NEWS: 2018 Promises to be a Great English Wine Vintage as Sharpham Release Their First Wine Using the 2018 Grapes

This year in the UK, and specifically South Devon, the weather conditions have been perfect for a bumper and high-quality wine harvest. Thanks to the “Beast from the East” and one of the hottest and driest early summers on record, wine makers in the UK are looking forward to a vintage to remember. Sharpham Wine & Cheese, based on the banks of the River Dart … Continue reading NEWS: 2018 Promises to be a Great English Wine Vintage as Sharpham Release Their First Wine Using the 2018 Grapes

REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. As you wind your way around the lanes of South Devon, probably heading for, or departing from, one of the many coastal destinations the county has to offer, I have no doubt that sustenance will be somewhere on your itinerary. Look no … Continue reading REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

NEWS: New Microbrewery & Taphouse to open on Exeter’s Quayside

Topsham Brewery is a small-batch microbrewery specialising in hand crafted, seasonal beers. Situated on the historic Exeter Quay in a grade II listed warehouse. Using only the best quality ingredients available from the Southwest and Northern California. Their focus is making full-flavoured beers, using a range of innovative hop and malt profiles as well as collaborating with other local small businesses to provide a  genuinely … Continue reading NEWS: New Microbrewery & Taphouse to open on Exeter’s Quayside

EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

The Pig at Combe is a wonderfully quintessential country venue, based out towards Honiton. In fact, The Pig Group is a small group of hotels that prefer to call themselves restaurants with rooms and are driven by the gardener, forager and chef at each venue. With plenty of produce from local land and it’s own gardens as well a 25 mile ethos for the items … Continue reading EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

REVIEW: Devon Food Movement Big Collaboration at Ashridge Court – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. On a damp Saturday evening, I found myself excitedly navigating the Devon lanes, heading towards the next Devon Food Movement event – this was a big one, “The Big Collaboration” at Ashridge Court Farm, featuring not only Luke but also six other talented … Continue reading REVIEW: Devon Food Movement Big Collaboration at Ashridge Court – by Lauren Heath #Ad

Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

Many folk have whispered foodie musings at us about what goes on in Totnes. Local food, an award winning farmers market, eclectic home and interiors shops it’s no wander we have been privvy to a rumour – oh wait… it isn’t just a rumour, it exists! Amongst the hustle and bustle of this flourishing foodie town is independently owned Rumour Wine Bar and Restaurant; positioned … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

REVIEW: Dinner and B&B at The Ginger Peanut – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. 8 miles north of Tiverton, is the village of Bampton. Home to a great couple of B&B’s, pubs and a well known game butchers, it is perfectly situated for access to Exmoor National Park which is only a further 4 miles away. … Continue reading REVIEW: Dinner and B&B at The Ginger Peanut – by Lauren Heath #Ad

Interview: 10 Questions with Polly Guy, ahead of The Great Food and Drink Show at Westpoint

This weekend, The Great Food and Drink Show will be taking place at Westpoint, Exeter for the first time. With producers, cookery workshops and demos, celebrity Ready Steady Cook, wine tasting and more, the two day event is an exciting one for the county. The demo stage will feature gert lush Tom Kerridge, chef veteran Jean Christophe Novelli, local cookery school owner and chef Jim Fisher … Continue reading Interview: 10 Questions with Polly Guy, ahead of The Great Food and Drink Show at Westpoint

NEWS: New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes!

New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes! The doors will open on Tuesday 18th September, following a quick face lift at 3 Fore Street. This historic site which started life as a Victorian Tea Room will now become a social enterprise, with all proceeds going to fund projects within Young Devon. There is something for everyone, with fresh indulgent cakes … Continue reading NEWS: New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes!

