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This historic tavern, located next to ABode Exeter on the Cathedral Yard, has served traditional ales and food to Exonians and visitors for centuries.
Today it continues its role as a city centre watering hole, serving traditional and local West Country ales, a good selection of wines and other drinks, together with outstanding food freshly prepared daily.
Beer, glorious beer
The Well House Tavern offers the best selection of traditional cask-conditioned ales in Exeter. We regularly have beers from Otter, Hunter's, Hanlons, Piddle, Ringwood, Teignworthy and other local breweries.
Monday to Thursday: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00am – midnight
Sunday: 12 noon – 10.00pm
For as long as anyone can remember, it was said that the bones on display in the Well House Tavern basement cellar were those of a young woman who died from the Black Death plague in the 14th century. However, an analysis by archaeological pathologists at King Alfred's College, Winchester, has revealed that the skeletal remains belong to two people. Could this discovery throw light on one of the city's most tragic love stories?
For generations, the story of how a certain John the monk and Martha the nun had thrown themselves down the well in Cathedral Yard to enjoy a union in death was part of the city's rich historical tapestry. This grim discovery seems possibly to give some historical credence to the legend.
We are proud to have links with the Exeter Chiefs. To that end, the Tavern is a popular destination to watch premiership and international rugby matches.
To find out more, please call 01392 319 955