If you’re traveling to Exeter and looking for a meal that will tantalise your tastebuds then look no further than The Galley Restaurant in Topsham.
Before I became vegan, the boyfriend and I visited The Galley for his birthday. As he’s an avid seafood eater it only felt fair that we went to a seafood restaurant after all the places that I drag him to every other day of the year. However the vegetarian dish that I had was exceptional and one that I’ve remembered years on. For this reason, on our recent trip to Topsham we booked again and called ahead to let them know that a vegan was going to enter the premises. As expected they were more than happy to oblige.
Top Tip: As you sit down in the restaurant you’ll notice views of the estuary. I’d highly recommend booking a table over sunset as the sky becomes a beautiful pink and reflects off the water. It’s a romantic setting.
So, what vegan delights were served at the Galley Restaurant?
As soon as we sat down an amuse bouche was set before us. Mine was potato and courgette with herbs and a vinaigrette. Simple but packed with flavour.
For starter I had a roasted butternut squash salad. It came with spinach, radishes, a whole load of herbs which in truth, i have no idea what they were and it was topped with a tomato vinaigrette.
For main I had – in not so elegant terms – a plate of vegetables. However the presentation, seasoning and most importantly taste of them was absolutely exquisite. Quite honestly i’m not sure how they made such simple food have so many flavour and texture. The Galley has a very talented chef.
For dessert I had passionfruit, lemon and raspberry sorbet on top of some crushed nuts. They also kindly brought out some fruit too. The passionfruit sorbet was my favourite and cleansed the palette nicely.
The Galley Restaurant is one that I know that we will continue to return to. The staff are simply fantastic and make you feel like nothing is of trouble and the food…the food is perfection.
If you’re visiting Exeter then make a little trip to Topsham, it’s just three miles away. You’ll fall in love with the independent shops, antiques, restaurants and pubs. It’s a beautiful place to chill with a pint or glass of wine whilst gazing at the boats on the Exe estuary. It has a special place in my heart as you may be able to tell.