If you’re heading from Exeter, Dartmoor is deceptively close – as the crow flies it’s five miles to the east border of Dartmoor National Park from Ide. You can head down the M5, along to Bovey Tracey as many do – up across past Haytor along the B3387 and down to Widdicome-on-the-moor, but as most locals know, this can get busy with day trippers and … Continue reading REVIEW: Eversfield Organic at the Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale
Ed. Before we get too Christmassy I really want to share this article that I’ve had simmering for a little while (sorry Lucy!). A few months ago I met Lucy Gosling (@lucygosling) at an event in Exeter. Based in Plymouth, she knows some fantastic spots for foodies, and I managed to tap into some of her top places to eat by asking her to kindly … Continue reading Lucy Gosling’s ‘fantastic four’ – a guide to eating out in Plymouth
If you’ve been travelling past Sandy Park, or the M5 junction 30, you might have noticed a tall modern looking building has sprung up in recent years. This new hotel is The Courtyard and is part of the Merriott family; and right at the top is The View restaurant and bar. Open 6pm – 10pm daily, seven days a week, could this be a new … Continue reading REVIEW: The View, Courtyard Hotel, Sandy Park
Penthouse Cocktails have really nailed the experience of creating delicious cocktails at home. The instructions are crystal clear, the YouTube videos are genius and cater for all Continue reading REVIEW: Living the high life: the Penthouse Cocktails DIY cocktail box
We like to pack lots of content into our highlights for you to nibble on and as it is, we have quite the feast for you to munch through in this post. Whilst our inconsistent, weird weather seems to vary between baking hot, baking hot & humid or freezing cold, what has been consistent is the high high standards our dining scene in Devon always … Continue reading June/July Highlights
Dining Devon loves a good cocktail. Often it’s one of us who are quick to scan their eyes across to the cocktail section of any good drinks menu, so when Penthouse Cocktails approached us to work with them to spread the word, we jumped at the opportunity. Run by husband and wife team, Jonny and Meg, Penthouse Cocktails has just launched their incredible Cocktail Box … Continue reading 10 Questions with Penthouse Cocktails
A few miles from Coombe Martin with it’s famous rockpools and beaches, sits The Sandy Cove Hotel, majestically perched on a cliff overlooking the Bristol Channel high above the dramatic North Devon coastline – Dining Devon was up in North Devon for a foodie marathon, and our first night’s dining was here at The Sandy Cove Hotel. The Seacliff Restaurant provides a fine dining experience, … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seacliff Restaurant, Sandy Cove Hotel, Ilfracombe
July has been a busy old month. In between sweltering in heat, and being rained on we’ve been out and about. July 19th saw many restrictions being lifted, including the requirement for face masks and compulsory table service in restaurants/pubs. Slowly, it seems, people are starting to venture out with more confidence. But there is still a long way to go. Many places are still … Continue reading July Highlights – brunch at the Manor, fill your cakehole, fire feast days & more!
May has been a bit wet and wild. It is safe to say that it has been the wettest on record, but one thing that has been keeping our spirits high has been some of the events and places we’ve visited this month. May 17th saw many businesses reopening their indoor areas, and others opening for the first time since January. Newly opened Mickey’s Beach … Continue reading May highlights: Mickey’s Beach, Boston Tea Party, Ben’s Farm Shop and more!
Trewithen Dairy is delighted to announce the launch of The Trewly Big Bake – a competition for baking enthusiasts. Celebrated author, expert baker and Great British Bake Off fifth series star Martha Collison will judge the competition. Martha will be joined on the judging panel with fellow judges alongside renowned food writer Orlando Murrin, who is also President of the Guild of Food Writers and … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: It’s time to get baking with The Trewly Big Bake competition
Cover photo credit at the end of the blog post Huntsham Pop-up Hotel is back! Available to stay between 21ST MAY – 21ST JUNE with their fantastic food offering too with special guest chefs each weekend! Tiverton lies within reach of the dramatic North Devon coast, the rolling majesty of Dartmoor and the fossil laden cliffs of South & East Devon. Being in the middle, … Continue reading REVIEW: The Milkshed Kitchen at Huntsham Court, near Tiverton (new dates for 2021)
Launching on Thursday 3rd December after months of planning, Easy Eats, a new online ordering service and app is upping the game of delivered food by bringing together some of the best dishes from around the world, covering all cravings, cuisines and dietary requirements. Residents of Cranbrook, Pinhoe and Whipton will be the first to try out this new foodie venture, with plans to extend the delivery … Continue reading A NEW BREED OF TAKEAWAY IS COMING TO EXETER
Devon is a foodie county – it’s in no doubt that we have some of the UK’s best restaurants, pubs and producers located amongst our rolling green hills. Within this pool of choice for diners and gourmands like me, are some fantastic destinations that are worth a visit. Every time I get to write about one of them, I feel so grateful I am able … Continue reading REVIEW: Paschoe House, near Crediton
In the grand scheme of things, Dining Devon is a blog filled with a variety of places. From restaurants with Michelin Stars and RAC Rosettes, to places that you might never have thought of going to. For me, some of the best places I have eaten have been pubs – especially pubs with a good local following serving wholesome, well-cooked food that won’t break the … Continue reading REVIEW: The Red Lion, Broadclyst
Powderkeg’s ‘Speak Easy’ flagship session pale ale has been awarded the coveted three-star Great Taste Award for 2020. This award complements other recent national awards including the UK’s Best Premium Lager award from the Society of Independent Brewers for the brewery’s hoppy pilsner, ‘Cut Loose’. The World Beer Award for the UK’s Best Low Alcohol Pale Ale was awarded to the brewery’s ‘Green Light’, a ground-breaking low alcohol pale ale. … Continue reading Award-winning brewery serves up three impressive industry awards for 2020
The Lord Nelson is one of the many pubs that I remember from my childhood growing up near Topsham in the eighties and nineties. There used to be, at one point in history, forty two separate pubs in Topsham. Over the years this number has declined to a handful; the legendary ‘Topsham Ten’ is much less than it used to be. One of the remaining … Continue reading REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.
In our penultimate Life in Lockdown interview, we speak to Bjorn Moen, Head Chef of the Commodore Hotel in Instow. It is strange to think that the UK went into lockdown in March, nearly six months ago. Yet the effect was profound and has had lasting repercussions. The Commodore Hotel lies in North Devon and is popular with tourists and locals alike. A locally sourced … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: Bjorn Moen, Head Chef of The Commodore Hotel in Instow
Across the UK many restaurants have reopened their doors, but it’s a tough time to be in the hospitality industry. With social distancing restrictions, and the looming threat of another ‘lockdown’ – even if it is a local one – means that restaurants have had to think outside of the box. Or even, inside. Circa is tucked behind the High Street in a central location; … Continue reading REVIEW: Circa Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box
As the country emerges from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our fourth mini interview, we chat to Mike and Leanne Welsh, founders and owners of M Welsh Catering Services. Mike and Leanne Welsh are the owners of a multi-award winning wedding catering company based just outside of Exeter. We first met … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: M Welsh Catering Services
For many of us, the lockdown has eased and there is some feeling that the world is returning to ‘normal’ – whatever that was. Throughout the UK, people are emerging slowly from three months of isolation; some are coming out but there are others who still have to be very careful. Lockdown has seen many businesses, especially hospitality, across the country adapt to a new … Continue reading Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad