I went with friends to the restaurant to celebrate a birthday on a not so busy Monday night and we not impressed. The hotel itself was titillating and a jewel in an otherwise dull city. I think the architects at Feilden Clegg Bradley studios have delivered an understanding of their clients' needs. Its lovely, not moving to far away from the original structure and grandeur of the hospital building they have with utmost sensitivity and humanism pulled it in to the contemporary market. In design terms it appears a winner. The restaurant itself was fairly quiet, but it was a Monday night. We were shown to our table and given the menus which were taken away and replaced due to an alteration, we were then not seen by a server for almost 15 minutes. I flagged down one of the many inefficacious servers and asked for a wine list, an ipad was placed in the middle of the table with no explanation. I clearly was not interactive enough! But nor were the staff. Three servers saw to our needs badly. They were polite but flustered, well dressed but uncool with what they were actually supposed to be delivering. A simple menu with good ingredients and beautiful surroundings executed badly I am afraid. They were over staffed and unmanaged. Lets hope this is just a teething problem because the food was tasty but delivered with no passion or finesse which in turn mad the whole experience unremarkable. If apple made waiters?... So with your i pad in hand go and visit the Chapter house restaurant, you can sit opposite one another and tweet about how lovely the loos are. I will give it a few months to get over itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magdalen Chapter combines old and new to create a stunning contemporary hotel. Service and quality are to the highest standard where integrated interiors and technology make your stay it’s most enjoyable. Situated close to the sophistication of Exeter’s centre, it's an ideal place to stay for a city break or to further explore Devon. ... more less
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- Hotel Du Vin Exeter Devon