To coincide with what we hope will be a glorious Indian Summer we have a fantastic prize of a night at the The Mercure Rougemont Hotel in Exeter along with dinner for two in the restaurant (including breakfast). See bottom of page.
The Hotel has a fantastic history – a long time ago it used to be a prison and they executed inmates in what is now the car park next to the flagpole. There’s even talk of a ghost that once wandered the corridors at night.
However, don’t worry, these days the atmosphere is much more civilised and the rooms are modern, luxurious and the hotel also has a fantastic restaurant and cocktail bar.
The Hotel is right in the centre of Exeter, just across from the railway station and perfectly positioned to use as a base.
Exeter is full of great things to do and places to go, here are just a few ideas to get you going.
Dr Ink’s Curiosities
This brand new Victorian inspired cocktail bar on Exeter Quayside is the perfect place to step back in time to the good old days of handlebar moustaches, dried egg and penny farthings.
Exeter’s underground passages
If you like the underground scene you will love Exeter’s underground passages – a series of vaulted tunnels underneath the streets of the city. It’s a great way to get an insight into the history of Exeter and see the city from a different perspective!
This could be just the place to get fitted out before a visit to Dr Ink’s (see above). The shop has been here since 1984, and is without doubt the Southwest’s leading Vintage clothing and accessories shop. With items from the 1980’s all the way back to the 1880’s.
Bike Shed Theatre
For culture vultures looking for a fix, head down to the award winning Bike Shed Theatre. It’s down the back of an alley in the centre of Exeter,and has a pretty cool bar too.
Food – There are TONS of great places to eat in Exeter, all the chains have a place here. Prezzo, Jim’s, Jamie’s, Byrons, Five Guys, Zizzi, Cafe Rouge, Giraffe, Frankie & Bennies, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, Carluccio’s etc,etc,etc if you fancy checking out a couple of different ones, these come highly recommended.
This place is a very cool Lebanese canteen offering real, wholesome and healthy Lebanese food in a souk-like setting.
The Glorious Art House
I also wandered down off the main street to the glorious art house tea shop, a fab kitsch art gallery / cafe run by friendly staff with delicious home made food and fabulous coffee.
“A fun and lively Venetian bacaro, with a stripped-down, faux-industrial look. The small plates, from arancini and prosciutto to fritto misto and Cotechino sausage, are so well priced that waiting for a table is worth it.” Michelin Guide 2016
You can also head down the coast to collect shells on while grabbing the last few rays of Summer on the beautiful beaches of Exmouth.
For more ideas visit the website www.visitexeter.com
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Terms & Conditions
Closing Date 1st October. Prize is for one nights stay at The Mercure Rougemont Hotel along with dinner for two at the restaurant (including a bottle house wine or similar alternative) and breakfast for two. The prize must be redeemed in 2017, excludes certain dates, please confirm with the hotel when booking. Dates must be booked in advance, subject to availability. Transport, drinks and additional food or extras not included. Prize is non-transferable. Winner will be contacted via email. Your email address will be shared with the promoter of the competition (Mercure) but no one else.