To compliment our tantalising cocktail menu, we cook up some of the most delicious tapas Exeter has on offer today.

The 1920s was bold, brash and brazen. After the First World War, society began to return to normality but didn’t forget the different flavours and cultures experienced through international cooperation. It was the start of a cultural revolution of food fusion.

In a serendipitous twist, the Spanish term “tapas” means “cover”. Weary travellers would be invited into bars to try what was under the cover – or lid – of the stove pot, and thus was born bite-sized tapas. In Exeter, we’re reinventing this idea. Take a look at The Book Cover’s menu to discover our culinary delights, which you can enjoy alongside the best cocktails in Exeter, in a stylish and upscale environment. 

Our menu is inspired by the bold flavours of traditional Spanish dishes, bringing only the best tapas to Exeter to be enjoyed in our stylish bar. We bridge traditional 1920s fare and punchy, modern flavours to create an irresistible array of dishes with a twist. They can be combined for a full meal or eaten simply as an appetiser alongside your drinks. Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 3 for £12!


Our recommendations:

Being so close to the sea, the tapas Exeter favours are often marine wonders, sourced from local suppliers. Our crispy squid with chilli mayonnaise combines the subtle yet unique flavour of delicate squid with a chilli kick.

For those who prefer turf to surf, our British cured meat plate with pickles uses some of the best meats around, with dark to light flavours. It’s also gluten free, along with our Teriyaki chicken wings and grilled prawns.

As for the vegetarians among us, try our smoked cheddar croquettes. What more could one want than mature cheese with a dash of smoke thrown in, in a perfect bite-sized roll?

And to top it all off, make sure to order a charcuterie, cheese board or scrumptious dessert to finish.
Take a look at our full menu here or peruse our drinks list to find the perfect cocktail to pair with your food.