Eating Out


While Exeter Lodge is equipped for the complete self-catering holiday, you may also wish to dine out during your stay.  With Kenn, Kenton and Exeter close at hand, you'll be spoilt for choice. 

Here are a few suggestions:

The Ley Arms, Kenn, EX6 7UW

This picturesque thatched inn in nearby Kenn is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike. Offering a varied menu, including classic British favourites as well as specialist dishes.  If you're looking to eat at The Ley Arms on a Sunday afternoon, we suggest booking in advance.

The Swan's Nest, Exminster, EX6 8DZ 

Large child friendly pub within easy driving distance from the Lodge. Situated on the Old Dawlish Road heading towards Exeter, this pub offers reasonably priced carveries as well as a varied menu that will appeal to everyone.  During the summer, we advise pre-booking during peak eating times as the Swan's Nest gets very busy. 

Chi, Kenton, EX6 8LD

If you're looking for Oriental cuisine, Chi, in nearby Kenton, will appeal to you. The restaurant's ambient atmosphere and mouth-watering menu make for an excellent evening.

Rodean, Kenton,EX6 8LS

2013 Winner of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Rodean offers a superb fine dining experience. Choose from their Ala Carte or House menus, both boasting dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. 

Double Locks, Exeter, EX2 6LT

On a hot sunny day, Double Locks and Turf Locks (see below) are perfect for enjoying a drink, a nice meal and some time to relax by the river. Their freshly cooked menu includes hearty dishes for all the family.  As well as the pub itself, Double Locks is an exce7UWllent location to explore on foot. With flat walks and cycle paths by the river that everyone can enjoy. 

Turf Locks, Exeter, EX6 8EE 

Turf is one of the few pubs in Britain that is not directly accessible by road, which adds to its charm.  The picturesque pub/hotel is the perfect pit stop for anyone exploring the Exe Estuary by boat, with river transport available from Exeter and Topsham.   Alternatively, park at Powderham Church and take the path, either on foot or by cycle, and enjoy the fabulous scenery of the River Exe. Picnic on the grass or enjoy a drink by the waterside - Turf is the perfect spotty on a sunny day.

The Anchor, Cockwood, EX6 8RA

Specialising in sea-food but offering a menu to suit all tastes.  The Inn is reputedly over 450 years old and was originally opened as a Seamen's Mission... Add to all of this, the unique charm of the quaint little harbour of Cockwood, just a few steps away - edged by a low cobbled stone wall, surrounded by baskets of flowers in summer, fairy lights in winter - and you have a truly magical setting for the Anchor Inn.

The Ship Inn, Cockwood, EX6 8NU

Go and try out their local beers.  With five real ales, three draught ciders and an extensive wine list you’re bound to find something that will keep you coming.  What goes better with a beer or glass of wine than a juicy steak, some fresh local fish or a homemade pie?  We have a full menu to satisfy the hungriest of brew lovers.

The Coombe Cellars ,Coombteignhead, TQ12 4RT

Centuries ago the pub was a wild and remote stomping ground reserved for locals and smugglers. Today the atmosphere is decidedly more chilled out, making it a perfect spot to take in unrivalled views of the estuary while you enjoy a glass of the good stuff - be it real ale, wine or whatever takes your fancy - and some good, honest pub food.

The Clipper, Shaldon, TQ14 0DL

The Clipper Cafe offers a traditional daytime menu and also a frequently changing evening menu. Check out the cafe page to view examples of our menus.  The Clipper Holiday Apartments offer three fully equipped, self-catering accommodation with stunning views over the River Teign. They are open all year round so check out the availability.

The Nobody Inn, Doddiscoombsleigh, EX6 7PS

Welcome to the Nobody Inn and restaurant set in Doddiscombsleigh between the Haldon Hills and the Teign Valley about six miles to the south-west of Exeter and considered to be one of the best eating and drinking establishments in the area.
With its low ceilings, blackened beams, inglenook fireplace, antique furniture and timeless atmosphere of unspoilt old world charm that you would expect from a 17th century inn. The extraordinary wine list describes, quite unpretentiously and often amusingly, over 250 wines from the very simple to the highly complex and from the everyday to the rarest. Also listed are around 240 whiskeys - mainly malt and ever increasingly at cask strength.
In the restaurant you will find a relaxed ambience full of style and comfort with its smart interior, crisp white napkins, and a evening menu offering food which changes regularly using Devon's finest produce.








