About us

Welcome to McGahey's

McGahey the Tobacconist are specialists in tobacco. McGahey’s stock a complete range of most of the well known brands. This includes:

  • Pipe tobacco;
  • Handrolling tobacco;
  • Loose tobacco;
  • Cigarettes;
  • Cigars; and
  • Snuff. 

In the unlikely event of a customer requiring something we do not stock – this can be obtained as long as it is available in the UK.

McGahey’s also offer a complete repair service for lighters and pipes and will always be happy to quote for this. Please call us in the office on 01392 496111. We hope we can be of service.

Our History:

McGahey’s was established in 1880. Not even the savage blitz on Exeter in May 1942 has been able to stop our continuous service to the smoking public. Since our establishment there have been three generations of McGahey’s at the helm.

Edgar McGahey saw the business through the war years. This included a relocation into a shed at the bottom of his garden in Barnfield Road after the shop was hit by the blitz.

McGahey’s returned to High Street almost on the same site as the former shop in 1955. Unfortunately this is the year in which Edgar McGahey passed away. Michael, who had been in business since 1942, took the helm and steered the business through the next period of it’s history. Whilst remaining true to our specialisation, the company also expanded into prominently placed kiosks in London Inn Square, Princesshay and Heavitree.

In 1973 Martin joined the firm. The father and son team continued the traditions. In March 1988 a complete refit of 245 High Street was completed. This struck a balance between a conventional image and modern shop fitting. In 1992 McGahey’s were the only independent retailer in Exeter High Street and remained so until 2018. Michael retired from the business in February 1992.

Our Future:

In late 2018/2019 we see a new era of McGahey’s. Moving away from the High Street shop into the online and mail order world. The team at McGahey’s have worked hard to produce a simple, easy to use website which shows the range of stock that we have. If you cannot find what you are looking for then please do give us a call and we will see what we can do for you! Our office number is 01392 496111. We look forward to hearing from you.

McGahey the Tobacconist Loose tobacco Jars

Meet Our Team

Martin McGahey – Mcgaheys the Tobacconist

Martin McGahey


Becky Howe

Office Manager

Becky joined the McGahey team in October 2017 running all things admin and mail order. Becky is working hard to learn all she can about the trade and the tobacco’s that we stock – which is an endless task!

When not at work, Becky is a gymnastics coach and active gymnast herself, as well as salsa dancing in any free time that she may have!