I’m constantly on the lookout for new places to eat and drink in Exeter. There are so many great eateries in the city now that we truly are spoilt for choice. I’ve been meaning to try The Rum and Crab Shack for a while having first come across them on Twitter. Situated on Catherine Street, just off from the Cathedral Green, this laid back shack boasts a delicious looking food menu and an extensive drinks menu. I couldn’t wait to visit so a friend and I went for drinks after work. The food menu looked so scrummy that we couldn’t resist a bite to eat too.
Walking in, I loved the atmosphere already. It’s nothing posh or fancy but it feels cosy, laid back and the perfect place to relax after a long day at work. The exposed brick on the walls, wooden benches, cosy booths and lit candlesticks make you feel like you’re in a Pirates of the Caribbean film – I loved it!
We took advantage of their Happy Hour ; two for one on Classic Cocktails and a bonus is that they don’t have to be the same cocktail. This was a first for me as other happy hours I’ve been to, you have to have two of the same drink so this is a nice touch. I went for a mojito as there’s nothing more refreshing on a spring day. It was delicious – very strong but full of flavour with fresh mint, lime and sugar mixed together with Havana 3 and finished with a drizzle of Havana 7. I also tried the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, a fiery mix of Gosling’s Black Seal rum topped with ginger beer and a dash of Angostura bitters. Again very strong but full of flavour with the ginger beer firing up at the back of your throat.
To soak up these delicious cocktails before they went to our heads, we both ordered The Shack Burger. Two plates were placed on our table nice and quickly by a friendly waitress, who knew a thing or two about the seafood they serve, and it looked delicious. Whole crispy soft-shell crab lightly battered, deep fried, in a bap with rocket and served with fries, I was ready to dig in.
I found that the burger itself was a little unbalanced. The bun was a bit too thick and heavy for me and drowned out the flavour of what was inside. I was a little disappointed with how much crab you get. It was an extremely small crab and I found that my burger didn’t have a lot of actual crab meat in it. I had more batter than I did delicious sea food. There was also a lot of salad and sauce stuffed inside the burger, again making it hard for the flavour of the crab to come through. Each element of the dish was delicious and it definitely filled a hole but I would have liked to have seen a little more crab meat on the plate as that is truly what I was there for. The fries were delicious, you got given a nice range of sauces to compliment your meal and everything was nice and hot.
I would definitely recommend the Rum and Crab Shack but if you are expecting a nice bit of crab meat, I would go for the whole crab rather than one of the dishes where crab might not be the centre of attention. The prices are great considering that you are eating fresh seafood and there’s even lobster on the menu as well as vegetarian and vegan options.