Welcome to Al-Farid - Moroccan, Lebanese Mezze Bar & Restaurant

Al Farid is an award-winning restaurant specialising in Moroccan & Lebanese cuisine. 
Our name, 'Al Farid', is inspired by the name of a mystic Arabic poet, Umar ibn ‘Al-Farid’, who's poetry is related to entirely Sufic content.

We offer exclusive Arabian fine dining experience along with our traditional Hookah/Sisha Bar.

We have two Restaurants - one is in the heart of Exeter, in a beautiful historical building called "Three Gables " and we recently opened our second branch in the beautiful city of St Albans.

Reza Habibi well known restaurateur and celebrity chef is about to launch his second restaurant in St Albans following the phenomenal success of Al Farid restaurant in Exeter. Reza’s passion for creating delicious recipes and producing dishes that take you to a journey behind borders of North Africa and Middle East has no limit.

Reza has successfully produced some of the most stunning Middle Eastern dishes in his petit restaurant in the heart of Exeter for the last 20 years and now he is on a mission to bring the same heavenly pleasures to St Albans where he will be indulging in some amazing cooking and wonderful Middle Eastern hospitality .

The Three Gables at The Historic Exeter St Mary

Nestled in an often overlooked gem of Cathedral Yard, we are situated in the area of Little Stile, one of the seven ancient gateways into the Close.
The buildings date back to 1658 when they were used for storing timber, lead and other building materials as well as for housing cathedral craftsmen

Surprisingly, the Three Gables were still left standing after the blitz,as was St Mary Major. Sadly, having been rebuilt several times, St Mary Major was finally demolished in 1971. However, the Three Gables remains in situ, having been classed as listed buildings on 29th January 1953.

Al Farid
The Home of
Great Arabian Cuisine

Our head chef has created a thoughtful menu that delights the taste buds. A firm favourite is our meze, an array of small succulent dishes. The meze, comprised of both hot and cold dishes, offers a wealth of colour flavour, texture and aroma.

A choice of traditional Moroccan desserts provide a perfect complement to the meal, such as Baklava - a sweet pastry - and Mahalabia - rice pudding with rose water.
The drinks menu contains traditional Moroccan cocktails and beers, including a sweet Moroccan liqueur and Casablanca, a Moroccan beer.

To finish your meal you cannot miss out on our range of Moroccan coffees and teas, flavoured with natural cardamom, cinnamon, rose water and more.
No Moroccan meal is complete without smoking an authentic hookah pipe. Each day the water pipes are packed with freshly flavoured tobaccos. Choose between a number of fruit flavours, such as Grape, Lemon, Mint and many more.

"My request is not for bliss of the Garden.
I only desire to see You."

  • By Umar ibn Al-Farid

"Was that Layla's flame that shone through the veils of night on Dhū-Salam?
Or lightning's flash throughout the vales round Zawra and Al-Alam?
Have you but a sigh of dawn for me, O winds about Na'man?
Have you but a sip to offer me, O waters of Wajra?
O driver of laden camels rolling up the wayless sands
like a scroll of mighty writ beside the Sagebrush of Idam
Turn aside at the guarded safeground -God be your shepherd!- and seek the path"

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