Artigiano Espresso Bar comes to Exeter High Street

Artigiano Espresso Bar comes to Exeter High Street

If you have ever been to London, one place the resident coffee snobs recommend you try is Artigiano.  They have two shops in St Pauls and Oxford Street and now Exeter is going to be the next destination for this high-brow posh coffee.

Why is this a good thing?

Have a quick look at this.  Easy Living rated Artigiano one of the best places to get coffee in the capital.  This means the standard of coffee in Exeter is going to jump a few notches.  I reckon Devon Coffee will have their work cut out! (or will they?).

If you want to keep on top of all things Artigiano then have a gander at their blog.  Hoping they’ll put something about Exeter in!


Hub ‘Burger’ Box

Hub-Box/HUBBOX/ Hub Box has is just about to open officially. But where did it all start? Jessica Milln had a burger at Hub-Box in St Ives, and wrote about it. Good article about the background of this intriguing addition to Sidwell Street.


Yesterday,  I had a burger with chips for lunch.

I doubt you are really interested to know that, but you should. You should sit up and take notice and not be too slack about it either.  For this burger was Damn Good.

You may be familiar with the Hub Bar & Kitchen on the St.Ives Harbour Front; I confess I’m not. But as a way of celebrating their 10th year, restaurateur Richard Boon decided it would be a  a 30 ft shipping container and then had it fully customised and professionally converted into a mini-restaurant. Three weeks from a dockside in Liverpool to Lemon Quay in Truro.

A8Szo1qCQAADYG7.jpg_largeRichard says he’d love to be able to map the epic journeys this box has taken around the globe becoming a rectangular ‘burger box’ right outside M&S. “They have serial numbers so in theory it’s possible to do.” I would certainly be a neat full…

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Hub-Box Exeter, Sidwell Street.

English: Exeter : Sidwell Street
English: Exeter : Sidwell Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read Eating Exeter’s review


If you like your burgers, ribs and dogs to be mouth watering, creative, fresh and full of flavour, then Exeter’s newest pop-up food destination will be just or you.
Hub-Box has arrived in the city – a unique food venue – think specially created and fully customised shipping container housed in the heart of a transformed city centre building which it’s creators – talented chef Alex Towill and award-winning restaurateur Richard Boon – say, aims to mix great food and drink with urban styling.
The menu combines American classics – which Alex fell in love with whilst working and living in New York – with the very best ingredients that the South West has to offer.
The menu includes a range of home-made burgers, gourmet hot-dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket – smoked for 12 hours in the Hub’s own in-house smoker – as well as the South-West inspired Mack-Daddy – a crispy Cornish mackerel fillet with beetroot jam and horseradish mayo served on a soft, hand crafted burger-roll.
There are also vegetarian options, a kids menu, a range of sides and a selection of craft beers in bottles and on draft along with the option to eat in or take-away.
Having already cut it’s culinary teeth – as well as winning rave reviews – in the heart of Truro City Centre, the new Hub-Box Exeter, on Sidwell Street opposite John Lewis, is looking to take the offer to a new level.
“We are delighted to be able to bring our renowned burgers, dogs & beers into the heart of Exeter in a unique venue. Whilst the menu that Alex has devised is US inspired, it’s created using only the very best food suppliers from across the South West and we can’t wait to see what Exeter thinks,” said Richard.
Hub-Box is open 7 days a week – 11.30am-9pm – Order line 01392 258737
For more information visit

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Inferno Stir Through Pasta – (Tomato and Mozzarella)

This recipe has a health warning. It is VERY spicey and VERY garlicky. Another trip into the archives from 2010!


This is most probably the most extreme dish you will ever come  across.  OK, it might actually be mild compared to some mexican  recipes and in the grand scheme of things, actually eating fire    would be hotter and more deadly.
But it’s hot.   It’s also very garlicky, the sort of quatities of garlic  involved would stun a man at 100 yards and most probably do  you so much good you’d live to 120 (as garlic is very good for  your heart).  However it’s very very easy, very very quick and if    you take out of the cheese and the pesto it’s very healthy too.

In terms of cost, it’s slightly more expensive if you don’t already  have red pesto lurking in your cupboard, however you don’t have to use pesto.  You can make this with normal pasta sauce, although you’d really be making a normal pasta sauce meal with…

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Oaty White Chocolate Biscuits

A trip in to the archives. Oaty White Chocolate Biscuits from 2011!


