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Issue 1 2018

INDEPENDENT EXETER

Your guide to independent shops, restaurants, bars and cafĂŠs in Exeter, City of Independents


03 SIDWELL STREET, PARIS STREET & NEW NORTH ROAD 09 CASTLE STREET 13 QUEEN STREET, GANDY STREET & UPPER PAUL STREET 27 CATHEDRAL GREEN & PRINCESSHAY 35 SOUTH ST & NORTH ST 47 FORE STREET 62 THE GUILDHALL SHOPPING & QUEEN STREET DINING

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WELCOME Independent businesses are the heartbeat of Exeter. It is our independent businesses that add the colour, charm and variety to an already rich tapestry of retail and dining opportunities. These gems offer a creative and diverse range of products to suit all budgets, ages and tastes. From beautifully curated homeware and lifestyle ranges, to handmade delicate jewellery pieces, crafted picture frames and artisanal award-winning chocolates, from intelligently sourced sustainable clothing to hand thrown ceramics, lovingly made skin care products to passionately cooked local foods – Exeter has a range of independents to rival. Perhaps you’re looking for the latest fashions, seeking inspiration for gifts, or searching for stylish items to dress your home? Maybe you just want to treat yourself to a makeover? Then explore Exeter and enjoy discovering over 150 inspirational independents. With a fantastic variety of quiet cafés for a spot of lunch or welcoming restaurants for a taste of local dining, Exeter’s independent businesses are sure to brighten your day and add sparkle to your night out. Exeter is the City of Independents.


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Amble down Sidwell Street and neighbouring streets for an explosion of flavours from Asian influences at Tyepyedong, to the best of gastropub food at Oddfellows C or enjoy cheeses, charcuterie, homemade seasonal salads at soon to launch Ebdons Refreshments. A great place to explore Indie Exeter.

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Tyepyedong do not only noodles but also a variety of rice dishes to suit everyone’s palette. With all meals cooked fresh to order, the chef is more than happy to modify a dish to your preference with typical examples being “...but with no prawns” or “...extra spicy”. Artificial flavourings, or added colourings are avoided by the restaurant as it strives to ensure A377 that your food is of the highest quality. The five types of noodles available are cooked in three different ways; they can be served in broth as soups, stir-fried in a wok or boiled and served like spaghetti with the ingredients stir-fried in sauce and carefully layered on-top. The soups are cooked the authentic Chinese way, so it is worth remembering that it may not be quite what you expect! The atmosphere is friendly and the service quick, with all food being cooked in view of customers who can order drinks while their food is prepared (the green tea is a popular favourite). If you prefer, you can take your food away and benefit from a discounted price. Alternatively, Tyepyedong order from Deliveroo 175 Sidwell Street and the freshly EX4 6RH prepared food will be t 01392 251888 delivered straight to Tyepyedong Tyepyedong your door.

EAT YOUR GREENS Great local grocer selling huge variety of fruit and vegetables. Also offers homes delivery of vegetable boxes. 30 Sidwell Street EX4 6NN w eatyourgreensexeter.co.uk EBDONS REFRESHMENTS This new independent business will bring a delicatessen and café/bar to central Exeter where customers can enjoy salads, meats, cheeses, soup and other treats to eat in or take home, alongside great coffee and a range of carefully chosen wines, beers and craft ales which can be enjoyed with or without food. w ebdonsrefreshments.com NEWHAM SWEET SHOP A favourite local sweetshop stocking all the favourites. 11 Paris Street EX1 2JB MONKEY SUIT Vibrant, independent bar has a soulful array of cocktails, craft beers and comfy corners Amber Rooms Sidwell Street EX4 6RH w themonkeysuit.co.uk themonkeysuitbar themonkeysuitbar TERRY’S RESTAURANT A welcoming place to grab breakfast or lunch. 31B Sidwell Street EX4 6NN

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Paris Street & New North Road

THE ODDFELLOWS

Escape Exeter’s high street to experience amazing grub - delicious summer cocktails.

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ake the time to ‘turn the corner’ from the hustle of the high-street’s national brands, and you’ll discover a wealth of independents including shops, bars, restaurants and cafés in the surrounding back streets of Exeter. One such gem not to be missed is relaxed and friendly hostility ‘The Oddfellows’ located in New North Road with a total of 120 covers. Built in 1857 tucked between Victorian houses and city-centre offices, the multi award-winning gastro pub is one of the city’s most established meeting places and home to Exeter’s best kept secret, ‘The Speakeasy Cocktail Bar’ on the first floor. Independently owned by landlords Yvan and Faye Williams, The Oddfellows is a fantastic place to patron for locals and visitors alike. The décor is eclectic and interesting, the menu British themed (mostly) and centres itself around local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Proper cocktails upstairs in ‘The

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Speakeasy’, coffee, craft beers, dogs welcome in the bar, and a very impressive list of 30 West Country gins. Lunch, dinner and Epic Sunday roast. Faye said; “Multi-national brands have their place, but people forget that when you support chains, the money doesn’t usually stay in the area to boost the local economy. When you choose independent, you are supporting local families, small producers, brewers, farmers etc. You are choosing to invest in your local community. Oooo Arrrrrrr!” The Oddfellows do working lunch specials for those on a budget or are time constrained, and offer a fixed price lunch which changes often. As the seasons change - so does the dinner menu, taking full advantage of the best the South West region can offer. All food is freshly prepared and cooked on the premises by their chefs, supplied by long-established independent suppliers. Yvan explains: “We are passionate about supporting our local suppliers to

source high-quality seasonal and fresh ingredients, such as free range, slow reared meats and sustainable fish as much as we can.” He adds: “We also cater for any special dietary requirements and take the time to create imaginative, varied and tasty dishes such as curried chickpea burger, cheese, mint and cucumber yogurt, beef tomatoes, baby gem and fries, perfect for vegans without the yogurt. For those with a sweet-tooth try our delicious pistachio and orange cake, lemon curd, complemented with homemade white chocolate ice cream.” Other summer specials include: • Lamb sirloin, pulled lamb croquettes, wild mushroom, peas, mint and asparagus, with lamb jus • Brixham cod, tiger prawn, chilli, baked en papillote, with a flaked almond and pickled beetroot salad • John Dory fillets, sauce vierge, chive mash, spinach, micro samphire


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HUBBOX

HUBBOX in Exeter is the place to dine if amazing American inspired street food & great drinks are on your hitlist.

• ‘Ham & eggs’ with a twist: ham hock terrine, quail eggs, straw potatoes, pea puree and split peas To make the most of your summer dining experience, why not enjoy a pre-lunch/dinner tipple with a cocktail at ‘The Speakeasy Cocktail Bar’, choosing from their top pick of 50 all-time classics plus 20 original ‘Oddfellows’ creations. Patrons can now become an official member of the ‘Oddfellows’ with their newly launched loyalty card - try all 20 cocktails and you’ll have the opportunity to have your very own drink created! The in-house mixologist will keep a personal track of your libation adventure on your personal loyalty card, kept behind the bar, and you collect rewards along the way. To get you started on your unique cocktail journey – you get your first drink absolutely free as a big thank you for your custom from Faye and Yvan.

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ith an extensive menu of awardwinning burgers made using 28 day dry-aged Cornish rare breed beef, New York style hot dogs produced in the UK using 100% free-range oak smoked pork and hand-cut & double fried fries, HUBBOX is a firm favourite in the city. Not only do HUBBOX stock an amazing selection of mouthwatering foods but they also stock a fantastic selection of craft beers; on draught, in bottles or cans, as well as a choice of Origin coffee, our special recipe malt-shakes and soft drinks. Proud to be part of the HUBBOX family is head chef, Luke. “Choosing just one item from our menu is too hard. Each piece of our menu has its own story and so much time is invested into each product we feel we can make each meal as perfect as possible for our customers. We wouldn’t recommend HUBBOX as

a first date place due to our messy meals but for amazing, beautifully mastered burgers, salads and sides I couldn’t recommend it enough! “I think my top three burgers here would have to be Jack your Body, organic tofu marinated in HBX pale ale topped with vegan cheese, BBQ jack-fruit & vegan Carolina slaw; the Kahuna, 6oz beef patty, BBQ pulled pork, Swiss cheese, BBQ sauce, mayo, shredded lettuce & onion rings; and Hey FC, Buttermilkfried chicken, pickled red onions, American burger cheese, garlic mayo, shredded lettuce & HBX pickles. At HUBBOX, food and the roots of our suppliers is something we are fiercely proud of.”

Hubbox 183 Sidwell Street EX4 6RD w hubbox.co.uk Hubbox_

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C LOTHING • JE WELLERY • LIFEST Y LE

IVOR DOBLE

Three generations of the Doble family have been providing customers old and new with quality jewellery and vintage watches for 100 years.

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ince their original shop opened in Ottery St Mary, Exeter in 1918, the business has thrived, with the family and their staff always striving to meet the demands and specialist needs of their customers. The Doble family’s long-standing success has been built on a reputation of offering the highest quality of new and antique jewellery with every piece hand-picked, making each item extra special to you and them. The bedrock of the family business that still exists today is the firm belief that purchasing jewellery should be a memorable experience and Dobles endeavour to ensure a high quality of service. The Ivor Doble shop in Sidwell Street has been a local landmark and the family’s flagship store since the 1960s. In the early 70s Ivor’s son, John Doble joined the business, resulting in expansion to include a second shop in Exeter in Cowick Street and three further new branches outside of the City. With John opening his own store in Torquay in 1981, the family

offered a great balance of shops around Devon and made the name of Doble one of the most established in the area. Nowadays, the family continues to run their two stores in Exeter, as well as branches in Torquay, Brixham and Totnes. Visitors to Dobles will find a wealth of jewellery, new and old. Furthermore affordable contemporary watches produced by well-known brands Seiko and vintage pre-owned pieces produced by the likes of Rolex, Omega, TAG, Breitling and Jaeger-Lecoultre. Expansion, whilst continuing to deliver an unsurpassed level of service, continues to this day, with Ivor’s grandson, Roo, overseeing the renovations to the Doble flagship store in Sidwell Street. The shop now boasts two floors of modern retail spaces and is the home of a new state of the art workshop which has 3 goldsmiths offering repairs, restoration, alterations and bespoke jewellery design. As always, each item is handled with experience and care. The online shop is one the Doble family’s newest expansions.

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HOME WARE • GIFT • C R AFT

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Exeter’s only dedicated houseplant and terrarium shop. Also serving coffee, Hutch specialises in bespoke terrariums and unique and exotic houseplants.

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ucked away on Paris Street, Hutch is an indoor jungle bursting with an enormous selection greenery, pots, hangers, airplants, books and other plant related gifts. Hutch also work with local businesses to give their workspace a new lease of plant life. When you step off the busy street and into Hutch, the air seems a thousand times purer and you feel immediately calm. The wide array of plant life ensures that Hutch caters The wide array of for everyone’s tastes and needs. At Hutch, you will find plant life ensures that Hutch caters exquisite items to brighten your home, or simply a place for everyone’s where you can hide away tastes and needs, and soak up the natural paradise with a cup of coffee you will find exquisite items to in the cosy corner, Luna (Hutch’s shop puppy) may brighten your home even come and say hi! Hutch also specialise in Terrarium workshops. Run on a regular basis these provide you with all the skills and tools needed to make your very own closed jar terrarium to take home with you. Working with local makers, Hutch also run a number of other plant-related workshops, including wreath making and macramé. Passionate about all things plant related, the Hutch team are always on hand to give advice and help you choose the perfect houseplant for you.

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BAKE

What’s not to love about home baked bread, cakes and biscuits? Thanks to the huge popularity of a well-known amateur baking competition on TV, the interest in home baking has been reinvigorated across the UK.

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elping us all achieve that dream of perfecting our cookery skills is Natalie, owner of Bake, a new addition to Paris Street that offers baking enthusiasts, both experienced and novice, a wide range of baking utensils and decorations. With a background in cookery retail and as an experienced baking and sugar craft specialist herself, Natalie is ideally suited to help and advise her customers, whether they are going to make an everyday loaf of bread or going to produce a speciality cake for a wedding or birthday. “People are taking a much greater interest in what they eat nowadays, and knowing what ingredients are in our food has become increasingly important”, says Natalie. “Baking has also become a popular recreation for a much wider group of people, regardless of age or gender.” Natalie’s plans include launching monthly promotions that will enable customers to try different products from the wide range she stocks. Natalie will put together all the utensils required to prepare different bakes and then promote this on online and through her social media, having baked the items herself to show customers the finished product. Bake is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 6:00pm and customers are welcome to call in for advice and to share their interest in baking.


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aving trawled the globe for the best beans from the best growers, Artigiano offers its loyal band of regular customers blended espresso and single estate coffee that has been picked by hand. If you’re looking for an alternative to caffeine to boost your working day or to refresh you for a shopping bonanza, we have created a range of juices & smoothies and four gorgeous flavours of milkshakes, all made using 100% natural ingredients. Our legendary tray bakes, cakes, muffins and brownies are the ideal accompaniment to make the perfect pitstop.

CAFFÉ ESPRESSO In a quaint part of the city near to the entrances of Rougemont Garden and Exeter Castle. With seating across two floors and several tables outside, the café serves a range of hot and cold drinks, and homemade food including light snacks, soups, sandwiches and salads. A delicious range of cakes and flapjacks are the perfect excuse to take a well-earned break. Caffé Espresso are proud of our relaxed atmosphere and our friendly staff and we look forward to welcoming you to Caffé Espresso. 12 Castle Street EX4 3PT t 01392 258903 CaffeEspressoExeterDevon

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As night draws in the vibe changes. Ours is easy and comfy. Have a chat with wines from the vineyards or Italy or Chile. End the working day with the finest craft beers. Start the weekend with a crafty cocktail. Enjoy hand-crafted pizza made with artisan dough and the finest toppings. Alongside our superb drinks menu and our tasty fine foods, you can enjoy the best live acts Exeter’s vibrant music scene can offer. Whatever the hour, Artigiano has the perfect vibe. 248 High Street EX4 3PZ t 01392 499169 w artigiano.uk.com artigianoesp artigianoesp

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CIRC A 1924

Since we opened in June 2015, the place has had quite a change-up, the venue being almost unrecognisable from the start. With the help of a few ‘to the wire’ refurbs and lots of friends/lovely staff to assist we can now boast a moody cocktail bar featuring regular live music with some great local artists playing every week. With over 40 house infused gins, rums and other spirits to choose from as well as an ever changing offering of craft beers and cider on draught. In the revamped restaurant, there’s a definite Scandi-influence, not so 20’s but hey! Our menu offering is super seasonal, with unpretentious, tasty dishes using only the best local ingredients and ethically sound suppliers. As a seafood and steakhouse our locally bred beef is dry aged for 28 days and as ever we serve only the freshest seafood straight from the world-famous fishmarkets of South Devon. In the kitchen, Rob (Head Chef/Owner) and Christian (Development Chef), previously of Jason Atherton’s Temple & Sons, are constantly curing, fermenting or pickling something, attempting to bring a style of dining that Exeter hasn’t seen. We believe that excellent food and service can be offered in a relaxed and informal setting, and pride ourselves on making everyone feel at home once they step through the door.

