Great Western Hotel

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Wirralbeerveg  (123) Port Sunlight, England | August 19, 2017
Hotel across the carpark from St Davids station worth a pop in..
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Finn  (260) Tromsø, Norway | November 3, 2016
A charming - worn down - corner pub on the ground floor of our hotel. 9 handpumps. 4 kegs.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Rune  (847) Tromsø, Norway | October 26, 2016
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).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Scotty001  (324) Portlethen, Scotland | September 13, 2016
Back 15 years or so ago, this was just about the place to visit in this part of the UK. Still OK, but seems to have been left behind by the beer scene to a fair extent.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11  (356) Cambridge, England | 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 it’s a comfortable place to settle in for a couple pints.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
WingmanWillis  (1680) , 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Boudicca  (1232) 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. It’s close to the station though and perfectly OK for a nightcap or a pre-train drink. (Visited 15 January 2015).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub  (1150) 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 haven’t 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.
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  • 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 it’s 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 ’Brunels’ 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. It’s not the Hilton I know, but you will most probably really enjoy staying here. Recommended!
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  • 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.

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