My next foray in the the world of baking has been Oaty White Chocolate Biscuits.

The recipe is courtesy of the BBC, and before you start thinking these will be anything like the ones you get in the supermarket, then think again.  They are more like White Chocolate flapjacks, crunchy and very sweet (depending on how much Golden Treacle you use), and once they’ve cooled they turn a beautiful golden colour.

How much does it cost? If you have all of the basic ingredients, then it will cost you no more then the cost of the White Chocolate and the Treacle (under £3 if you use supermarket brand white chocolate).  If you don’t have any Bicarbonate then maybe a little more.

Two ingredients here that I had not used before was White Chocolate and Bicarbonate of Soda, and as a result there were two things that surprised me.

  1. Because…

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Top 10 Foodie Gift Ideas – There is still time!

Foodies are really very easy to buy for.  In fact, this might be a cloaked excuse to post some stuff up here with the hope someone might buy one for me!

A Foody Christmas Gift list is inevtably filled with stuff that will take up space in your kitchen.  Either a thing that prepares food or an ingredient!  All items here are available through Amazon, like pretty much everything else in the universe.

1. Andrew James Ice Cream, Sorbet and Frozen Yoghurt Maker Machine 1.45 Litre + 128 Page Recipe Book – As voted “Best Buy” Ice Cream Maker By Which Magazine

51bpRMcvjmLIf I had this item I would not be seen for days.  This is a customer photo, rather than the photo that Amazon produce. It has received 4.5 stars out of 5 and is priced £19.99.

  • The Ice Cream Maker was recently voted by The Independent Newspaper as being in The Top Ten Best Ice Cream Makers
  • The Andrew James ice cream machine makes delicious homemade ice cream in only 20-30 minutes.
  • Includes 128 page recipe book packed with delicious recipes , written by Annette Yates
  • Fast freezing insulated bowl with a large 1.45 litre capacity
  • Makes ice cream, sorbet and frozen yoghurt. extra large ingredient funnel

2. Morphy Richards 48822 Soup Maker – Black

Winter is perfect soup weather, and this Soup Maker is the perfect item for the Foody that loves soup.  Boil a ham or a chicken carcass to make the best stock for a nice wintery soup.
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  • Large 1.6 litre capacity, serving up to 6 people
  • Smooth and chunky soup settings
  • Makes soup in less than 25 minutes
  • Simple, one-step operation
  • Easy-clean design

Price: £54.99






3. Breville VST025 Sandwich Press

I am genuinely thankful for the sandwich press for keeping me alive for the three years I was at university, and indeed beyond.  Being the proud owner of a George Foreman Grill that drains the fat off everything and deposits it in a handy tray (alright if you don’t lose it, messy if you do!), I can appreciate the highly useful nature of this product, especially to students and those who just sometimes like a nice toasted sandwich.  Priced £24.99


  • Stainless steel sandwich press
  • Makes three Panini–suitable for Ciabatta and Focaccia breads and also wraps
  • Hinged lid accommodates different bread thicknesses
  • Flat non-stick-coated aluminium plates for easy cleaning
  • Power-on and ready-to-cook indicator lights, cool-touch handle, non-slip feet and cord storage

4. Philips HR1861 Whole Fruit Juicer – Aluminium

No matter what anyone says, when they get a juicer they are ABSOLUTELY DETERMINED to live off it to get its moneys-worth.  Strangely enough some people do, and they live happily off juiced everything for the entire year.  They lose weight and become a shiney person who is remarkably healthy.  That is what the manual says anyhow! Price: £70


  • Enjoy fast juicing with multiple speed controls for soft and hard fruits, get fresh juices at speed with the powerful 700 watt motor
  • Make more juice with continuous juicing thanks to extra large capacity, micro mesh-filter made of stainless steel
  • No pre-cutting needed as the extra large tube swallows even bigger fruits and vegetables
  • All parts are dishwasher safe so this juicer is quick and easy to clean

5. Bosch TAS4011GB Tassimo Coffee Maker, Silver

There is nothing worse in this life than shit coffee.  And despite the efforts of even the best Baristas, you’ll find that the best coffee made is coffee that is consistently good.  The Tassimo Coffee Maker is another stab at consistency, and to be fair, its not actually that bad despite what you might think! Price: £59.99