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Christian - Development Chef Joe - Bar Manager James - Co-Owner Rob - Head Chef/ Co-Owner Kate - Restaurant Manager Below (Jack our resident Sax Man)

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We would love to show you what we are all about, so get in touch! P.S. So that we can see as much as possible we also run a few cheeky promotions:

– Easy Hours @ Circa - 241 house infusions & cocktails (17.00-19.00 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) – Hump Day - Half price ribeye & sharing steaks (Every Wednesday) – Lunch & Early Bird - 15.95 for two courses | 19.95 for three courses (Lunch Tue - Sat, Dinner (until 17.15) Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) – BYOB - Free corkage on wine (Every Tuesday)


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cGahey’s is a shop of the Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker era, and a wonder. Owned, managed and loved by charismatic Martin McGahey, this specialist family business on the corner of Castle Street and High Street is an Exeter institution and one that should be celebrated. One claim to fame, is that the business received national recognition for being the only independent on the High Street. The tobacco business may have evolved as people’s tastes have changed, but the business continues to thrive and still stocks a wonderment of specialist tobacco, pipes, cigars and whiskies. Behind the scenes and winding down the stairs, is a little piece of history – displayed in full glory and now housing a small office is the original wooden shop façade. It’s a beautiful piece of Exeter history. Although starting out with a desire to go to agricultural college, Martin has developed a real passion for the business that was passed on to him through family. He is mostly self-taught and his knowledge of the tobacco world is now unsurpassed. Indeed, seeing a gap in the market for a text book on tobacco and snuff, Martin took it upon himself to catalogue a full database, used by the industry to this day. From the aromatics used in tobaccos, flakes (pressed tobacco), why Havana’s have the best reputation in the cigar industry, the up and coming craft cigar tobaccos of Nicaragua, Mexico and the new world Caribbean cigars, Martin can talk you through the intricacies of this specialist world. The tobaccos stocked range from St Bruno, Condor and Erinmore to the rarer blends such as Digger, Plum Cake and Three Castles. The staffs at McGahey’s are loyal, welcoming and are more than happy to help the hesitant customer. Whether you’d like to buy a celebration or occasion cigar, a gift pipe or a hold a cigar and whisky tasting event, they’ll more than happily help. Did you know that the world record for pipe smoking (with strict conditions including being given only 2 matches and no relighting) is over 3 hours, that’s quite a feat. Martin took a team to the world championships and later organized the competition here in the UK. Ask Martin to show you the picture of the local Exeter team! Take a moment to enjoy a quality sourced coffee or tea run from the business and soak in the atmosphere of Castle Street and the High Street.

McGahey The Tobacconist 245 High Street EX4 3NZ w the-tobacconist.co.uk

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C LOTHING • JE WELLERY • LIFEST Y LE

MONT Y’S BEADS

Monty’s Beads is an Aladdin’s Cave of gemstones, freshwater pearls and bespoke handmade jewellery in the heart of Exeter.

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e pride ourselves on providing quality niche services from creative workshops to jewellery repair. Additionally, we offer all the tools and components you could possibly need to create your own masterpiece or, if you’re not a creative type we can do all the hard work for you with our bespoke jewellery making service. Upon entering our shop, the first thing you’ll notice is our extensive range of gemstone beads - a rainbow of colour to inspire your creativity. We love stones! You can find gemstone specimens, tumble stones and fossils from all over the world at Monty’s. We also stock an extensive range of freshwater pearls in an array of shapes, sizes and colours, some of which you may never have seen before. What is possibly unknown to many is that here in our little shop we have a fully equipped jewellery making studio. We host a range of workshops including Silversmithing & Stone Setting, Wirework, Pearl Knotting and the amazing Precious Metal Clay. Becky, Andrew and Madeline are

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here on hand to take you step-bystep through each workshop and you take away whatever you make! Each workshop has a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 attendees, a perfect idea for your next get together. Being surrounded by such beauty promotes inspiration and wonderful new ideas that we create. We showcase our designs throughout the shop with many one-off pieces ready to purchase. Our bespoke design and ability to provide you with something just for YOU is an unrivalled service here within the city and we love a new challenge. Come in and let us know your ideas and watch us work our magic. We are located on the corner of Little Castle Street just 30 metres from the High Street and are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Check out www.montysbeads.com to see our full selection of gemstones and freshwater pearls as well as further information on our workshops. Booking online is easy and we offer gift vouchers fully redeemable online, in store and against workshops. We can’t wait to meet you.

Monty’s Beads Ground Floor 1 Eastons Buildings Little Castle Street EX4 3PX w montysbeads.com

CREDE Crede hosted by Miss P, travelling fashionista. Forever sourcing those perfect pieces; from jackets to jewels, treasures that will make your life complete! credeboutique

ERIN COX JEWELLERY Situated in the heart of the Castle Quarter, Erin Cox creates exquisite, bespoke jewellery from Gold, Platinum and Palladium using traditional hand skills honed over 15 years in her own business. In a time that sees jewellery at the heart of exploitative behaviour, Erin works from the heart, sourcing ethically mined metals and precious gem stones. Come and take a look at our beautiful showroom, or talk to us about commissioning your own unique piece of jewellery. We also do remodelling work. 14 Castle Street EX4 3PT t 01392 660836 w erincox.co.uk e erin@erincox.co.uk


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WILKINSON GR ANT & CO

A well-established independent estate agent focused on Exeter, East and South Devon and its beautiful surrounding countryside.

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oger Wilkinson founded Wilkinson Grant in 1995 and has worked in the local property market for around 40 years, dealing in the sale and acquisition of all types of residential, commercial, development and investment property. The company was built on the practices and principles of traditional Independent Estate Agency, and are now firmly established as one of the leading Estate Agencies in the South West Property market. With a flagship office in the imposing Old City Library in Exeter, plus offices in Topsham and the recently opened Exmouth, they offer a comprehensive service in the area. With the recent expansion of their New Homes department and partnerships with Auction House and financial services, they have everything ‘under one roof’. Roger, and Wilkinson Grant in the Community, support a number of local charities including Hospiscare, YMCA and the Exeter Foodbank.

They apply the same level of drive and enthusiasm to all of the events they help with and act as great ambassadors for the charities. Supporting the local community has always been at the heart of their business and over the years they have helped and partnered a number of good local causes. Wilkinson Grant & Co have built their reputation on putting their clients at front and centre of everything they do. They are passionate about building great relationships, delivering outstanding results, making a difference in the local community and having fun in the process.

THE CUBE LAB Web, graphic design, packaging and logos & branding. w thecubelab.co.uk thecubelab

Wilkinson Grant & Co The Old City Library 1 Castle Street EX4 3PT t 01392 427500 wilkinsongrant WilkinsonGrant

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• Body treatments that will cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and awaken • Massages for the body, feet and scalp to help energise and relieve stress • Essential grooming of brows, eyelashes, and nails, plus waxing and electrolysis As a Lifestyle Salon, Amanda Marsden offers a range of complimentary Aveda Sensory Rituals of Renewal, included with any hair service or spa treatment. It is Amanda and Hayley’s vision that the salon continues to deliver a level of enlightened hospitality, service and care that exceeds expectations. “Together, we look forward to welcoming you to our new salon for a truly personal and memorable experience.”

• Hair styling, including cut and Aveda colour • Men’s grooming, from facial cleansing to stress relief and relaxation • Bridal hair, beauty and make-up for entire bridal party • Aveda Spa, combining plant-based skin and body care products with high-touch

Amanda Marsden 75 Queen Street EX4 3RX t 01392 343102 w amandamarsden.co.uk AmandaMarsdenAvedaExeter avedaexeter

LEFROY BEAUTY Unit 3 Musgrave House, Gandy Street EX4 3LS w lefroyhairexeter.co.uk lefroyhairtherapy MONIQUE HAIR EXTENSIONS Unit 18 Harlequin Shopping Centre Paul Street EX4 3EW MoniquesHairExeter A377

THE LOST HAIR COMPANY From styling to hair colouring, our team of hairdressers are fully trained in providing hairdressing services that suit you. We also offer a wide range of high quality hair treatments at competitive prices. 28A Gandy Street EX4 3LS w losthaircompanyexeter.co.uk Thelosthaircompany AROMATIKA 86 Queen Street EX4 3RP w aromatika.co.uk aromatika_uk BeautyRoomsAromatika

BIKE • SNOW • SPORT TENNIS SHOP Unit 4 Harlequin Shopping Centre Paul Street EX4 3EW tennisstoreuk

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Mantis is an independent boutique jewellery shop based in Gandy Street, a beautiful, narrow, cobbled street in the heart of Exeter.

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antis sells Contemporary Sterling Silver Jewellery, Accessories and Unique Handmade Gifts. They specialise in contemporary 925 silver jewellery set with the finest quality gemstones and design and make their own ‘Mantis’ range which is made in Exeter in their workshop. They also stock a pretty range of contemporary costume jewellery, beautiful printed scarves and pashminas; gorgeous ‘Vegan’ leather handbags, luxurious British handmade soaps, scented candle jars, and an eclectic range of unique gifts from wooden vintage photo frames, mosaic mirrors, bowls and candle holders; shell inlaid photo frames, bowls and coasters; wooden shutter mirrors, handmade walking sticks to unique one off

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statement pieces and much, much more.. Mantis is owned and run by husband and wife team, Nigel and Philippa Rutherford. The products are sourced from workshops around the globe and many items are made in the UK. It is a beautiful shop with a fantastic array of gifts suitable for every member of the family.

Mantis 28 Gandy Street EX4 3LS w mantishomedirect.co.uk mantisgandyst

JONATHAN HAWKES THE SUIT COMPANY Jonathan Hawkes has been clothing stylish men in Exeter since 1987. Originally a suit shop for retail and hire, Jonathan Hawkes has broadened its range to cover casual wear and more. Today it stocks a range of clothing from Remus Uomo, Digel, Torre, Santinelli, Giordano, Meyer Trousers and more. It also offers a selection of shoes and belts from Jeffery West, Barker Shoes, Lacuzzo and Robert Charles. Jonathan Hawkes also has a busy hire department, so whatever the function they offer an outstanding range of traditional and contemporary garments. If you are looking for quality clothing with individual style and great customer service, look no further than Jonathan Hawkes. Units 2A-2 Harlequin Shopping Centre Paul Street EX4 3EW w jonathanhawkes.co.uk jonathanhawkesmenswear MOUNT BAY TRADING CO. An emporium of clothing, homewares and lifestyle goods. 85 Queen Street EX4 3RP SILVER LION JEWELLERS Established in 1985, specialising predominantly in sterling silver and 9ct gold, Silver Lion offer a wide range of unique, high quality pieces, working closely with over seventy suppliers and talented craftsmen from around the globe to bring you individual, innovative and often one-off pieces that cannot be found anywhere else. 12 Gandy Street EX4 3LS w silverlion.co.uk SOBEYS A huge stock of vintage clothing. 9 Gandy Street EX4 3LS SobeysVintageClothing


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CHOCOCO

Multi-award-winning chocolate house, Chococo, is for everyone – from discerning connoisseurs to mini messy lollipop makers.

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he chocolatier and café in Gandy Street is the third of four chocolate houses conceived by co-founders, Claire and Andy Burnet. Since the couple established the business in 2002, their winning combination of local suppliers and ethically-sourced global ingredients places Chococo firmly in Exeter’s artisan quarter and has earned them 75 prestigious fine food and business awards. Thousands of people have since sampled the delights of their fresh chocolates, which are created from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients - including local fresh cream - blended with fine origin chocolate. Although typically chocolate is considered naughty, Claire is happy

to point to the absence of any nasties in the ingredients list here. “There is no palm oil and there are no weird syrups or any other nonsense in our chocolates,” she says. “As an independent business we are proud to be able to choose many of our ingredients locally, from producers across Devon and Dorset. Our Salcombe Sundowner chocolate, which won an Academy of Chocolate Award, contains Salcombe gin along with other botanicals and ruby grapefruit, for instance.” Chococo’s team often add their own ideas to the list of enchanting and enticing ingredients that feature in the handmade chocolates, and Claire is receptive to new inspiration and creativity. “Together we can create some magic,” she says. “Our

team is really knowledgeable too. You can pop in and they are more than happy to advise, educate and guide you.” Chocolates aren’t the only things on the menu. Customers can design their own ice cream sundaes, sip on hot chocolate or milkshakes, or delve into a chocolate fondue – and there are even light savoury bites available for those who want to keep the sweet for a treat. Furthermore, this summer parents can treat little ones to a chocolate lollypop making workshop and enjoy a coffee while the kids get messily creative combining delicious ingredients. “Chocolate is for everyone,” says Claire. “We also cater for different diets, for example those who prefer a low-sugar option. Dark chocolate by nature is naturally vegan, so we can help customers who prefer a non-dairy option to find their perfect premium quality chocolate from across the globe, from Venezuela and Madagascar to Tanzania and Vietnam. For a creamier option, vegan customers can even choose a coconut-based variety.” Summer visitors and locals alike can enjoy some new ice cream flavours in the air-conditioned café, which features shelves full of beautiful boxes and individual chocs, from the lightly aromatic to the deeply intense. “I really believe you eat with your eyes,” says Claire. “But the main thing is that our chocolates are made with care and with love.” And no one would say no to those ingredients. Chococo 22 Gandy Street EX4 3LS w chococo.co.uk Head Office, Wareham: 01929 421777 (MonFri, 9am-5pm) Workshop bookings hotline, Swanage: 01929 422748 (Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm)

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rocketts is unspeakably elegant. Stepping through the traditional front door of this Grade II listed building, tucked away on Upper Paul Street around the corner from Gandy Street, you’re met with a feeling of calm but also the glamour of a country house drawing room. Muted shades of green brush the wall and antique chandeliers hang from the tall ceilings. And yet, the atmosphere is joyful and welcoming. You’re immediately drawn to the curved wooden long handmade copper bar, adorned with botanicals, herbs, citrus fruits and glassware. Behind the bar, your eye is captivated by the shelves which host this bar’s real draw. Gin. And gin they have. In fact, over 115 varieties such as the award winning Tarquins, local favourite Exeter Gin, Copperfrog Papillion and Salcombe, which is handcrafted with Dartmoor water to the wonderfully named Granny Garbett’s, Ivor the Boneless or Scapegrace sourced from New Zealand Malfy sourced from Italy or familiar titles such as Hendricks and Aviation Gin. From artisanal, small batch gins to known staples, Crocketts covers all requests. And, if it is here it all gets a little confusing, then the Crocketts team, led by Noah, is on hand to gently guide, suggest and lead you through the glorious world of gin. The team will help you chose the gin based on your preference for citrus, sweet, spicy or maybe just strong, in a friendly unassuming but incredibly knowledgeable way. Or simply stick with your preference for the bottle design (look out for the Isle of Harris Gin, infused with sugar kelp or Abelforth’s Bathtub Gin, both of which have gloriously unique designs.) Gin chosen, its time to talk tonic, but we’ll leave team to talk you through the options, for there a fair few. The menu at Crocketts also lists an impressive range of delicious gin-based cocktails, from classics such as the negroni, gin fizz Clover Club or gimlet Bees Knees or if you fancy something different, again ask the Crocketts team and they’ll help you out, this time adding a little cocktail shaking flair. Stand at the bar and relish in gin inspired conversation, seek out a table upstairs to huddle around with friends or tuck into the booth and share secrets, Crocketts offers an experience for everyone. Jazz nights are especially fun and worth keeping an eye out for. Just make sure you arrive early. As Crockett’s say, “Gin, it’s a wonderful thing.” Just don’t tell anyone about this place, it’s our little secret. Crocketts 2 Upper Paul Street EX4 3NB crockettsexeter

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DEVON COFFEE

Yes, Devon Coffee is small. Perhaps so small you’d miss it at first glance, but this is a coffee house worth discovering, for it’s perfect in every way.

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estled between the beautiful antique jewellers Mortimer’s and Top Tailoring on Queen Street stepping into Devon Coffee is a delight. The air is fragrant with coffee, the staff are open and friendly and the atmosphere calm and welcoming. People sit reading papers, tapping away at laptops or catching up over news at wooden tables, or sit perched at the high seat outside watching the Exeter world go by. This is a place everyone is warmly welcomed. If the lure of artisan cakes, brownies or pastries don’t tempt you, then the blackboard is filled with mouthwateringly savoury options such as the honeyed halloumi and harissa or the goat’s cheese and prosciutto sourdough toasted sandwiches. Bread is sourced locally from Emma’s Bakery. Lunch offers are incredible value, with takeaways on all food and drink available.

A passion and pride for quality and flavour drives Devon Coffee the offer at Devon Coffee. Coffee runs through 88 Queen Street Justine, the owner’s veins, and having enjoyed coffee EX4 3RP throughout Italy (cappuccinos being a favourite), devoncoffeeexeter decided to channel her love for coffee into opening her own premises. This passion echoes through the business. From house blends to speciality guest coffees, Devon Coffee has something for every taste. Beans are also sold to take away and enjoy at home (or pick up a bag of ground coffee for your garden roses!) A range of teas and cold presses are also available. New for the summer, Devon Coffee are now selling Nitro-brew coffee, a cold brew coffee charged with nitrogen to give it a rich, creamy head. Or, for a little decadent treat (or perhaps simply to cool you down) add a scoop of ice-cream to make a nitro-float. Irresistible.

