Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

LUXLife Magazine awards Dining Devon “Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020”

We are incredibly proud and excited to announce that Dining Devon has been announced as Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020 by LUXlife Magazine, as part of their 5th annual Food and Drink Awards.

This is the second year in a row we have received an award, with last year being awarded South West England Food Blog of the Year 2019

Founded in 2011, as Eating Exeter, the blog rebranded in 2017 due to its widening appeal and growing demand to visit establishments all over Devon to help with exposure for smaller independents as well as part of larger businesses PR campaigns.

Many featured venues are also just part of our increasing appetite for the many tasty places we visit across Devon in our spare time.

At Dining Devon, we are a team of three: co-founder and editor Chris Gower, co-editor, Lauren Heath and blogger Sue Stoneman. We have various food, drink, hospitality and writing experience behind us but actually fit it all in around our jobs – you can find out more about us here.

Lauren, Chris and Sue at BBC Radio Devon Jan 2020

“I’m over the moon at being given this award. Our blog has been supporting and championing our local food scene for nearly ten years, so this accolade was a big surprise. Let’s hope we can do another ten years!”


Gosh what a year it’s been for the hospitality sector and it’s customers – we have tried very hard to support and share as many independent food and drink businesses as possible in various ways. They have shown incredible diversity and entrepreneurial spirit, but never underestimate the pressure and stress they are under trying to survive, and the effect this is all having on the supply chain too. This award is fantastic for us, but we wouldn’t do what we do if it wasn’t for the love of local Devon accommodation and food venues as well as food and drink producers.


Super chuffed to be awarded a prestigious title for a second year running. The whole team have been working hard behind the scenes in this tricky year which has hit the hospitality sector hard and continue to support our wonderful larder of produce, products and fantastic eateries.


LUXLife said: This year has been the harbinger of challenge, and perhaps no more so than for the hospitality industries. Simple things, such as having food traffic, have been far from guaranteed. For many, it’s been a year of ‘worst case scenario’. Something that couldn’t possibly be planned for.

However, that’s not to say that 2020 has been completely void of achievements and success. Because, out of the many challenges 2020 has brought to many a threshold, it has also offered an opportunity to adapt in unexpected ways. Businesses have capitalised on uncertainty and wielded impressive reputations and expertise to bring about new achievements. New successes. New growth. It is with that in mind that LUXlife launched this year’s Food and Drink Awards. To celebrate every success, no matter how small they may seem.

“It’s been a difficult year for the hospitality and food and drink industries. With that, I offer my sincere congratulations to all of those recognised. I hope you have a better, and thriving year ahead.”

Coordinator Katherine Benton, commenting on the winners of this year’s awards programme

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