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The Fat Pig Freehouse

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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2 John Street, Exeter EX1 1BL, England
+44 1392 437217
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri 16:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really looking forward to trying the food here, but after we'd got settled in and gone to the bar to order they told us no under 18s after 6pm. It would have been helpful if this were mentioned at all on their website, which we had checked before making the trip. Or even if they had collared us... More 

1 Thank Zenowibbkes
Fatpig2015, Owner at The Fat Pig Freehouse, responded to this review

You are totally right. Sorry about the website. I'll attend to it . We are a pub for grown ups and we are extremely inflexible when it comes to children, in a city centre pub at night. More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed our first visit here, although that was in part due to the fabulous friends we were with. It makes a big difference. We liked the pubby atmosphere and the beers were good. The tables and seating are best suited for groups rather than couples. The atmosphere is friendly. We all enjoyed our food although I'd... More 

Thank HipAitch
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a dinner booked for 14 people last night. I used to love this place, great story, exciting decor, cosy atmosphere and tasty food. First time I came here about 2 years ago, I was impressed finding a unique venue like this in Exeter. I have visited the place since then on several occasions and enjoyed the food most... More 

2 Thank Nóra S
Exeter, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not vegetarian but I like to try meals I wouldn't cook at home and the smoked butternut squash with potato gratin was gorgeous. My friend had fish which he also thought was lovely. It was busy but it was Saturday early evening and it is close to the Corn Exchange. Quite cramped but room for at least three well... More 

Thank AshillLady
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a pint on a cold night to find a roaring fire, great beer and friendly chat at the bar. Looking at the menu and the food leaving the kitchen me and my drinking buddy decided to kick our planned trip up town for eats into touch. He had the smokehouse platter which was the finest plate of... More 

Thank james m
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely gastro pub and has a really nice atmosphere I would recommend going here to anyone. Good value food that excites.

Thank Phillp A
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A warm welcome is always a good start. The lady behind the bar was excellent and clearly very knowledgeable about the beer and distillery (i hope this does not sound patronising). If only more people working behind a bar knew as much. The beer is excellent, its not overpriced and you do after all get what you pay for. I... More 

1 Thank Tim S
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This visually attractive venue had little free seating, as was focused on large kitchen sized bare wooden tables for eating, not even leaving much space to stand at/ near the bar. While the real ale was nice, paying London [wine bar?] process was not. Perhaps Exeter academics earn more than those in the London bubble - who knows... So after... More 

2 Thank Basing_Viewer
Fatpig2015, Owner at The Fat Pig Freehouse, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you couldn't find a seat , it's a very small pub . It is true that out of the 14 tables we own that 3 of them will seat bigger parties of 6 . As for the rest of them they seat the usual 2 or 4 people , as I believe is laid down in standard... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Nice atmosphere, great selection of whiskey and good beer choices. We've eaten here in the past and been happy with the food too.

Thank Barbara F
Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Stopped in here while on a business trip to Exeter for a proper pint and some Ribs. Friendly staff, excellent selection of Real Ales. Lot's of locals. Friendly dogs. A real fire to warm you up and dry you off from the rain.

Thank Stahl_D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$36
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 John Street, Exeter EX1 1BL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 437217

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