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EXPLODING BAKERY

When they expanded from a nook next to Central Station, school buddies Thomas Oxford and Oliver Coysh took their loyal fanbase with them, along with their top traybakes and quality coffee.

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he story of how The Exploding Bakery came to be is detailed amusingly on the bakery’s website. In short the duo’s quest to sell wholesale traybakes made with ground nut flours, butter and polenta, went from the pair taking a crash course in coffee making and exploring the notion of supplying other cafés with their wares in 2011, to a newly opened wholesale production kitchen and plans for extending the cafe further still this year. The Exploding Bakery experience is a delightfully physical one. The understated shop front yields to a buzzing bakery that specialises mostly in cakes, but has a modest offering of sourdough loaves for most of the week too. The wooden tables, mismatched chairs and the sound of steaming coffee machines create a feeling of industry. And certainly the industrious team is hard at it, catering for the dozens of regulars, visitors, and newly arrived commuters alike with hot drinks and their desired bakes. The energy behind the original vision for the bakery is evident in every aspect of the business, from the vibrant dynamic of the café and bakery itself, right the way to the business’ core. “Being an independent café in Exeter may seem daunting in a city so rife with venture capitalist chains,” says co-owner Oliver. “But we believe that the tide is turning and this wonderful city is now flippin’ the middle finger towards corporate greed, and feasting on the wealth of individuality.” In line with the bakery’s name, its sensory mood is summarised with similar energy in their statement: “Our cakes are made by hand, in small batches, by some very sexy people. Everything is squeezed, cracked and beaten by hand, then gently caressed into the ovens before being lovingly tucked up in the finest cardboard.” But it’s not all saucy dynamic verbs. The bakery keeps lunchtime diners happy with sausage rolls, as well as tortilla, soups, salads, toasties and other pastries. With plans to further expand the lunchtime menu, Oliver has shared a favourite fit-for-summer recipe with us.

500g Heritage tomatoes or good vine tomatoes 20g Basil 10g Mint 400g Butter Beans (drained weight) 1 small red onion or shallot 20 ml olive oil 20 ml vinegar (elderflower is good this time of year and easy to make) 1 teaspoon caster sugar or honey 1 teaspoon sea salt A good grinding of pepper

 In a large bowl squeeze your lemon juice and add your sugar, salt and pepper.  Slice your onion as thinly as possible into half rings and place in the bowl with lemon juice to macerate.  Chop the tomatoes in a random fashion with a super sharp knife so the juice and seeds don’t fall out. Add to the bowl with the onions.  Drain your butter beans and add to the bowl with the tomatoes and add the olive oil.  Pick your herbs and put any delicate end leaves to one side. Slice up the bulk of the herbs and add to the bowl and gently fold everything together.  Transfer to a deep platter or bowl and place all the delicate herbs on top.

Exploding Bakery 1 & 2 The Crescent Queen Street EX4 3SB t 01392 829787 w explodingbakery.com

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OLIVER’S SUMMER RECIPE RECOMMENDATION Seasonal tomato salad (gluten free and vegan): ideal on its own or as a side to barbecued fish, meat or hearty vegetables.

 Serve using a spoon to gather all the juices at the bottom and plonk into a bowl. Drizzle a little more olive oil on the top and eat with good bread, whilst drinking cheap wine. Keeps for a few days in the fridge and often tastes better the next day.


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RED PANDA DELI

The latest addition to Gandy Street’s exciting range of distinctive, independent businesses is owned and run by a genuine food artist. James McCarthy has a deeprooted passion for the beautiful Asian street food he lovingly produces.

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hen the growing number of regular customers select from the menu of Chinese style salads, pork bao buns, chicken satay, tofu and Vietnamese style baguettes, James often recommends additions to heighten and complement the tastes they’re about to enjoy. James spent twenty years living in Asia and his wife, Natalie is Chinese Filipino. Their mutual love of the area’s cuisine is obvious and following on from the success of their deli in Lyme Regis, the husband and wife team now give shoppers, visitors and city centre workers the opportunity to enjoy delicious healthy food produced with a strong ethical belief. Red Panda Deli is aiming to produce delicious meals with as little food waste and environmental impact as possible. Instead of importing exotic ingredients from around the planet, a carefully chosen product substitution policy has been introduced to lessen the ‘food miles’, but still retain the unique flavours. The organically grown ingredients are sourced locally from ‘Trill Farm’ in east

Devon. The freshly prepared food is served in recyclable packaging and the entire menu is planned to minimise waste, so when it’s gone, it’s gone! Red Panda’s food is produced to be vegan, but carnivores are not left out, as delicious meat such as chicken, pork or duck can be added at the end of the cooking, just as the dishes are presented to customers. The environment in which the food is prepared allows for vegetables and meat to be prepared separately and no fish sauce is used. This means the food produced is lot healthier and non-meat eaters can be assured their choices are not compromised. Located at the Little Queen Street end of Gandy Street, Red Panda is open to serve its thoughtfully prepared food at lunchtimes from Monday to Saturday, and in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday.

Red Panda Deli 29 Gandy Street EX4 3LS

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TABAC TAPHOUSE

There is more than a little je ne c’est quoi to this French-inspired corner of Station Crescent.

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abac Taphouse, the product of owner Hamish Lothian’s vision, celebrates its third birthday in August. In that short time the bar in Station Crescent has established itself as a popular hot spot to regulars and visitors, not least because the bar’s position benefits from some of the longest sunshine hours of any pub in the city centre. Sure enough, although it’s about 6pm in June the tables outside are sunny with laughter, while other customers take advantage of the air conditioning inside the French tobacconist-inspired bar. “The crescent is a great neighbourhood,” says Tabac Manager, Joe. “There’s a real feeling of community here between all the businesses, and we love our customers too. Although it is in a very central location there are never any problems as the atmosphere is always good humoured, animated and pleasant.” Indeed, it is just as comfortable to sit solo and enjoy a pint of one of the bar’s own brews as it is to clink glasses of Tabac’s refreshing inhouse gin with friends or colleagues after work. The small team of three is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the drinks they pour and proud of the gins and IPAs that are produced wholesale by the bar’s own distillery and brewery. Since opening Tabac and its sister gastro pub, The Fat Pig, on the other side of town, Hamish has launched Exeter Distillery beneath St Thomas Station. Here the popular spirits, Apple Pie Moonshine and Devon Gin, are

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made alongside various beers, including such favourites as Black Boar and Phat Nancy – the eponymous head brewer. The team also experiments with a range of seasonal brews that feature ingredients such as beetroot or elderflower, and certainly the gins are serving as popular summer staples to customers this year. The whole look and feel of the pub is one created in-house by the head brewer and General Manager, Nancy Robinson, but Hamish is always keen to respond to creative ideas shared by members of the team. Joe, manager at Tabac, says one of the advantages of being independent is that you don’t have to be driven by targets alone. “Our ideas are always welcomed and staff are relaxed and happy; we are very much like a family and our customers are too, by extension. Because of our location we get a lot of teachers and Uni staff popping in as well as commuters. Conversation is always pleasant, polite and interesting.” The bar rotates 30 or so ales as well as the beer it crafts for keg and kask in its small experimental brewery. To the newcomer, Tabac may be on the petite side, but, not backed by a big corporate team, it is perfectly formed – especially when you get to enjoy one of those beers watching the sun dip over the railway bridge at the end of the day.

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THE REAL FOOD STORE & CAFÉ

It’s less than a year at this Queen Street site but the Real Food Store already looks as if it’s been here forever. With a prime position right next to Exeter’s Central Station, this airy, bright shop simply overflows with colourful, tempting local produce.

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concept which rose out of the Transition Exeter movement, the Real Food Store has been trading since 2011 but has only recently moved from its original space in Paris Street. Rob Dickinson is a co-manager, so called because all staff share management responsibility equally, and receive equal pay. Rob says, “The concept of the store is based around a workers cooperative model so we feel this sort of management system works well for us. It means we’re recognising that we all have skills and constructive ideas and it creates great opportunities, job diversity and more meaningful work.” The idea is that the Real Food Store offers a viable alternative to supermarket shopping, providing mostly organic, local food as affordably as possible. With key suppliers like Shillingford Organics, Riverford Farm and Emma’s Bread, the shop really showcases the best of the westcountry. Another focus for the store, is to support the drive to cut down on packaging and plastics. Rob says that they’ve recently expanded their range of packaging free lines. “We’ve introduced bulk buying of nuts, loose coffee beans and other store cupboard essentials. We’re also selling housekeeping products like laundry powder, washing up liquid and detergents in bulk. Many customers bring their own containers to fill, or we sell glass Kilner jars and cotton bags.” Alternatives to dairy, meat and gluten is also a growing market and a way the Real Food Store can really outdo its competitors. Rob says, “We love to meet small suppliers and try to support their growing business – that’s what we’re all about. A good example was a local company who recently popped into the shop to show us their dairy-alternative butter product. We agreed to trial it and then stock it and since then they’ve gone on to win more business elsewhere.” As part of the move, the popular Real Food Café is now trading inside Central Library. With the same emphasis on locally-sourced, ethical food, it serves up lunches, hot drinks and cakes. If you’re intrigued about what you can expect to find on the menu, Café Manager Ayeisha has allowed us to share this popular recipe.

1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil 2 white onions, diced 1 red chilli, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 - 4cm fresh ginger, grated 1 Butternut Squash, chopped into chunks 3 sweet potatoes (optional), chopped into chunks 1 - 2 litres of vegetable stock 1 block of coconut cream, sliced 2 tablespoons of crunchy or smooth peanut butter Salt and pepper to season

SIMPLE THAI BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP  Put a large soup pan onto the hob, on medium heat and add the tablespoon of olive oil.  Once the oil is hot, add the onions, garlic and chilli to the pan and fry for 5 minutes or until onions start to brown.  Add the ginger and cook for a further 2 - 4 minutes. Add the chunks of squash, sweet potato and stir to coat.  Pour over stock and bring to boil. Add the coconut cream and peanut butter and stir to combine.  Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 20 - 30mins (or until the squash and sweet potato are cooked through).  With a hand blender, blitz the soup until smooth and creamy. Season to taste.

The Real Food Store & Café 3 The Crescent, Queen Street EX4 3SB w realfoodexeter.co.uk RealFoodExeter realfoodexete realfoodexete

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FOOD & DR INK COOLINGS 11 Gandy Street EX4 3LS w coolingsexeter.co.uk THE VAULTS Contemporary, neon-lit gay bar and nightclub with VIP lounge for club tunes and karaoke nights. 8 Gandy Street EX4 3LS vaultsfriends ZUKIS A central place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the heart of Exeter. 3A The Crescent Exeter Central Station Queen Street EX4 3SB w zukis.co.uk JOHN GANDYS Escape the hustle and bustle of Exeter’s High Street to enjoy a wide selection of local beers and cider, lagers and wines and a stylish cocktail bar offering 2 for 1 on all cocktails. John Gandys boasts Exeter’s best weekend party bar and for those looking for an alternative to the ‘clubs’ with live music every Friday and bank holiday Sunday, Live DJ’s on Saturdays and always FREE entry. Served by a team of mixologists, late night openings on Friday and Saturday and great music where else would you want to be?! 23 Gandy Street EX4 3LS w johngandys.co.uk JohnGandys THE ANGEL The Angel bar is a modern day independent boozer with traditional values. The staff and the locals treat the place like home. It changes throughout the day and something is always happening to keep us entertained. You can sit by the fire in our tatty old chesterfields supping a hot chocolate in the winter, sit at the bar and annoy our bar staff by chewing their ears off, join the debate team on the back deck smoking your rollies, you can wonder

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at the ever changing quirky posters, you can check out the longest running open mic night in the city on Wednesday, local bands on Thursdays and awesome DJ’s on the weekend, the bar goes off later on and takes on the appearance of an apresski bar in the city centre. 32 Queen Street EX4 3SR w theangelbar.co.uk

SE RVIC E IFIXER Repairs for your phone, tablet, laptops and PCs. 2B The Crescent Exeter Central Station Queen Street EX4 3SB MR FIX 4 U Phone repairs. Unit 9 Harlequin Shopping Centre Paul Street EX4 4EN

HOME WAR E • GIF T • C R AF T EXETER CRYSTAL SHOP Crystals Exeter is located in an ancient quarter of this vibrant city. The narrow, cobbled, traffic-free Gandy Street is a centre for independent boutique shops, healing centres, and night-life near the Phoenix Arts Centre and the city museum, with Exeter Central station just a couple of minutes away. The shop was established around 20 years ago and was originally the heart and headquarters of the business. w crystalshop.co.uk/shops/exeter HYDE AND SEEK Right in the heart of Exeter on Queen Street, lies a beautiful award winning contemporary gift shop full of life’s simple pleasures. Hyde and Seek in Exeter is the ultimate place for your entire gift, toy and homeware needs that burst with colour and extravagance.

Known as a shop for all ages, the manager Justine takes pride in her business for being unique and interesting as well as making people laugh with fun gifts and displays. The store dog Bobby is extremely popular with his charming personality, and always has time for a quick cuddle with the customers. From books to homeware, the store sources from several countries over the world making their products unique and very popular. As well as this, Hyde and Seek source locally and have several items that specifically celebrate Exeter. One of the best things about Hyde & Seek is the incredible décor and show stopping displays. As you walk into the store your attention is immediately grabbed by pink flamingos and an extravagant Ferris wheel. Upstairs is the real deal, with a tree placed in the centre of the room, It feels like you’ve walked into an incredibly beautiful art exhibition. The store is definitely one of Exeter’s gems and is the perfect place to buy a one of a kind present for any occasion. Unit 1 Harlequin Shopping Centre Paul Street EX4 3TT w hydeseek.co.uk hydeandseekexeter HydeSeek1


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What does Moko mean to you? “Moko really is a dream come true. I love sourcing new products – I choose items that ‘Wow’ me. It’s such a buzz when the stock comes in and to see how our customers react. It genuinely makes me happy and fills me with pride. Customers really engage with the team here at Moko and we delight in helping them choose pieces, big or small.” What are your passions? “I really love Devon. The coast, rivers, moor, the wonderful wildlife all around us, it’s breathtakingly beautiful. I feel very privileged to live here.”

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o say you could spend all day in Moko is an understatement. It’s a glorious wonderland of cards, jewellery, clothing, homewares, ceramics, ornaments, lights, art and so much more. The shop is a joy. Moko is an independent not to be missed. But be warned - before you enter the shop, take time to admire the beautifully curated window display (people have been known to email in having seen an item in the window after sitting in Zizzi’s for dinner!) The display is teeming with ideas and pieces you might otherwise miss. The secret to Moko’s success is that pieces are chosen for their story or origin. Ask any of the Moko team and they’ll tell you the story behind the product. Whether that be the stunning silver pieces crafted from vintage and French Brocante finds by Julie Whitmarsh; the intricately hand screen printed scarves and gowns by ‘One Hundred Stars’ or the beautifully packaged and scented soaps made by The Clovelly Soap Company using old techniques, therapeutic grade essential oils, spices and botanicals or the bright and bold MOWGS bags made using traditional weaving skills. Moko is a

treasure trove, to be explored time and time again uncover new delights. Who is Jo Benney? “Married, Mum of three and smitten pet parent. I love to cook for people, I’m a bit of a feeder!” How did your Moko story come about? “Moko was my go to place and I could always find that special as a gift, and usually a treat for me - the things I didn’t know I needed but definitely wanted! I loved the feel of the shop, the smell, the atmosphere and the glorious range of products. I’ve always been a magpie for pieces that make me smile and love search out independent shops that offer something different to their customers. I’ve always worked in office based roles so when the opportunity to own Moko, came around, I thought this is my chance to do something I really love. Yes, it was a risk and yes, I had no prior business experience, but I believed I could, so I did. I believe that you own your future. Just because you haven’t shouldn’t mean you can’t. It was a brave decision, and I am forever thankful to have the support of my wonderful family, I haven’t looked back since once, nor do I want to!”

Coffee or tea? “Builder’s tea. Good and strong, Yorkshire teabags in a pot.” Early riser or night owl? “Night owl. Since having children, I treasure that hour or so of quiet time in the evening, writing lists – I love a list – and watching Netflix.” Favourite piece of clothing? “A Diana Wilson scarf. I had never bought something that precious, but on securing the keys for Moko, I treated myself, it’s glorious and brings me the same joy now as it did when I bought it.” What’s next? “To grow Moko as a brand across platforms. I don’t have an online website shopping channel, but people do buy through Instagram, so I’d like to explore this more.” Describe Gandy Street “I truly think it’s the quirkiest shopping street in Exeter! Step onto the cobbles and step back in time, it has that village feel in the middle of a city. Our neighbouring businesses really support and help each other – we’re a family. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Moko Ground Floor 17 Gandy Street EX4 3LU

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Founded in 1970, Mortimers Jewellers has built an impressive reputation for being the leading specialist in fine, antique and modern jewellery in the South West. It prides itself on what is quite possibly one of the finest selections of antique and modern jewellery in the country. Mortimers is a family run business which has evolved over the years by providing a fantastic service to customers coupled with unique, high quality, value for money, exclusive jewellery and watches. The shop, located a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on Queen Street, is a small, exquisite world of breath taking beauty – a reflection of history’s finest legacies. Step in and enjoy a collection of eye catching pieces characterised by irreplaceable and remarkable craftsmanship spanning various period’s – Georgian ,Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Deco. For those with a more modern taste there is also a large variety of carefully selected diamond and gemstone rings, earrings, pendants and other pieces.

As an independent and traditional business, Mortimers takes great pride in ensuring customers, many of whom visits again and again and from all over the world, enjoy a traditional and memorable shopping experience. Customers draw upon the expertise of staff and revel in exemplary personal service and leave with a piece of history to cherish. Ian Watson, Managing director, has 33 years of experience in the antique and modern jewellery trade. In fact all of the staff (including one fully qualified member of the Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain) are experienced and knowledgeable and this allows them to confidently handle, test and identify a wide variety of gemstones. Whether you’re looking for a personal commission designed to touch the heart, an antique investment or just want to treat yourself to a timeless piece of history that deserves to be worn and loved then Mortimers is the place to visit. Browse the collection - Reserve an item - Buy online www.mortimersjewellers.co.uk 87 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP Monday – Saturday: 9.30am-5.00pm, Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed Follow us @mortimersjewellers


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TOOT GAROOK

Walking into Took Garook you are hit with an explosion of warmth and colour.

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his is a shop filled with love and laughter from its gorgeous selection of items to the positive welcoming team, Toot Garook is an absolute must when visiting Exeter. Set over two floors, the shop is filled with a delight of, as Jude the owner notes “lovely unusual things.” Whether you’re looking for a small gift, personal treat, present or something to cheer up your home, then Toot Garook is the answer, stocking a range which includes ceramics, fairy lights, woven baskets, bone china, scented candles, linen(s) clothing and homewares. Toot Garook’s success lies in the quality. Whether it’s the locally created and crafted items to imported ethically sourced pieces, items are chosen for their enduring quality (and colour!). The upstairs area of the shop, with beautiful stained glass windows flooding the room with light, is a must go. Throws, blankets, rugs, baskets and cushions adorn

a section of the upstairs – this is a homeware heaven – and we haven’t even mentioned the utterly delightful new chair range – with fabrics and colours galore. We particularly love the bright summer pink and floral prints. Upstairs, you’ll find rails of beautiful linen(s) and fine cotton(s) clothing, perfect for summer wearing and a small children’s range. Men are catered for with a gorgeous range of leather products, jewellery and toiletries. Toot Garook is a haven for independent shopping set in the bustling Queen Street area of the city. The shop is filled with vibrant, colourful (have we mentioned the colour!) and quirky items. Jude is totally and utterly passionate about travel, culture and quality and this comes through from her stunningly curated window displays to (busy) shelves full of eclectic, vibrant pieces. Took Garook is a joy and we’ll leave you to ask how it came by its name!

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EXETER PHOENIX

Located just off Gandy Street, Exeter Phoenix is a vibrant, world-class multi-artform venue.

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e are home to several art galleries, a theatre, gig spaces, art studios, dance studios, a cinema, film production resources and more, all centred around a buzzing Café Bar. Each year we host hundreds of events and artistic activity spanning contemporary art, live music, DJs, cinema, theatre, dance, comedy, talks, creative courses, family events and everything in between. As well as hosting hundreds of events each year, we nurture a thriving arts scene through our Creative Hub, which supports artists, musicians, theatre companies and filmmakers at every stage of their career. Through the Creative Hub, Exeter Phoenix has helped launch the careers of award-winning filmmakers, developed quality work that has gone on to tour nationally, and provided a support network for those looking to embark on creative endeavours for the first time. Exeter Phoenix also offers flexible

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conferencing and meeting rooms and space hire for every type of event. The flexibility of our main auditorium encourages a host of conferences, seminars and exhibitions with the added use of four studio rooms. There is a box office, as well as video and lighting equipment available with expert staff on hand. The drama, dance and art studios are a great resource to use for workshops, classes and courses, for informal meetings and as rehearsal space. We are home to a top of the range cinema/screening space and a larger digital media suite. Our Café Bar team are on hand at all times to ensure all your hospitality requirements are met and offer buffet menus are available as well as a selection of delicious food and a variety of hot and cold drinks which can be ordered from the bar. Exeter Phoenix is a registered charity. Without the support of our local community, creativity couldn’t happen here.

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THE CAVERN Launched in 1991 as a platform for local and international bands, the cavern has over the years programmed tens of thousands of bands, including the likes of Coldplay, Muse, Biffy Clyro, Clutch, Idlewild, La Roux, Maximo Park, Converge, Napalm Death, Ed Rush, Andy Cato, Mampi Swift, The Scratch Perverts, Capdown, The Bronx, The Blackout, Scouting For Girls, Africa Bambatta, Mr Scruff, Sick Of It All, Samiam, The Automatic, Hundred Reasons, Kaiser Chiefs, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Cranberries, The God Machine, Dodgy, Agent Orange, The Evens, My Ruin, The Bluetones, Get Cape, The Long Blondes, Shed 7, Catationia, Alphabeat, Mumford & Sons, Mr Hudson & The Library, Fugazi, Strike Anywhere, The UK Subs, Sham 69, The Wedding Present plus many many more. The place to watch live music in Exeter. w exetercavern.com CavernClubExeter ExeterCavern


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DRAKE’S COFFEE HOUSE A great family owned coffee house nestled near the Cathedral. 17 Catherine Street EX1 1EU

SE RVIC E CAVENDISH ONLINE Pensions, Insurance, Life Assurance and Investment execution service. 14 Cathedral Close EX1 1HA w cavendishonline.co.uk CavendishOnline DREW PEARCE A long established firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, providing specialist and personal advice on all property matters to help our clients achieve their desired results. 2nd Floor 1 Manor Court Dixs Field EX1 1UP w drewpearce.co.uk

VEITCH PENNY A local firm of solicitors, providing face-to-face legal advice and solutions. A niche solicitors practice specialising in providing a core group of legal services to individuals and owner-managed businesses, providing a personal service with a high level of attention to detail. 3 Cathedral Yard EX1 1HJ w vplaw.co.uk

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CLOTHING • JEWELLERY • LIFEST YLE ELIZABETH ANN OF EXETER An independent ladies’ shoe shop located right in the very heart of Exeter’s Cathedral Green. The shop is the home to a fabulous range of bespoke shoes and boots that you really won’t find anywhere else. 3 Cathedral Close EX1 1EZ w elizabethannshoes.co.uk FINISTERRE Born over a decade ago from the needs of hardy British surfers, Finisterre designs functional and sustainable product for those that share a love of the sea. 57-58 High Street EX4 3DJ w finisterre.com finisterreuk FinisterreUK1 LORNA RUBY A carefully curated fashion and lifestyle concept store, unique in its brand identity, its culture and its level of service, as a space to find the best selection of goods. 17 Catherine Street EX1 1EU w lornaruby.com lornaRuby_ LornaRubyClothing/

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MICHAEL SPIERS Founded in 1957, Michael Spiers Jewellers is the South West’s leading independent jewellery and watch retailer. The Spiers family has sold and crafted exclusive, luxury jewellery and watches for in excess of 60 years. During this time Michael Spiers have built up a formidable reputation for never compromising on service, the quality of their jewellery and commitment to you, the customer. Whether it be a diamond engagement ring, wedding rings or an individually designed item of jewellery, Michael Spiers has the skill and expertise to find you the perfect piece. w michaelspiers.co.uk

BUSBY & FOX

Independent fashion brands, homewares, jewellery and flowers.

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stablished in 2011, Busby & Fox first opened its doors in the Devon market town of Totnes. Providing a unique mix of independent fashion brands, homewares, jewellery and flowers, Busby & Fox now offers its carefully curated collection of beautiful things in five stores across South West England. Busby & Fox, Exeter sits in the heart of the city within its beautiful and historic Cathedral Yard. Behind the doors you’ll find a thoughtful blend of pieces from some favourite brands including Ilse Jacobsen, American Vintage and Ottod’ame – all nestled among gorgeous homewares, jewellery and buckets of seasonal blooms. Busby & Fox constantly introducing new and individual pieces from Scandi, French, Italian, British and US labels to create an evolving blend of timeless and on-trend brands. Customers tell how they love to shop the handpicked, current look of layering and wearable style in the inspiring environment created. For your home, your friends and family, there are also quirky and classic homewares, vintage finds, candles and fresh flowers to enjoy, or to give – if you can bear to let them go!

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Busby & Fox 21 Cathedral Yard EX1 1HB w busbyandfox.com busbyandfox

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The place to see and be seen; and since opening six months ago, is proving to be a popular venue for dining and cocktails.

n the hustle and bustle of Exeter’s City Centre you’ll find an oasis of peace and calm at Lloyd’s Lounge, which opened its doors on 1st December last year. Owned by well-known local restaurateur Lloyd Gardner who also has award-winning Lloyd’s Kitchen, the stylish café lounge bar has proved popular with locals and visitors alike. Sitting centre-stage on a raised piazza in the hub of prestigious Princesshay shopping centre overlooking the historic ruins of Catherine’s Chapel and Almshouses, Lloyd’s Lounge oozes luxury and style with a contemporary interior design, offering a chilled and friendly atmosphere to meet and socialise with friends, family and work colleagues. The impressive all-weather glass structure recently won a prestigious award at ‘Michelmores’ Property Awards’, and the intimate bar accommodates 36 covers with further external seating for 60 more on the terrace. If you can’t quite make-up your mind whether to dine inside or out, Lloyd’s Lounge offers the best of both worlds sleek, contemporary glass panels slide open, allowing customers to spill onto the outdoor terrace, and this alfresco area has the added bonus of being dog-friendly. A daily breakfast and lunch menu is

available with the option of a popular two-course set lunch at just £11.95. Keeping it local, Lloyd’s only use Exeter suppliers, sourcing its fresh fish from ‘Fishes’, meat from high-quality butcher ‘Gibbon’s Quality Meats’, and freshly-picked fruit and veg from Darts Farm. Why not make the most of the lighter evenings by relaxing on the terrace with a refreshing glass of gin & tonic from Salcombe or Exeter Gin. And getting you into the holiday mood, an expert mixologist is on-hand to make you a tantalizing cocktail, with the main focus on The Speakeasy tradition of creating infusions. Popular summertime classics at Lloyd’s include Mojitos and Pimm’s, garnished with freshly picked mint grown on the premises. Relax with a tempting selection of tapas, served on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays throughout the summer. And make sure you ask about Lloyd’s summer sizzler offers including a complementary ‘Pay-day Barbecue’ with drinks purchased between 4pm & 7pm every Thursday (terms apply). You know summer’s truly arrived when the nation is gripped by tennis fever with the start of Wimbledon. Synonymous with strawberries and cream, last year’s championships saw a staggering

34,000 kg (166,000 servings) of English strawberries consumed. So it’s ‘game, set and match’ at Lloyd’s Lounge who are celebrating this quintessential English pastime by making the most of their alfresco dining area and creating an eyecatching terrace with tennis rackets and artificial grass. Enjoy a taste of Cornwall with a sumptuous scoop of the famous luxury Kelly’s ice-cream served straight from Lloyd’s Lounge’s traditional ice cream cart, nestled under a protective awning and available to passing. The delicious range of flavours, all made with authentic Cornish clotted cream, using locally sourced milk, include: tutti frutti; vanilla; Eton Mess; triple chocolate; toffee fudge; salted caramel and cookies & cream. To get you in the mood for Wimbledon, and keep you cool, Lloyd’s Lounge is offering customers a complimentary strawberries and cream ice-cream throughout the Lloyds Lounge month of July to Catherine Street redeem with the City Centre purchase of a EX1 1EU main meal or set w lloydslounge.co.uk lunch. lloydslounge chillatlloyds

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OTTOM AN GRILL

Combining the unique tastes of Turkish and Mediterranean cooking, Ottoman Grill is a family-run, fully licensed restaurant waiting for you to discover it, in the heart of the city.

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he expansive cuisine of Turkey and the Mediterranean goes way beyond the kebabs and Moussakas we enjoy during our summer holidays. The mouth-watering food of the region is the mixture and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. It is impossible to fit the diverse range of dishes available into a short list, but thanks to over 30 years of experience, Ottoman Grill have succeeded in presenting a menu that encapsulates the traditions of the region’s food. Making wide use of vegetables, fish, meat, herbs, spices, cheeses and speciality breads well-known to the region, Ottoman Grill use the highest quality, freshest ingredients to ensure the taste of the food served to you is as you would find if you were travelling to the region. The range of food of offer includes cold and hot Meze (Starters), grilled fish and meat cooked to order in their Copper BBQ, traditional meals like kleftiko (slow roasted lamb) and, of course, Moussaka. A delicious range of crispy salads are available, either as a main or as a side dish to complement your chosen dish. One of the most perfect and popular ways to savour the range of tastes on offer, is to order a mixed platter. Served to you either as a selection of meat or fish, this is an ideal way for couples, families or groups to enjoy a tasty selection of Turkish dishes. A great way to finish off your meal is by choosing from the excellent Sweet menu. Their signature dessert is the Kunefe, a wonderful cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, served hot and topped with pistachio nuts. Unique to Ottoman Grill in Exeter is Efes, a great-tasting beer brewed in Turkey, which is available as part of their large variety of beers, spirits and wines. Whether you are dining together as a couple, as a family or a group of friends, the staff at Ottoman Grill are ready to welcome you to their restaurant.

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to its success in catering for a broad palette. What’s more, being independent means the team can make their own creative decisions - because they know their customers best. “We love the fact that the independent scene in Exeter is massive and really supportive of each other. We are the little ones trying to be seen amongst all the big chain restaurants and coffee shops and we all work together to make that happen.” A philosophy that’s supportive of other indie eateries is typical of the progressive spirit behind the cafe, which is similarly reflected in their choice of suppliers. High quality, locally-sourced ingredients are important and, because the menu only uses local and organic produce that is inseason, the team has fun rising to the challenge of being inventive and playful with their recipes. “We have a template that we follow in the café. The flavours of our

tarts and frittatas (for which there are vegan options) change often. These are served with a selection of freshlyprepared salads that also change daily,” says Polly. Not only does it keep regular diners intrigued, but a responsiveness to what is in-season means the café is not clocking up air miles bringing in ingredients. The vegan lifestyle has boomed in the past couple of years and the café is keeping up with the increased demand. It now offers a fifty percent vegan menu and most of the cakes are vegan too. “It’s lush to see people come in and actually have a choice, rather than being forced to go for the one option generally available to vegetarians - let alone vegans,” says Polly. “We take great pride in our product and genuinely feel that our food is really super-tasty.” Customers can expect to see different salads on the summer menu daily, and this abundant time of year will offer plenty of other nutritious and tasty options, too.

