Exeter’s treasure trove

Exeter’s treasure trove

Exeter, the regional capital of the South West is a modern dynamic retail and commercial centre set in a Georgian and Medieval past.

With its Norman cathedral and its coffee shops and ale houses which were trading in Elizabethan times rubbing shoulders with Starbucks and Weatherspoons, the city blends its past and present beautifully.

The Guildhall, sitting comfortably in the High Street is a Grade 1 listed building which is the old municipal property still in constant use in the land.

A short walk down the street heading towards the River Exe and you will arrive at St Nicholas Priory, a Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1087 and still standing after nearly a thousand years. Those westcountry brickies built them to last!

Further down Fore Street and you can find the Tudor district of the city. At the bottom of West Street is a 15th century timber-framed building which found itself in the wrong place just after WW2. It survived the blitz but could survive the building of a new city ring road, so in 1961 this glorious medieval building was jacked up and moved a short distance to its current position. It now appears to have always been there.

“The House That Moved” is now a bridal shop. Sir Francis Drake may well approve that bridal gowns haven’t changed that much since his days in Exeter.

Maybe it’s time to take a break and check out all those photos you’ve taken. Let me suggest that you stroll up West Street, you are now back in Fore Street. Look opposite and you will see @ Angela’s Restaurant, one of Exeter’s finest, rated by Trip Advisor as 26th best in the city out of 462.

Angela Valder herself will greet you while husband Richard is busy preparing Devon’s finest fish and meat. Maybe you would like to try the seared Brixham scallops followed by pan fried local Aberdeen Angus steak and strawberry Eton Mess to finish. @ Angela’s will not break the bank but hurry. As Shaun from Rome said “Suggest you get there before the secret is out.”

Exeter has something for everyone, great shopping, a café society and excellent dining, ship loads of history, murals and statues and an award-winning museum. In other words the Jewson lot.

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