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the glorious art house exeter


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
― Pablo Picasso

illustration by tessa macdermot


The Glorious Art House is a vibrant, lively cafe bar and creative centre located in the heart of exeter's independent west-quarter. It forms part of a rich local community of unique shops and creative businesses.


It was opened in 2014 by mother and son Rosy and Derry Tydeman. Having worked as a textile artist for many years, Rosy had a passion for colour and pattern, Derry was an experienced barista with an enthusiasm for hospitality. Together they created The Glorious Art House with the intention of combining great coffee and exciting visual delights which make every visit an out of the ordinary coffee shop experience.

Inspired by the colours and patterns of Mexico, the cafe and whole building itself is a living work of art - on every visit, you'll notice something new. Rosy wanted to create an oasis from the grey British weather and so The Glorious, from the sunshine yellow ceiling to the hand painted walls, from the authentic Mexican tiles to the extravagant crockery (filled with a delicious well crafted coffee) will guarantee to bring a moment of joy to your day.


Since its creation, three glorious floors have become a thriving hub for writers, musicians, actors, creative minds and coffee lovers to get together for conversation, live music and work meetings. Exhibitions, workshops and weekly children's sing-along sessions keep the cafe alive and ever evolving.

Our dog-friendly courtyard garden provides a secluded outdoor space for sunny days and romantic fairy lit nights.


Food & Drink

At the Glorious cafe bar, we proudly serve Voyager Coffee, roasted only 25 miles away in Buckfastleigh, South Devon. Our baristas take care in ensuring every cup of coffee (or every glorious chocolate) is made to the finest standard. The same goes for our simple but delicious menu: 


Every morning, the cafe fills with the warm aroma of freshly baked pastries and the bread we use for our lunches. If a warm croissant and jam doesn't do it, an array of cakes produced by Peck & Strong in Crediton are laid out on the bar to take your fancy to accompany your morning coffee.


We serve light lunches; salads, sandwiches, soups and freshly prepared bagels made with high quality produce by passionate food-loving staff. 


Occasionally the cafe stays open late to welcome you for alcoholic and soft drinks as well as our delicious coffees and teas, accompanied by a variety of live acoustic music, poetry slams and art parties. Please see our events page for details of upcoming events.

Temporary Opening Hours

Monday closed

Tuesday - 10am - 2pm

Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Thursday 10am - 2pm

Friday  10am - 2pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

Sunday closed


We use Road Trip from Voyager, a unique blend of 3 exceptional Latin American coffees from Brazil, Colombia and cooperatives from the Café Femenino Foundation in Northern Peru.

This full bodied, complex espresso has berry acidity with milk chocolate notes. When combined with milk, the Road Trip blend becomes a sweet, rich caramel and hazelnut flavour.

As well as its superb taste, we love its name as it reflects our love of travel and other cultures which are celebrated in the decor of the cafe.


You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

―Maya Angelou

Events & Workshops

Open Day May 22, 7-9pm

Workshop May 23, 10am-12pm

Mumazing Open Day & Workshop

An introduction to Lucy Flanagan's soulful growth programme for all Mums. "Mumazing is about helping you to find your voice, be part of your own change, and part of a community which creates positive change for everyone involved."

May 29 - June 10

Jane Harris Photography

Jane Harris is a photographer based in both Worcestershire and Devon... but soon to be in Bristol. While studying Physics at Exeter University she found photography to be the perfect creative escape and has developed her style over the last few years to incorporate a dark and mysterious feel.

July 31st, 6pm

Selke + friends

Selke are hosting an intimate and cosy evening of live music to raise money for their artist residency in Scotland in September, where they will finish writing their debut album!


Tickets £4 otd - be sure to reserve tickets through the Facebook page linked below!


Summer, 2019

Claerwen Gillespie

Our outdoor Summer Exhibition this year is local ceramic artist Claerwen Gillespie.

"Story is my main inspiration. I use tales and stories, plays and poetry to inform me, or I create characters that have their own story to tell".... "I like to put these characters and images back into our everyday objects and domestic architecture."


July 17th - 22nd

Vicky Jocher

International artist Vicky Jocher describes how many similarities she has found in the hopes, passions and emotions of different cultures, and her watercolours and acrylics depict her own inner life and memories. The linocuts are illustrations she did for a book of Devon ghost tales by Janet Dowling


Come and have a look! For one week only!


July 24rd - August 12th

Claudia Schmid

Enter the wonderful whimsical world of Claudia Schmid! This gorgeous exhibition will make you smile...

"I am interested in depicting situations that are ambivalent – things/people/animals don’t always turn out to be what we think they are. By playing with the different qualities and characters of humans and animals alike, visual stories of their relationships or surprising situations arise."




For more information about the cafe, events & workshops, please contact Rosy:


email: hello@thegloriousarthouse.com

telephone: 01392 547157

pop in to say hello:

120 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3JQ

If you are interested in joining the Glorious team please send your CV and personal statement to hello@thegloriousarthouse.com



how to find us

The Glorious Art House

120 Fore Street



The Glorious Art House is located on Fore Street, Exeter, directly opposite Mccoys Arcade. By foot, it can be accessed easily from the bottom of the high street (straight past left-hand turns for South Street and Market Street), or following signs to city centre from the Exe Bridges roundabout.

Car parks nearby are Smythen Street, Mary Arches and NCP, Market Street.

In our life there is a single colour, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the colour of love.

―Marc Chagall

© 2014 the glorious art house 120 fore street exeter