In 2005 Exeter was dubbed Britain’s “clone town” – we still don’t know why and now
we have the proof! Recognising the strength of Exeter’s independent businesses, this
autumn a comprehensive guide to the freshest, most independent, exciting businesses
in the Exeter region is launched…
Southernhay House, a new and independent hotel and restaurant, hosted the launch of Exeter’s first “Independents’ Day” publication on Wednesday 2nd November. Part of the “Think Locally” initiative launched by Paul Madison with books covering Oxford, Bath. Bristol, the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Worcestershire. “Exeter: Think Locally” celebrates the huge array of professionals working in independent businesses in the City and close by.
Southernhay House Hotel, which is owned by Tony Orchard and Deborah Clark who also own iconic Burgh Island, opened in June and has been welcomed as a small, friendly and very, very stylish venue in the heart of Exeter’s Georgian business quarter just yards from the Cathedral Green. It seeks to provide a focus for meeting and eating, as well as sleeping and is truly geared to the wants and needs of its guests with a focus on personal service and details.
The owners are passionate advocates of the beauty, ease and pleasure of living and working in Devon. Deborah Clark says, “the most extraordinary thing about having your own business is that you get to choose who to work with: Exeter is full of dynamic, creative and interesting businesses and it is a pleasure to make an active choice on ethical and personal grounds.”.
Paul Madison, owner of the Think Locally brand, says: “Exeter is such a major centre for
independent creatives and has been quietly growing from strength to strength under the radar. Surely now is the time to shout about the quality of life, the environment and the other factors that encourage individuals to choose to live and work in Exeter.”
All contributors to the “Exeter Think Locally” publication were invited to the launch, where Chef Christopher Archambault, also a passionate Devonian, served a range of canapés reflecting the Victorian kitchen tradition of Southernhay House and Bar Manager Vlad Krupa one or two of his wicked cocktails.
The book will be distributed through local outlets and by the contributors themselves, so look out for your copy in all quality independent Exeter businesses from 2nd November and support them by Thinking Locally!
enquiries to Deborah Clark
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