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nsideout is an independent you could spend all day In. The shop is a hive of creative local loveliness. From crafts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, cards and leather items, Insideout is the perfect place to dive into to seek out gifts or wonderfully unique items to cheer your day. Just be careful, you really can while away a happy hour or so, admiring everything! The Insideout team are incredibly warm and welcoming and ensure displays are vibrant and eye catching, the shop is a complete delight. This contemporary lifestyle shop launched in Tavistock just over fourteen years ago and expanded with a second unit here in Exeter ten years ago. The shop offers a hugely diverse selection of items across a spectrum of budgets, with great design and craft the key link. Nicky, owner of Insideout, delights, “When I buy stock for the shop, I pick six or seven of my core friends and envisage items in each of their homes, or clothes in each of their wardrobes to get a variety. Over time, I’ve learned to identify my customer, so now I know who I’m buying for, but ultimately everything I sell I adore too!” And this really is true. There are beautifully crafted handthrown ceramic jugs in serene blue hues, hand painted plates perfect

for serving cake, butter soft leather bags, unique handmade printed art and beautifully traditional decorative block letters. The real beauty of this independent, lies in the passion for their artisan partners all of whom are based in Devon and Cornwall and who stock an exclusive range of products in the shop. Nicky nurtures and invests in the relationships with these crafters and makers who benefit from Nicky’s trusted advice on what appeals to buyers. Some of the smaller producers, such as textile designer Alison Whateley, were working on a hobby basis but now work full time at their art and employ people themselves. The shop also have ranges from well-known brands such as East of India, Joma and are an Orla Kiely stockist. Insideout is joy and its products would be a joy to gift or be gifted.

SURRIDGE GALLERIES A UK distributor of collectable limited editions and original paintings. 3rd Floor 20-21 Cathedral Yard EX1 1HB w surridgegallery.co.uk

Insideout 1 Bampfylde Lane Princesshay EX1 1GQ w gottohaveit.co.uk insideout.gottohaveit insideouthome

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POLK ADOT GALLERY

At Polkadot Gallery we are passionate about contemporary jewellery and stock the work of over 80 specially selected, world-renowned and talented local makers.

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rom beautiful gold and platinum rings containing exquisite diamonds, to jewellery incorporating wood, titanium, porcelain and textiles, we have something to delight every taste. Our diverse collection includes work that pushes the boundaries and steps beyond conventional design and technique. We believe that jewellery should enhance your individuality, withstand the test of time and be something you can truly treasure. Therefore, we strive to ensure every single Polkadot Gallery customer comes away with jewellery that is beautiful, meaningful and a joy to wear. Fairtrade is an important part of our ethos and most of our makers use sustainable metals and ethical stones. We also offer a bespoke jewellery making service, whereby if you see an item in stock that you would like to have adjusted to suit your own taste, perhaps with a change of stone type, our skilled jewellers are able to adapt the item to your liking. Visitors are most welcome at our Exeter and Taunton galleries, where you can see our extensive range in person. Alternatively, you can shop online and will still receive the same level of personal service – do call us if you would like some help. All our staff are trained to the highest standard, are incredibly knowledgeable and mostly importantly, will be delighted to help you choose the perfect piece. Polkadot Gallery 12 Martins Lane EX1 1EY t 01392 276500 w polkadotgallery.com polkadotjewellerygallery polkadotgallery polkadotgallery

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ROUNDEL CLOTHING

The mod-inspired fashion shop sells carefully-sourced, quality items that reach across generations.

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t’s appropriate that the little shop on North Street is so named, not only because the roundel is the most notable symbol of mod subculture, but the distinctive look keeps coming round: first in 60s, again in the 70s, once more in the Brit Pop-infused mid-90s, and now with a revived ska scene, which attracts people from all generations to habituate Exeter’s musical haunts. Andy Churchley and Jackie Vincent established Roundel Clothing in July 2017 in response to Andy’s frustration at having to travel to London to find the kind of clothes he liked. “You can’t tell what kind of fit or quality you’re going to get with some online purchases,’ says Andy. ‘Here we channel The Who’s famous lyrics with a see me, feel me, try me, philosophy.” Andy takes some of his broad selection of garments to scooter rallies across Devon, where customers enthusiastic for the geometric lines and shapes of the mod look can explore the real thing with faithfully reproduced fashions from brands like Solovair boots (which rival Dr Martens, but are produced in Northampton), Lambretta, Relco and Art Gallery. “The Kent Knitted Art Gallery polo shirt in sky blue is a great item for the summer,” says Andy. “Chris Packham was wearing one on Spring Watch recently. They are light

and comfortable as well as stylish and great quality.” There’s a women’s range too, but today’s female shoppers are just as happy to shop from smaller sizes of menswear as they are from the women’s Love Her Madly dresses, Madcap frocks and Relco pinafores. “We’re really happy being an independent fashion shop,’ says Jackie. ‘We’re not beholden to anyone and we can make our own creative decisions about what we sell.” The pair choose items they like themselves and they are unafraid to experiment with new lines. They will even order items in on behalf of a customer, just so that customer can try it, with no obligation for them to buy. The mod fashion culture nowadays is more outward-looking than the era-defining movement of the sixties. Andy and Linda are raising funds for charity by holding their March of the Mods event next year in support of a children’s cancer trust. “There are more details to follow on this event, but we’re looking forward to it. Watch this space,” says Andy.

A377 CITY TAILORING & ALTERATIONS Traditional bespoke tailoring for men, women and children with highly skilled Tailor with 40 years of experience. 86 South Street EX1 1EQ w citytailorexeter.co.uk citytailoralterations CtyTalorng

LEYMAN’S JEWELLERS An Excellent Jewellers Service – Years of Experience Leymans Jewellers was first established as a company in 1887. The business was run by the Leyman family until 1982, when it was sold to the company that Chris Lewis was employed by. In 2001 Chris purchased the company and it is run as a family business – carrying on the proud tradition of great service and jewellery craftsmanship at great value. 16 South Street EX1 1DZ

Roundel 9 North Street EX4 3QS t 01392 757520 w roundelclothing.com

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AMERICAN NAILS Salon. 100 South Street EX1 1EN

Debbie Hunter, the new owner of the renamed Lace Lingerie & La Bella Bridal, offers customers old and new a wide selection of bras, lingerie, bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, Mother of the Bride outfits, and dresses for evening wear and prom-nights.

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uilding upon the established success of her Honiton store, Debbie and her team offer the highest levels of customer service to help customers select the best garment for them. Debbie’s ethos is “to ensure each customer chooses a well-fitted, comfortable bra that fits them as an individual, as every woman is unique. With my knowledge and expertise, I can help women of all ages learn how to fit, put on, wear and launder their chosen item”. Lace Lingerie is Exeter’s exclusive stockist of the Prima Donna underwear and Debbie’s specialised fitting service is free when making a purchase. In addition to the beautiful range of underwear, La Bella Bridal stocks an impressive display of stunning bridal wear, alongside shoes, hats and fascinators featuring a wide range of colours and styles. Many of the gowns available are from selected suppliers, meaning the designs are unique to the area. As well as

ensuring each Bride and her Bridesmaids all look beautiful on the big day, Debbie offers the Mother of the Bride a range of carefully chosen high-end designer outfits that are exclusive to her store. Debbie is aware not every Bride is marrying for the first time, so she has begun to work with a designer to offer new and exclusive garments which offer more than the traditional gown. In May 2018, Debbie was delighted to play host to TV’s ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’, where her skills were called upon to assist the Bridegroom in choosing his Bride’s outfit. Thankfully, Debbie was on hand to help and advise! If you are looking for help and advice that is backed up by high-quality customer service, Lace Lingerie & La Bella Bridal is here for you.

CITY BARBERS We specialise in men’s grooming, including hot towel shaves and giving you the latest styles. Whether you prefer a crew cut, a fade, undercut or just a basic clipper cut, Sarah and her team of stylists are available to cut your hair just the way you like or to help you choose a new look. On our upper floors, you‘ll find the Tattoo Bug Studio and ‘Be the One’ Nails and Beauty. 101 South Street EX1 1EN t 01392 427320

Lace Lingerie & La Bella Bridal 31-32 South Street EX1 1EB t 01392 202 174

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FOOD & DRINK your tattoo collection or are considering getting your first one, the staff at Ink Studio Tattoo strive to give exactly what you’re looking for. You may have a firm idea of your preferred design, or you may just have an idea that you need help with. Either way, you can discuss what you would like during a free consultation where one of the team will create a custom design that you’ll love. You’re more than welcome to just pop in to the Studio, or you can pre-book an appointment for a time that suits you. 17 North Street EX4 3QS t 01392 410291 INK custom tattoo and piercing JUST WAXING Salon. 20 North Street EX4 3QS LONDON TOWN BARBERS 6 South Street EX1 1DZ w londontownbarbers.com LUKAS BARBERS Beer, Old J Rum, PlayStation, top of the range hair products, clothing, music and the sharpest cut in town is what these shops are all about. Owned by one of the UK’s most respected barbers and a kick-ass team by his side, Luka’s Barbers is now open after being a 10 year dream. 89 South Street EX1 1EQ w lukasbarbers.com lukasbarbers LX CENTRE STAGE A wonderfully welcoming salon offering ladies, men and wedding & occasion styling. Colour specialists offering Keratin complex and Olaplex treatments and Balmain hair extensions. w hairdressers-exeter.co.uk TheLXSCentreStage LXSCentreStage NAILS 4 U Salon. 49 North Street EX4 3RA

GULLIVERS Best cake in Exeter, homemade and served fresh ever day. An utter joy. With vegan options available. 13 North Street EX4 3QS Gulliverscafeexeter BOMBAY SPICE Family friendly Indian restaurant in Exeter serving freshly cooked authentic traditional South East Asian food. Delivery and takeaway collection available. 13-14 North street EX4 3QS w bombayspiceexeter.co.uk CURRY LEAF South Indian restaurant offering an enjoyable dining experience with an extensive menu of expertly-cooked popular classics and delicately spiced contemporary dishes. 50-51 North Street EX4 3QR w curryleafexeter.net CurryLeafExeter CurryLeafExe FORN Exeter’s best kept secret. A stylish, relaxed venue, whether you’d like to sit at the central bar on a high stool, savouring a glass of wine and a bar snack or sit in the restaurant and tuck into tapas. Forn also has a great outside space to enjoy over the summer months. 14 Mary Arches Street EX4 3AZ w fornexeter.co.uk fornexeter Fornexeter

HEN HOUSE Tantalising and mouthwatering rage of chicken dishes amongst others, from southern styled chicken burger to chicken tortillas. Welcoming and warm - one not to be missed in Exeter. 7-8 North Street EX4 3QS w henhouserestaurant.co.uk HenHouseExeter HERBIE’S WHOLEFOOD RESTAURANT Serves an amazing range of vegetarian and vegan dishes, including spicy vegetable satay, three bean chilli or the legendary nut burgers. 15 North Street EX4 3QS PASHA TURKISH RESTAURANT Authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine with a great range of traditional meze, special platters perfect for sharing and tempting mains. 80 South Street EX1 1BZ PAYO TAVERNA New to the flourishing Exeter food and drink scene, Payo is a authentic Greek restaurant. 36-37 South St EX1 1ED REAL INDIA RESTAURANT Quality Indian restaurant. 28 South Street EX1 1EB realindiarestaurant SEVEN WOK Incredibly popular authentic Chinese buffet restaurant. 10-12 Palace Gate EX1 1JA

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SOUTH STREET STANDARD At the end of November 2017, independent bar and kitchen, South Street Standard opened its doors serving food all day catering for brunch, lunch and dinner. With six beer lines that host rotating beers with an emphasis on local suppliers including Powderkeg and New Lion brewery, this newcomer is fast becoming a popular hotspot with locals. Adding another cool edge to the bar is its artwork. The walls are teeming with fantastic artwork supplied by Upfest of Bristol which complement the bar’s industrial look. As well as a lively bar and kitchen, South Street Standard have a meeting space on the second floor that is ideal for meetings as well as private functions for up to 16 people. Everything on the menu is freshly made and all cooked-on site. As well as using local produce such as fish from Brixham, South Street Standard works with local breweries to supply the finest local beers to its customers. Supervisor Kat wasn’t a beer drinker until she found Powderkeg’s California Soul. “This drink is new to South Street Standard and came to us through one of our tap takeovers. It is brewed in Woodbury and tastes amazing. The California Soul is a steamed beer. Steam Beer is traditionally fermented using lager yeast at warmer temperatures. California Soul is bright copper-coloured, with lightly sweet malt balanced by a firm bitterness from the hops and topped with a botanical wood and herb aroma.” 3 South Street EX1 1DZ w southststandard.co.uk southstreetstandard STEAKS N SUSHI A family owned Japanese restaurant in Exeter. With an outstanding authentic Asian menu, with dishes such as light tender tempura, Kushiyaki (skewered and grilled meat and vegetables), Nabemono (flavoursome one pot dishes), a traditional range of sushi - with nigiri, gunkan, hosomaki, handemade rolls and sashimi (they also serve sushi sets and tasting menu’s if choosing gets too 42 EXETER INDEPENDENTS

much!). An absolute delight and one not to be missed. 23-24 North Street EX4 3QS w steaknsushi-exeter.co.uk TANG SHIAN Offers delicious and authentic Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine. 77-78 South Street EX1 1BZ w tangshian.com THE LITTLE ORANGE CAFÉ The Little Orange Cafe carries on the tradition of a cafe with a modern twist. Well, we like to think we offer a greater range of food and beverages than before as well as a warm friendly atmosphere where people of all ages can sit and chat whilst enjoying good honest food. A family run cafe owned by Shaida Churchley, trained at the Michael Caine Academy Exeter. She is the heart and soul of the cafe, fun and friendly, always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you want to come back again and again. Our menu includes not just the standard cafe fare, those you can get anywhere. We like to offer slight twists and some extra tasty dishes. Keep a watch out for our weekly specials, stews, and bolognese to name but two. Feel free to suggest a dish and we will see what we can do, if we like a suggestion and include it on our board we will even name it after you. We like to encourage young artists to display there work at a small cost in our gallery section, please contact management on the cafe number, website or social media. 29A-30 South Street EX1 1EB t 01392 278177 w littleorangecafe.com littleorangecafe YUMMY HOUSE Chinese takeaway. 59 South Street EX1 1EE MARCH COFFEE March Coffee may be one of the city centre’s newest cafés, but since opening in March 2017, it has developed a fine reputation amongst its many customers who have visited in search of a

comfortable and relaxing space to sit and enjoy great coffee. Thankfully, their search is over, as March Coffee is a modern, chilled out place serving meticulously made coffee sourced from local roasters, Crankhouse Coffee, as well as tea from Bristol-based Canton Tea Co. Their now famous handmade doughnuts, made fresh each morning using organic stone milled flour, are the perfect partner to a cup of tea of coffee. Grabbing them first thing when they are still warm and biting into the orange and lemon cream or blueberry is the sweetest way to start your day. The interior décor of the café has an industrial, stripped back feel with bare wood, exposed ceilings, dark metal chairs and bright vibrant blue stools. Combined with a range of plants alongside a comfy sofa, there is a definite feel of loft apartment style. The look may be understated, but the food produced includes amazing sandwiches for a lunchbreak, and the fabulous weekend brunch menu boasts imaginative creations like smashed avocado on sour dough toast, brioche French toast served with bacon and maple syrup and ricotta and orange crepes served with seasonal fruit and compote. The friendly staff have become just as well-known and popular as the delicious food and drink they serve, so whatever you choose from the simple but delicious menu to help you sit back and relax, you’ll be met with a welcoming smile and first-rate service. 87 South Street EX1 1EQ w marchcoffee.co.uk marchcoffeeexeter marchcoffeeexeter marchcoffeeexe


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THE BEER CELL AR

The little bar at the top of South Street specialises in craft beers and pulls in both regulars and visitors who are keen to try something new.

