The reservation says “ABode Exeter home to Michael Caines Restaurants” –
so I was a bit surprised when I had problems actually finding the hotel – as the name on the building is “Royal Clarence Hotel”.
But in the end we spotted the “Abode” on the pillar by the entrance.The hotel and the service there was excellent – but we decided to do something we rarely do – have breakfast at the hotel, as one of the attractions is the restaurant.Unfortunately this was not what we had hoped for – as my wifes smoked salmon and scrambled egg was bait of a mess – it arrived virtually floating in s layer of oil, and the scrambled egg was all white and tasteless.It was sent back to the kitchen, and quickly returned with fingerprints after a quick swipe to get rid of the oil, with the comment “it was only from the salmon”. The salmon tasted good – but the curiously white scrambled egg still tasted of nothing.
The full english breakfast was not anything to write home about, except for the black pudding which was excellent.The next morning we skipped the breakfast at the hotel (which was already pre-paid) and went for a good breakfast at the small cafe 50 metres from the hotel.Disappointing.