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Local cuisine, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
We are a daytime cafe with lovely views of Exeter Cathedral and the green. We have a large outdoor seating area and seating on two floors inside. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday. This is an independent, owner operated restaurant. We give 1% of our profits to Medecins sans Frontieres. Cream Teas are served, subject to availability from 230pm (We are a full service restaurant open every day (except Christmas day) until dusk. We also have options for private dining too. Our menu consists of; all day breakfasts including vegetarian and vegan, homemade beef burgers, gluten free battered haddock with chips, sausage and mash, club sandwiches and so much
USD 7 - USD 27
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great coffee, amazing hog's pudding (and black pudding was one of the best we've ever tried!). Staff were very welcoming and polite. Order was taken promptly and food came very quickly. Will visit again for sure!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food but on the pricey side, sat outside but cobbles aren’t ideal for tables and chairs. I prefer to be looked after by one or two waiters/ waitresses, I counted five different ones from start to finish, which makes it an impersonal experience and...more fast food like. Deserts are pricey so we avoided them. Very busy location, constant stream of people, nice view of the cathedral and no patio heaters on a chilly day.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On route to South Dorset, we decided to stop in Exeter for something to eat. We were very lucky to stumble on this place by the Cathedral. It was an interesting menu with many variations on eggs. The outlook from the tables was right by...the cathedral and the waiting service was very good and friendly.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021

Just been to what is now Eat on the green. Would not let us in as they were closing at 2.00 in the afternoon in the middle of school holidays, even though web site shows they close at 5.pm Shocking.More

Date of visit: August 2021
HampshireDamol, General Manager at Eat on the Green, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2021

Dear Frank S, I am deeply saddened and disappointed with your review as we believe this to be very unfair and quite frankly shocking. You are quite right, we did close early on this particular day and many other days too recently, we even closed...More

Reviewed 26 July 2021 via mobile

We had to wait a few minutes to be seated on arrival, and service was not super quick due to the safety protocols in place - but I'd much prefer a little wait knowing things are done properly so well done to the team for...their diligence with cleaning down etc. The staff were friendly and helpful, checking our food was OK and clearing dishes quickly on finishing. The breakfast was very tasty and well cooked. Will definitley visit again.More

Date of visit: July 2021
HampshireDamol, General Manager at Eat on the Green, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2021

Dear 904SteveB904, thank you for a lovely review, it is nice to read that our customers are receiving our safety protocols well and also of course that they are enjoying the food produced. We hope to welcome you back soon, kind regards Oliver R

Reviewed 26 July 2021 via mobile

A great cafe, with lovely views of the cathedral. Friendly and kind staff. We specifically stopped here on our way home from Cornwall and it didn’t disappoint made the 5 hour journey worth itMore

Date of visit: July 2020
HampshireDamol, General Manager at Eat on the Green, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2021

Dear 940emmaj, thank you for the five stars, also it is so nice to read that you made a specific journey to us too... that's great. The Cathedral is looking amazing, the ongoing maintenance really makes it a stunning sight to see and we are...More

Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

Myself and my wife visited Eat on the Green today on our way down to Cornwall as they offered a large GF menu. My wife is Coeliac and a veggie and the menu was great. The manager Ryan was brilliant, he created a really welcoming...environment and great energy within the team. The food was fantastic and we have decided that we will visit on all trips down to Cornwall. Thanks for a great lunch :)More

Date of visit: June 2021
HampshireDamol, General Manager at Eat on the Green, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2021

Dear jamiedl6482PF, What a lovely review and thank you for mentioning Ryan also. He is a great asset to the café and has really helped to maintain our standards during these hard times, as have all the other staff also. We can offer most of...More

Reviewed 21 July 2021 via mobile

Lovely setting & delicious food. My wife is coeliac, they had a great selection and even had Gluten free lager. The staff were very friendly and accommodating.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 18 July 2021

Really feel for this place. It does come very highly recommended by locals, and no-one has ever said anything detrimental, but it's clearly affected by the constraints imposed on it (which the staff deal with really well) by Covid-19. Due to weather we were not...able to sit outside, which looked great, but instead had to be upstairs inside in a rather characterless room with the now de rigour bare tables and plastic screens. The staff did everything they could, and the food was (I would say) fine but not special. If you're upstairs in that room you lose the benefit of the location (surely a key selling point) and it will feel rather enclosed. I'm sure at better times the place comes alive, and try at this moment while the virus is still with us to sit in the outside area which looks so much better and I'm sure you'll have a better experience than me.More

Date of visit: July 2021
HampshireDamol, General Manager at Eat on the Green, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2021

Dear TravellersWrites, Thank you for your review and your general kind words of understanding too. You are quite right we were constrained with certain restrictions and somewhat still lightly are however things are beginning to improve of course. We still have the screens upstairs but...More

Reviewed 14 July 2021 via mobile

I had a full English and my girlfriend had the eggs Benedict. They were both gorgeous! Very very friendly staff and an amazing atmosphere. I recommend

Date of visit: June 2021
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Patricia B
10 July 2021|
Response from geoffreybanwell | Reviewed this property |
Price £ 12 average but avoid the peas,they are minted and ashed up.Not sure of times so check their web site for up to date details.Staff courteous and polite.
24 August 2019|
Response from jools196 | Reviewed this property |
Two scones, jam, clotted cream, breakfast tea or house coffee. (GF available) £8.95
1 February 2017|
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Response from Rugby7s | Property representative |
Hi. We do have two tables downstairs where a small dog can stay discretely. So the answer is yes (as long as the dog is quiet) but room is limited. At lunchtimes we do now only serve meals and not just coffee and tea. You... More
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Eat on the Green is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5