Colson’s Restaurant in Exeter appoints new Head Chef

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Colson’s Restaurant in Exeter appoints new Head Chef

Colson’s Restaurant, located within Hotel Indigo Exeter is delighted to announce the appointment of their Head Chef ‘Charlotte Vincent’ who appeared on BBC2 ‘Great British Menu’ in 2022.

Owned by Hotel Exe Limited and operated by Castlebridge Hospitality, Colson’s and Hotel Indigo Exeter opened in December 2022 having been restored and converted from the iconic former House of Fraser department store.  The history of the building dates back to 1792 when Mrs Colson, a local milliner who became one of the city’s most loved characters, opened a department store there named ‘Colson’s’.

Colson’s is where the team prepares the finest tasting menu with produce foraged, farmed or fished from the finest Devon farms and ocean. Hotel Indigo Exeter also features a rooftop bar called ‘Becketts’, The Dugout Sports bar, and The Retreat Spa.

Raised in Exeter, Charlotte completed a Master’s in Psychology and Human Biology at the University of Plymouth before joining the Royal Logistics Corp of the British Army. Charlotte then joined Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park, where she worked as a pastry chef, before moving to The Royal Clarence Hotel in the same capacity. She took over at The Five Bells in Devon three years ago, earning the pub a place in the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs shortly afterwards.

Charlotte has previously cooked for former Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Number 10 Downing Street and was one of the Great British Chefs to watch in 2022. She was also a finalist in the 2022 National Chef of the Year and competed in Great British Menu 2023. Charlotte has also won 3 rosettes for food and won recognition from Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Simon Hall, Castlebridge Hospitality’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Charlotte to the team who will be a tremendous asset to Colson’s Restaurant. We love to deliver locally inspired and innovative restaurant and bar concepts and this hotel is a prime example of how Hotel Indigo draws on the local neighborhood to inspire every aspect of the hotel, from intriguing design to locally inspired menus”.

Colson’s Restaurant is situated at 3 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU, telephone 01392 301801 or

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