A new restaurant is opening up about two minutes walk from my house which is pretty exciting. I get a buzz when I think that the Exeter foodie scene is growing. Base + Barley are set to serve sourdough pizza and craft beers.. It sounds like a winning combo to me!
Freshly risen sourdough, clouds of flour in the air, a great range of craft beers, wines and cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere: Base + Barley will disrupt Exeter’s foodie scene when it opens in late November.
The Base + Barley team have taken two old staples back to their roots – pizza and beer. Sourdough pizza will be made fresh and flavourful with carefully sourced toppings. It’s all about the base, as the sourdough is prepped the day before with finest grade 00 flour and baked to order.
Equally important is the beer. Featured beers are hand-brewed in small batches by local yeast gods who love their barley and hops.
The vibe at Base + Barley will be buzzing and busy, it will be a destination for families looking for a relaxed lunch, friends catching up over dinner and students starting a fun night out. The aim is to offer a simple but well crafted menu with very reasonable prices – the artisan pizzas will all cost £6.95 – £8.95. There will be no reservations, so anyone in the mood for good food and good times will be able to drop in for a great meal.
The restaurant will open on Longbrook Street in November 2015 and will seat 150 diners. The restaurant will be decorated with contrasting wooden benches and neon lights, with hand drawn illustrations featured throughout the decor. The cool and casual bar will be distinct from the restaurant area, so people looking for a drink with friends will feel welcome even without ordering food.
This level of creativity and, some might say, obsession, wouldn’t come from just anyone. One of the founders of Base + Barley is local Devon boy Joe Hill. Joe already has a successful portfolio of Espresso and Wine Bars with Artigiano, which has five locations across England and Wales. The foodie entrepreneur has had great success with his day to night hybrid concept, and is hoping to stamp his personality on this beer and pizza venture with an ambitious national expansion plan.
Base + Barley Managing Director Joe Hill said:
“People care more than ever about how their food is made, and our pizzas could hold their own in the back yards of Napoli. I can’t wait to see Base + Barley full of life as diners embrace the laid back and stylish atmosphere. Exeter is becoming known as a foodie destination, and I am very excited to add something fresh and fun to what’s on offer.”