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hose with an appetite for sampling a wide range of different beer styles can expect to tour beers from the globe’s best breweries when they stop off at this friendly bar on Cathedral Green. Exeter has a thriving beer scene with a thirst for craft, and punters are treated to more than ‘the unusual’ when they pop in. Staff members are very knowledgeable: the ethos is to find the right beer for each customer by asking them questions rather than trying to push whatever happens to be on the pump that day. That said, the on-tap beers are always changing, and while some beers will always remain popular, many don’t come back round again for a year or so. There is an impressive choice of bottled beers too, with options to suit most palettes. The Beer Cellar was established by James Hornblower almost five years ago. James had been working at St Austell brewery after university, first down in St Ives for a couple of years before moving up to Topsham to work in The Globe, when a friend who worked in a brewery approached him to go into partnership by setting up a bar that would sell his beers. Around this time, UK craft beers were increasing in popularity and The Beer Cellar became one of the first dedicated craft beer bars in Devon.

“Devon is an area with a lot of good traditional beers, but not a lot of innovation in brewing,” says James. “So it was an opportunity for the bar to stock more unusual beers while more established pubs focused on the more local products.” James met the challenges of sourcing products from breweries across the country as well as further afield, from Europe and America, by dealing directly with breweries and a supportive craft community. “Some breweries even helped us out by working with other breweries local to them to put together a varied order from one area rather than supplying on their own beers,” says James. Cathedral Yard is a prime location for Devon’s visitors and one that has served The Beer Cellar well. Beloved by tourists and regulars alike, the challenge for the tiny bar has always been to fit them all in. As such, James opened a second venue in Fore Street at the end of June. More on this below. The Beer Cellar 2 South Street t 01392 757570 beercellarexe

LITTLE DROP OF POISON

The success of the Beer Cellar has inspired founder, James Hornblower, to bring a long-neglected pub back to life with craft ales and great music.

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he much larger location at the top of Fore Street, formerly The Mint Tavern, is a more traditional looking venue than The Beer Cellar, with a lot more scope for bringing buzz to Exeter’s cooler quarter. After some lengthy negotiation and renovation work, Little Drop Of Poison opened its doors at the end of June. The pub name is inspired by the Tom Waits song, and many of James’ clientele will concur with the opening line, ‘I like my town with a little drop of poison’. The name has further resonance with the address: back in 1838, it belonged to an apothecary, The Medicine And Chemical Hall. Today, however, the venue will be serving more palatable dosages than customers imbibed almost 200 years ago, and with plans for cocktails as well as twenty changing keg lines and eight cask ale pumps, the pub is likely to attract a broader base, too. Customers can expect a relaxing space that hosts events and live music, which will further enhance an area of Exeter that is

already known for attracting a thriving community of independent businesses and shoppers looking for a more enriching and different experience. “I hope to bring a welcoming day and evening venue where people can unwind,” says James. “Being an independent business has its good points as well as its challenges: there is no safety net if and you’ve really got to shout to make yourself heard over some of the larger chain retailers and bars, but it is also a great motivator to make things happen and frees you up to try new and innovative directions.”

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2 Guinea Street EX1 1BS w dansci.co.uk DanSci_Studio danscidancestudio

ACADEMY OF MUSIC & SOUND Founded in 1994, the Academy of Music and Sound offers music education by professional musicians for ages 16-19, through to undergraduate and postgraduate study. 8 Coombe Street EX1 1DB w academyofmusic.ac.uk ams_uk

SE RVIC E GARTON KING Garton King Appliances Ltd is the South West independent distributor of AGA Rangemaster products based in Exeter. Supplying both Devon and Cornwall we specialise in AGA Rangemaster cast iron and conventional range cookers to suit every home and lifestyle along with stoves and exclusive refrigeration products. We supply and install the iconic AGA cooker as well as Rayburn, Rangemaster, Falcon, Mercury and LACANCHE products. 19 North Street EX4 3QS w gartonking.com agashopdevon theAGAshop

DAN SCI DANCE STUDIO Dance is our passion and we want to share its benefits. We aim to teach our students to express themselves and their individuality through the movement of dance, build confidence and a healthy mind, body and spirit. Dan Sci Dance Studio sets the standard in Exeter for professional dance facilities as the first Fit for Dance Space recognised by One Dance UK and we pride ourselves on our environment.

MARKET CARPETS Established in 1965, this is the South West’s premier stockist of carpet and vinyl flooring. Market Street EX1 1BP w marketcarpets.co.uk MarketCarpetsLtd Z CARS Taxi firm. 15 South Street EX1 1DZ t 01392 422888

V E NUE EXETER SNOOKER CLUB Enjoy sport in a relaxed, welcoming environment. 1 Guinea Street EX1 1BS

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TRUGS FLORIST

Nestled on South Street, Trugs has been one of the most treasured Exeter businesses since 1990.

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he business was previously owned by a lady who had a vision to push the boundaries of design and service. Twenty-eight years later and keeping with that same ethos, Edward Moorman is the owner of this beautiful florist. The store blooms with flowers from all over the world, from Cornish daffodils to rare hydrangeas grown in Holland, Trugs prides itself on offering only the highest quality stems. The business supplies wedding flowers, sympathy flowers and floral arrangements across the area The Trugs team are approachable, friendly and extremely talented with a passion for creating truly beautiful bespoke pieces for their customers. It’s also hard to walk past the shop front without being captivated by the brilliantly composed window displays.

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Top 5 Games To Play With Your Family 5. Rhino Hero

A fun spin on Uno crossed with Jenga, the game sees players carefully building up a tower on a table. But each time a player lays down a new storey, it may force another player to move the wooden rhino piece to a higher floor, risking the whole thing collapsing! Excellent as a quick 15-minute warm-up before getting stuck into a deeper game.

3. Concept

Charades via icons on a board is how we describe Concept. One player silently must get others to guess by placing tokens on different icons. So, for ‘Bee’ you might place a token on ‘animal’, followed by ‘small’, ‘flying‘, ‘yellow’, ‘black’ ...you get the idea. It’s a game which, once you’ve started, you won’t be able to stop!

1. Forbidden Island & Forbidden Desert

The Forbidden games are an adventure game series where players are working co-operatively to escape before time runs out. You either win, or lose, together as a team. There is no greater exhilaration than winning at the very last moment, and it’s why we’ve picked this as our favourite!

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Eat, Drink, and Play at Devon’s award-winning board gaming restaurant, located on South St.

Enjoy a range of fresh food and drinks brought to your table while you choose from more than 350 board games in the library. If you don’t know what to play, the Game Gurus are on hand to help. They’ll walk you through a game or recommend something fun to get into. Open early til late every day of the week, it’s recommended to book your table via their website.

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4. Diamant

In this simple push-yourluck game, players are tasked with exploring several caves as deep as they can go, collecting gems and artifacts to rack up their treasure earnings for their chest. However, go too deep, or try to leave at the same time as another player, and you could come out empty-handed.

2. Ticket To Ride

Forging the original railway lines, Ticket To Ride has players competing over who can build the best routes on a large map of America. While this game will see you screwing over your opponents and blocking their routes, unlike Monopoly, everyone gets to play until the end, and you never feel like anyone can gang up on you!


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SOUTH GATE GALLERY

Beautiful bespoke framing and a selection of fine original paintings and limited edition prints – offered with passion and singular customer care at South Gate Gallery.

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ndrew and Gill Birnie took over the already wellestablished South Gate Gallery two and a half years ago, having moved to Exeter from the island of Guernsey. Andrew’s background is in commercial art. “I spent ten years in marketing and advertising which included designing logos, painting pub signs and murals and undertaking gold leaf work for the National Trust. I then went to university and pursued a career in economic policy and strategy, working as a senior manager for twenty years.” Gill, meanwhile, was establishing a career in IT. “I’m very numerate,” she says, “which comes in handy when working out complex mount cuttings – especially when we’re dealing with multiple apertures.” It’s Gill who programmes the computerised mount-cutter used to produce picture mounts to exact and often tricky specifications. “Ultimately,” Gill explains, “we just wanted to get out of the corporate rat-race to do something more arts-orientated.” “When taking over the gallery in 2016, we wanted to build on its exceptional reputation for quality framing and fine art sales. We decided to develop the art-sale side of the business, taking on more work from local artists,” says Andrew, “We have over 200 pieces for sale in the gallery and considerably more online.” “We are selective about the work we feature on the walls,” adds Gill. “As well as art by local artists we have pieces by nationally and internationally-renowned artists alike. We sell limited edition prints, original artwork and some sculptures, with prices varying from around £20 to £6,500.” “Our art ranges from landscapes and seascapes to wildlife and portraits, painted in oils, pastels, acrylics or watercolours. We certainly have some very talented artists some of which are becoming very collectible. We love to welcome people to our gallery and are happy to leave them to browse at their leisure or to chat to them about artists’ work. Any picture on our website can also be brought in for customers to view. There’s no obligation to buy – we just want to help customers find a picture that they love.” The gallery also provides a bespoke framing service and offers hundreds of frame styles and colours to suit all kinds of artworks. “Alongside the more regular framing of pictures, photographs and posters, we’ve framed a wide range of memorabilia including a dinner plate, medals, jewellery, military insignia and very recently a Nepalese baby carrier,” says Andrew. “All sorts of unusual things that require complex solutions.” “That’s where we work so well together,” adds Gill, “because we bounce ideas between us to come up with the perfect solution.”

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Andrew has recently finished a project to frame a group of nine ornate antique plaster casts depicting scenes from the Alhambra Palace near Granada. It required designing and producing individual bespoke box frames which are in-keeping with the style of the artwork. “They looked absolutely stunning,” he says, “and the customer was very pleased!” It’s this commitment to customer care that really sets Gill and Andrew apart. “We’ve happily spent an hour with some customers in the gallery, helping them choose exactly the right frame,” says Gill. “Some people are just after advice or a quote, and there’s no obligation from us to buy.” “Sometimes customers know exactly what they want and leave with just that,” adds Andrew, “but others may need some gentle expert advice and leave with something even better than they were hoping for!” South Gate Gallery 64 South Street EX1 1EE t 01392 435800 w southgategallery.co.uk


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PAVING THE WAY FOR SUCCESS La Fabrico celebrates one-year anniversary.

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lot of our clients say our showroom reminds them of a London vibe”, says Paul Greenslade, looking around La Fabrico’s boutique tile business in Exeter. It is a beautiful space, with examples of the finest stone, ceramic and porcelain products displayed tastefully on the walls like exhibits in an art gallery. Quirky contemporary lighting picks out textures of natural slate and stone, and the shimmer of metallic or mosaic finishes. Soft chill-out music plays, and the air is subtly scented with diffusers. The ‘vibe’ is relaxing, inspiring, and extremely upmarket. It is exactly what co-founders Paul Greenslade, Simon Pearce and Jon King envisioned when they opened La Fabrico. With 60 years’ experience between them in the tiling and stone industry, they wanted to pool their product knowledge and interior design flair to offer customers a unique experience. A year on, they have established La Fabrico as the local source

for the tile and stoneware products used by top designers and architects. They also offer an informal brain-storming service, sitting down with customers and poring over Pinterest boards, colour samples and magazine clippings, to help them achieve the look they want. “We really want to get inside your mind to see what you desire,” said Paul. “Do you want this quirky look, or this contemporary look? And then we can work towards that, through colours and sizes and shapes and textures. “We help people gather their thoughts, and bring the right things together. And we will be honest and say if we don’t think their idea will work. It’s not about just taking the money.” Paul is proud that La Fabrico have clinched a deal to become the exclusive supplier for a product which is “bang on trend”, the largest tile format in the world. Techlam tiles are three metres by one metre, very thin, and are revolutionising the decoration and architecture sectors.

They come in various finishes including a very contemporary ‘worn metallic’ effect, and are much in demand for bathrooms and showers because they minimise grouting. Among the year’s other developments is the move to source many of their other products directly from suppliers in Spain and Italy, rather than buying from importers in England. They are also working more closely with the upmarket kitchen showroom, Spillers of Chard. A working SieMatic kitchen is being installed in the La Fabrico display area, and in exchange La Fabrico will be tiling the Spillers showroom. “You could say we’ve got our second showroom in a year,” said Paul. Meanwhile, the appointment of a new showroom manager in Exeter is freeing Paul to go out and meet designers, developers and architects, and to projectmanage larger design and installation schemes. While the team are happy to welcome clients to their Design Hub in the showroom, sometimes they need to be on-site. Paul and his co-directors firmly believe in the benefits of being an independent business. “We can choose our own hours, so if customers can’t make it during the day, given 48 hours’ notice we can open in the evening or on a Sunday,” he said. It also means that they can anticipate and deal with any problems themselves, swiftly and directly, which is not the case with many larger enterprises. Looking back over La Fabrico’s first year, Paul is quietly satisfied. “It’s nice to see how the growth has happened,” he said. “When you’re caught in the moment, you don’t really appreciate what you’ve done. But you take a moment and think, ‘it’s gone all right, really’.”

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BE AUT Y • SALON • SPA • SKINC ARE ECLIPSE HAIR DESIGN High quality experienced stylists offer affordable hair design to suit all ages with a friendly personal approach. 121 Fore Street EX4 3JQ w eclipse121.co.uk

THE EXETER BARBER SHOP Established in late 2014, our premises were chosen for its central location and proximity to convenient parking, as well as offering a light and bright shop that is big enough to not feel cramped, but small enough to convey familiarity and a warm welcome. At the Exeter Barber Shop, we believe in providing a high-quality service in a comfortable and inviting environment. Our aim is to be Exeter’s premier barber, through our highly trained and experienced staff who understand that an excellent haircut, shave or beard-trim is just as important as a friendly face, an empathetic ear, or simply 30 minutes of peace and quiet. Our team of dedicated professional barbers welcome gentlemen of all ages from Monday – Saturday either by

appointment or walk-in, making us flexible enough to fit around our clients’ needs – just call us or drop by and we’ll be pleased to help. 1 City Arcade, Fore Street EX4 3JE t 01392 255838 ExeterBarberShop exeter_barber

HIDDEN JEWEL TATTOOS STUDIO Since the 1990s, Hidden Jewel Tattoo studio has been designing tattoo projects, big and small, in their Fore Street studio. You are welcome to pop in for a free consultation where you’ll be able to chat about your ideas and receive help to create your own unique design. The friendly, professional team want you to have a positive, enjoyable and satisfying experience at Hidden Jewel Tattoos studio. 136 Fore Street EX4 3AN t 01392 499429 Hidden Jewel Tattoos

PRINCESS NAILS Full manicure and pedicure services with walk-in and pre-booking available Ground Floor 95 Fore Street EX4 3HY Princess-Nails-Spa-1611346732505139 TOPPS HAIR Friendly salon offering full range of hair styling, cuts and colour 150 Fore Street EX4 3AN VIVA HAIR SALON Awarded five stars from the Good Salon Guide, Viva have a high standard of customer service and are proud of their professional yet friendly atmosphere, making you feel at ease as soon as you enter the salon. Once you have had the Viva experience we know you will want to come back!! Viva offer creative cutting and colouring with all levels of stylists, catering for all budgets. Viva also offer prom hair, wedding packages, children’s parties, student discounts, late nights and free consultations. 1st Floor 134 Fore Street EX4 3AN w vivahair134.co.uk topps.haircoltd

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CHANGING FACES Luxury beauty salon.

Changing Faces 39 New Bridge Street EX4 3AH t 01392 758644 w changingfaces.net ChangingFacesMakeUpArtists changingfaces_makeupartists

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stylish boutique studio situated at the bottom of Fore Street, in the up and coming West quarter of Exeter. This part of town offers a large community of independent, sole traders that share a common passion and culture for their professions. This salon is like no other in Exeter In order to ensure a truly unique experience it is divided into a glamorous hair and make up area lit with Hollywood mirrors, 1 private treatment room, a nail area and 2 sophisticated lash and brow stations all decorated with hints of rose gold, copper and barely there blush. Studio owner Rebecca Jackson, who is a specialist in makeup, lash extensions, LVL, Billion Dollar Brows and Microblading has spent the last 8 years building her clientele and has finally embarked on the next phase of Changing Faces, by opening a shop on Fore Street, with her own talented team. Rebecca notes, “There is a real shortage of places to get all your beauty treatments under one roof in Exeter. Changing Faces is your one stop studio for your wedding day or big night out and will also offer a luxury base to hold bridal trials. My team and I specialise in our fields and only offer the best services and products but at an affordable price�. The studio took on 4 new team members specialising in a variety of treatments. Open Monday to Friday with Saturday hours coming soon! The studio will be a place where people can have their makeup done, hair styled, lashes and brows perfected and are also offering some new services from nails, waxing, tanning and aesthetics.


