REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.

The Lord Nelson is one of the many pubs that I remember from my childhood growing up near Topsham in the eighties and nineties. There used to be, at one point in history, forty two separate pubs in Topsham. Over the years this number has declined to a handful; the legendary ‘Topsham Ten’ is much less than it used to be. One of the remaining … Continue reading REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.

Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter by Lauren Heath

In true Oddfellows fashion, they have found their unique way of offering the customer great food but in keeping with what the customer wants – in this current climate: a safe environment, with minimal fuss – enter ‘Supper Club Lock In’. Continue reading Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter by Lauren Heath

News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery

TWELVE years on from first planting vines as a rather eccentric hobby, the family behind a Devon vineyard at the foot of Dartmoor are gearing up to open their new purpose-built winery, shop and local kitchen. Despite the delays and challenges of COVID, Alder Vineyard are set to open the doors to their new building in September – and look forward to championing a wide … Continue reading News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery

Life in Lockdown: Bjorn Moen, Head Chef of The Commodore Hotel in Instow

In our penultimate Life in Lockdown interview, we speak to Bjorn Moen, Head Chef of the Commodore Hotel in Instow. It is strange to think that the UK went into lockdown in March, nearly six months ago. Yet the effect was profound and has had lasting repercussions. The Commodore Hotel lies in North Devon and is popular with tourists and locals alike. A locally sourced … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: Bjorn Moen, Head Chef of The Commodore Hotel in Instow

REVIEW: Circa 1924 Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box

Across the UK many restaurants have reopened their doors, but it’s a tough time to be in the hospitality industry. With social distancing restrictions, and the looming threat of another ‘lockdown’ – even if it is a local one – means that restaurants have had to think outside of the box. Or even, inside. Circa 1924 is tucked behind the High Street in a central … Continue reading REVIEW: Circa 1924 Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box

Life in Lockdown: M Welsh Catering Services

As the country emerges from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our fourth mini interview, we chat to Mike and Leanne Welsh, founders and owners of M Welsh Catering Services. Mike and Leanne Welsh are the owners of a multi-award winning wedding catering company based just outside of Exeter. We first met … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: M Welsh Catering Services

Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

EAT OUT TO HELP OUT – SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We are still having hits on this post so we have updated it. Some Devon eateries are continuing their own version of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme discount*, please see individual Facebook pages for further details – list below: During September: The Lighter Inn, The Quay, Topsham The Stand Off Exeter Pink Moon, Exeter Franco … Continue reading Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

The Welcome Café in Exeter may not be open as it once was, but they are now welcoming customers to their new weekend supper clubs! Continue reading Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad

For many of us, the lockdown has eased and there is some feeling that the world is returning to ‘normal’ – whatever that was. Throughout the UK, people are emerging slowly from three months of isolation; some are coming out but there are others who still have to be very careful. Lockdown has seen many businesses, especially hospitality, across the country adapt to a new … Continue reading Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad

Life in Lockdown: Two Drifters Distillery

As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our third mini interview, we chat to Russ & Gemma Wakeham, founders and owners of Two Drifters Rum Distillery in Exeter. Two Drifters Distillery produces award-winning rum from their HQ near Exeter Airport. We first met Two Drifters at the … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: Two Drifters Distillery

Life in Lockdown: The Bearslake Inn

As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. The second mini interview of this series, we chat with General Manager, Luke Fearon. The Bearslake Inn is a surrounded by the wild hills of West Dartmoor. Close enough to the Cornish border, the hills of Bodmin Moor can be seen … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: The Bearslake Inn

Life in Lockdown: The Cadeleigh Arms

As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. At the beginning of the year, we were looking towards a new decade in anticipation of a fresh start from the hard slog of the last decade. A fresh start. But nobody could have imagined that three months in, normal life … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: The Cadeleigh Arms

Get fired up for UK BBQ Week – by Sue Stoneman

UK BBQ Week 4th – 12th July 2020 If you haven’t had the time to dust off your BBQ during lockdown and cook outside when the sun was shining, then the folks over at UKBBQWEEK have lots of hints, tips, reviews of equipment and recipes (some of mine) up on their website that might inspire you to get your fire lit and your tongs clicking! … Continue reading Get fired up for UK BBQ Week – by Sue Stoneman

Virtual Cooking Class Review: Fun Foodie Online Classes with Larks.Live – by Sue Stoneman

Online Cooking Classes If you’ve been missing visiting the local Food & Drink Festivals during #lockdown and not being able to see some of your favourite chefs cook up a storm in the demo kitchens, and are missing visiting your favourite cookery school, how would you like to be able to cook along with them in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, now you … Continue reading Virtual Cooking Class Review: Fun Foodie Online Classes with Larks.Live – by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Scones to celebrate National Cream Tea Day – by Sue Stoneman

Scone Recipe to celebrate National Cream Tea Day! I don’t think you need a special day to enjoy a delicious Cream Tea!  Any day is a good day to indulge in a homemade scone or cake… moreso now when it’s not so easy to go out for a treat with family and friends.  National Cream Tea Day (usually the last Friday in June) was launched … Continue reading RECIPE: Scones to celebrate National Cream Tea Day – by Sue Stoneman

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News: Lyme Bay Winery Launches New Chardonnay

LYME BAY WINERY LAUNCHES NEW CHARDONNAY Lyme Bay Winery, the flavour arm of LBW Drinks, has released the 2018 vintage of its award-winning Chardonnay and considers it to be ‘exceptional’. This is the first time the Devon-based drinks producer has released a still English Wine vintage ahead of an older year, and will move straight on from 2016 to 2018 leaving the 2017 Chardonnay in … Continue reading News: Lyme Bay Winery Launches New Chardonnay

Sharpham Wine and Cheese set to Host ‘Socially Distanced Picnic’ for International Picnic Day

Sharpham Wine and Cheese set to Host ‘Socially Distanced Picnic’ for International Picnic Day Thursday 18 June is International Picnic Day and Sharpham Wine and Sharpham Cheese, near Totnes in South Devon, are set to host their first ever ‘socially distanced’ picnic day. Situated on the banks of the River Dart, the food-filled destination is best known for their vineyard, cheese dairy and ‘The Cellar … Continue reading Sharpham Wine and Cheese set to Host ‘Socially Distanced Picnic’ for International Picnic Day

Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath

Babbacombe Bay Café Imagine buying your dream cafe, and then lockdown hits – well the new owner of Babbacombe Bay Cafe, Michelle Sampson, has just lived through this. After securing the venue earlier this year she has had to wait until the right time to open due to lockdown and has just flung her doors open, raring to go – even if it is just … Continue reading Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath

Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath

DIY Devon Food Kits from Austin Gosling, Co-Owner and Head Chef of On The Rocks, Torquay and Brixham So what do you do when both your successful restaurants, that have been open since 2014 and 2017 respectively, have to close their doors due to the current lockdown situation? Initial panic, the boredom and quiet at home as opposed to the buzz of the kitchen, gathering … Continue reading Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath