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Colson’s Bar & Grill - Colson's, Exeter, Devon

Colson's

3.6
3.6
142 Reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Colson’s Bar & Grill will provide a unique take on contemporary British cuisine.

Warmhearted & friendly service.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 06:30–10:30 Sat, Sun 07:00–11:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–15:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    01392 301801
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    James Peck
  • Area
    Exeter
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a homemade afternoon tea in the old Colson's store. Served between 12:00 - 4.30 pm each day. £35 with fizz. £45 with champagne. Full payment is required to confirm the booking, a member of the team will be in touch to arrange this.
    Afternoon Tea photo
  • À La Carte Lunch Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Our food starts with our producers: We use only ethical, sustainable producers from as local an area as possible. We know the fishermen, the foragers and the farmers. We cook simply with care and love and never try too hard with our ingredients, letting them shine. Hospitality is at the heart of what we do, with charming, knowledgeable staff who will look after you like you are family. We offer an A la Carte menu, that is continually changing, guided by the seasons
  • Sunday Lunch

    £30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at Colson’s Bar & Grill for a Sunday Lunch like no other in Exeter. Enjoy our warmhearted and friendly service in our new Exeter Restaurant, along with exquisite food – sourced locally and traditionally cooked over charcoal. Whether it’s a gathering of friends and family, a special celebration or to enjoy a Sunday without cooking, book your Sunday Lunch at Colson’s. 2 courses - £30.00 per person 3 courses - £36.00 per person

What 142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Devon

    Good for business meals

  • Devon

    Good for business meals

  • Devon

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Devon

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • East Devon

    Healthy

  • East Devon

    Great for fine wines

  • East Devon

    Good for special occasions

  • East Devon

    Vegetarian-friendly

142 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s very nice restaurant, makes you feel very comfortable, by the decor of the place. Service was lovely, very welcoming and attentive. Food delicious, nicely presented and in good portions.

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  2. ColinD

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just the right level of service. Attentive without being intrusive. Food was attractively presented and well cooked. I was by myself so I booked a table for 18:30 as I knew it would be a quiet time and I was not rushed.

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  3. DrLiv

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely place to eat and really enjoyed the food! The restaurant felt a little cold as the doors to the entrance were constantly opening and closing and you felt the draft come right into the area we were sitting in. We could see the doors from our table. Also, the red wine list could be improved. Felt the options weren't particularly good by the glass. Otherwise, really enjoyed our meal :)

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  4. Aggie

    Devon

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was friendly and attentive, restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. Scotch egg starter was very good, both mains were salty, the clam chowder especially so. Wine was fine...all over the experience was fine, but felt a little pricey for 'fine'.

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  5. Vikkic

    Devon

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the food and service always impresses me.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had very high hopes on arrival, unfortunately let down by ambience and slow service. Might stick to the bar next time

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  7. ADiner

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, nice setting although the tables were uncomfortably close together to neighbouring diners. Service was good until we were handed the dessert menu and forgotten about for 25 minutes.

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  8. Patrik

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed our meal at Colson's. Service was great and we weren't rushed. Thank you

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  9. BeverleyC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, beautifully cooked and presented. Friendly helpful staff. The decor in the restaurant is stunning, hard to recall the previous House of Fraser surroundings - such a transformation! Would really recommend this restaurant.

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  10. RichE

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and a great atmosphere, highly recommended

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  11. Vikkic

    Devon

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing steak, cooked perfectly. Great service and friendly staff who helped recommend which cut of steak and sauce to enjoy.
    Colson'sResponded on 3 February 2024
    Hi Vikkic, Thank you for your lovely feedback. Great to hear you enjoyed your food and time spent with us. We hope to welcome you back, Hotel Indigo

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  12. AtharvaS

    Devon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Didn’t have the food there but absolutely ridiculous treatment of customers. Me and my friend had booked in and were waiting to to be brought to our table. No one came for 5 minutes which then we decided to leave and go somewhere else.
    Colson'sResponded on 3 February 2024
    Hello AtharvaS, I sincerely apologise for this experience and ensure you these are not the standards we would like for our guests. I hope this will not deter you from giving us a second chance to show you the dining experience we usually offer. Kind regards, Hotel Indigo

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  13. SarahB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Friendly and attentive service. All added to out great night away with Hotel Indigo!
    Colson'sResponded on 17 January 2024
    Hi Sarah, We are delighted you enjoyed your evening with us and we hope to see you again! Kind regards, Hotel Indigo

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  14. BeckyW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely fresh food. Starters were really generous. Mains were good.
    Colson'sResponded on 17 January 2024
    Hi Becky, We appreciate your great feedback regarding the food and hope to see you again. Kind regards, Hotel Indigo

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  15. simonc

    Surrey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty food but over priced, waiter looked scruffy and repeatedly reached across diners. Setting decor and furniture has warmth. Roof top bar pricey but great location.
    Colson'sResponded on 17 January 2024
    Hi Simon, We appreciate your feedback and very sorry to hear your experience was anything less than excellent. I hope you will visit again and we can make the next one more enjoyable. Kind regards, Hotel Indigo

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is yummy and delicious and I didn’t expecting that!

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  17. AmandaG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food quality, friendly, efficient service experienced.

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  18. AileenH

    Devon

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived and were passed from a busy gentleman at the desk to a busy lady at the bar. When sat we had to ask for the menu to be explained as the word ‘Salmon’ hadn’t got past the printers. No one knew what wines weren’t available until after a lot of peering in fridges. We left without eating as the menu was limited and we had already been told by staff that the soup of the day was weird. I hope we arrived on a bad day.

