Exeter’s Glorious Art House Cafe had been on my radar for far too long before I finally got the chance to pay it a visit a couple of weeks ago. An old friend was in town for the weekend and we were keen to grab a coffee. So, what better place to set the world to rights than in a colourful and quirky teahouse?
Art House Decor
Textile artist Rosy opened The Glorious Art House back in 2014, intending on creating a piece of art that visitors could quite literally become immersed in. You can definitely tell that this was her intention as you step inside, because aside from the fairy lights there’s a huge amount of vibrant colour everywhere – and I mean everywhere! There are bright and quirky design elements by the bucket full – including a mosaic counter top, stacks of mix-matched tableware, pretty blackboards and a rather epic looking coffee machine behind the counter. As you make your way up the stairs, the quirkiness only continues and you’ll come across a shelf of books covering Art History topics from ‘Essential Monet’ to The Art of India. There’s unique artwork on every wall and even a felted grandfather clock on the first floor.
The second thing you’ll notice when you pop into The Glorious Art House is the mountain of cakes and sweet treats on display. There’s everything from your classic carrot cake to yogurt topped flapjack (my personal favourite). What’s more, there’s no ugly plastic wrapping in sight.
Naturally, I had to appease my sweet tooth and ordered Waffles with Nutella & Banana alongside a Chai Latte. When these arrived it’s fair to say that they were pretty standard coffeeshop fare. However, while there was nothing to particularly write home about – my plate was perfect for Instagramming (I know, how very millennial of me). For starters, the Nutella came served in a cute little tea cup and the waffles arrived on a charming patterned plate.
The Art House Gallery
On the very top floor of the Glorious Art House is the ‘Glorious Gallery’. This space is used to showcase the work of local artists and has hosted talent such as Kerry Broomhead-Brown, David Marcus, Andrew May and many more. I think that the gallery space is a fabulous idea – especially as it is often many of the artists first ever exhibition space. For more details about what exhibitions are happening, check out their website.
Get The Glorious Style
I loved all the tableware and teacups at The Glorious Art House and I’ve been on a bit of a hunt to find similar products for my own kitchen. As well as Anthropologie there are some great products on Amara, such as my picks below. Please note, I use affiliate links (meaning I get a small amount of commission on any sales):