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!
This is a bit off-piste for Dining Devon, but it is a cause close to my heart and something I think we’re all striving to do. I am certainly aware of my personal limitations when it comes to things like running for things, like buses or away from other things, like zombies. If the end of the world came, I would be at a distinct … Continue reading SPECIAL DISPATCH: Tweakd – Healthy meals tailored for you #ad
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
As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our third mini interview, we chat to Russ & Gemma Wakeham, founders and owners of Two Drifters Rum Distillery in Exeter. Two Drifters Distillery produces award-winning rum from their HQ near Exeter Airport. We first met Two Drifters at the … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: Two Drifters Distillery
As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. The second mini interview of this series, we chat with General Manager, Luke Fearon. The Bearslake Inn is a surrounded by the wild hills of West Dartmoor. Close enough to the Cornish border, the hills of Bodmin Moor can be seen … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: The Bearslake Inn
As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. At the beginning of the year, we were looking towards a new decade in anticipation of a fresh start from the hard slog of the last decade. A fresh start. But nobody could have imagined that three months in, normal life … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: The Cadeleigh Arms
Dart Fresh is a company that, until a few weeks ago, had been supplying some of the top restaurants across Devon & Somerset, with local produce and goods. But come the COVID-19 lockdown and the closure of all of their customers, they quickly adapted from wholesaler to retailer by opening their doors to home customers, delivering groceries to customers directly. Not only available to residents … Continue reading A fresh look at doing business: Dart Fresh’s grocery home delivery service expands beyond the borders
This was written before the recent pandemic. I do hope you can enjoy it and remember to give Pieminister a visit after the lockdown has finished! Queen St in Exeter is one of the main thoroughfares that leads straight to the heart of the city, it is a veritable culinary avenue being home to local foodie legends such as The Exploding Bakery, Pink Moon Cafe … Continue reading New restaurant review: Pieminister, Queen St, Exeter
The Salutation Inn in Topsham is offered a take-away menu and laundry service. This award winning restaurant with rooms our destination for three memorable foodie experiences. Our tasting menu experience and the fantastic evening with the Holistic Chef Jamie Raftery both blew our socks off. But our Dining in The Dark press experience was something I’ll never forget! Needless to say, this restaurant is one … Continue reading The Salutation Inn introduces take-away menu