We need your feedback again!

In Spring 2021 we carried out an extensive neighbourhood and community survey to better understand what customers want from the Hourglass in the future. Many hundreds responded. This is a summary of that survey, bringing together what we don’t want to lose together with aspirations to secure the long term future of the Hourglass.  In essence a neighbourhood, community hub.

We’re now looking for your response to that survey – has anything been missed, is there something you could contribute, please let us know.

In the meantime we have communicated with Stonegate encouraging them to either grant a long lease to a suitable candidate or decide to sell the freehold, which would enable us to make an offer on behalf of the community.

You can respond in the following ways:

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Email:                   ourglassexeter@gmail.com

Insta:                    ourglassexeter

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Run by a committed, or soon to be, landlord/landlady with an excess of personality and patience, on a long lease, who understands how:

to cherish and welcome the whole neighbourhood community. 

  • to carry on the tradition of a renowned friendly local.
  • to curate the highest quality drinks, food, music, arts and community events.
  • to hire staff who enjoy their work and hold a strong sense of ownership/community.

“Booze, good company and food with plenty of dark corners for trysts and plotting” *



Personally selected – an eclectic choice:

Real Ales from the local area and guests from a well kept cellar

A diverse and extensive range of Wines and Spirits –

Locally sourced soft drinks for drivers and those who don’t want alcohol



A short menu and relaxed style catering to a wide range of diets and preferences:

Fresh, local, seasonal

Quality well-prepared food

Locally based suppliers

“All made in the kitchen” *



A major upgrade to enable a wide range of activities from performance through to workshops, classes and marketplaces.

“Music, Theatre, Weddings, Wakes & Bar Mitzvahs, but no Stag, Hen parties or Karaoke.” *


New Ideas

Daytime café and bar snacks

Food and drink tastings

Supper Club

Regular curated, high quality, music, theatre and performance.

Workshops, classes and participation events.

Marketplaces – locally made and grown.

Freelancers daytime workspace

Hourglass memorabilia


*Quotes from the Hourglass website as it used to be..


Community Benefit Society formed to secure long term future of The Hourglass.

We’re delighted to announce that our Community Benefit Society, Friends of the Hourglass Inn, Exeter, Limited, commonly known as Ourglass Exeter, has now been formed and registered.

This gives us a legal organisation through which customers and local residents can better help to secure the long term future of The Hourglass, which remains our main aim. We’re looking forward to continuing positive discussions with Stonegate and their representatives.

We will also continue to work with third parties who have a credible plan to operate The Hourglass, protecting its unique place in our local community.

We would like to thank those organisations and individuals who have helped us reach this point – in particular The Plunkett Foundation, CAMRA, The Music Venue Trust, Ben Bradshaw, Exeter City Council, our Ward Councillors, Diana Moore, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Exeter Connect, the St. Leonards Neighbourhood Association, much loved past landlord of The Hourglass Adam Gardiner – and most importantly over 500 individual customers, local residents and supporters.

In 2020, before this Society was formed, as a group of local residents, we were successful in applying to Exeter City Council for The Hourglass to be recognised as an Asset of Community Value. Since The Hourglass closed we have carried out an extensive survey of hundreds of local residents and  customers which has informed our plans to help secure the long term future of The Hourglass.

Kate Farrell

Lucy Findlay

Mark Fowles

Philip Haines


Friends of The Hourglass Inn, Exeter, Limited


Email:                   ourglassexeter@gmail.com


Web:                     www.hourglassexeter.co.uk

FB:                          ourglassinexeter

Insta:                     ourglassexeter

Twitter:                ourglassexeter


Ourglass steering group formed

The first meeting of the Ourglass Exeter steering group was held on 21/06/2021 in order to review options that best help secure the long term future of The Hourglass, and embedding it even more in the local community. The group was formed following the departure of the previous lessees, rumours of permanent closure and the owner’s stated preference for a much shorter term, less secure tenancy.

The steering group consists of Kate Farrell, Lucy Findlay, Mark Fowles, Philip Haines and Vik Mohan, who bring a wide range of complementary skills, as well as a commitment to the successful future of The Hourglass.

Hundreds of people responded to a community survey on the future of The Hourglass, most of whom are patrons of The Hourglass, live locally and support the idea of securing its long term future.

The group has recently been awarded 2.5 days of consulting by the Plunkett Foundation to develop an action plan, help from the Music Venue Trust and local Councillors Diane Moore, Amy Sparling and Carol Whitton, together with MP, Ben Bradshaw.

The action plan will now be developed with a view to establishing a Community Benefit Society that will form a framework for future support of The Hourglass.

A number of meetings with the owners Ei/Stonegate have already been held and the group looks forward to hearing of their plans for The Hourglass and working together in the future.

Last year the local community secured an Asset of Community Value for the Hourglass, which is a Grade II listed building. It was also designated as a Grassroots Music Venue by the Music Venue Trust.

The group can be contacted:

By email at ourglassexeter@gmail.com,

Significant News is posted on the Hourglass website https://www.hourglassexeter.co.uk

Updates are available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ourglassinexeter

Twitter/Insta: ourglassexeter


Huge local support for the Hourglass

The survey, organised to understand local community support to secure the long term future of The Hourglass, has had a magnificent response with over 99% stating that they would like to see the Hourglass become a community owned pub.


More than that people are very keen to be involved – 73% voluntarily provided their contact details, although the survey was anonymous by choice, 70% expressed an interest in buying shares and 65% offered help, with a wide range of skills.


Many ideas came forward about minor enhancements that could be made, a lot of which included more use of the basement for music and other live performances, public and private community activities.


Hundreds of participants completed the survey, but it is important to underline that this primarily came from existing customers of The Hourglass and other local residents. 98% of respondents had visited The Hourglass, 73% live within walking distance, 92% had been there to eat and 22% had attended live music events.


The Hourglass was the epitome of a LOCAL – and that is what the future should be about – not another soulless, pubco/property co/private equity co owned building in the middle of a strong residential community.


The next steps will include forming a steering group to see if this community aspiration can be brought to reality. Organisations like the Plunkett Foundation, CAMRA, the Music Venue Trust, together with support from our local Councillors, Diana Moore, Carol Whitton and MP, Ben Bradshaw have already provided us with help in these very initial stages.


Thanks so much to everyone for their participation so far – now the work begins.