The Exeter Hotel is on the Port Adelaide end of Semaphore Road but is actually in the tiny riverside suburb of Exeter. It's within easy reach of the popular Semaphore seaside precinct and offers plenty of free parking, plenty of space and family-friendly dining.
The Exeter Hotel was built in the 1800s and exudes old charm in warm tones. There's a playground and amusement machines to keep the kids occupied while you dine indoors, outdoors in the back beer garden or on Semaphore Road under the iron lace verandah.
The menu includes seafood selections, pub favourites, a range of quality steaks, vegan-friendly options and salads with mix and match options.
I've always wondered if I'd still hit the salad bar if I chose a salad but for me, with steaks this good on the menu, there's little chance of that happening.
There's a wide selection of pub entrees and the $30 grazing plate allows you to try a wide variety of the menu in one go. We opted for the pita bread and dips and they were a tasty start to our meal.
For our first main course, we chose the pan-fried salmon steak with rocket, tomato, salsa, asparagus and basil pesto. The salmon was well cooked but the skin wasn't crispy right through this time. Nonetheless, it was presented nicely and well received. Our second main course was the 400gm rib-eye steak with gravy and chips. The steak was juicy, tender and tasty. So much so that I only needed the gravy for dipping the chips.
The salad bar is small (but excellent). It features salad greens, the usual bean and pasta salads and a hot selection of roast potatoes and brussels sprouts among others. It's nothing flash. Predictability is what I expect from a place like the Exeter Hotel and it delivers.
The drinks list includes all the pub favourites. The wine list is of great value with plenty of options.
There's a range of desserts including churros, ice cream and cakes. The kids menu has all the favourites (chicken nuggets and pasta right?) and there are daily specials. The seniors lunch menu has a wide selection of meals for only $13.
The way to get the best value at the Exeter hotel is to check out their special offers across the week. They're outstandingly good value for money. Check the website here or call them on 8449 6716 for details.
Walk off your meal with a stroll down to the jetty.