On Foot

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If you enjoy the great outdoors, Devon is the perfect place to indulge your love of fresh air. This magnificent area has coastal walks, moorland rambles and woodland strolls to suit both the seasoned walker and the holiday ambler. 


Places of Interest

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If you're looking for historical towns and landmarks, shopping, sandy beaches or a combination of all 3, Exeter Lodge is perfectly placed to indulge your every whim...


Devon's magnificent capital boasts a university that has produced the likes of J.K Rowling,Will Young and Chris Martin. Steeped in history, it's central Cathedral, founded in the 12th Century, is a major attraction for visiting tourists. The more daring and curious will be keen to explore the cavernous catacombs that snake under the city, others will just want to hit the designer boutiques and department stores that the Princesshay Shopping Centre has to offer. With an array of fine-dining restaurants & bistros, along with thriving nightlife, Exeter has plenty to offer, whatever time of day or night.   

A short walk from the centre of the city, you will find Exeter Quay (picture above.) A pleasant mix of old and new with its cobbled banks, riverside eateries and converted boathouse shops. Exeter Quay is the perfect place to relax and watch the world pass by. 

Please visit our Eating Out page for our guide to the best restaurants and eateries in Exeter.


Begin your trip of the 22 mile English Riviera with a visit to Devon's most popular coastal town. Famed as the setting of Fawlty Towers, this thriving resort has something to appeal to the whole family. 2012 saw Torquay hailed a best beach in the country for a second year running. Wander around the shops, visit the much-loved Agatha Christie Museum and delight the kids with a trip to the penguin palace that is Living Coasts  

As with Exeter, Torquay has a wealth of excellent places to eat, drink and relax, as well as The Princess Theatre, which plays host to some of the finest musicals, comedians and plays. Please check our Events and Exhibitions page for more news of what's on while you are visiting and our Eating Out page for our guide to the best restaurants and eateries in Torquay. 


Swiftly gaining a reputation for being the Cultural hub of the South West, Plymouth is a must for anyone visiting the region. Proud of it's maritime heritage, this thriving city boasts a wealth of things to see and do. From nuclear submarines and navy liners, to the largest aquarium in the Country, Plymouth provides entertainment for all ages and interests. 

Tour by water taxi, meander along the Barbican and around the Hoe, shop until you drop and enjoy the seafood fresh from the boat. Click on our Events and Exhibitions page for more news on what's on in Plymouth during your stay. Or check out Eating Out page for our recommendations. 


The quintessential Devonshire village, Cockington attracts thousands of tourists every year. Beautiful and remarkably unspoiled, this little hamlet cannot fail to be a hit come rain or shine. Enjoy a traditional cream tea outside one of Cockington's thatched cafes or enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage.    

Other Cockington attractions include the 11th Century Church, central watermill and 14th Century forge.

Powderham Castle

600 years of history recommend Powderham Castle as one of Devon's finest stately homes. Lived in until recently, Powderham allows its visitors the rare opportunity to explore  a castle as a home rather than just a relic or ruin. Skirted by fabulous deer parks and breathtaking views, the keen walker will be pleased to find many footpaths and nature trails around the immense grounds of the estate.

Dartmoor National Park

This enormous expanse of wilderness really does have something for everyone. The perfect escape for those who simply love the great outdoors. If you're a seasoned walker or just looking to enjoy a picnic in the fresh air, Dartmoor is the perfect place. See wild ponies, ancient rock formations, breathtaking views and quaint pubs tucked away in the middle of nowhere. Walk, cycle, drive or ride ... the choice is yours.


Either drive through Exeter and down the other side of the river, or travel by water taxi from Starcross to Exmouth. 2 miles of sandy beaches await, along with classic seafront attractions and activities. Exmouth is a haven for kite and wind surfers, as well as scooter enthusiasts. 


Dartmouth is a magical place with its own unique sense of style especially during summer time.  Whoever you are and however you enjoy spending time in South Devon, its a love affair with Dartmouth that brings you back every time.  Explore winding Elizabethan streets with independent shops, art galleries an a bustling market.  Enjoy gourmet restaurants, bistros, bars and cosy cafes.  Sail, fish, explore by boat.  Walk the stunning South West Coast path, mooch around the quayside and River Dart estuary or laze on unspoilt beaches nearby.  Go crabbing, wakeboarding, kayaking and coastal wildlife exploring or let the river ferries and steam train take the strain.      

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Family Fun

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Devon is bursting with attractions to appeal to children of all ages and interests. Click here to see a list of our favourites.