South West Coffee Festival – by Lauren Heath

COFFEE – a need for some (a drug, some might say), a taste sensation for others. A pick me up, a relaxer, a wake up call, a bedtime warmer. Some like it hot, some like it cold – I’ll have it any which way as long as it’s not instant. Whatever your want or need, the options that are available for coffee lovers now is … Continue reading South West Coffee Festival – by Lauren Heath

Summer Lamb – Recipe from Jamie Coleman, Overall South West Chef of the Year & SW Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Earlier this month, Jamie took up the position of head chef at the prestigious Michelin-starred Masons Arms at Knowstone, near South Molton, working under highly respected chef and South West Chef of the Year judge, Mark Dodson. At the time of entry into South West Chef of the Year, Jamie was head chef at the Saunton Sands Hotel in North Devon.  Twice a finalist, Jamie … Continue reading Summer Lamb – Recipe from Jamie Coleman, Overall South West Chef of the Year & SW Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Heritage Tomato Salad courtesy of Timothy Kendall, South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Timothy is the Senior Chef de Partie at The Idle Rocks Hotel in St Mawes, Cornwall, working under Head Chef, Guy Owen. At the time of entry into South West Chef of the Year, Tim was working at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. As South West Young Professional Chef 2016, Tim went on to compete in the semi-final of the Craft Guild of Chefs … Continue reading Heritage Tomato Salad courtesy of Timothy Kendall, South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2016

La Petite Bouchée Wins Gold

JUST months after arriving in its new mid Devon home, French restaurant La Petite Bouchée, has won one of the region’s most prestigious dining awards. The bistro, which began life in south east London as a vintage French Camper van seating just four people, has been awarded the gold Taste of the West gold award for Best Restaurant in the South West. Following their move … Continue reading La Petite Bouchée Wins Gold

Wagamama, Weekday Work Lunch Style – by Lauren Heath

Many of you know that I am lucky enough to work in the city centre; surrounded by all these food options is both a blessing and a curse, as it can be hard to choose where to go for a catch up with a friend or have a business meeting over lunch. The former is always time sensitive so choosing the right venue is important. … Continue reading Wagamama, Weekday Work Lunch Style – by Lauren Heath

Smokin’ Summer Pop Up on Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

Exeter Quay is currently blooming into a real destination for foodies, as well as those seeking an escape from the busy city and their work life. Night markets, cookery school, outdoor and indoor activities, arts and culture as well as the growing restaurant scene. At the weekend it comes alive with tourists and locals alike seeking the relaxed waterside vibe. Recently, The Boat Shed (brainchild … Continue reading Smokin’ Summer Pop Up on Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Summer Crab Burger

In this warm weather, we find we’re still pretty hungry, working hard to stay cool! But the last thing you want is a hot and heavy dinner – thanks to Favis of Salcombe for sharing this lovely and easy crab burger recipe. Favis of Salcombe have been fishing the waters off the South Devon coastline since 1972. Their hand-picked crab meat has won a series … Continue reading Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Summer Crab Burger

Foozie is bringing the Gin Bus and Prosecco Bus to Exeter

Teaming up with 6 O’Clock Gin and Scavi & Ray, Foozie is heading to Exeter for two very special, and one-off events! Bursting with events celebrating the popularity of gin and prosecco, Exeter has yet to experience these delicious drinks on an open-top bus! That is until Foozie, Bristol’s leading experimental ‘foodie and boozie’ events agency, decided to bring its Gin and Prosecco Bus Series … Continue reading Foozie is bringing the Gin Bus and Prosecco Bus to Exeter

KuPP Scandi Picnic in the Park by Lauren Heath

Gosh, hasn’t Summer well and truly shown herself this past week? Some days it has been too hot really, but alas we shouldn’t moan, there are so many great spots to find shade in our beautiful city whilst enjoying the sunshine. So you’re sitting alfresco, and you’re thinking ‘a deliciously fresh and exciting picnic would be great right about now’ – well guess what? KuPP … Continue reading KuPP Scandi Picnic in the Park by Lauren Heath

