Granted Fair Trade city status in 2004, Exeter restaurants, cafés and market traders have reached out a hand of friendship to farmers everywhere.
Does this sound like the ideal place for you to have a munchtastic mini-break? If so, here is a short guide about where to go for the best ingredients and the prime locations for sumptuous meals and moreish bites.
Real Food Store
The Real Food Store can only be found by using a map, but it’s worth going to the extra lengths to find it – promise! Miles better than a grocery shop, it has a café upstairs with free Wi-Fi, and is the hub for Exeter’s hip scene – you will often find budding poets writing on Macs and twiddling their moustaches.
The shop offers the best homemade baked goods; an in-house favourite is the sesame seed and vegetable pastry. Yum. Because it is somewhat still a hidden gem in Exeter, it is rarely busy, so if you want to catch the tide of grabbing the best fair trade products and a quiet space to ponder during the day, this is the place for you!
Mercure Southgate Hotel
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your time in Exeter, Mercure Southgate Hotel is a favourite for visitors. Click here to check out their website. The hotel is in a central location in the city and rural areas such as Dartmoor are easily accessible. Not only that, you can even see stunning views of the famous cathedral within your room.
When you need sustenance, Southgate’s restaurant, Cloisters, delivers the very best locally sourced food, beautifully cooked by talented chef Steve Saunders.
Do you want to buy your food straight from the source? The farmers market in Exeter provides a rare opportunity to buy directly from West Country farmers, who only produce organic, ethical food. A favourite among the locals is the Farmhouse Pies & Pasties – their steak pies are heavenly!
If pies are not your thing, and you would rather nosh on something tasty from the sea, check out the Wetfishshop market stall for the best fresh fish in Devon. For the omnivores among you, there are vegetarian stalls, and there are baked goods for everyone – even vegan cakes! Treat yourself to a blueberry brownie from the Truly Treats stall. You know you deserve it.
This sponsored post is by Mercure Southgate Hotel.