On the edge of Exeter’s main shopping district, The Old Firehouse is massively popular with students and locals alike – for very good reason. Touted as one of the best ale and cider pubs in the region, this historic building also provides some of the greatest – and biggest – vegan pizza money can buy (just trust us on this one), as well as a hearty and varied main menu, which includes a vegan burger, baguette and chips topped with bean chilli and cheese. If you head there on a Sunday you’ll find the main menu replaced with more than one vegan option for a very tasty roast dinner. Adorned with twinkling fairy lights, flickering candles and colourful bunting, this place combines that cosy and rustic country pub atmosphere with bustling city bar perfectly. Added liveliness comes from regular live music and a wide selection of reasonably priced drinks – including clearly labelled vegan options. Even with a courtyard, three floors and a second bar, this place does get very busy during the evening and especially at weekends, but that’s always a good sign of a well-loved and good quality establishment.

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