About and FAQs

Dining Devon is a magazine-style blog that reviews restaurants, cafes and other foodie opportunities throughout the Exeter & Devon area; reporting on dining events, pop-up restaurants, product reviews, interviews with foodie heroes and coverage of food festivals too.

Formerly called Eating Exeter, Dining Devon was rebranded in August 2017 with a new look and a name that more accurately reflected the scope of the blog.

We welcome guest bloggers and we are PR friendly.  If you have a delicious foodie event to promote in Exeter, Devon or within the South West, please make contact through the contact page.


Chris and Lauren, Dining Devon

We write the blog for the love of food, and everything that makes this part of the world the foodie hub that it is.  We both have a lot of fun writing the blog and promoting the great places we discover.

Editor – Chris Gower – chris@diningdevon.com

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Chris has been blogging about food for nearly nine years and successfully eating it for as long as he can remember.  He particularly likes cheese, cheesecake and anything that resembles a burger.

Despite being good at eating food, he is still working on creating it, which involves much mess in the kitchen and exclamations of “how did you manage to get it up there?”.

There was a time when he was a vegetarian.  But this didn’t work out very well and would sneak out and eat KFC Hot Wings when no-one was watching and would occasionally forget to be vegetarian.  So he went back to being a carnivorous steak eating male and weirdly, he doesn’t forget to eat meat.

Chris has written about restaurants and dining out in Exeter extensively and enjoys many things in life including films, keeping guinea pigs and pretending to know about wine.

During the day, he works at one of Exeter’s award-winning academic institutions as a library nerd.

Chris is always up for a bit of freelance writing and has written content for Exeter Living, The Student Pocket Guide, Sainsburys Magazine and Blogosphere Magazine.

Follow Chris on Twitter, Linkdin, Instagram and please visit his expanding portfolio


Co-Editor – Lauren Heath – lauren@diningdevon.com


South African born, Lauren immigrated to the UK in Christmas ’96 and started working her way up during 7 years in the hospitality industry, where she met her chef husband.

Now with over a decade of business and administrative experience, she is a PA/Office Manager by day,  having managed offices and supporting senior staff in SME’s in a variety of sectors including construction, events, education, oil and gas engineering, law and more recently clean energy engineering.

In 2018, she was selected as one of Exeter’s 100 Most Influential Women by Grow Exeter Magazine.

Lauren has been part of Dining Devon since February 2016. Outside of work, she is a self-proclaimed foodie with food a firm subject on the weekend itinerary with her husband, Steve, and their 8-year-old son – they even have an in-car fridge for impromptu purchases! She loves a good coffee and also ale, the darker the better. She also enjoys the beach in all seasons and indulges in amateur photography using her Samsung smartphone (which she uses for all her food photography). She has now lived in Devon for 6 years and loves it.

Lauren is also up for a bit of freelance writing and has written content for Crumbs Magazine Devon a few times a year since 2016, and helps with marketing for The Chefs Forum‘s Devon events.

Follow Lauren on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter

Or visit her online portfolio here www.laurenheath.me

Illustration/Second Opinion Consultant – Tori Gower

Rusty Pig (21 of 96)As Dining Devon’s tame Freelance Illustrator and designer Tori can often be found as the ‘plus one’ on Chris’s reviews.  As Chris’s wife and partner-in-crime, she translates Chris’s waffling and gives the valuable second opinion.


Follow Tori on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

We proactively promote and support our local foodie community.  Have a look at these other awesome local blogs/social media accounts.

Devon Food Hour
Devon Food Lovers
Sugar Pink Food
The Devon Foodie
Tara’s Busy Kitchen
The Exeter Foodie
Free From Fairy
Exploring Exeter
Roots ‘n’ Greens


Left to Right – Harry, Nick (Devon Food Hour) Tori, Chris, Lauren and hubby Steve


Occasionally a restaurant or PR company will contact us with an invitation for a review meal.  This is not always a guarantee of a Dining Devon recommendation and it is not always a guarantee of a glowing review but often the invitations are from restaurants who are already doing great things.

Review meals are a journalistic norm, some bloggers accept them and some don’t. If Dining Devon is invited to a restaurant, generally there will be a line in the review that will say ‘we were invited along to…‘ which is as obvious as we can make it.

This means that we were invited to a meal, paid for by the PR company or restaurant for review purposes.

Sponsored posts

There will be from time to time, blog posts and social media activity that we are posting as part of a paid campaign.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are you a bunch of professional food critics?
No. Just a  bunch of passionate foodies who love food and writing about it.  Chris has produced content for  Blogosphere Magazine and Exeter Living in the past and Lauren has written for Crumbs Magazine, but we are not full-time food writers.

Can I write a review for you?
Yes. Dining Devon is about collaboration and appreciation for good food.  Only posts that fit the remit are published (Food related and in Exeter, Plymouth of Devon).  Please contact Eating Exeter through the contact page.

If you were stranded on an island with one power socket and the ability to take any kitchen appliance, what would it be?
That’s a hard question. It’d be a toss-up between a microwave (for practical reasons) and my George Foreman Grill.

Do you like or hate chain restaurants?
The larger chain restaurants that you find in nearly every large city in the UK is the end result of our societies expectations for the consistent dining experience.  Love them or hate them, they are here to stay and when writing a food blog about eating out in a city that has a lot of them, its hard to ignore this fact.

If DD refused to eat at all chain restaurants, there wouldn’t be much to write about and it couldn’t be said that the blog was objective.  DD believes independent restaurants and producers need support and promotion as much as possible. It is a fine balance.

Do you work with brands and businesses?
The blog is independent and always will be – but we will work with a few brands and companies that offer something that will benefit to diners or fit in to the remit of the blog, but this is only after careful consideration.IMG_20151001_183838046

Can I use your photos for my own purposes and not give you any credit at all?
You are welcome to use any photo from the site so long as you credit us.

UNLESS you have been granted exclusive rights and ownership of the photographs then you can do whatever you want, so long as it does not discredit or taint the reputation of Dining Devon.



5 replies »

  1. Hi,
    How are you? I hope that the weather with you is good and you’re having a great summer.
    I work for Square Meal, a restaurant guide based in London. I’ve just been looking at your blog and really loved it.

    I see that you do numerous restaurant blog posts and wondered if you’d be interested in linking them to Square Meal.co.uk? Please see an example here:
    If you would like to know more, please do email me at eleanor@squaremeal.co.uk

    I do hope that you are interested and look forward to hearing from you.
    With best wishes

  2. Hi Ele,

    Thanks for your reply. I will have a closer look and let you know, I already use Urbanspoon so would be happy to be part of the Square Meal family 🙂