Bike Shed Theatre & Bar, Fore Street

Zion has over three years of experience as a writer and a journalist. Career highlights so far include interviewing Ethics Director at Lush Hilary Jones, contributing poetry to Musings to raise funds for Leche League, and working with co-founder of One Green Planet Nil Zacharias. Zion has also worked on the Eradicating Ecocide campaign. Follow Zion on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email her at zio.lights@gmail.com The Bike Shed Café is no ordinary café. This … Continue reading Bike Shed Theatre & Bar, Fore Street

Special Dispatch: Scoff’s, Paignton (4/5)

Paignton has a strange attraction, it is a splat in between the sizable populous mass of Torquay to the north and the beautiful harbour of Brixham.  There are a few words that you could use to describe Paignton, and depending on who you ask will depend what sort of words they end up being.  True, the town has its problems and suffers from a lack of investment … Continue reading Special Dispatch: Scoff’s, Paignton (4/5)

Mammas for Victory: a bad experience at The Crystal Cafe?

EE hasn’t reviewed this cafe yet, but Zion Lights, (journalist, fellow blogger and mum), had a bad experience which you can read about here at her blog.  If you have been to this cafe before and would like to submit a well written independent review, please get in contact. http://mammasforvictory.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/utterly-disgusted-by-anti-child-anti.html Related articles RAMM Cafe, Queen St. Exeter (5/5) (eatingexeter.wordpress.com) Continue reading Mammas for Victory: a bad experience at The Crystal Cafe?

RAMM Cafe, Queen St

Exeter is an amazing city. Tea is also amazing. But there is something more amazing and that is finding something, expecting it to be great and then finding out it is and that you’re right.  And this is exactly how I have found the in-house cafe in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.  Knowing it was ran by Otterton Mill was a guarantee that this wasn’t going to … Continue reading RAMM Cafe, Queen St

Special Dispatch: Seaview Diner, Teignmouth (4/5)

Eating Exeter likes to push boundaries sometimes, and we really have this time.  We’ve been to Teignmouth.  The heart of the bit between Torquay and Exeter. Due to failing finances and the urge to get out of Exeter we ran away for an afternoon by the seaside in order to inhale some sea air and go for a bit of a walk to observe the … Continue reading Special Dispatch: Seaview Diner, Teignmouth (4/5)

Oggy Oggy, Queen St

Oggy Oggy is quite firmly established in Exeter, having occupied a corner of the Guildhall Shopping Centre on Queen Street for what seems like donkey’s years.  It has now moved to what had been a gift shop on the corner of Queen Street and Paul Street.  The previous cafe was small, pokey and dark and this one is now cold, airy and clinical.  I visited … Continue reading Oggy Oggy, Queen St

External link to Valentine’s Day Special: Alcoholic Brandy Fudge

Valentine’s Day Special: Alcoholic Brandy Fudge

Valentine’s Day Special: Alcoholic Brandy Fudge One of my other passions, apart from writing about food, is collecting (hoarding) recipe books.  Especially old ones with forgotten recipes in from the past.  OK I am without a first edition Mrs Beeton  but there are some amazing recipes hiding on shelves of dusty recipe books which are bursting for a new lease of life. And that is exactly … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Special: Alcoholic Brandy Fudge

Restaurant Guide – La Petit Maison, Topsham

http://www.lapetitemaison.co.uk   01392 873660    @chefdougipm La Petit Maison, fine dining in a small house.  Chef Douglas Pestell has a fine pedigree, and took over the restaurant in 2000 finally realising his dream to run his own restaurant.  With a background in four and five star establishments, including Gleneagles in Scotland, he brings his philosophy and exquisite cuisine to the people of Exeter. Continue reading Restaurant Guide – La Petit Maison, Topsham

Baked Camembert: The first recipe is always the easiest

On Eating Exeter, we intend to put out the occasional recipe.  Some of them are, like this one, tried and tested and others just sound nice. Before you proceed though, have a look at this article with some good do’s and don’ts for Baking Camembert. Here is a recipe for the cook-shy amongst you.  It has to be the easiest culinary method to follow, and … Continue reading Baked Camembert: The first recipe is always the easiest

Restaurant Guide – Oliva Restaurant, Topsham

      http://www.olivarestaurant.co.uk/ 01392 877878  6 – 7 Fore St Topsham Devon If you want an award-winning place to eat, look no further.  This place has won more awards than you could wave a deliciously coated stick at.  Located in the heart of Topsham, the posh annexe of Exeter, it has won Devon Life Chef of the Year and Restaurant Of The Year multiple times, … Continue reading Restaurant Guide – Oliva Restaurant, Topsham

Restaurant Guide – Harry’s Restaurant

http://www.harrys-exeter.co.uk  01392 202234 Harry’s Restaurant 86 Longbrook Street Exeter Devon EX4 6AP Harrys Restaurant is an interesting red-brick oddity on Longbrook Street.  Named after Harry Hems, a master carver who occupied the premises following its design and construction by the architect Robert Medley Fulford in 1882.  The whole restaurant is very much a family affair, with the third generation of the Pounds family working for the … Continue reading Restaurant Guide – Harry’s Restaurant

Restaurant Guide – The Magdalen Chapter

http://www.themagdalenchapter.com/  01392 281 000 @magdalenchpt The Magdalen Chapter is set in a beautiful building that was formerly the Devon Eye Hospital.  After it was a hospital it became the Hotel Barcelona.  And now, a new chapter in its existence sees it as The Magdalen Chapter. Spot the pun? “Head Chef Ben Bulger and his team are guided by good cook and best-selling author Simon Hopkinson. … Continue reading Restaurant Guide – The Magdalen Chapter

Restaurant Guide – Southernhay House

http://www.southernhayhouse.com/ 01392 435324 @SouthernhayHome The beautiful Georgian quarter of Exeter’s Southernhay hides many hidden gems.  Including this one, Southernhay House.  Reviewed in the Telegraph, it got a fairly good review.  But all food critics are ultimately wrong until proven right, so ignore the star rating. This is a definite fine dining restaurant so be prepared to pay over £100 for two people if you have the whole nine … Continue reading Restaurant Guide – Southernhay House

Exeter Farmer’s Market

South Street in Exeter is mostly filled with estate agent’s, low-rent restaurants and The George’s Meeting House, the better Wetherspoons pub in Exeter by far.  Such other delights include a couple of churches, a KFC and some ruins.  It is the average bit of Exeter which, every Thursday transforms itself with the Farmer’s Market. For foodies are quite spoilt for choice in Exeter.  Darts Farm … Continue reading Exeter Farmer’s Market

Ruby Burgers, Exeter – Press Night 25th January

A couple of months ago, I received a bit of an unusual tweet.  It was from the owners of Ruby Burgers inviting me to a press night at their lovely looking establishment that has just opened their doors, on Queen St in Exeter.  It was nice that they were holding such a night in the first place (to be honest why would they not?) but … Continue reading Ruby Burgers, Exeter – Press Night 25th January