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THE ROOTS FOUNDATION It’s a rare and wonderful thing to find a new treasure in town.

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There’s huge authenticity in all that they do: a more genuine welcome is rare to receive and it soon becomes apparent they live by their principles. PJ explained that sustainability – a core part of a vegan lifestyle – is important to them both so the shop is run entirely on sustainable power, and the refit was carried out using reclaimed materials and existing fittings. And there are a few hidden luxuries for a customer at Roots. Great, locally roasted coffee from RoastWorks in Willand is on offer – soon to be their own bespoke roast. Request a beard trim and you might notice the organic French lavender infused warm towel. All products are 100% vegan, natural and handmade by small independent producers. “I’d like to think when our clients come in here, they know they’re going to be somewhere relaxing, somewhere they’ll be listened to, and somewhere they’ll get a great cut, that’s right for them. I hope people will feel they can stay, relax, read, study, drink coffee or sit at the window and watch the world go by.” So, venture down to the end of the road - these guys just want to make you feel welcome, and they do a great job of it. The Roots Foundation 6 New Bridge Street EX4 3JW AT I O N

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tep into the Roots Foundation at the bottom of Exeter’s New Bridge Street and you’re stepping into a unique take on barbering – fresh white walls, natural wood and plenty of green plants make it a light, spacious and welcoming space that only partly feels like a barbershop. There’s a clue, perhaps, in the name on the sign-written window: The Roots Foundation Barber Shop and Social Space. Moments after meeting proprietors PJ and Luke, it’s evident that their ethos is about a lot more than cutting hair. PJ tells me, “After a long stint of pop-up barbering, having retail space in the heart of one of Exeter’s independent quarters is a big deal for us. It was always going to be about creating somewhere which provides more than just a haircut. The biggest motivation for us was to create a warm, welcoming space where people of all ages, genders and backgrounds feel at home. We’re also the first vegan barbershop in the UK and this is something we are very passionate about.” With its pared-back but undeniably slick image, the shop somehow manages to appear both aspirational and approachable at the same time. And that’s key to their policy of inclusivity. Despite receiving a traditional barber training, PJ says creativity is what’s essential to providing the best service. “We want to challenge the traditional stereotype of barbershops as “macho” environments which only welcome men. We cut hair for anyone – in fact, one of our newest clients is a lady in her 80s. We don’t discriminate on any level and so cuts cost the same, regardless of gender – it’s all based on the time a style takes.” The other side of the business – the Social Space – is an outlet for PJ and Luke’s other passions. Currently they’re hosting a powerful art exhibition raising awareness of men’s mental health, but in the future are interested in hosting events for anyone looking for a creative space.

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he Fore Street boutique are renowned for their first-class service to brides-to-be and anyone seeking that special gown, from proms to cruises, to fabulous balls and more and pride themselves on thousands of recommendations from their customers passed on to family and friends. Established in 1994, the boutique is the longest-standing bridal business in Exeter and have a collection of over 200 stunning wedding gowns with a huge varied selection of styles to suit any bride. Designer brands such as Mark Lesley, Olivia Grace and Romantica are amongst many and prices range from just £199 to £1895. The Bridal Emporium also have a fabulous choice of bridesmaid and prom dresses, beautiful occasion gowns and exquisite British designer accessories, including headdresses, veils, shoes, jewellery, bridal lingerie and more! So, what makes The Bridal Emporium different? Well, you can be assured of excellent service right through to your special day. You will be spoilt by one of The Bridal Emporium’s expert and knowledgeable Bridal Consultants. With their wealth of experience, it won’t be long before you’ve found your perfect gown! The boutique boasts a full alteration and customisation service - with in-house, professionally-trained seamstresses at your disposal to alter or transform your gown to create the perfect fit and make it truly individual. They can even offer a personal dresser for your big day to arrive in-time at your location to ensure your gown is perfectly fitted and help to make your arrangements stress-free by assisting with those last-minute preparations! In their large Exeter boutique, they can store your gowns free-ofcharge, right up to your wedding day, just another example of how choosing them will give you peace of mind that your dresses are safe, well-cared for and of course, insured! If you’re travelling, perhaps a wedding abroad, they can offer a sturdy travel box to safely transport your dress ready for your faraway occasion. They will happily pack your gown and ensure that it is all ready to wear, wherever the venue. And after your occasion, they’re still there! The boutique can dryclean and box your dress, using special acid-free boxes, ensuring that your gown is ready for lifelong storage. The Bridal Emporium Whatever you need, it is clear that The 105-106 Fore St EX4 3HY w bridalemporium.co.uk Bridal Emporium will always do their very TheBridalEmporium best to help you, every step of the way.

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FANTASY WORLD COSTUME HIRE We stock a range of fancy dress wear from decades past to mascot costumes, accessories and props for hire at affordable prices.

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or the past 30-years we have been helping our customers become every character imaginable from superheroes to New York cops, marauding Vikings to lightsabre waving aliens, fanged vampires to Red Indian Chiefs and anything else you can imagine. Our extensive range of retro-themed costumes will take you back to bygone eras of 20s flapper dresses and gangsters, 50s skirts and baseball jackets, funky 60s Beatles outfits, 70s flares, maxi dresses, and more. Whether you’re looking for a business promotion or you’re organising a party, we supply a range of custom-made mascot costumes for hire. Whether you’re looking for an animal, a cartoon character, a Roman Centurion or a swashbuckling pirate, you’ll find a costume to suit your needs.

EVOLUTION Dedicated to selling products that promote peace, harmony, beauty, healing, fulfilment and enlightenment. Ground Floor 96 Fore Street EX4 3HY evolutionexeter

RIVKA JACOBS Part of the vibrant indie shopping destinations on Exeter’s Fore Street,

What’s a pirate without a cutlass, or a Queen without a crown? Add the finishing touch to your chosen outfit with the perfect accessory or prop. Choose from our collection of hats and ties; replica guns, swords and shields specific to the period; latex animal masks, ears, tails and butterfly wings; face paints to bring your character to life and many inflatable props. If you aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for, or only have a vague idea, then visit us here at Fantasy World Costume Hire and we’ll happily provide you with our expert help. Fantasy World Costume Hire 118 Fore Street EX4 3JQ t 01392 495559 Fantasyworldexeter fantasyworldexeter

Rivka Jacobs Millinery offers beautiful, handmade hats. Rivka is a designer and artist who works with customers to design and make bespoke hats and fascinators that are ideal for any special occasion. Whether it’s a day at the races, or a special piece to finish off a bridal outfit, Rivka works with a range of clients, catering to different styles. Rivka gathers her inspiration from nature, recycled textiles and Victorian fashion which shows through her incredible and ambitious designs. Victorian fashion has played a key part in her time as a milliner, studying the history of millinery and the changing fashions. Recently Rivka has started hosting hen parties and cocktail workshops for groups interested in learning how to make fascinators or accessories – offering a fun evening out where people can indulge their creative side.

Rivka’s shop is a wonderful addition to the shops on Fore Street, and is the place to visit if you’re looking for a beautifully bespoke handmade hat. 34 New Bridge Street EX4 3AH t 07739 469 263 w rivkajacobs-millinery.com rivkajacobs-millinery ZEBEL BESPOKE TAYLOR Bespoke tailoring at its very best, combining the skill of a tailoring specialists and skilled craftspeople with attentive customer service. A leader in offering competitive prices, quality pieces and superior cloths. 19 Fore Street EX4 3JQ w zebel.co.uk zebelbespoke zebelbespoke

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FROCKS IN SWING TIME Quality vintage inspired clothing.

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search to find a way to relax and de-stress from the demands of a teaching career, combined with a passion for vintage fashion led to owner, Hayley, visiting a vintage clothes fair in 2014. Her keen interest in the unmatched style of swing dresses from the 1950s to 1960s developed into trading at vintage fairs with just a tiny, fold-up table and a single rail of frocks. With her popularity and reputation for selling quality vintage inspired clothing growing, Hayley soon expanded into larger vintage festivals. Just four years on from that initial interest, in March 2018, Hayley opened Frocks in Swing Time, her new shop in Fore Street. She has now been joined by her Sister and Stepmother, creating a unique family-run business offering a wide range of vintage style clothing & accessories in sizes 6-26 for ladies and children’s clothing from new-born to age 12. Frocks in Swing Time now has a loyal band of regular customers that are increasing in number as more and more women are choosing to wear vintage outfits to special occasions like weddings or proms. By sourcing her stock from 15 suppliers, many of whom are based in the UK or even closer to home in the south west, customers can select a uniquely designed dress, reassured by the fact it is limited edition and is unavailable at the larger stores. The risk of someone wearing the same outfit at an event is eliminated, allowing the customer to enjoy the admiration she will doubtless receive. Hayley and her family believe clothes shopping should be an amazing and pleasurable experience, so much so that only dresses Hayley would be happy to wear herself are stocked. Many customers compare the level of service provided to having their own personal shopper each time they return for another visit. Already looking to the future, a loyalty club for regular customers is planned, which will be another incentive to pop in for a chat about all things vintage and enjoy browsing through the beautiful range at Frocks in Swing Time.


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For garments that feel as good to buy as they do to wear, discover the women’s and men’s sustainable clothing shops at Fore Street’s fashion fulcrum.

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nlike most shops you find on the high street, Sancho’s sources clothing that is fair trade certified and made from sustainable, natural materials. The highquality textiles, accessories and gifts are carefully sourced for their unique designs as well as for the stories of those who made them. Kalkidan and Vidmantas opened the doors to their first store in 2014 in response to their travels in Ethiopia, where they saw first-hand the effects of the fastfashion industry: low wages, and social and environmental destruction. The pair was keen to create an opportunity for sustainable development by supporting jobs through purchasing products from ethical brands. They even started their own brand, Scarves for Sustainability, to provide more options to conscious consumers keen to make their purchase decisions matter. The couple describe a more recent trip to Ethiopian cotton workshops as a ‘wonderfully endearing experience’, during which they discovered more about the production processes as well as chatting to weavers during their coffee break, whose knowledge helped the pair to think about how they might develop future designs. “We aspire to raise awareness as widely as we can about the cost of fast fashion,” says Kalkidan. “We want to host events and enable and empower the south west to really engage with sustainable fashion, and, as an extension, move towards sustainable and conscious living.” With so much textile waste going to landfill or incineration each year, Sancho’s places the emphasis on making investment purchases that don’t wear or date quickly. Building a capsule wardrobe is a great way to ensure you always have outfits that work for all sorts of occasions

‘We aspire to raise awareness as widely as we can about the cost of fast fashion. We want to host events and enable and empower the south west to really engage with sustainable fashion, and, as an extension, move towards sustainable and conscious living.’ and degrees of formality, while choosing items that are high quality means they last the course. Alongside helping to raise awareness about more conscious fashion choices, education is an important part of the Sancho’s philosophy. “We’ll be running a competition in the autumn to challenge professional and amateur designers to produce a sustainable garment, while helping them to find sustainable materials and processes,” says Kalkidan. Because items are selected from brands that are fair trade with robust sustainability credentials, customers can be sure of a high degree of wearability through choosing comfortable and quality garments, as well as making fashion choices that help wearers to feel empowered, calm and joyful. By carrying brands such as People Tree, Thought, Ella Moda, Armedangels, Stanley & Stella, and Monkee Genes, to name but a few, alongside in-house designs, there are rich, yet guilt-free pickings for both men and women as

well as globally-inspired gifts and homefurnishings. Summer looks for women include linens and a suite of cheerful cotton or corduroy dungarees from Lucy & Yak, while a host of soft, print t-shirts line up for men. A current favourite in the men’s store are the tumbleweed shirts and chinos, while women are favouring the bees tees paired with dungarees.

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THE REAL MCCOY

Walking into The Real McCoy is the closest to stepping back in time anyone will experience. The Real McCoy 21 McCoy’s Arcade Fore Street EX4 3AN t 01392 410 481 w therealmccoy.co.uk real.mccoy.1460 realmccoyexeter RealMccoyExeter

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op hats and gent’s gloves recall the respectability of the Victorian era. Original 1940’s evening gowns pay tribute to a period of glamour. 1950’s leather biker jackets from Europe and denim shirts imported from the USA evoke memories of Brando on a Harley Davidson. Business owner, Jo, began working part-time at the Fore Street store in the 1980s. In 2000, she bought the business and she has created a shop that houses a living history of style from the 19th to the late 20th centuries.


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THE BELT M AKERS

The beautiful, handcrafted belts produced by Mark and Marie Buckfield, the owners of The Belt Makers, might not be with us to enjoy were it not for their shared love of field archery.

M The Real McCoy has a huge fan base and its reputation as the home for an eclectic mix of fashion ensures its many customers remain loyal and continue to return in search of another unique piece from the decades of style on show. As with any successful business, word of mouth accounts a lot for popularity. “I’ve seen customers walking into the shop with our Google page open on their phones”, says Jo. Whatever trend or fashion from British, American and European culture excites you, The Real McCoy can help you relive the spirit of your favourite era.

ark’s brother, a master saddler, taught the couple how to select the very best leather types, and how to perfect the numerous processes involved in creating an exclusive piece of workmanship to be valued by its owner. Having mastered cutting, edging, veining, staining and sealing (who knew there were so many skills involved in producing a quality belt?) Mark and Marie soon found the archery community loved their products and they began to receive requests for belts and quivers, the container for holding arrows. From selling their artisan products out of a van at field shoots to establishing their Fore Street shop in 2008, The Belt Makers is now a

well-known business recognised for its use of quality materials, using the finest leather sourced from Abbey England and brass buckles made in Abbey’s UK foundry. With customers in Australia and Japan, the exceptional reputation of The Belt Makers is spreading far and wide, but the source is very much here in Exeter.

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WILLOW HILSON VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

The vintage shop that revives classic garments from the 1920s to the 1960s welcomes skills-seekers into the studio.

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even years ago, Willow Hilson was the manager of a vintage clothes shop, then named Relevant, when the owner decided to sell. “I felt my heart would break if the shop wasn’t part of my everyday,” says Willow, “So I decided to make this my full-time position and to buy the business.” Now able to choose the creative direction of the shop, Willow could commit entirely to her passion for textiles and fashion - and fully apply her art and design background, which she nurtured at London’s prestigious St Martin’s College. The broader fashion industry is not known for sustainability, but shopping vintage is one of the earth-friendly options. Here, pre-loved items are given a new lease of life to be enjoyed by customers seeking something beautiful that can’t be found on the high street. “Each piece is selected for its high quality and distinctive design. The collection is curated to appeal to those who value high-quality textiles and are

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looking for individual pieces to add to their wardrobes,” says Willow. The shop attracts customers from further afield who are drawn by the unique items listed on the website. Part of the experience is engaging with the items in the shop itself. Here customers find themselves recalling memories associated with particular garments - perhaps those that remind them of relatives who wore them. The textures and colours of the fabrics and finishes are also features that are wonderful to experience first-hand. “Women of all ages who are looking for something original and appreciate the value of timeless design are drawn to the shop,” says Willow. “We source designs from across the world and regularly attend buying trips to Europe. Our strong online presence helps people who are looking for somewhere to re-home their treasured heirlooms, too.” Willow curates her collection for quality so each item is given space to be exhibited artistically in the soothing and beautifully

considered space. “Our expert team of seamstresses spend countless hours lovingly re-beading and mending longlost fashion pieces; wounded birds that deserve to be restored to their former glory.” Those interested in bringing their creativity to an item of clothing can bring it along to one of the workshops Willow will be running. Here participants will be able to embellish, design and revamp items to give them renewed beauty. The shop and studio is located at the foot of Fore Street, which is already abuzz with lively independent businesses that triumph in creativity. “It’s a wonderful and vibrant community,” says Willow. “I love being surrounded by like-minded business owners that support and encourage each other. We all work very hard and it’s wonderful to see more people choose to shop independently.”

