Review: The Hen House Restaurant, Exeter

Towards the end of 2017, news broke of a new restuarant opening in the old Tiger Bills plot. The Hen House restaurant was founded in 2017, and the owners long stading dreams of being able to share their good food with friends. They believe in freshly prepared, tasty, healthy and convenient food.

One of the best things about them is that they are a small and independent family restaurant, something we seem to be running out of in Exeter thanks to big chains. They promise freshly cooked food with recipes passed down through generations and created with locally sourced produce.

One thing we loved from the moment we walked inside was the lush smell of wood and rustic feel throughout. We sat on haybails in candlelight and enjoyed the relaxing and friendly atmosphere from the moment we walked in. It feels super homely, somewhere to relax and eat.


The rustic feel with hay bail seats.

Even the menus were rustic!

We even got to sit on chicken cushions!

I love the lay out of the place!

We looked at the menu and were pleasantly surprised at the massive range and variety on offer. You would be forgiven for thinking it was a chicken only restaurant, but there were also steaks, burgers, rotisserie chicken and other meats on offer. We started off with some appetisers.




This was the wonderful croquet, which is minced pork and cabbage wrapped in a pancake, breaded and fried, served with beetroot soup. The croquet itself was really tasty, and something very different from what I have tried before. The meat and cabbage mixture had the right amounts of each, and the croquet was stuffed.  I am not usually a fan of beetroot, but this soup was something else. It tasted really rich and meaty, without what I call 'The beetroot dirt taste'.  It was delicious and went so well with the starter. It is there to be drank, rather than poured over the food. 


Liver Pâté  with red onion relish and grilled brioche. The Pâté was so creamy and went well with the sweat relish.

We had an amazing selection of items to try, for our mains!


This is the Hen House Chicken Kebab, served on a naan bread with plenty of salad.  The chicken was wonderful, so full of flavour. The sauces and salad complimented everything perfectly. You forget how truly wonderful a simple kebab can be, until you try this. 


One of the lovely owners who served us for the evening, recommended we try the steak Tartare, which is raw beef mixed with diced onions, cornichons, parsley and anchovies served with olives and fresh bread. It is not something I have tried before, and knew it would be an acquired taste. I have it on good authority that this is one of the best that you will be able to find in Exeter!


This is their famous grilled chicken strips topped with melted brie, served with chutney. You can choose 2 sides to accompany this dish. The chicken was so succulent and tasted incredible with the melted brie.


The 2 sides were roast potatoes and gravy, and we also added some creamy mash. They have a rotisserie in the kitchen, and cook whole chickens,  with the chicken juices used to cook the potatoes and make the gravy- so we had to try some! Hands down, the best gravy I have ever tasted!

This is easily our new favourite restaurant in Exeter and we can't wait to go back and try out some more of the items on the menu that we were just too full for!

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

Syn Free Fully Loaded Hash Brown Waffles



There's nothing better than a proper hearty weekend breakfast! I was lucky enough to get a waffle iron for Christmas, and I wanted one for the sole purpose of potato waffles. This recipe is what I came up with after trying it out a few times. 

The hash brown waffles are topped with bacon, tomatoes, cheese and a poached egg. I served it with some beans and syn free coleslaw as well. 

Why not mix it up and try out different toppings? They make the perfect breakfast base!


Serves 2

Extra Easy Syn Value: Syn Free

Healthy Extras: None

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You will need:
2 large potatoes
1 tsp minced garlic
pinch salt & pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 egg lightly beaten
4 Bacon medallions
2 Eggs, for poaching
40g extra light cheese per person
Chopped cherry tomatoes

Method:

Preheat waffle iron as per manufacturer's instructions.

Peel the potatoes and grate until they are all shredded. Place the shredded potatoes in a tea towel, then wrap the tea towel around. Squeeze out all the excess moisture in the potatoes over the sink through the tea towel.

Transfer to a bowl and add the 1 beaten egg,salt, pepper, garlic and smoked paprika and mix well.  Divide the mixture into 2, then place 1 half in the waffle iron.  Cook for approx 8 mins, until crispy and golden.

Meanwhile, chop the bacon into slices and fry off in a pan sprayed with frylight. Poach the eggs just before serving.  Check out my Youtube video to find out how to perfectly poach eggs every time!

Top the hash brown waffles with the bacon, eggs, tomatoes and cheese!

L x

Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

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Slimming World Friendly Baked Oats Recipe


One thing that really helps me survive Slimming World, is to set myself up with a hearty breakfast. I usually use my healthy extra so that I can have some form of oats in the morning, whether that's in overnight form or baked. 

This is a super basic baked oats recipe, and you can really experiment with different syn free flavours. Serve it with plenty of fruit to make it extra filling! I love serving it with banana and custard flavour Muller Light as it is like eating a yummy sponge and proper custard, but without the syns!


Extra Easy Syn Value: Syn Free

Healthy Extras: B

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You will need:

40g of porridge oats
1 large egg
½ tsp of vanilla extract
½ tsp of baking powder
1 Vanilla Muller light
1 tbsp Sweetener

Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and a custard muller light to serve.

Method:

Preheat oven to 200c

Spray foil container with fry light.

Add all the ingredients, and mix together combine.

Bake in the oven for 30  mins until golden.

Add the fruit to serve

L x


Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

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Syn Free Lamb Doner Kebab, with Lo-Dough



I am obsessed with watching Sunday Brunch every week. If you don't watch, how do you even know it's a Sunday? One of my favourite chefs was on there the other week, Tom Kerridge. He's a super slimmer himself, shedding ofer 12 stone!

He was on there to show off one of his healthy recipes, and I noticed it was also low syn on Slimming World, so had to give it a go myself. I was also recently sent an exciting new product to try, Lo-Dough bread.





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Lo-Dough claims to be different because it's not a wrap and it's not a slice of bread. It’s a bread alternative with 50-70% less calories than most traditional bakery products, and it's also low syn. It can be used as a tortilla style flat bread, a soft sandwich thin, naan bread, pizza bases, and I know it would be perfect for his kebab!

They were delicious, and the best low syn alternative I have found! Only 39 calories a slice means it's only 2 syns. It's super light and fluffy and very versatile. 


Did you know that I have a weight loss support group on Facebook!? It's a place to share meal ideas, meal plans, food pictures, success stories, and generally support each other on our weight loss journeys!


The Kebab Recipe is available here from Tom Kerridge

L x



Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

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