Stylish Scandi Picnics with KuPP

With spring upon us and summer following shortly behind, we’ll be (predictably) heading for the hills to soak up the sun on heaths, parks, lidos and just about anywhere else we can find to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, drinking and picnicking. Following last year’s success, KuPP, the Scandi-inspired all day casual dining restaurant, bar and café, is re-launching their grab & go picnic bags, … Continue reading Stylish Scandi Picnics with KuPP

La Petite Bouchee – by Lauren Heath

*Header image courtesy of Nick Hook Photography Bonjour mes amis, bienvenue a La Petite Bouchee! Hello my friends and welcome to La Petite Bouchee! La Petite Bouchee you say, what does that mean? Well translation equals The Small Bite but small bites we did not have. In fact this hearty English venture with a full on French twist fed us good and proper. What once … Continue reading La Petite Bouchee – by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake

Our second recipe from Hanlons Brewery, using their Port Stout. Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake Recipe Cake 250 ml Hanlons Port Stout 250 g Unsalted Butter 80 g Cocoa Powder – Green & Blacks is best 400 g Caster Sugar – Golden best for flavour 2 large eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract – not Essence! 140 ml buttermilk – use the rest to make scones … Continue reading Recipe: Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake

Recipe: Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie

Our next couple of recipes are from the lovely Hanlons Brewery who are based in Newton St Cyres, Exeter. A family brewery producing some fab ales and also having pop up foodie nights – if you want to know more you can read Chris’ review here. Even though Summer is just about upon us, what more could you want than a hearty meal with family or … Continue reading Recipe: Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie

Michael Caines’ MBE luxury dream finally takes flight with estuary estate at Lympstone Manor – by Lauren Heath

Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees, is a hub of activity, and no it’s not the Poddington Peas… …It’s Devon’s very own 2 Michelin starred chef Michael Caines MBE. The Exeter-based chef, who left Gidleigh Park at the beginning of 2016 after 18 years, sowed the seeds of his vision a few years ago during his notice period, as … Continue reading Michael Caines’ MBE luxury dream finally takes flight with estuary estate at Lympstone Manor – by Lauren Heath

Salcombe Crab Festival – by Lauren Heath

What a food filled weekend! On Sunday 30th April, I attended the Salcombe Crab Festival; I was not going to let our British weather make us crabby by stopping our bank holiday weekend fun, so my family and I donned the raincoats and wellies and off we drove. Salcombe is approx. 1 hour south of Exeter, on a steady drive and boy you do know when are you … Continue reading Salcombe Crab Festival – by Lauren Heath

Win a Family Pass to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair!

Taking place over May Bank Holiday, River Cottage Spring Food Fair is the perfect way to celebrate this season’s foodie delights and activities, surrounded by the gorgeous East Devon countryside. Promised to be packed full of fun for all the family to enjoy, enter our competition and you could win a family pass for Monday 29th May 2017.   We’ve rounded up our top 10 … Continue reading Win a Family Pass to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair!

Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Jim Fisher, head chef tutor and co-owner of Exeter Cookery School, shares his fail-safe method for creating show-stopping desserts adorned with spun sugar cages, baskets and springs – or for Easter, why not make an edible nest for mini chocolate eggs! Spun Sugar Cages, Baskets and Springs This is something I love teaching on our cooking courses: spinning sweet gossamer threads over the back of … Continue reading Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

Recently the wonderfully charming Andy Cooper, Editor of Devon Life magazine, lost his darling Zena warrior princess to that awful disease Cancer. Obviously nothing can bring her back or heal the wound fully but as in life one must find the good within the bad. So apart from deciding to run the Taunton half marathon in her honour to raise funds towards his chosen charities, … Continue reading Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

You know those days, between the seasons, where there’s just enough warmth yet still a chill in the air? There’s the lure of a country walk to inhale fresh air and appreciate nature as she removes her winter layer or gets ready to batten down the hatches. That feeling seems to envoke the need to find a resting place so as to reward yourself for … Continue reading The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme by Mitch Tonks

The third recipe in a series from Mitch Tonks. Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme   Serves 3 -4, you will need  8 large cloves of garlic, unpeeled 100ml olive oil Salt A splash of good white wine A handful of mussels 6 raw shell-on prawns 3-4 langoustines 50g squid A handful of clams A handful of cooked bucatini pasta A pinch … Continue reading Recipe: Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme by Mitch Tonks