  • Automatically prepares freshly brewed drinks at the push of a button
  • An intelligent bar code system ensures a perfect drink every time
  • Flow heater technology means virtually no heat up time
  • 12 varieties including filter coffee, caffe crema, cappuccino, latte macchiato, espresso, hot chocolate and tea
  • Bosch 2 year guarantee


6. Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker 

In contrast to number 5, there is nothing better than getting up on a Sunday/Saturday morning to the smell of fresh coffee being spooned in to a French Press.  And this takes it one step further. Price: £25.20

  • Now you can enjoy real fresh coffee in the same time it takes to make instant coffee!
  • The AeroPress takes just one minute to make smooth perfect coffee every time
  • Actual press time is just 20 seconds
  • Simple and quick to clean; there’s no washing-up of fiddly parts
  • The AeroPress is everything you need to make professional coffee at home

7. Russell Hobbs 18980 Desire 3-in-1 Hand Blender

Every oody will know how useful a decent hand blender is.  These need to be durable, comfortable to use and practical.  Not to mention easy to wash.  Being the proud owner of a Russell Hobbs brand hand blender, they are generally very good and much better than any of the cheaper brand.  Unfortunately it seems that a good hand blender is an investment, it will last you a while if you spend the money. Price £24.99

  • 400W at max load (300w rated)
  • 2 speeds
  • Detachable stainless steel shaft with stainless steel blade
  • 0.5L capacity beaker
  • 0.5L capacity chopping attachment with stainless steel blade
  • Additional whisk attachment
  • Matt black with red accents

8. Morphy Richards Accents 48702 Searing Slow Cooker – Red

Slow cookers are a brilliant way to have food ready and waiting for you when you get home after a hard days work.  Chop and prepare everything the night before, then before you leave the house turn on your cooker and then by the time you get home it’ll be ready and waiting for you.  These are under valued and often get shoved in to the back of the cupboard until winter comes, but they are just as good throughout the year if you’re willing to adapt your tastes and try out new recipes. Price £24.99


  • Large 3.5l capacity, serving 3-4 people
  • Sear, stew or slow cook in the same pot
  • Lightweight and durable, dishawasher-safe aluminium cooking pot
  • Low, medium and high cooking settings
  • Transparent, toughened glass lid for monintoring cooking

9. Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer

My mother-in-law bought one of these 6 months ago in a bid to curb my father-in-law’s preference for eating chips with every meal.  Although he doesn’t, when they do have chips they have to deep fry them so to keep the moist tastiness.  Oven chips are far too dry, so here is the alternative.

Using a miniscule amount of oil, you can cook your chips efficiently and much healthier then you would in a normal deep fat fryer.  This seems to work, and has been a good investment.  So in turn, I’d love one!! Price £89.99



  • Healthy: 1 spoon of oil for 1kg of real crispy chips.
  • Nutritious: new oil each time you cook, preserving nutritional quality.
  • Versatile: cook chips, curries, stews, stir-fries… and more
  • Digital timer and audible alert at end of cooking period
  • Paddle automatically rotates food, cooking evenly with no need to shake or stir


10. WINNER! UKayed ® Mini Power POPCORN Maker 1200W Healthier POPCORN + Bags & Popping Corn (Red) 

This has to be the best thing to have in your kitchen.  If like me, you’re a total movie buff, then there is nothing better than home-made popcorn.  The novelty value is going to last when you can promise your friends fresh buttered popcorn when they come over for movie night! Price £24.99

  • UKayed ® Popcron Maker With Butter Melting Cup, 5 Popcorn bags & 500g Popping Corn
  • Easy to clean Mains operated, Healthier popcorn no oil needed
  • Solid Powerful construction 1200W, FUN & Easy to Use, Available In Red Or Pink
  • Pops corn in minutes, Perfect for parties, watching movies at home or self indulgence
  • This product comes with the UKayed safe buy guarantee


Guest Post: Uldis Freipics writes about takeaways in Exeter (via

Take Out
Take Out (Photo credit: AMERICANVIRUS)

This post is a guest post and views represented here are  not endorsed by Eating Exeter.  

Are you looking for a takeaway in the Exeter area? No matter what your taste in cuisine, there is plenty of choice for you. Everything from Thai to Chinese. Perhaps you are just looking for a Kebab or a Pizza after a night out on the town. There is so much choice on your doorstep.

