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The Beer Engine

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The Beer Engine Newton ST, Exeter EX5 5AX, England
+44 1392 851282
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having read and heard great things about the Beer Engine under new management, we were very excited to try it out for lunch today with family. The setting is really nice and the pub is welcoming. The menu is quite extensive and it was nice to see that smaller portions can be ordered of main dishes when dining with children... More 

Thank york7
Memphis, Tennessee
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79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an excellent lunch today for ten people. Three course meal, good roasts for Sunday with huge Yorkshire pudding. Fish pie was tasty and good choice of desserts, all very good. We ate there two years ago and the service was poor but the staff today were happier and the ambiance positive. Highly recommend but booking essential.

Thank NIRunaway
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us went for a family meal and from the moment we entered we received the friendliest of welcomes. The food was excellent with generous portions and a good choice. The desserts were particularly good. The pub dates back to the 1850s and there is also a micro brewery on site for the beer lovers amongst you. For the... More 

Thank David_r1954
Exeter, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here on Saturday 8th April, the meals we had were excellent. I chose the lamb which was on the specials board, it was delicious, the lamb was so tender, the combination of potatoes, feta cheese and courgette was full of flavour, I would definitely recommend this dish. My husband chose the battered fish (cod) accompanied by 'the best... More 

Thank Micksgirlfriend
Exeter, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I called in with a friend for coffee. They only serve full fat milk. Enough said. I won't be returning.

Thank Riverandstream
Exeter, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My brother came over from Brussels so we booked a table (8 people) at the Beer Engine for a family dinner, we'd heard good reports so off we went. Really nice country pub, friendly, nice atmosphere, all ordered different mains. I pinachu steak and was told it would be served pink, with braised red cabbage and green beans ... unfortunately... More 

Thank Buddy54321
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had Mothers Day Lunch and it was Excellent. We were worried because they are under new management and weren't sure if we could risk it but we were really happy! All 3 courses are all of a high standard and very large portions. Great atmosphere. We will be going back again for sure ..

Thank woolly2017
Exeter, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Good food, buzzy, welcoming atmosphere – a pub that has got it just right. Standard meals very large but most available as small portions.

Thank mineheadbrowns
Exeter, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We always enjoy coming here for the original and excellent food. This time we started with very good prawn and crab fish cakes with a dill mayo, followed by venison (which was far too much) with a lovely sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and nicely cooked vegetables. You need to book - even in the early evening, it was crowded.

Thank Mistletoe5
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

It has been a couple of years since I was last at the Beer Engine and it was once my local. Great to see that the current owners have managed to achieve that fine balance between being both a pub with a lively bar trade and a fantastic place to eat. The food was well presented and priced appropriately for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Beer Engine Newton ST, Exeter EX5 5AX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 851282
Cosy gastropub and brewery with a covered balcony, tiered garden and a menu of locally sourced British dishes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?