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When a restaurant fails to live up to its own hype


I recently went to the new Cosy Club in Exeter with some friends of mine. It was an all-male convivial that will hopefully be held on a monthly basis. Mostly to get together, eat good food, drink good booze (Haymans is bloody lovely) and have a chat. Not a natter, because that’s what the ladies do, chaps and gentlemen have chats. And discussions.

The blurb for the club ‘Think gents club meets village hall meets cricket pavilion.’ Gents club most definitely painted a picture that appealed to me. Add to the fact that it’s in the original Royal Devon & Exeter hospital in Southernhay and I thought that it would most definitely be an excellent place to meet, greet and eat.

Unfortunately, it didn’t really live up to any of those. Yes, there were massive great big oil paintings on the wall, but the biggest was of Lenin. I can’t think of one gents’ club that would have such a thing hanging on their wall. Nor an English village hall, nor indeed, a cricket pavillion. I’d have expected something much more iconically British, or English. Churchill would have been a good one, or Lloyd George, hey maybe even the Queen – God Bless her – but definitely not someone like Lenin.

The place was also shabby chic. And by shabby chic, I mean that it was just shabby. I didn’t get to see the ‘Tarot’ room, which I believe is called the ‘Snug’ and which from its picture actually looks like what I expected the whole place to look.

When the food came it came fast, hot and there was plenty of it. It was quite lovely and certainly lived up to expectations. Woe betide any restaurant that fails in the ‘feed me, satisfy me’ area, because I must admit that I get quite pissy.

So, this is basically a mixed review. The place was ‘okay’, the food itself was good. As a marker I use the answer I gave to my wife when she asked me ‘Is it somewhere you’d take me for a nice meal for two?’. I’m afraid that, based on what I’ve seen, the answer was ‘No’.

Maybe I’ll pop along and have a look at the snug side of things, but on the whole the Cosy Club promised a lot, and failed to deliver. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement as Exeter desperately needs a restaurant like this which will appeal to all of the ‘quirkier’ people.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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