Willow Hilson, Vintage Boutique 127 Fore Street EX4 3JQ t 01392 425123 w willowhilson.com willowhilsonvintage


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FOOD & DRINK @ANGELA’S RESTAURANT A joy of a restaurant, serving the very best of Devon produce by a family team in a friendly, intimate yet refreshingly relaxed atmosphere. Fish and Seafood come from Brixham and Exmouth, day boat landed. Scallops are a very popular dish, so too is Turbot, Monkfish & John Dory. Mussels from Elberry cove and Crab from Labrador Bay. For meat eaters the steaks are sourced from Pedigree Long Horn or Angus Beef just on the outskirts of Sampford Peverell. The best Burlescombe Lamb, Creedy Duck and Local Pork also feature. Seasonal Game feature when in season. A gem of a neighbourhood restaurant and one not to be missed. 38 New Bridge Street EX4 3AH w angelasrestaurant.co.uk BODRUM KEBAB HOUSE Serves fast food. 166 Fore Street EX4 3AT

BUFFET CITY Buffet City Exeter offers diners over 100 international dishes every day. Choose from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and English. We are open for lunch and dinner every day from 11:45 until late. Our food is cooked fresh daily and served at a fixed price for adults and half price for children. St George’s Hall, George Street EX1 1BU t 01392 438885 w buffetcityexeter.com BuffetCityExeter EX4 BAR Dance venue. 161 Fore Street EX4 3AT w edenloungeexeter.com

FEVER & BOUTIQUE Late night entertainment! Fever & Boutique is the brand new venue with fantastic booths to reserve. Mary Arches Street EX4 3AZ w feverexeter.com HIDDEN TREASURE TEA ROOM The Hidden Treasure Tea Room is an independent vintage style tearoom which has been open for 5 years in the heart of Exeter’s artisan West Quarter. A wonderfully tranquil place, the tea room is a fantastic stop to meet friends or simply sit and watch the world go by while enjoying some amazing local produce and home cooked food as well as that all-important cuppa. Including a selection of the finest looseleaf teas, locally roasted Fairtrade organic coffee, traditional cold drinks and a tasty spread of homemade cakes, sweet treats and light lunches that are all baked and prepared daily on the premises, it’s no wonder that this hidden gem hits the spot with so many of Exeter’s locals as well as those new to the area. “Everyone loves a freshly baked scone and so do I! Here at the Hidden Treasure Tea Rooms we do all of our baking on site so our customers know they are getting a truly authentic Devonshire cream tea. We also do an indulgent Traditional Set Afternoon Tea menu from £14.50 pp (booking advised) which is always a little different, depending on what I want to bake that day. Other menu options include our own unique range of vegan and gluten free options and we do tea parties and private functions as well as off site catering.” 5A New Bridge Street EX4 3JW w hiddentreasure.biz hiddentreasureteamrooom

and modern, with Eastern and Western influences and serve some of the most exciting, popular and fresh-tasting dishes of Thailand. Dishes are freshly cooked by highly experienced Thai chefs using the finest quality ingredients. 153 Fore Street EX4 3AT w jasmine-thai.co.uk LANGMAID NEWS Newsagents. 89 Fore Street EX4 3HX ORCA Extensive menu of fast food with kebabs, burgers and pizza. 155 Fore Street EX4 3AT w orcakebab.co.uk QUICK STOP GROCERS 143B Fore Street EX4 3AN RAZOR TURKISH BARBERS Turkish Barber,Hairdresser & Beautician. 143A Fore Street EX4 3AN Razor-Turkish-Barber-108580005918897 SPICE MAGIC Spice Magic serve the finest, most authentic Indian food in Exeter. Award winning and utterly delicious. 139 Fore Street EX4 3AN w spicemagicexeter.co.uk THE ARCADE EXETER The Arcade is a stunning video game themed bar in a cosy venue with seating for up to 20 people and a huge range of retro coin operated arcade machines and games consoles. The Arcade is Exeter’s only venue for all gaming groups and a fantastic place for a quick drink or cocktail. 122A Fore Street EX4 3JQ w thearcadeexeter.wordpress.com ExeterArcade

JASMINE THAI RESTAURANT Experience the full flavours and friendly service that makes Thailand and Thai food a favourite in the world today. Jasmine Thai offer a fusion of both traditional

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THE FL AT

There’s nothing flat about the dining experience in this little corner of Exeter; the city’s favourite vegetarian and vegan restaurant has a global outlook.

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ince it opened its doors in spring 2017, The Flat on Fore Street has been a hit with diners far beyond the vegan and vegetarian community. The restaurant’s ethos of ‘planet-friendly indulgence, done simply’ coupled with its reputation for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, not to mention deliciously filling food, has kept hungry hoards coming back to enjoy inspired pizza and pasta dishes that are freshly-prepared using ethically-sourced ingredients. The dinner and takeaway menus are all organic and freshly made, while the chefs can cater easily for those that require or prefer a gluten-free meal. The growing awareness of the impact our consumption habits have on the global environment is a significant driver for this small restaurant, and the team is understandably proud of the vegan mozzarella and parmesan cheese that they make in-house. “We can hardly believe it has been a year since we opened but we are loving being apart of the Fore Street independent community,’”says founder, Chloe Whipple. “It's super supportive and has such a creative vibe.” There is no shortage of pizza restaurants in Exeter, but none that places planet-friendly vegan and vegetarian living so consciously at its core. And with affordable prices and a great wine-list to boot, few would be able to resist feeling inspired by the plant-based lifestyle. The menu is simple and flavourful. Whether diners decide upon the decadent blue cheese, radicchio, courgette, pine nut and truffle oil topping, or a simple mozzarella, tomato and basil sauce on their pizza, the taste and texture comes from fresh, carefully selected ingredients. But the enjoyment doesn’t stop at the main. Vegans often struggle in restaurants to find just one animal-friendly dessert, but The Flat offers three, including the luxury Booja Booja ice cream. There’s more to come from The Flat this summer too. “We have some exciting plans for July and August,” says Chloe. “One big one is that we will now be opening for lunch on Sundays and we will be bringing back giro pizza, which is basically Italian for all you can eat!” Even with such a generous offering available, a plantbased diet cuts the average carbon footprint of an individual in half. Knowing that you are not consuming the planet’s resources makes a meal out all the more enjoyable. When you visit The Flat, you will emerge feeling comfortably full and, because of its ethos, well-rounded.

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The Flat 142 Fore Street EX4 3AN t 01392 459424 w theflatexeter.co.uk


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THE HOUSE OF HOPE & MERC Y IN THE JUNGLE There’s an ancient Chinese quote that says, “Man can do without food for three days, but without tea, not for one.”

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ames and Jane, the owners of Exeter’s own Tea Merchants, ‘The House of Hope & Mercy in the Jungle’ offer lovers of a good brew a fine collection of their favourite, ethically sourced, high-grade teas. The tranquil and attractively decorated shop in Fore Street presents visitors with an array of exotically names teas such as Iron Goddess of Mercy (Ti Kuan Yin), Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Xian) and Big Snow Mountain (Da Xue Shan). House Blends created from carefully selected leaves with balanced flavours and infused with natural organic oils, sit alongside Single Origin Teas especially selected from different

locations around the world to create a super collection of the finest quality. Both James and Jane originate from creative backgrounds and their artistic imaginations are evident in the shop’s interior design and hand-crafted packaging, complete with their unique lino print bird logo that decorates every packet of tea. The couple have a strong ethos about the tea they source and the suppliers they work with are independent small producers and Ethical Tea Partnership Gardens, which means the tea on sale is not sourced from big plantations. Instead, great care is given to how the leaves are grown and the welfare of the workers who are employed to plant and harvest. This attitude towards supporting others extends to collaborating with local potters to produce the lovely selection of tea ware sold in the shop. The delicately crafted tea pots, cups and spoons are all exquisitely handmade and are designed to enhance your tea drinking experience. Ritualized tea making practices are part of Asian culture and in the summer of 2018 the shop will host a series of Chinese Tea Ceremony events presented by Yujia Xu, a certified Chinese Tea Ceremony specialist who was raised in Yunnan province, China. Information can be found on the shop’s website. James and Jane look forward to welcoming you to their shop and sharing their passion for quality, ethically sourced tea. The House of Hope & Mercy in the Jungle McCoy’s Arcade, Fore Street EX4 3AN w thehouseofhopeandmercyinthejungle.co.uk TheHouseOfHopeAndMercyInTheJungle exeter_tea_merchants EXETER INDEPENDENTS

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Haberdashery, Jewellery Making, The Little Wool Shop, Workshops & Parties. Bunyip Craft are an Exeter based craft retailer, check Bunyipcraft.com for our latest news. t 01392 437377 w bunyipcraft.com e info@bunyipcraft.com

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In a busy city that attracts many thousands of commuters and visitors daily, this little shop on Fore Street is all about slow living.

o Guts, No Glory began life at the bottom of Fore Street, selling beautifully-framed original prints by local artists, garments, and other objects of interest. Later it moved across the road to larger premises, where it expanded its range of wares to support a flourishing demand for household plants. The couple behind the business is Nathan, whose epithet is ‘Framer of all things’, and Hayley, the ‘Plant obsessed’; between them, and with the help of a small, knowledgeable and friendly team, they have created a space in which customers can sip fresh, ethically-sourced coffee and browse ceramics, prints, cards, books, gifts and more. The shop has a focus on ‘honing a lifestyle with objects that are not only beautiful to behold, but carry a message of sustainability, slow living and wellbeing… Everything is designed to last for future generations whilst making minimal impact on our environment.’ The pair is keen to support experts and artisans who share their values by running workshops that bring the makers’ earth-friendly designs and skills to more people to enjoy. “Everything stems from an extended network of like-minded people,” says Nathan. “Our calming shop space reflects tranquillity found in the collection of nature-inspired tools for living; from children’s books to framed illustrations, everything you’ll find is carefully curated, crafted and made to be cherished.” Workshops range from modern macramé to botanical watercolour flower studies and are hosted after closing hours in the soothing setting of the shop. With all things natural being very much at the forefront of fashionable lifestyle choices, Hayley and Nathan made an appearance on Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas last year, sharing the art of kokedama making – a hanging garden made from a ball of moss and twine. Certainly the popularity of making environmentally responsible choices in home decor has never looked so good, but for the couple, it’s about nurturing the local community too. “We’re proud and honoured to be part of a thriving, friendly indie community that not only supports each other, but satisfies the wanderers who venture down Fore Street and beyond,” says Nathan. “Visitors to the city who want to sample No Guts, No Glory slow living, appreciate art, and take stock of 125 Fore Street how we live, love, of our pace and our values, EX4 3JQ are invited to take a step back from the city t 01392 757179 for an immersive experience of plant-life, w ngngdesign.com perhaps coupled with a soothing beetroot or rose cinnamon latte, to feel nourished and replenished from root to tip.”

LOUDMOUTH A cavern of incense, posters, hookahs, jewellery and piercings, stash cans, spray paints and more. 138 Fore Street EX4 3AN w loudmouthexeter.co.uk

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DEVON STRINGS WORKSHOP

At the lower end of Fore Street lies Bartholomew Street West, one of Exeter’s most historic areas dating back to the 18th Century.

Devon Strings Workshop 1 Bartholomew Street West EX4 3AJ t 01392 433748 w devonstrings.co.uk e enquiries@devonstrings.co.uk devonstrings

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s befits a street steeped in history, here you will find Devon Strings Workshop, a professional violin shop and workshop, founded and owned by Jonathan and Rebecca Springall. Both Jonathan and Rebecca are professionally trained, qualified and experienced in the repair and restoration of violins, violas, cellos and mandolin family instruments and are happy to undertake a wide variety of work - from a new bridge on a child's violin to the complex restoration of a valuable antique instrument. Bows can also be re-haired and repaired. They also sell a wide range of instruments, bows, strings, cases and accessories suitable for everyone from beginners to professional musicians. All the

instruments stocked are worked on before sale. Student instruments can be bought with either their free adjusted set up, with string heights and bow curve adjusted, nut reshaped, fingerboard adjusted and pegs and fine tuners lubricated; or with their full workshop set up featuring a hand carved bridge, a good quality welladjusted soundpost, completely reshaped fingerboard (essential for accurate intonation) and the pegs refitted for ease and accuracy in tuning. Strings are always upgraded. Higher quality instruments are always fully set up. Rebecca started her first instrument when she was 13 years old with a local violin maker, which led her to study at the Cambridge Violin Maker's Workshop, and the Newark School of Violin Making.


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MANSONS GUITARS One of the most experienced independent guitar stores in the world, operating for over 20 years. The team is headed by the company directors and sole shareholders, guitar luthier Hugh Manson and bass expert Adrian Ashton. Manson’s Guitar Shop employ a further 12 staff including three world-tour experienced guitar technicians who can repair, modify or service your guitar for the ultimate in tone and feel. Service and warranty work is carried out in house or by a swift and efficient returns team. Mansons are an official Gibson service centre and a Silver Authorised Taylor Repair Centre. Unit 14-15 McCoys Arcade, Fore Street EX4 3AN w mansons.co.uk ROOSTER RECORDS One of the largest selections of quality new and used vinyl LP, 12” and 7” records covering all genres of music, with a fascinating array of CD’s and music DVD’s. Ground Floor 98 Fore Street EX4 3JF w roosterrecords.co.uk

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Rebecca is now established as an experienced professional maker in her own right and enjoys making instruments in both baroque and modern set-ups. She continues to actively participate as an orchestral viola player. Jonathan studied Baroque and Renaissance stringed instruments and a course in Violin Making and Repair at the Newark School of Violin Making. His studies led to him to becoming a part-time lecturer at the School. Jonathan has also run wellregarded workshops in Canada and the UK as well working as an official restorer for the Benslow Music Trust. When Jonathan and Rebecca are not at the shop, they are most likely concentrating on their restoration work, but can be contacted by telephone.

CITY VAPERS Quality stockist of vaping products 68 Bartholomew Street West EX4 3AJ w cityvapers.co.uk CityVapersDevon PGL TRAINING A professional training company offering a comprehensive range of courses. 165 Fore Street EX4 3AT w pgltraining.com PGLTraining PGLtrainingcentre ROCHELLES CURTAINS & LANGAN’S FURNISHINGS Made to measure curtains and blinds available across Devon. 130 Fore Street EX4 3JQ w rochellescurtains.co.uk RochellesBlinds Rochelles-Curtains-and-Blinds-184185021626788/

BIK E • SNOW • SPOR T EXETER BIKE WORKSHOP With the support of other cyclists like you, Exeter Bike Shop are helping homeless and excluded people in Exeter to train, gain confidence and get back into work. We run accredited courses and training programs proven to help people make progress towards employment. Last year the bike shop helped 140 people back into work. 19 Market Street EX1 1BP w jhbikeworkshop.org JHBikeWorkshop Julian-House-Bike-Workshop-781126775259043 THE BIKESHED The shop stocks bikes for all disciplines and boasts our largest display of bikes and accessories including a vast array of clothing. Staff expertise spans most disciplines and are ready to help you find the perfect bike or accessory to suit your needs. The shop has two floors for you to browse (or drool over if you wish!), with a workshop situated on the ground floor. Pickwick Arcade, Fore Street EX4 3AT w bikesheduk.com/exeter-store BikeShedDevon bikesheddevon THE BOARDING HOUSE Opened in 1984 selling BMX Bikes, The Boarding House was the first shop in Exeter to stock Vans shoes. The place to go for skateboard or BMX equipment, help and advice. 132 Fore Street EX4 3AN w theboardinghouse.eu the-boarding-house-123709374340716 THE KIT SHOP Extensive range of kit and outdoor equipment from binoculars, clothing and camouflage, footwear, tents and sleeping systems, carabiners and clips, food, hydration and medical items. 158 Fore Street EX4 3AT w kitshoponline.co.uk TheKitShopExeter

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FERNS 27 Guildhall Shopping And Dining Centre, Upper Paul Street EX4 3HL ARTHURS DELI CAFE Great place to watch the world go by with outdoor seating. Goldsmith Square, Guildhall Shopping Centre EX4 3HP


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