Before the online revolution, if you wanted a home delivery you would only have the one option of calling up the takeaway yourself and get them to take your order. Fortunately now in the digital age, there is now a much better way to order your take away, quickly and easily with simplicity and convenience.

Ordering over the telephone is never so easy. Not only do you need to search for a take away and get the right number, but there was also much to go wrong. Often, there would be mistakes made with your order, which could only lead to disappointment. Now you can decide not only the type of cuisine but even find the dish that you require online.

There are many reasons why you would want to order your takeaway online. Not only is your order send direct to the kitchen, but you can see customer reviews and ratings too. This can really help you choose the right takeaway.

You can even check their food hygiene rating. You can even see their opening hours and even see if they are open right now. You will find a Takeaway in Exeter will cater for virtually any cuisine, the popular and the specialist.


The Indian probably the most popular cuisine in the UK today. You will find many takeaways in the Exeter area that deliver to most areas. Here you will find many takeaways that have not only received a food hygiene rating of 5, but are highly regarded by their customers. You can come over to and see for yourself.

One of the highest rated of Indian Takeaways is Tiffin Wala. Highly regarded by 55 customers for both its service and food it is an excellent choice. Here you can find everything from Traditional Curries to Balti dishes. Even vegetarians are catered for.

The highest rated of all in the Exeter area is The Benegal. It has been given a 5 star rating by over 320 customers. They offer everything from Kebabs to Rice dishes as well as those Indian classics that you will just love.

You will find a lot a vast choice in Indian takeaways in the Exeter area at

Upper left: A Meat Feast Parmo from 'Four Seas...
Upper left: A Meat Feast Parmo from ‘Four Seasons’ in Stockton-on-Tees, UK. Upper right: Fish and chips. Lower left: Pizza delivery. Lower right: Döner kebab (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Perhaps the next most popular choice in takeaway has to be the Chinese takeaway. There is nothing better than getting quality great tasting authentic Chinese cuisine being delivered straight to your door.

There are 7 Chinese takeaways in the Exeter area that are open for online orders and cover most areas of the city. They will cater for virtually any taste, no matter whether you want a classic rice or noodle dish or perhaps something more exotic.

One of the highest regarded in Exeter is China Town, having been rated by a total of 483 customers. You will find a Chinese takeaway for any taste, from classic Chinese rice dishes to poultry and seafood dishes. You will also find house specialities as well as drinks and desserts.

The next Chinese takeaway that should be on your list is Beijing Oriental Express. Having been well received by 145 customers here on they are another good choice. They also offer an extensive range of dishes from Sweet and Sour and Chow Mein dishes to soups and other Chinese favorites such as Foo Yung dishes.

Kebabs/Fish and Chips

Of course the Fish and Chips is probably one of the most English of take-aways. For those that want something more traditional there is plenty of choice in Exeter. In fact, you will probably notice that Fish and Chips is on the menu of many takeaways in Exeter.

Perhaps you are looking for something convenient such as a Kebab. A popular choice that could make the perfect end to a perfect evening. Exeter has so much choice, one of the highest regarded takeaways for both Fish and Chips and of course the classic Kebab is the Chef & Grill Kebab house.

They are been proudly rated 5 stars on With almost everything that you could want. They also prepare other great dishes such as Burgers, Pizzas and even desserts.


Another popular choice is of course Italian food. Everyone loves a Pizza, or perhaps you would like to try something a little more traditional such as a great pasta dish. Exeter is home to one dedicated takeaway producing many great pasta dishes, pizza and even Ice Cream.

If you are more of a pizza lover, you certainly have a lot of choice with 16 Pizza takeaways to choose from. Whether you already have your favorite item on the menu at Pizza Hut or Dominos pizza, or perhaps you want to try one of the many other Pizza takeaways in the Exeter area.

One of the highest rated takeaways is the Pizza La Vita. Having been rated 5 stars by over 326 customers you know you are going to get great food and great service. There is of course a good selection of dishes. As well as Pizza you will also find Pasta dishes and even Burgers and Kebabs. This takeaway also has a level 5 food hygiene rating too.

Another great place for pizza is the Blue Eye Turkish Grill House. Although not an Italian restaurant they do offer some great pizza, with a great 5 star rating for both food and Service.

