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Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids

We’re on the cusp of half term! We’ve done a round up of Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with complimentary play facilities to entertain the kids. Happy kids, happy parents right? If you have a favourite that’s not on the list, let us know! Continue reading Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids

Lucy Gosling’s ‘fantastic four’ – a guide to eating out in Plymouth

Ed. Before we get too Christmassy I really want to share this article that I’ve had simmering for a little while (sorry Lucy!). A few months ago I met Lucy Gosling (@lucygosling) at an event in Exeter. Based in Plymouth, she knows some fantastic spots for foodies, and I managed to tap into some of her top places to eat by asking her to kindly … Continue reading Lucy Gosling’s ‘fantastic four’ – a guide to eating out in Plymouth

Circa at Sandridge Barton Launches Friday Nights and Sunday Roasts at the home of Sharpham Wine

Circa at Sandridge Barton is launching a set menu and tasting menu on Friday nights, as well as serving its celebrated Sunday roasts during the colder months.  Following the hotly anticipated opening of Sharpham Wine’s new home in June this year, the destination’s stunning restaurant, Circa, is expanding its offering. The exciting partnership offers visitors yet another reason to visit the home of Sharpham Wine, … Continue reading Circa at Sandridge Barton Launches Friday Nights and Sunday Roasts at the home of Sharpham Wine

Wickhams’ Winter Wine Discovery Event

Wickhams’ Winter Wine Discovery Event – Saturday 19th November 2022 at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont. Join Wickhams at the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel on Saturday 19th November from 12-6pm to discover their range of award-winning wines from around the world. A wide selection of wines from England, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and beyond will be available to taste with many winemakers and producers available … Continue reading Wickhams’ Winter Wine Discovery Event

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Kitchen & Store officially launches

The new River Cottage Kitchen & Store has officially launched. Open 9am-5pm, seven days a week, with breakfast served 9am-11.30am and lunch served 12pm-3pm, this casual cafe is located within the famous River Cottage HQ – a stone’s throw from the recognisable Farmhouse and gardens. Whether dining alfresco on the outdoor terrace or enjoying the light and airy space indoors, guests can soak up the … Continue reading Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Kitchen & Store officially launches

REVIEW: The View, Courtyard Hotel, Sandy Park

If you’ve been travelling past Sandy Park, or the M5 junction 30, you might have noticed a tall modern looking building has sprung up in recent years. This new hotel is The Courtyard and is part of the Merriott family; and right at the top is The View restaurant and bar. Open 6pm – 10pm daily, seven days a week, could this be a new … Continue reading REVIEW: The View, Courtyard Hotel, Sandy Park

A 10 Day Celebration of Seafood: England’s Seafood FEAST 2022

The end of the month sees the return of England’s Seafood FEAST, a 10-day celebration of world-renowned local seafood on the English Riviera in beautiful South Devon. From 30 September to 9 October the towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay will be hosting a Seafood FEAST for all the senses, giving visitors the chance to join the locals and experience some of the best seafood … Continue reading A 10 Day Celebration of Seafood: England’s Seafood FEAST 2022

August Highlights – new openings, transformations, pop ups and parties

Au revoir August! It’s been a scorching month, not just the weather but across the county we’ve been filling our boots with some blooming lovely lunches and raising a glass or two to some of the fantastic independent producers and restaurants who call our county home. Even though the hot weather is due to ease, the heat hasn’t eased for thousands of small hospitality businesses … Continue reading August Highlights – new openings, transformations, pop ups and parties

June/July Highlights

We like to pack lots of content into our highlights for you to nibble on and as it is, we have quite the feast for you to munch through in this post. Whilst our inconsistent, weird weather seems to vary between baking hot, baking hot & humid or freezing cold, what has been consistent is the high high standards our dining scene in Devon always … Continue reading June/July Highlights

10 Questions with Penthouse Cocktails

Dining Devon loves a good cocktail. Often it’s one of us who are quick to scan their eyes across to the cocktail section of any good drinks menu, so when Penthouse Cocktails approached us to work with them to spread the word, we jumped at the opportunity. Run by husband and wife team, Jonny and Meg, Penthouse Cocktails has just launched their incredible Cocktail Box … Continue reading 10 Questions with Penthouse Cocktails

Discover Delicious Devon Food and Drink Experiences to Delight Everyone

Love getting ‘hands-on’ in the kitchen, always dreamt of distilling your own spirits or are you intrigued by the art of fermentation, winemaking or rum blending?  What better way to learn than through meeting the experts.  Here’s Food Drink Devon’s round-up of some of the best foodie experiences the region has to offer.  Food Drink Devon is one of the county’s leading food and drink organisations with … Continue reading Discover Delicious Devon Food and Drink Experiences to Delight Everyone