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  19. Vikkic

    Devon

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boxing Day roast with the family was great value and worth the money. The food was sublime along with the service. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Jamie!

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  20. Joey

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely staff - very attentive. Clean premises and nicely decorated. Comfortable dining chairs. The food was delicious and plentiful.

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  21. Vikkic

    Devon

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly wonderful festive meal. The waiters recommendations were perfect. Looking forward to my lunch on Boxing Day with family.

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  22. AngelaS

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Celebrated a birthday here over a late lunch, restaurant was not busy. Food was lovely and complimentary glass of Prosecco much appreciated. Service was good, but very slow which is ok if you’re not in a rush.

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  23. JulieR

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience - had a really good evening - food top notch

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  24. RACHELG

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have had 2 Afternoon Teas at Colsons recently and cannot recommend highly enough. Very accommodating with dietary requirements and I would say its the best place locally for gluten free afternoon Teas = bread, scones and pastries were all delicious. Could not fault the staff or service on both occasions 🩵

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  25. KiranB

    Devon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food really good, let down by service. No real attention from staff, desserts took so long to come we cancelled in the end as we needed to leave.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A hotel based restaurant lacking Atmosphere. Starters were good, mains were bland/unremarkable. Expensive wine list with many lower price ones missing. Service was cheerful enough but neither the venue nor the food carried the price of the meal

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  27. RonR

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Sunday dinner , the food was delicious. The staff were attentive, friendly and efficient. We had the added bonus of some amazing Carol singers during our visit. The decor was tastful and festive. My first visit and I will definitely be returning

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  28. PennyC

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had fish and steak, both very good Decent portions, cooked very well

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  29. AlexK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, this is the second time I’ve visited Colsons and the bar / restaurant area has been left very untidy with dirty glasses. I actually had to remove glasses on our table from the previous customers as no one else had done it. On top of that, just generally the staff looked quite disinterested in what was going on - not the sort of atmosphere you’d expect from the hotel.

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  30. CarolS

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice, comfortable environment. Staff were very friendly, we chose a table tucked away and probably did get forgotten a little bit, but we were happy to go to the bar to request drinks. Both had steak, very nice. Best espresso martinis we have ever had, thank you, sorry didn’t get the bar tenders name

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beef wasn’t available which was a shame. Waited Calan was fabulous. Vegetables plentiful and delicious.

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  32. JulieC

    Devon

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We visited for Sunday lunch. We had a drink in the bar, first impressions good. Main course very good plenty of food and veg for both of us. However it took 20 mins to clear the table even though staff were walking past after serving other customers. It was NOT busy. It then took a further 25 mins for desert to arrive. Xmas pud had been overcooked and was hard. Would have given vouchers as gifts for Xmas but won’t be doing this and won’t be returning for food !! Bill was also incorrect !! Overall not a great experience for our first time.

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  33. Anne

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was was well cooked and the servers were very friendly.

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  34. PaulG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal, service and ambiance, I would thoroughly recommend.

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  35. CarolineM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, quite slow service initially but made up for it once things got going. Staff were the very attentive. We will definitely be returning.

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  36. LucyN

    Devon

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had to scramble my coat umbrella etc-would have been nice for staff to collect my coffee and take it to the table for me. Had to ask for mint sauce. I saw but didn’t mention it as I didn’t have wine a lipstick stain on the wine glass on our table-put me off a bit.

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  37. PhilipB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From start to finish it was a wonderful experience,we were only in Exeter for the one night so as we were booked into the indigo hotel I thought it would be something special for my wife and it certainly was a great afternoon although there was so much we couldn't manage all of it but a gentleman member of staff who had the air of the manager without asking came over with a little box for us to put our excess cakes in a little box to take to our room, it was a nice touch. Finally I must mention our waitress Katy who went above and beyond to make our afternoon tea extra special people like Katy are the back bone of the hotel and deserve all the good reviews that they are more than entitled too on these review sites I hope that they get rewards for their constant good service from their employers as without them hotels and hospitality venues would be nothing, so a big thank you to Katy.

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  38. EmmaB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food we ate was beautiful and the service was fantastic. However, it was disappointing on Sunday lunch that there wasn't a vegetarian/vegan Sunday roast on the menu. The one veggie option was mushroom risotto and we asked for it to come with all the roast trimmings, so it was all delicious but it meant that they charged us more than people eating meat, which is unfair. I would go again for a special meal that wasn't on a Sunday lunchtime, as the food quality and atmosphere are wonderful, but I'd only go again for Sunday lunch if they improve their veggie/vegan menu options.

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  39. BeverleyB

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my friends 80th birthday treat for afternoon tea and we both enjoyed the lovely food - better overall experience than the Ivy especially the scones which were very nice and not dry. Unfortunately I haven't awarded outstanding as they thought we'd had a spa package and also the final bill was wrong with extra coffee's which we didn't have. But they apologised and amended our bill.

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  40. LouiseB

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the decor, Sunday lunch was superb. Beautifully cooked and presented, high quality ingredients.

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FAQs

Colson's is rated 3.6 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Colson's

3 Catherine St, Exeter, Devon EX1 1EU

Additional information

  • Area
    Exeter
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 06:30–10:30 Sat, Sun 07:00–11:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–15:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:30
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    James Peck
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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