About Epoch Restaurant & Bar


At Epoch Restaurant & Bar, we invite our guests to savor and enjoy our distinctly creative New England Cuisine as well as an array of internationally inspired dishes. Executive Chef Ben Chesley, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, and his team are proud to showcase fresh, native ingredients sourced from the farms and producers of NH, MA, ME and VT on our seasonal menus and nightly specials. Be sure to try one of our signature craft cocktails, rotating local draught beers or 25 wines by the glass from around the world.

Join us in our cozy, yet modern bar for signature craft cocktails, an Epoch Burger, small bites, a cheese plate or even dessert. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

"Friendly staff, delicious food and impeccable service. A definite " must" if you are staying at the Inn or anywhere in Exeter. We will return!" --Jim D


Chef Ben Chesley was appointed Executive Chef of Epoch Restaurant in Exeter, New Hampshire, when he was 24 years old. With a love for Modern American Cuisine, he is known for putting a fresh spin on timeless classics. He considers himself “a simple country chef,” yet his creative cuisine has garnered a lot of attention on the Seacoast, and he has been featured in many local publications.

Originally from Newmarket, New Hampshire, Chesley attended Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, New Hampshire. After earning his degree at New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, Chesley worked in area restaurants, including the esteemed Green Monkey and Wellington Room. After taking the reins at Epoch, he began racking up accolades and awards from TripAdvisor, The Wedding Wire, and many local cook offs.

Chef Chesley is passionate about giving back to the community, and he continually seeks ways to contribute. He is frequently involved in Share Our Strength fundraisers.