Everything else

If you have a different taste, or want to try something new. There are some specialist takeaways. Perhaps you want to try Thai, Turkish or even an African food. There is plenty of choice. There is also Halal food available in Exeter from Indian takeaway Chadni too.

For more information about Take Aways in Exeter visit

Hub Box to open (has opened?) in Exeter, 183 Sidwell Street

Have a look at the official press release here! 

Rather slowly, we picked up on the airwaves that a Hub Box is popping up in Sidwell Street.  Not sure what Hub Box is? There is one in St Ives and they’re doing rather well, thank you.

They do Gourmet Burgers and BBQ Hot Dogs and also Craft Beers.  If you want a Gourmet Burger in Exeter then you have another place to go to now, so it will be interesting to see how Hub Box make themselves stand-out from all the other places that are offering Gourmet Burgers (Craft Beers seems to be one thing that makes them stand out already?)

A quick glance at the menu on the website already shows that they are aiming at ‘students with money’. Its all quite trendy with a big streak of hipster.  I’m looking forward to having a go at their Pulled Pork sandwiches, given this is the food fashion at the moment many places are offering it seems to be done in many different ways with varying degrees of success.

Welcome to Exeter Hub Box!

On The Waterfront: Christmas Menu

Its that time of year when, depending on where you work, the collective decision about where to host the Christmas meal falls on some unlucky sod.  Often the decision is one that you have to choose carefully, especially if there is much disagreement about where the best place to host.  Some want quality food, and others want a cheaper option which might skip the quality for quantity.

This year it was the turn of On The Waterfront, who got the royal Eating Exeter Christmas visit.  On The Waterfront is a gastro-pub on the historic Quayside which has a sister pub in the form of John Gandy’s in the city.  Unfortunately I couldn’t take any photos because it was too dark for my camera, mood lighting has a lot to answer for sometimes!  The Christmas menu can be found here on their website.  Two courses for £19.95 and three courses for £23.95, minus the deposit of £5.

On The Waterfront used to be renowned for their ‘Dustbin Lid pizzas back in the day.  The decor was varied, with lots of ‘old stuff’ dotted about the roof and on various shelves and cravices.  Dug in to the side of the cliff, the interior was a warehouse that served the wollen industry of Exeter when the Quayside was an active port.
Now, it serves the diners and drinkers of Exeter in serving a varied menu of home-made pizzas, gourmet burgers and the usual gastro pub offerings.  On The Waterfront of today is a modern, sleak affair with mood lighting and lots tables.  A few sofa’s here and there, a generally pleasant place to be when its not overly busy.

When we had been presented with the Christmas Menu, it was like most Christmas menu’s; peppered with seasonal vegetables and smaller compared to the larger main restaurant menu (as they generally are, obvious really).  I moaned about this to my colleague who was organising it as I don’t like roasts generally.  Given this, they allowed a small portion of our party to choose some items from the main menu. This was something I was quite glad about given the portion sizes that came out for my fellow diners.  Although tasty, the amount of food on the plate was somewhat underwhelming and the seasonal vegetables were somewhat skimped on with one bowl of sprouts for a party of 8.  Extra gravy? Didn’t appear to be any, just the splat that was added on the mains.

My ‘Mama Meata’ pizza was exceptionally tasty though.  Beautiful crisp base and a whole load of really nice meats in the topping left me with the distinct impression that I would definitely be coming back to On The Waterfront for the pizza.  But not for the Christmas Menu.  In Exeter, On The Waterfront remains the place to go if you want a very special pizza, but the two/three course modestly portioned Christmas Menu was surprising.  The service was flawless throughout our experience and the bar lady must be given credit for giving me a glass of water after she had shut the bar down.

So here is the argument.  Why should you start presenting diners with large amounts of food if your focus is on quality?.  The meat part of the Christmas Menu was tasty enough, did we really need more gravy?  There is always the need to cater for individual tastes, and some in our party were happy enough with just the gravy that they got.  Had we a similar meal in a ‘proper pub’, we might be presented with more in quantity but would it really have tasted as nice? Maybe not.

I am holding off giving On The Waterfront a rating on this experience because I knew had I been there to have a pizza, it would have been a great experience.  So next time I visit, I am having a MASSIVE pizza and lots of beer.