This historic tavern, located next to ABode Exeter on the Cathedral Yard, has probably been serving traditional ales and foods to Exonians as well as to visitors to Devon's capital city for literally centuries. Today, as the first Michael Caines Tavern, 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 foods, freshly prepared in the award-winning Michael Caines kitchens.
Beer, glorious beer
The Well House offers probably the best selection of traditional cask-conditioned ales in Exeter. We regularly have beers from Otter, Hunter's, Skinner's, Teignworthy, Sharps and other local breweries.
Superior pub food with Michael Caines style
The Well House is a popular lunchtime and evening venue for superior pub food. Our traditional 'Well House pye' is legendary, while our 'not so traditional' fish and chunky Devon chips is definitely the best in town (to mention just a few favourites). And why not drop in to enjoy Sunday lunch with all the trimmings at a table overlooking Exeter's beautiful cathedral.
Them bones, them bones...
For as long as anyone can remember, it was said that the bones on display in the Well House basement cellar were those of a young woman who died from the Black Death plague in the 14th century. Analysis by archaeological pathologists at King Alfred's College, Winchester, however, has revealed that the skeletal remains, in fact, 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 through Michael Caines' work with The Exeter Foundation: to that end, the Tavern is a popular destination to watch premiership and international rugby matches.