Leading culinary competition returns

Entries are open for South West Chef of the Year 2022 A fantastic opportunity awaits the talented chefs and home cooks of the South West with the much-anticipated return of South West Chef of the Year.  After a two-year enforced break, due to the pandemic, the judges of this prestigious competition are once again searching for the finest culinary talent in the region. Established 19 … Continue reading Leading culinary competition returns

Darts Farm Launches New Farm Table Restaurant and Terrace Bar

Family-run Darts Farm, based just outside Exeter, is officially launching its brand new restaurant, The Farm Table, and its new Terrace Bar on Friday 15th July 2022, adding yet more reasons to visit this award-winning destination that celebrates local food and drink. Initially, The Farm Table will serve up lunches and dinners from Friday to Sunday, using the best farm produce, cooked over fire and … Continue reading Darts Farm Launches New Farm Table Restaurant and Terrace Bar

Shepherd Shack Catering – deli products with a difference

Guest blogger, Beattie Phillips, tells us about the tasty offerings and deli delights she has enjoyed from Shepherd Shack Catering. As someone who will always choose a starter over a dessert and cheese over chocolate, I am also a lover of a savoury treat from a deli-counter. My eyes will easily pass over the cakes, brownies and flapjacks but not so when it comes to the … Continue reading Shepherd Shack Catering – deli products with a difference

10 Questions with Sea Arch Alcohol Free Spirits

Founders Sarah and Geoff Yates wanted to create an alternative to alcohol without compromising taste or experience and Sea Arch was born. As well as using natural botanicals, Sarah and Geoff are passionate about the environment too and use recycled cardboard for boxes and solvent free paint on the bottles. We wanted to know how Sea Arch came about so Sue asked Sarah some questions … Continue reading 10 Questions with Sea Arch Alcohol Free Spirits

April Highlights – burgers, birthdays, brownies, brunch and more!

All the B’s this month! April was blimmin birthday-burger-brownie-brunch-filled. The sun has been out putting us all in a good mood for food. We’ve had great interactions on our socials when we’ve shared this months outings. Now you know where’ we’ve been… where’s your favourite brunch, lunch, dinner stop? Do tell… Read on for: Knights Farm Shop, Ottery St Mary Love Brownies, Okehampton Meat59, Exeter … Continue reading April Highlights – burgers, birthdays, brownies, brunch and more!

Review – Sea Arch Alcohol Free Drinks and Cocktails

As well as getting out and about visiting foodie places, we’re lucky in that we also get sent local produce to try. Let me introduce you to Sea Arch – an award winning non-alcoholic gin, made locally here in Devon. I was recently #gifted some items to try and wanted to share more about this award winning product and its origins. You may have already … Continue reading Review – Sea Arch Alcohol Free Drinks and Cocktails

February & March Highlights – New Openings, Eating Out & Devon Drinks

Can you believe that this time last year, they were just letting us out to spend time in groups of 6, and hospitality businesses were either closed or offering takeaways only? Alfresco April was incoming and so many businesses were diversifying constantly to keep going. It’s not over yet; rules may have now been fully lifted all round and we’re enjoying the lighter evenings but … Continue reading February & March Highlights – New Openings, Eating Out & Devon Drinks

January highlights – fishtastic feasts, Sunday roast, alcohol free spirit and Vietnamese hugs in a bowl

The looongest month of the year has come to an end; with a rather damp end to 2021, at least the last few weeks have blessed us with dry days and many a sunrise and sunset! With the C word still lurking, businesses are still working hard to make their customers feel comfortable enough to go out, visit them, eat in or takeaway. Don’t forget that many wonderful Devon businesses still deliver too, so you can get your dose of Devon food and drink without leaving the house if you need. Continue reading January highlights – fishtastic feasts, Sunday roast, alcohol free spirit and Vietnamese hugs in a bowl

Review – Seafood at Home delivery by Rockfish

Rockfish’s slogan is Tomorrow’s Fish are Still in the Sea, but what if those fish can be on your dish 24 hours later, from the South West coast to your kitchen – fintastic! Thanks to the team at Rockfish, I was offered a complimentary (#gifted) press preview of their new Seafood at Home delivery which is launching at 6am on Wednesday 5th January 2022. The … Continue reading Review – Seafood at Home delivery by Rockfish