NEWS: Hanlons Brewery and La Cantina Team Up To Open New Restaurant

After holding amazingly successful popups at the Brewery last year with Hanlons producing their delicious beers and La Cantina much loved street food van serving their epic burgers and hip sides the two enterprises decided to join together on a permanent basis and form Beer Factory and Kitchen – two award winning ventures in one location.’. Want to try something completely new? – in a … Continue reading NEWS: Hanlons Brewery and La Cantina Team Up To Open New Restaurant

NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

As Lympstone becomes one of the food epicentres of the region, now the ever-popular watering-hole, The Swan Inn, has been given a new lease of life. The team behind the multiple award-winning restaurant River Exe Café have taken over the helm of The Swan Inn – a traditional pub in Lympstone near Exmouth. The popular inn has relaunched with a locally-sourced menu, a fine selection … Continue reading NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

REVIEW: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Swan, Bampton – 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. It’s been a couple of years since I discovered The Swan at Bampton; husband and wife team and chef patrons, Paul and Donna Berry, were pretty active on social media, proudly sharing their offering on the digital walls contained within my phone … Continue reading REVIEW: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Swan, Bampton – by Lauren Heath #Ad

REVIEW: Cool Climate Wine Tasting at Brickhouse Vineyard – 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. Brickhouse Vineyard is one of the newest grapes on the vine – as the English Wine movement grows, we are very lucky here in Devon to be surrounded by a high concentration of vineyards for the area. Situated between the sunny slopes … Continue reading REVIEW: Cool Climate Wine Tasting at Brickhouse Vineyard – by Lauren Heath #Ad

NEWS: Step Aside Whisky, There’s a New Spirit in Town

From the shores of the Caribbean and Central America, to the rugged coastline of Devon’s South Hams, Hattiers Rum: a new premium rum has launched, and it’s already accumulating gold and silver international awards.  This sustainably crafted blend combines four oak-aged rums with pure Dartmoor water to produce an exceptional spirit that’s as enjoyable on the rocks as it is in your favourite rum cocktail. … Continue reading NEWS: Step Aside Whisky, There’s a New Spirit in Town

NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Gather – Hedge River Field Kitchen Gather is the brain child of two very passionate, very talented, extraordinary young men, – Harrison Brockington and Declan Wiles. Originally born as a pop up, Gather has taken the next logical step from magnificent travelling food circus to bricks & mortar restaurant. We have been serving dinner, via the pop up, for nearly a year. Our goal was … Continue reading NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

REVIEW: Denley’s Essence of India, Topsham – 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. With Chicken Tikka Masala having been Britain’s favourite food for around a decade and Indian cuisine being our second favourite takeaway according to stats, it’s clearly a popular choice for any household at some point during the week or month. Yet it … Continue reading REVIEW: Denley’s Essence of India, Topsham – by Lauren Heath #Ad

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