Restaurant Review: The Rum & Crab Shack

Rum and Crab Shack

I was down in Exeter for a couple of days, as we were celebrating my brother’s graduation. The night before his graduation ceremony, he suggested that we head over to The Rum & Crab Shack for dinner.

Located on Catherine Street in the city centre close to several other bars and restaurants, we wondered if we were going to get in as not only were there lots of graduation ceremonies taking place in Exeter all through the week, The Rum & Crab Shack don’t actually take bookings.

However, we needn’t have worried. Even though it was busy, we were seated straight away by the bar, and the staff were really friendly.

Rum and Crab Shack interior

The décor was quirky, with plenty of exposed brick walls (literally my favourite thing), and a sparkly skull was casually hanging directly above us.

First thing’s first: I glanced through the cocktail menu. Despite it being called The Rum & Crab Shack, there were plenty of non-rum drinks to try if you’re not a fan of the spirit (although if you do like rum, you’re in luck as there are lots to sample!).

I opted for the King is Ginger: rum, ginger liqueur, thyme liqueur, ginger, lemon and honey syrup, complete with a sprig of thyme. It was delicious – definitely my kind of drink.

Cocktails and food

For dinner, we ordered a couple of sharing platters to share between six of us. Again, whilst crab is on the menu, there are lots of other things to try if you’d prefer (which is a good thing really, as I HATE crab!). The next time I’m there, I’d like to try the mac’n’cheese, but as we’d had a massive lunch not long before, I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry.

We all left The Rum & Crab Shack very full, and we all really liked it there. I’d definitely go back again, although to be honest, now that my brother has graduated from University, I’m not sure if I’ll be back down in Exeter any time soon…!

The Rum & Crab Shack: 16 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU


Elle Pollicott

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