As the weather starts to get colder and the evenings get darker the desire for a festive drink grows stronger. But, what are the best places in Exeter to satisfy your Christmas beverage cravings?
1. Coffee #1 – Orange Hot Chocolate
The Orange Hot Chocolate from Coffee #1 is probably my favourite festive offering in Exeter this year. The orange pairs really well with the chocolate and is not too sweet. This makes a well-balanced drink that will definitely help to soothe all of your deadline stresses. Most importantly, the drink is topped with lots of whipped cream and a scattering of gold cased chocolate balls. I find Coffee #1 the perfect place to study as being tucked away behind Princesshay makes it quieter than other places in town. Also, the atmosphere is very Christmassy with festive songs and a Christmas tree in the corner.
2. Turtle Bay – Festive Delight
In celebration of the festive season, Turtle Bay has released three new Christmas cocktails. My two favourites were the Festive Delight (left – with dark rum, cream, white cacao, coconut milk and strawberry) and Winter’s A Beach (right – Koko Kanu rum, lime, gomme and ginger beer). The first cocktail was indulgent and reminiscent of strawberry ice cream, whilst the second was completely different and very refreshing. A top tip is to go in Happy Hour with a friend so that you can get both of these festive cocktails for the price of one!
3. The Glorious Art House Café – Glorious Hot Chocolate
The Glorious Art House Café had to make an appearance on the Exeter drinks list. The glorious hot chocolates are available all year round. But, the overload of cream and other toppings definitely gives you a festive feeling. I had the salted caramel one, although if you want a more Christmassy feel then go for the mint or pot of gold Baileys Hot Chocolate. These massive drinks make the perfect winter warmers.
4. Christmas Market
The drinks at the Christmas Market are a little over-priced, but the atmosphere certainly makes up for this. Drinking the mulled wine is like being given a warm hug. Other festive drinks include the mulled apple rum/gin, which is a nice change from the usual mulled cider. I would recommend heading over to the tepee by the front of the Cathedral rather than the over-crowded drinks tent when you first walk in. The tepee has a fire burning in the centre and the inside walls are covered with fairy lights. This gives the tent a cosy feel, perfect for all of your Instagram needs.
5. Costa – Gingerbread and Cream Latte
Of course, one of the go-to festive drinks has to be from Costa. The Christmas drinks are perfect to pick up on your way to or from a lecture or seminar. They also make the perfect reward for all of those end of term library sessions. Having tried all of the festive drinks over the years, my favourite will always be the Gingerbread and Cream Latte. The spice of the gingerbread syrup instantly brings up memories of Christmases past. Also, the little gingerbread man on top provides the perfect snack! Pair it with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin for a festive treat!
– Hannah Judge