One thing I have come to value in my adventures with food is the technical skills chefs must possess. They are naturally driven hard workers, creative and innovative, passionate about ingredients and provenance, and nearly all of them can do things with food that I could only dream of. But you have to start somewhere. For many chefs, they attend college or do apprenticeships or … Continue reading EVENT REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – Charity Dining Event #ad
I’m not going abroad for my holidays, like many of my fellow countrymen who are too skint, I will not be jetting away to anywhere exotic, we have to make do with being stuck with the continental warmth, the mid-Atlantic storms and the fickle climate. Luckily we have an impressive array of beautiful destinations in our lovely county; glorious wild spaces and lots of green, … Continue reading Review: 2 mains for £20 at The Oddfellows #ad
Snugly tucked in to the rolling hills of Mid Devon lies the beautiful yet relatively untouched town of Bampton. This is not a place that is dominated by a supermarket; it has a Costcutter but it has a green grocer, a butchers, a football club and a beautiful church that also acts as a Heritage Centre. There is something undisturbed here, like the world hasn’t … Continue reading STAYCATION REVIEW: Peter Mundy at The Ginger Peanut, Bampton #ad
Welcome to East Devon. Home to rolling green hills, little wiggly lanes, a vast coastline of international scientific importance and some of the nicest most underrated scenery in the UK. There are pieces of East Devon that are exceptionally quaint, other pieces that are rugged and handsome in a landscape kind-of-way, and other pieces that are as modern and comfortable as the rest of the … Continue reading STAYCATION REVIEW: The Devon Spotted Pig #ad
I remember, a few years ago now, I introduced myself to someone at a professional networking event I was speaking at (not about the blog). They had heard of Eating Exeter, as it was back in 2016 and said something that has stuck in my head and I tried to unpack afterwards. They said that the blog was too ‘burger focused’… Cue me looking shocked … Continue reading REVIEW: Beer Factory and Kitchen at Hanlon’s Brewery #ad #invited
Exeter Cookery School to host Authentic Italian Cookery Masterclasses with Valentina Harris, TV Chef, Cookery Book Writer & Accomplished Tutor. Devon is set to receive a series of visits from the ‘queen’… the queen of pasta, risottos, and authentic Italian cooking, that is! The acclaimed TV chef, regional cookery book author and Italian cookery tutor, Valentina Harris, has announced that she will be bringing her … Continue reading NEWS: Ready with pasta? Valentina Harris at Exeter Cookery School!
It seems like every town or city has some sort of food festival. In fact there are festivals for nearly everything, Gin, Chocolate, Gin, Cheese, Beer. These are great, but for me the most important festival is Exeter’s very own Festival of South West Food & Drink. Colloquially known as Exeter Food Festival, it is like the start of summer for foodies in the region. … Continue reading EVENT: Exeter Food Festival 2019 #ad
Tucked in, at the bottom of Fore Street in Topsham is a seafood restaurant that is on the up-and-up. On the 25th April, special guests were invited to sample a menu put together as a celebration of the producers that they work with. Now re-opened after a little break, they’re ready to take your reservations! Words below provided by Harry Wild of Go Wild Communications: … Continue reading NEWS/PHOTO POST: Goings-on at The Galley, Topsham
The Teign Estuary is a little bit like the Exe Estuary’s little brother. It’s a bit shorter, a tad narrower, but in it’s own way much more dramatic. The best way to enjoy the serenity of this gorgeous part of Devon is to head down to The Coombe Cellars, grab a pint and watch the calm waters. Our visit was a little less scenic. It … Continue reading REVIEW: The Coombe Cellars, Newton Abbot – press event #Ad
Members of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raised a whopping £800 for Hospitality Action at this year’s annual dinner held at Mercure Southgate Hotel on Monday 4th March. Hotel Director of The Pig at Combe, Fiona Moores, is also raising funds for Hospitality Action by taking part in a spectacular cycle race later this year. The celebratory evening kicked off … Continue reading Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise £800 for charity in one evening at their annual dinner!
SALCOMBE BREWERY CO. LAUNCHES NEW ISLAND STREET PORTER Salcombe Brewery Co. is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new addition to its much-loved range of beers. Island Street Porter (ABV 5.9%), the third beer in the brewery’s craft beer range, is a rich velvety porter and can be purchased online, from local stockists or directly from the brewery in 330ml bottles. Brewer Sam … Continue reading NEWS: Salcombe Brewery Co. launches new Island Street Porter
Food and drink brands across Devon need to move quickly to enter the prestigious Food Drink Devon Awards. The county’s leading food and drink organisation, Food Drink Devon, has announced its last call for entries into the awards. The deadline for the esteemed awards, judged by leading industry experts, is Friday 19th April. Open to both Food Drink Devon’s members and non-members, the awards can … Continue reading NEWS: 2019 Food Drink Devon Awards announces last call for entries!
Organisers of the Exeter Food festival have announced a star-studded line up of chefs and producers for the May bank holiday event including, Mitch Tonks, Michael Caines, Gareth Howarth and Josh Eggleton. The annual food and music festival sees thousands of foodies flock to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens to indulge in regional produce and see the region’s top culinary talent in action. The festival … Continue reading NEWS: Exeter Food Festival is back!
To anyone who is familiar with the surrounding landscape of Exeter, it is hard to miss Haldon Hill. A long treelined geographical slug, that helps create a mild microclimate for us city dwellers, repels the harsh winds and nasty rains that slide off Dartmoor’s slippery heather padded shoulders. Tucked up in it’s shadow is Brickhouse Vineyard, a stone’s throw from Starcross, overlooking the estuary and … Continue reading REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad
We are nearly at the end of the first month of the year and by now I can imagine there are unwanted exercise bikes, barely worn trainers and nearly-new Lycra gracing many wardrobes, garages and spare rooms across the country. The beginning of the year seems to herald in a whole hoard of marketing campaigns about ‘new year, new you’. Whilst I hold decent dose … Continue reading REVIEW: Getting Healthy at Pho #Ad
Pho in Exeter is getting even healthier! (if that’s even possible…) Continue reading NEWS: Healthy changes at Pho! #veganuary #newstart
I do like a good revisit – especially to a place that we enjoyed as much as we did when we visited last year. At the time Mike Welsh was heading up the food, but after moving on to pastures new, this left a space to be filled. Enter stage left, Charles Dingley and his partner Carlie who have taken the reigns. Every chef, like … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad
Here we are, at the end of another cycle. The world gets weirder every year, but one thing is consistent – we live in a part of the world that has some amazing food producers, restaurants and events taking place throughout the year. Our county is home to so many award winning hotels and restaurants, visitors to Devon are totally spoilt for choice. This year … Continue reading Review of the year: 2018
One of the highlights this year has been witnessing the grand finals of the South West Chef of the Year. Finally (after a few hiccups with life, photographs and WordPresses new editor) I have some of the shots from the day. I’ve had the privilege of watching the finals for the last couple of years, and they’ve been an absolute thrill-ride. Some of the top … Continue reading Reflections on the South West Chef of the Year 2018
Located a stone’s throw away from Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor is the perfect stopping off point for anyone who wants to explore the surrounding countryside. Pop over the border to Cornwall, or visit West Dartmoor and Okehampton, the wilds of Devon are your plaything. Continue reading Review: Lewtrenchard Manor Part 2 – Our hotel stay #ad