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Bay Leaf - CLOSED

Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HZ, England
+44 1392 424244
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
7 Mar 2016
“Becoming inconsistent ”
5 Mar 2016
“No longer the excellent Bay Leaf, now the below average Spice Island.”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Asian, Indian, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HZ, England
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Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

This place had been my go-to takeaway Indian for a couple of years. Over the last 6 months however, the quality has been very inconsistent. Having a takeaway shouldn't be a gamble; if you are going to treat yourself, you want results! Time to go...More

Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Popped in here last night not knowing the place had changed hands for a sit down meal at 9pm. First thoughts, only 1 table had diners, strange for a Saturday night i said to the wife as usually would be very busy at tat time....More

Thank publickin
Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

I'm here in Exeter for the first time with my family and we visited the spice island the next day, we were feel welcomed by the staff. We were told that the restaurant was under new management, so we decided to try out some dishes,...More

2  Thank Anjelo13
Reviewed 24 February 2016

New management, new menu and new name "Spice Island". Nowhere near the standard of food of its predecessor, the (excellent) Bayleaf, and the service was not exactly sparkling either. They said "new things are coming for the menu" - they will need to be a...More

Thank Exetergasdoc
Reviewed 22 February 2016

we have been to this place several times before and found the food and service to be excellent--HOWEVER, a group of 6 of us went in, only to find it had changed hands-- we sat down and were handed menu's, ok, the menu has changed...More

2  Thank geoff p
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We had read the previous reviews and so were expecting to have having a nice meal. However, this restaurant has very recently come under new ownership and our experience of the night was not at all reflective of the reviews I had read. I have...More

Thank beatrice0482016
Reviewed 7 February 2016

We have eaten here before. The restaurant is welcoming, and the staff helpful. The food is all good. My only criticism was their lack of flexibility, when we asked for a Chilli Paneer starter. They have this as a main course, but wouldn't do this...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 4 January 2016

We booked a table for four on New Years Eve and the atmosphere was terrific!! Some customers were in fancy dress and the venue had a real buzz. The layout is bright and airy and there is good space around all the tables and the...More

Thank steelhead2013
Reviewed 24 December 2015

We have used this restaurant many times over the years at varying times throughout the year - The men in our family frequent this establishment each and every year a couple of days before Christmas and its never disappointing - Fantastic flavours with very friendly...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 22 December 2015

We ate on a Friday evening, starting at 5:30 pm. The choice was good and the service also. The flavours of the food were excellent. I have eaten in almost all of Exeter's curry houses, but the Bay Leaf must be one of the best....More

Thank 66JCM
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$13 - US$40
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Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
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17:30 - 23:00
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17:30 - 23:30
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 424244
Bay leaf takes you on a journey across the different regions of Indian and Bangladeshi subcontinent to present a superb combination of vibrant dishes. And from the many regional variations of Indian cooking that provide a wide choice of cooking styles, the head chef has matched each dish with a style to bring out the distinct flavours and fragrances of the dish to tantalise the senses. Bay Leaf features a luxurious restaurant with a warm ambience. It boasts a large bar with a friendly atmosphere and an excellent selection of wines and spirits.
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