City Gate, Exeter 

City Gate, Exeter

Wow! What a difference a few months can make. My last visit to the City Gate was on Christmas Day for a pre-lunch drink. A slightly worse for wear interior that was in serious need of updating and that’s exactly what Youngs have done! The City Gate has undergone a complete transformation inside and out. The once unkempt garden is now spick and span with its very own bar, gourmet burger shack and WC’s. It’s inside where you notice the most changes and I was lucky enough to have a little tour of the bedrooms and cellar bar before sitting down for supper in the brand new dining area.

The 14 boutique bedrooms are all decorated individually and offer extreme comfort with lots of little touches that set this hotel apart. A complimentary glass of port and handmade Devon fudge are left as a welcome treat in your room. Speciality teas with fresh milk and a Nespresso coffee machine add to the experience.

The cellar bar is a comfy spot with sofas and soft lighting serving delicious cocktails. For those that want to watch sports then this is the place for you.

After our short tour we made our way to the dining area where delightful canapés and a glass of fizz welcomed us. The dining room, like everywhere else, has undergone a complete transformation. Soft furnishings in teal and lime compliment the wooden tables and chairs.

Once settled, head chef Jason Mead came out to speak to us about the seasonal and locally sourced menu which was a real treat. Fish from Brixham, meats from near Crediton and his very own forager who picks wild garlic and the like to compliment the menu. I love the seasonality showcasing the best that Devon has to offer at this time of the year.

The dishes that came out of the kitchen were delicious and I really wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the City Gate as a dining destination and also a place to stay. In fact I am already looking forward to visiting again and spreading the word about the newly inspired menu and comfortable surroundings.

You can find the City Gate at: Iron Bridge, Lower North Street, Exeter, EX4 3RB
Tel: 01392 495811
EMAIL: [email protected]

 

Disclaimer: I was invited to try the new menu by the City Gate. I was not paid for my blog post and all views are my own as always.

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