Stepping foot through the front door of Exeter’s The Canopy felt like stepping through the chalk painting in Mary Poppins. You walk in and instantly you’re transported into another world; a calmer more friendly world at that. A soft piano soundtrack plays in the background and the sound of birdsong coming from the trees creates a feeling of serenity and calm. Yes! Trees, hence the name The Canopy.
Greeted by the equally serene Christina, we were shown to our table. In keeping with the woodland theme the tables and chairs are made from wood. Not just any wood though.. heavy tree trunks shipped over from the homeland of Christina’s husband – Poland. As Steve and I sat taking in the atmosphere menus were brought over. Wooden of course!
We ordered our drinks as we perused the menu. A mixture of food styles ranging from Italian with the risotto and lasagne options to Russian with a beef stroganoff! I would liken it to good home cooking. Lots of comfort foods that, like the decor, make you feel warm and cosy.
Steve and I ordered the sharing platter to start. A good selection of mussels, prawns, calamari, mushrooms, salad and bread to mop up the juices. A perfect amount for two to share.
For my main course I ordered the roasted vegetable salad with the added option of garlic prawns. Steve ordered the seawater bass with sundried tomato mashed potatoes plus roasted vegetables. When Christina brought the dishes out to us we were overwhelmed. Presented beautifully and so much food. Portion sizes edge on the large size so bare that in mind when you order. I was pleased I had ordered a salad so I had room for dessert! My salad was fresh and crunchy with succulent garlic prawns and Steve’s bass was cooked well with flavoursome side dishes.
Dessert for Steve was their signature deconstructed cheesecake. If cheesecake is on the menu he always has it. For me I opted for the mixed fresh berries with chocolate whipped cream. Both desserts were a perfect way to end our meal. The berries with chocolate cream were zingy and the chocolate cream really cut through the acidity of the raspberries. The cheesecake was served in a glass. Layers of biscuit crumb, fruit, cheesecake mixture and the delicious chocolate cream created a very good and not to heavy dessert.
I couldn’t fault the friendly service and the food was comforting to compliment. I would definitely go back to The Canopy. I think it would be a perfect venue for a dinner with friends. The decor is a real talking point with nothing else like it in Exeter. Even though it’s busy it’s not loud so you can still talk without having to raise your voice. The Canopy is a welcome addition to Exeter’s independant restaurant community and long may it last. Get yourselves booked in and be transported to a calm and cosy woodland world.
You can find The Canopy at 88 South Street, Exeter, EX1 1EQ.
Tel. 01392 275742