June has flown by, maybe because we’ve been out and about munching our way through Devon as usual, oh and drinking too! With English Wine Week mid-June we couldn’t help but get involved supping on local Devon wines. We got ‘cosy’ with small plates and cocktails in plymouth and also enjoyed some scrumptious baked delights from a little kitchen with a big heart…..
Breakfast… eating breakfast out can evoke a feeling of relaxation, good food and the excuse to eat avocado on toast or eggs benedict, sometimes at anytime of the day and renamed as brunch. Whilst we love these options, breakfast or brunch can be of the same ilk wherever you go. However, Lauren was recently #invited to Offshore Restaurant and Bar, which is based harbourside in Torquay, and is an independent venue offering the great food indoors and alfresco, all from morning to moonlight. They offer the options you expect but also some additional tasty combos including seafood at breakfast, yes you read that right! Daytime and evening menu also available and great drinks on offer too, with plenty made in-house or showing off local products.
Along with a great flat white and iced latte, she dived into:
- Scallops, streaky bacon, smashed avocado, tomato salsa, sourdough toast
- American style pancakes & maple syrup with streaky bacon
With super sweet scallops, fluffy pancakes, great service and the buzz of the harbour it’s a great spot for any occasion.
With hospitality opening up a bit further, Sue went a little further afield down to Plymouth to visit The Cosy Club. She was #invited along to see the new décor and some exciting new changes that have been going on while it had been closed during lockdown.
Located in The Barcode at Drakes Circus, she got nice and cosy once inside – lovely décor from floor to ceiling, the pictures, lighting and details all need looking at before sitting down to peruse the new menu.
New on the menu were their small plates and cocktails! We loved the idea of small plates as it means you can have a little of some, most or all that is on the menu (depending on your appetite) and share it (or not) with your dining partner. You are taken on a journey around the world with the delicious dishes from across the globe and there is a lovely choice of refreshing cocktails to drink before hand and with your meal to put you in the holiday vibe.
Our favourite dishes were the Chicken & Chorizo, Asian Fried Chicken & the roasted beetroot. Each plate was full of different colours, flavours and textures. Every dish really yummy and care taken in plating up.
With such friendly service, it is a lovely place to meet up with friends and to celebrate missed birthdays and anniversaries. Open from 9am daily for your brunch fix, lunch and dinner and drinks til late – you can book online.
Lauren recently popped into Ullacombe Farm Shop just for a coffee, but was lured by the delicious sounding menu and ended up enjoying some delicious bacon and waffles! She noted how spacious and accessible the café was, with enough room for prams, wheelchairs and so on. There is also a small alfresco dining area, the farm shop and butchers opposite, plus the large barn with toy tractors next door. They are featured on our recent blog post for families – Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids.
On Sue’s doorstep – on her cycling, walking or running route, she is always popping in for a delicious coffee, patisserie and gelato – one, or all three at once! It’s a perfect location to sit and watch the views out to the estuary from the seafront in Exmouth whatever the weather.
Treats to enjoy at Home
Lauren was #gifted some luxury baked goods from Exeter-based Vic’s Little Kitchen recently. This is a tasty post but also an inspiring one. Life is not simple for Vic but that hasn’t stopped her…read on!
The items were packed so beautifully, and tasted scrumptious. She got to try:
- Hazelnut and white chocolate blondie
- Mandarin infused dark chocolate brownie
- Blueberry & blackberry white droplet muffin
- Carrot cake with smooth, creamy icing
Vic is based in the heart of Exeter having returned to her native England after growing up in New Zealand, where she trained as a fine dining chef. She creates luxury baked goods and artisan deli items (sweet & savoury) from her own recipes which she has perfected over the years and now sells locally under the Vic’s Little Kitchen brand. She has recently launched the diabetic version of her acclaimed carrot cake.
She uses a lot less sugar than you’d expect and any unsold items are donated to local charities. Lauren met Vic to collect my goodies, and she was really honest about how her new business came about…
“I basically have my company so that I can give to the local community and hold down a job. My items are very popular at Exeter Food bank.
Also because my five hidden disabilities I struggle to hold down a job. I am happy to be open about this topic as I think it’s important for others like myself. I’ve: ADD = Attention deficit disorder, visual stress, dyslexia co-morbid with dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Which is quite a handful and can be very challenging on a daily basis.”
We love that Vic has found her niche so she can still work and do what she’s skilled at and loves, all with a bright smile. Find her at Exeter Farmers Market on Thursdays and Tiverton Pannier Market on Saturdays. She also does orders for offices, functions, tea parties and occasions.
Still very popular are the @Home DIY Burger Kits – delivered fresh to your door, this lovely kit was #gifted to Sue recently. Everything you need to cook and build your burgers, from buns, meat, cheese and toppings and sauces. Cook them indoors in a frying pan on your BBQ to get that chargrilled flavour. Sue clicked her tongs and grilled them on her BBQ, along with the bacon and even bought some Hanlons beer to wash them down with – a perfect combo. These were particularly good burgers and great fun to bbq – and eat!
Beer Factory & Kitchen is based at Hanlons Brewery with their awesome outside covered dining area open on Thursday & Friday evenings, and Saturday’s midday to late evening. Booking is advised and pre-ordering appreciated.
You can shop online for DIY Burger Kits, BBQ Boxes, Beer and much more!
Celebrating English Wine Week
It was English Wine Week from 19th to the 26th June, and what better way to celebrate than enjoy a local Devon wine? Of course, we encourage you to enjoy Devon wine all year round and you can find a vineyard near you on our Devon Vineyard Map & Directory.
Lauren popped into Alder Vineyard to pick up a bottle of the Rondo Rosé which she discovered when she visited them for lunch and a tour late last year. Joining in the celebrations, Sue enjoyed some of her favourite Devon wines from Sharpham, their Dart Valley Reserve as well as their Pinot Noir – available to buy locally and also at Coljan Ashburton Wine Shop. Cheers!
Lauren was also invited to join a virtual wine tasting event by Wickhams who are a Devon-based independent online wine and spirits merchant, who deliver all over the UK. She was #gifted three lovely bottles of Devon wine to taste, comprising of Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve as well as their Stop Ferment Bacchus and a bottle of Calancombe Bacchus. The event was hosted by Janet of Cracking Wine and Charlie of Sharpham Vineyard.
It was great to taste these wines, and discuss the flavours, smells and food pairings. The dart valley reserve is a smooth drinker, made using a blend of bacchus with madeleine angevine and has spent some time in a French oak barrel.
As well as virtual tastings, Janet can host in person wine tastings (when allowed) for hen parties, corporate events, food and wine matching and more.
Sharpham are very well known in Devon and further afield, and are just moving their production to the other side of the river due to growth and demand. You can visit their site for tours, wine tastings, and great food!
World Gin Day
World Gin Day was on the 12th June, and of course we wanted to get involved, so decided to put together a Devon Gin Directory! We also indulged in one of our absolute favourite local gins – Thurderflower!
Eaten something local and super tasty? Found a great farm shop? Bought a great local beer? Let us know!
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