The City Gate inn in Exeter has unveiled its new look, following an extensive refurbishment by renowned pub, hotel and bar group Young’s.
The 14-bed inn, which has welcoming guests since it first opened in 1778, offers everything from a pint of real ale to after-work cocktails, weekend brunch to a three-course dinner.
The City Gate’s boutique bedrooms include Nespresso coffee machines, luxury toiletries from Algotherm, hairdryers and laptop safes as well as super comfortable beds complete with crisp cotton linen and plush pillows. Extra touches include complimentary glass of vintage port, hand-made Devon fudge and fresh milk in the fridge.
A modern British menu is served in the newly designed dining room, bar-side lounge and garden-view conservatory.
For breakfast there's brunch muffins topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce; or a traditional Full English. The main menu features seasonal dishes using British ingredients, locally sourced where possible.
Classic pub dishes such as Young’s Bitter battered cod and triple-cooked chips sit alongside chef specials including pan-roasted Elston Farm lamb rump with wilted wild garlic and purple sprouting broccoli; and baked Brixham hake fillet with garlic and lemon butter and samphire.
Sharing platters, small plates, door stop sandwiches and superfood salads also feature.
As one would expect from Young’s, with a brewing heritage that dates back to 1831, there’s an extensive range of Young’s cask ales and craft brews as well as a carefully curated wine list and contemporary twists on classic cocktails.
Previously the domain of the pub’s wine store, The Cellar Bar is for those in the know. This secret hideaway with its dark wood and exposed brick walls finished with unusual artwork, is the place to enjoy a craft cocktail or beer.
The pub’s beautiful garden backs onto Exeter’s ancient Roman city wall and comes with its own Burger Shack, plus a covered area and outside heaters.