes to hotel standard. Good home made breakfast, though. (Visited with Finn 27.09.2016).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!