NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore

Foodies visiting the Exeter and Greater Exeter area can now embark on a journey of discovery as an exciting new initiative has officially launched.

Set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination, the Exeter Food and Drink Trail has brought together the area’s finest food and drink producers, retailers and restaurateurs.

At the centre of the self-guided Exeter Food and Drink Trail is a beautiful map, created by local illustrator Aylwyn Bowen, which pinpoints the locations of over 40 local food and drink producers, foodie experiences and eateries. Foodies can now use the map as a resource to embark on a journey of culinary discovery.

Designed to raise the reputation of Exeter as an international foodie destination and awareness of the astounding range of produce and culinary hotspots in the city, its surrounding countryside and waters, the Exeter Food and Drink Trail includes experiences that are sure to enthral any food and drink lover.

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The trail promises followers the opportunity to sample fabulous produce and exceptional experiences that celebrate Exeter and Greater Exeter’s rich larder of food and drink such as:

Explorers can take a tour of the rooftop gardens of Princesshay, home to a variety of fruit trees and bee friendly flowering plants, supporting around 300,000 honey bees in five hives. Honey that is harvested from Princesshay’s city bee project is sold in Chandos Deli, located in Roman Walk with all proceeds donated to Princesshay’s Charity of the Year, FORCE Cancer charity. There is also a scented herb garden, providing herbs for some of Princesshay’s restaurants and bars. Tour goers will learn all about the busy world of bees and get the opportunity to see a working hive in action.

For the wine connoisseur, Pebblebed Vineyard Tours and Tastings will offer an educational experience. Visitors are welcome from May to September to take part in guided tours and expert wine tastings. If ale is more your thing, Exeter Brewery also offers tours. Go behind the scenes of one of Exeter’s most celebrated breweries, all topped off with pie and mash in the Tap Room bar.

Other delectable experiences on the map include a tour around the award-winning Quickes Cheese, the chance to hone your culinary skills beside the beautiful quay at Exeter Cookery School and to taste Exeter Gin at the Exeter Street Food Market where you will get to meet creator Karen Skerratt.

Catherine Hill, Head of Service for Communications, Tourism & Culture at Exeter City Council, commented: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the exciting Exeter Food and Drink Trail. This self-guided trail is an excellent resource for foodies who live in or are visiting Exeter to discover the very best of local produce. The trail is a hub for businesses that celebrate local produce, both in the dishes that they create, and the artisan produce that they harvest, craft or sell.”

Catherine continued: “We believe that the trail will lead the way in boosting footfall, visitor numbers and overall spend with businesses that form part of the trail. We’re excited for foodies to start their journey of exploration and discovery!”

In addition to exclusive experiences, the trail will bring followers exciting competitions and special events.

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Trail ambassador Mitch Tonks, whose new Exeter Rockfish restaurant is set to open late 2018 / early 2019, commented: “Devon is a serious food destination, there’s no doubt about that and to have a trail like this in and around Exeter is great. The trail showcases what we in Devon already know – Exeter’s absolute best, the hidden gems, the independent and artisan producers and growers, the fantastic group operations who provide quality and consistency and who generate great loyalty and fans in their customers.”

For more information on the Exeter Food and Drink Trail and to view the map, visit:

The Exeter Food and Drink Trail is an initiative created by Visit Exeter, which is part of Exeter City Council.  The trail is a not for profit initiative that is designed to raise the reputation of Exeter as an international foodie destination.


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