Exeter, Devon UK • Dec 9, 2023 • VOL XII

Exeter, Devon UK • [date-today] • VOL XII
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In the Spotlight: The Glorious Art House

Dina Evdokimova shares why The Glorious Art House, a quirky café on Fore Street, is one of the best spots in town.
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With winter around the corner and the pumpkin spice lattes creeping their way onto menus, you may be looking for a warm cup to wrap your hands around. The Glorious Art House on Fore Street is that vibrant ‘Oasis’ where you can get a coffee, tea or their signature hot chocolate that overflows with flavour and marshmallows.

Boasting a colourful interior, the cafe draws inspiration from Mexican art that influenced the original founder, Rosy Tydeman, to infuse colour into the frequent dullness of British weather. Since their opening in 2014, the ownership has shifted to Rupa Chilvers and subtle changes have been made to the ‘Glorious’ experience. The design and layout of the cafe will make the visitor feel the warmth of the Mexican sun with the yellow ceilings, hand painted murals and decorative crockery. These details and personal touches are what consistently draw me back to this cafe nothing is overlooked when crafting the perfect atmosphere for socialising with your friends or catching up on a deadline. For me, it is the ideal respite from the cold winter days ahead, uplifting my mood with the colourful taste of their menu.

The Glorious Art House on Fore Street is that vibrant ‘Oasis’ where you can get a coffee, tea or their signature hot chocolate that overflows with flavour and marshmallows.

The colourful haven is an inclusive place for everyone and it is conscious that its customers may have unique needs and provide options of regular, oat or almond milk as well as decaf for iced drinks. Their food also caters to various dietary requirements as they always provide gluten free and vegan options for sweet and savoury treats on offer. Additionally, they help support local and ethical businesses, through whom they source their cakes, coffee, and ingredients to provide the best service for their customers.

As ‘Art House’ is in their name, they display works of artists from across the UK in their gallery and dining space on the second floor. The cafe places you within the art that is displayed and the art of their coffee, food, and atmosphere. To keep things fresh and share the works of art amongst their customers they display a new artist every month, currently they are displaying a photographic collection from a local artist.

It is also available for bookings for groups larger than seven, making it a great space to host socials during the day for a quieter and more sober way to get to know your peers. Since the start of this academic year the Glorious Art House has hosted UN Women, Women and Law and Taylor Swift Society. They are also a laptop friendly business, so feel free to bring along your laptop and your friends to a more dynamic study space where you can sip on a ‘Glorious’ hot chocolate.

Image: Emily Roughton

‘Glorious’ does not stop with their high-quality menu, interior, gallery, and ethos as they consciously share their space with the community. Currently they are hosting the Menopause Cafe, a local community group that combats the taboos and stigmas about menopause and perimenopause and provides a space to share personal experiences with the ‘third stage of life’. They also display handmade goods like cards and prints as well as flyers from their neighbouring independent businesses. The cafe truly is a vibrant and pulsating heart of Fore Street.

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