The Glorious Art House


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


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.

illustration by tessa macdermot

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Food & Drink
At the Glorious cafe bar, we proudly serve
Brazier Coffee, roasted only 22 miles away in Wellington, Somerset and Exmoor tea blended up on the moors near to Exeter. Our baristas take care in ensuring every cup of coffee or tea (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 freshly prepared salads 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.

Click here to see our full menu


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

―Maya Angelou

Events & Workshops

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."

Events & Workshops

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.

Events & Workshops

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:



gallery enquiries:

telephone: 01392 547157

or pop in to say hello:


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.


Opening Hours


Monday closed

Tuesday - 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 9am - 5pm

Thursday 9am - 5pm

Friday  9am - 5pm

Saturday 10am - 6pm

Sunday 10am - 4pm

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