Don’t you just love a gastro pub? Well we do, sometimes nothing less than classic pub grub will do. And that’s exactly what we got when we paid a visit to the Wilmington in Exmouth Market.
The layout does not disappoint and is in fact exactly what you’d expect. Classy pub vibes, topped off with gorgeous timber character. Elegant touches such as the pretty chandeliers create the perfect balance of unpretentious but tasty quality dining.
The Wilmington is in fact a listed 19th Century public house, if you love a best of British traditional pub with a finer touch, you’ll feel right at home. There’s a few cool edges thrown in too like the Hendricks soap pumps, bit cool but also still a bit fancy. We all know Hendricks is the Mother of all gins after all.
But of course you don’t go here for the soap pumps, it is all about the food and drink! First off – go hungry. This is the kind of menu where you will force yourself to eat dessert and although you may feel sick in the short term, you will remember it fondly in the long run, once you recover from your food coma. Yes, I speak from experience.
I had the Rare Breed Beef Burger with Paprika Salt Fries – because you just can’t go wrong, whilst my companion enjoyed the Onglet Steak Medallions. Both looked and tasted as amazing as they sound in generous portions that meant we struggled to squeeze in the Sticky Toffee Pudding that was an essential end and lived up to its awesome reputation.
This is on the higher end of pub dining but for the little extra you pay, you get great taste and generous portions in return. The service is also very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is always buzzing and there’s always a nice sense of popularity without it being overcrowded.
Would firmly recommend The Wilmington for cosy drinks and comfort eating.