New cocktail bar and restaurant at the Manor Hotel, Exmouth.

16:17 14 January 2022

4:27 PM January 14, 2022

A new cocktail bar and restaurant are to open at the Manor Hotel, Exmouth.

The Hat or Lemon bar is due to open on March 10 and will serve high-quality local wines, spirits, beers and ciders as well as cocktails.

A new restaurant, Samphire 21, will also open at the hotel in March, offering a mix of fine dining and classic dishes.

The cocktail bar will be run by Tom Lelliott who told the Newspaper“I’ve been working in cocktail bars for four years and learning in some of the best bars in London. I have returned to Devon to put those formative years to the test and hopefully raise an exciting, inclusive and vibrant cocktail/wine bar in the heart of Exmouth.

“My goal is to create a chic, elegant and relaxed environment for people to enjoy a plethora of cocktails, wines and spirits, some of which will already be fan favorites; others will be new and unique.

He said the cocktail menu is likely to be Exmouth’s largest and will include unique creations dreamed up by staff. There will also be 91 different spirits and liqueurs.

“Our extensive cocktail menu offers the classics as well as slightly more obscure/tailored drinks with a little fiery twist to help us stand out from the crowd. The same goes for our wines – we have a huge collection, intended for those who have their first drink and for the connoisseurs among us.

He said he plans paid blind wine tastings throughout the year, cocktail masterclasses and cocktail tasting menus.

A creation of chef Peter Mundy who will lead Samphire 21
– Credit: Peter Mundy

The restaurant will be run by Peter Mundy, an award-winning chef who is also planning special events which he says will bring “a bit of excitement to Exmouth”.

He said Samphire 21 will be “a restaurant for everyone”, offering modern and classic dishes at various price points – some very high-end and some more affordable – and catering to all dietary requirements. There will also be theme nights and other events.

Hat or Lemon and Samphire 21 now have their own Facebook pages where they will post regular updates on their progress towards opening and details of launch events.

Joshua B. Speller