Media Coverage and Awards
In May 2017 The Grapevine Brewhouse won The Best Cafe & Pub in Exmouth Category at the Local Business Awards.
In May 2017 Ruby Kitchen won a Taste of the West Gold Award for their fantastic food.
10 JULY 2017 • 2:00PM
Victorian in origin, red brick-faced, street-corner in position, a short stroll from the main square, the Grapevine presents an ordinary face to the world, but once through the doors you’re in a devilishly handsome prince of a pub. The pleasures of beer, burgers and conversation strike a swagger that wouldn’t be out of place in Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII.
Inside you’ll find well-worn oak floors (and tables and chairs to match), a Shaker-style blue-grey scheme on the reclaimed wood bar and a hand-painted sign telling the world that the Grapevine is the home of Crossed Anchors Brewery.
Standing waiting to be served, I chat with a man in wellies holding a glass of amber-flecked ale. He is Olly, the landlord, also one half of the brewery (Paddy, his co-brewer, is at the back finishing off a brew). “We’ve been making CSH today,” he says, then goes on to rhapsodise about the pub’s summer bank holiday beer festival.
Order a pint of CSH, a hop-backed session IPA, luminous in its tropical fruitiness and dry in its finish. Other beers include Crossed Anchors Weisse Guy and Bristol Beer Factory’s Soriachi. There is also a bountiful selection of international bottled beers and German and Czech draft lagers.
On a calm Saturday afternoon, there is a quiet sense of purpose
As for food, it’s burgers all the way. I’m told the cheeseburger and "dirty fries" is very popular with the peckish. Even on a calm Saturday afternoon, as customers drift in and out as if borne by the nearby Exe, there is a quietly energetic sense of purpose, one that places people and pints at its heart.
Some drinkers to the left of me are doing a crossword. “A fruit beginning with P, six letters, ending with A.” Two people crash out “papaya”. I’ve got another clue. An ace pub, nine letters, second R and sixth V. You got it.
Hat Trick of awards for The Grapevine Brewhouse
Summer brings award success to the shores of Exmouth with the Grapevine Brewhouse, on site brewery Crossed Anchors and resident Ruby Kitchen all winning regional awards.
At the Taste of the West Awards Crossed Anchors won four GOLD product awards for their craft beers. Paddy O’Riordan said “ We are over the moon with these awards, it’s our first year of mainstream production and to win four such important awards is a huge endorsement of our beer, its great news for the brewery and also for Exmouth”
Ruby Kitchen, in residence at the Grapevine, also won a Taste of the West Gold award, adding to their 4 other Taste of the West awards won during their time in Exeter. Rob Grimes, Head Chef said “I’m so proud of the team who work hard everyday to serve the best burgers in Exmouth. Huge thanks to our suppliers who ensure we always have the freshest regional produce. This is has been a fantastic start to our residency at the Grapevine.”
Finally at the Exmouth Journal Awards the Grapevine Brewhouse beat over 50 pubs, bars and restaurants to win the Best Pub award. Ollie Bainbridge, owner of the Grapevine said “This is tremendously important for us. For 5 years the team has worked their socks off to give Exmouth a neighbourhood pub that caters for everyone. Every week we host a quiz and live music, we offer an early bird discount every week day and hold regular international beer festivals. I am absolutely delighted and very proud of this and our other award successes.