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

Love us? Nominate us! Brilliance in Blogging Awards #BiBs2017

BritMums have launched this years Brilliance in Blogging Awards! Highlighting the best in parenting and lifestyle blogs across the country, it recognises the most creative, inventive and compelling bloggers of the year in a variety of categories. Both of us, Chris and Lauren, are not freelancers who fit all these lovely things in between projects or clients (how we wish!) – we work full time, fitting … Continue reading Love us? Nominate us! Brilliance in Blogging Awards #BiBs2017

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

Dinner and Overnight Stay with John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor, Torquay – by Lauren Heath

Being ex-hospitality, I find it interesting to watch certain reality series like Four in a Bed and Kitchen Nightmares – having been there, done that, you wander how on earth people can get it so wrong. Another entertaining fly-on-the-wall show was The Hotel on Channel 4. The Hotel itself was The Grosvenor in Torquay, which was owned and run by Mark Jenkins – a haphazard … Continue reading Dinner and Overnight Stay with John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor, Torquay – by Lauren Heath

Rockfish Lodges Plans for Sixth Site in Exeter

Rockfish, the South West seafood restaurant group founded by restaurateurs Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse, has lodged plans to open its sixth site, in Exeter. The company has applied to the city council to build the venue at Exeter Quay’s Piazza Terracina, creating 40 jobs. The application is for a single-storey pavilion restaurant with a floor space of 500 square metres. If plans are approved … Continue reading Rockfish Lodges Plans for Sixth Site in Exeter

Recipe: A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron by Mitch Tonks

Our second post in a series of recipes from Mitch Tonks. A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron  Serves 4 – you will need  Olive oil 1 brill weighing about 1.5 kg / 3lb 4 ripe tomatoes 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 small dried birds eye chilli – optional Good pinch of … Continue reading Recipe: A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron by Mitch Tonks

5 Week Countdown to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink! *WIN TICKETS*

The 14th Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink is returning to the Exeter Castle Courtyard and Northernhay Gardens in the very heart of the city in just 5 weeks’ time! The 2017 Festival is running across the early May Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017. Activities for children include interactive workshops including, Fun Kitchen cookery classes, farm … Continue reading 5 Week Countdown to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink! *WIN TICKETS*

Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Tom Kerridge confirmed in chef line up! Early May bank holiday weekend – Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May  An all-star line-up of chefs has been confirmed for this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink including Tom Kerridge who will join festival co-founder Michael Caines MBE in the cookery theatre on the Sunday. Seven Michelin-starred chefs are among the line-up this … Continue reading Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Recipe: Mussels with Chilli, Wine and Bay by Mitch Tonks

As well as dining out and attending events to see what local restaurants, suppliers and businesses have to offer, we do cook at home. Some nights are simpler affairs, with repetitive or traditional favourites like anyone enoys. Occasionally, some inspiration is needed! With spring showing it’s face (sort’ve)  and the fact we are surrounded by beautiful coastlines, we thought something a bit lighter and fishy … Continue reading Recipe: Mussels with Chilli, Wine and Bay by Mitch Tonks

Dinner at newly refurbished Circa 1924 – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924 is already one of my favourites out of all the chains and independents. I have enjoyed their Express Lunch a few times (see my review here), taking friends with to show my ‘secret’ off. But this place should be far from a secret – it deserves to be found and filled with both diners and drinkers. On this occasion I was invited for … Continue reading Dinner at newly refurbished Circa 1924 – by Lauren Heath

2017 Food Festival Dates for your diary!

We are very lucky in this county and beyond, to have such wonderful food and produce – what better way to experience all of this together than at a Food Festival! Here’s a round up of the upcoming 2017 Food Festivals in Devon as well as a couple from  Cornwall. Click on the website links for further info or read our review of the previous … Continue reading 2017 Food Festival Dates for your diary!