News: Harry’s Restaurant Opens 8th September After a Grand Refurbishment

Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what will its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors this week for a grand refurbishment but plans on reopening as soon as 8th September. The gothic style building on Longbrook Street is currently in the hands of high-quality craftsman, builders and designers who share a passion for … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant Opens 8th September After a Grand Refurbishment

Restaurant Review: The Galley, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

To the south east of Exeter, and only a hop, skip and a jump on the train from the city centre (or even a leisurely cycle using the Exe Estuary Trail), Topsham is a town where food culture of all kinds is thriving. Imagine a buzzing boutique estuary town with boats bobbing on the water, giving easy access for keen types to venture out and … Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Galley, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Life’s busy right? But we all need a getaway. A bit of me time, a couples retreat, a chance to celebrate life’s successes or even somewhere to escape parenthood, obligations, or even the washing pile for just 24 glorious hours. You want to feel like you’re somewhere else without travelling far. To be cocooned, welcome, looked after? Well look no further than Deer Park Hotel. … Continue reading Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

As you will have gathered, we’re very lucky and privileged to enjoy eating out around Devon, but we are also fairly good cooks at home. I’m not too precious about my kitchen though…. if someone wants to cook for me then go for it. I’ll eat it. Anything. (Well, except for olives and goats cheese; I can hear your shock but I’ve tried many a … Continue reading Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

Visit Exeter launches Exeter Food and Drink Trail – by Sue Stoneman

Visit Exeter are launching an exciting new food and drink initiative called the ‘Exeter Food and Drink Trail’ for food and drink businesses in the Exeter and Greater Exeter area. Launched at the Exeter Cookery School, trail ambassadors Mary Quicke (Quicke’s Cheese) Jim and Lucy Fisher (Exeter Cookery School) and Karen Skerratt  (Exeter Gin) were in attendance (Mitch Tonks was unable to attend), along with … Continue reading Visit Exeter launches Exeter Food and Drink Trail – by Sue Stoneman

Catch Up Over Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

On the back of a recent announcement from Turtle Bay that they had introduced booking and waiter service for their cocktail tables rather than turning up hopeful of a seat but having to queue at the bar, we jumped at the chance to give it a try for ourselves. In fact, to put it to the test, we booked it for a Dining Devon team … Continue reading Catch Up Over Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

New foodie initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in Exeter and Greater Exeter

Exeter and Greater Exeter food and drink businesses are being invited to sign up to an exciting new initiative which is set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination. Due to be launched in time for summer 2018, the new Exeter Food and Drink Trail, which is being created by Visit Exeter, aims to embrace businesses that celebrate local produce, … Continue reading New foodie initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in Exeter and Greater Exeter

Le Cygne Opens

OPENING THURSDAY 12TH JULY 2018 The hotly anticipated new venture from ex-manager of the award-winning Darts Farm Restaurant in Topsham, Souhela Berry and husband Mark is arriving in Dawlish. Having been at the helm of Darts Farm restaurant for 16 years, previous to that running a string of successful central London eateries, this is Souhelas first independent venture. Situated in the heart of Dawlish, Le … Continue reading Le Cygne Opens

New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

You’re in for a treat with Rockfish’s three new exciting desserts. At the top of Monday’s new dessert menu at Rockfish is a quirky take on a Devon Cream Tea in the form of a deep fried doughnut filled with clotted cream and strawberry jam. You have to try this! Luckily for me, I did; the light sugary coated ball is cut in half and … Continue reading New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The famous Treby Arms in Devon has a new owner, a fresh look and a relaxed fusion Italian menu that promises a family friendly, easy and affordable dining experience alongside the traditional village pub. The Treby Arms in Sparkwell dates back to 1855 when pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel built it to serve the workers building up a thirst constructing the Royal Albert Bridge and … Continue reading New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

Pubs are closing at a rate of knots these days, but in the small village of Aylesbeare, not only is there a reopened pub, it’s got the full works – in building terms and with its offering. Previously The Aylesbeare Inn, the new village pub, now the Night Jar Inn, was named by the Aylesbeare community thanks to the invitation of its saviours. The old … Continue reading The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath