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
Liam Steevenson MW has collaborated with Exeter’s most beautiful townhouse hotel to curate an exceptional new wine list, dubbed ‘When A Friend Makes Your Wine’. The list of eight wines includes six wines created by Liam himself, plus two of his all-time favourites. Having initially made his reputation as a wine merchant and buyer, including a stint as Senior Wine Buyer for Waitrose, Liam has … Continue reading NEWS: Liam Steevenson MW Creates a unique new wine list for Southernhay House
The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. “I have wandered over Europe, have rambled to Iceland, climbed the Alps, been for some years lodged among the marshes of Essex – yet nothing that I have seen has quenched in me the longing after the fresh air, and love of … Continue reading REVIEW: Lewtrenchard Manor – Part 1 by Chris Gower #Ad
The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Dining Devon is about everything within the county borders of Devon (and outside too!) that involves food, eating, dining and nomming. We always step-up to champion the mighty independents, but the dining scene in Exeter is a large and is made up … Continue reading REVIEW: Turtle Bay, Queen St, Exeter (September 2018) #Ad
Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what does its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors on 20th August for a grand refurbishment and reopened just 19 days later, but what now awaits the curious diner inside? The gothic style building on Longbrook Street underwent a serious facelift, carried out by high-quality craftsman, builders … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!
Tomorrow at Ashridge Court Farm, Dining Devon (Lauren) will be experiencing a culmination of culinary talent as part of the first BIG COLLABORATION. Chef Luke Fearon brings together some of the finest local culinary talents in one beautiful location. There are still some last minute tickets, so get them whilst you can! “Devon Food Movement is working in partnership with Ashridge Court to bring our … Continue reading Interview: 10 Questions for Chef Luke Fearon of Devon Food Movement
In previous posts on this blog, I’ve extolled my love for Torquay and the rabbit warren of roads and streets that entangle the surrounding villages into the large urban conglomerate that is Torbay. There is an eclectic range of independent restaurants, funny little shops, and a really vibrant dining scene. Two Exeter favourites – Meat 59 and Brody’s – started off in Torquay both graduating … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Fat Cow Burgers, Torquay by Chris Gower
Have you seen a fab competition we’ve been running on our social medias? Visit Facebook and Twitter and get the instructions on how to enter, it’s dead easy and we have five pairs of tickets to give away. And not only that, each winner will get a complimentary Westcountry Gin & Tonic from The Oddfellows Events Bar which will be visiting Powderham Food Festival. Enter … Continue reading Competition: Win Powderham Food Festival tickets! Still time to enter!
If you’ve been keeping your eye on our social medias, you’ll have seen that last week we went to the soft launch of our new favourite vietnamese restaurant, Pho, which has just opened in the Queen St Dining Quarter where Polpo once used to be. We were bowled (because Pho is served in bowls…get it?) over at the flavours, the noodles and the whole ethos … Continue reading 10 Questions: We ask Pho founders Stephen & Juliette ten questions!
All photos are courtesy of One Mile Bakery In 2012, Guardian journalist turned baker Elisabeth Mahoney launched the first One Mile Bakery in Cardiff. Inspired by her mother’s home cooking and baking, the concept was a hyper-local delivery service within a mile of her Cardiff townhouse, delivering homemade bread, soup and jam to subscribers by bike. She ran inspirational baking classes in her micro-bakery kitchen, … Continue reading One Mile Bakery launches in Exeter with delivery by bike and exciting bakery classes!
All photos courtesy of Freshly Ground PR Devon-based online butcher, Pipers Farm is celebrating a healthy haul of awards today as the Great Taste results are announced, taking home a highly coveted 3-star award for its Saddleback Neck Steak, alongside three other accolades. Described by the judges as “beautifully soft, with full frontal flavour”, the pork steaks are one of only 192 food and drink … Continue reading Properly free range meat stars at Great Taste, as Pipers Farm lands four awards
I am clicking my ‘review knuckles’ because I now realise that I haven’t actually written a review for a good while. Now and again we get the urge to visit another part of the region, and it was on this occasion that we were in full ‘treat ourselves’ mode as we were mooching around Taunton. We were hungry, so now what? My fellow foodie chums … Continue reading REVIEW: eat the bird, Taunton
Some of the photos included in this blog post are courtesy of Paul from Clash & Clash Photography http://clashandclash.com/ Don’t tell anyone – but did you know about a secret society located deep in the heart of Devon? I have exclusive photos from the last meeting of this secretive bunch of cider lovers! I’m kidding by the way, tell anyone who you think would enjoy some … Continue reading Sandford Orchard’s Secret Cider Society presents: The Devon Food Movement with Chef Luke Fearon
Following a recent investigation uncovering the extent of industrial-scale beef farming in the UK, Devon-based Pipers Farm is encouraging consumers to stop fuelling the growth of this ‘Victorian workhouse style of beef farming’ by reducing their meat consumption and opting for beef that is reared in harmony with nature. Troubled by the continued global rise of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a system designed to … Continue reading What’s the beef with eating meat? Online butcher calls for a curb on consumption
I ‘m always on a look out for a good cup of coffee when out and about, so it’s great to know there’s an award winning Coffee#1 at Drakes Circus, Plymouth. It has been open for about six months now and has a lovely homely and airy décor with plenty of comfy sofas inside and a huge open front which spreads out onto the pavement. … Continue reading Coffee #1, Drake Circus, Plymouth – by Sue Stoneman
Powderkeg Brewery, Devon’s leading independent brewery, is joining forces with Surfers Against Sewage to raise money to tackle plastic pollution, and increase awareness of the problem. Just like you – we love our oceans. We’d like to see them better protected for the future for everyone, so we are backing Surfers Against Sewage who have campaigned for cleaner seas for nearly 40 years, and are … Continue reading Powderkeg Brewery supports Plastic Free Oceans
Packed full of slow-reared, properly free range and grass-fed meat, Pipers Farm’s Fitness Box has been carefully curated by the Devon-based online butcher to help fitness enthusiasts build nutritious, lean and high protein feasts in a flash. Free from chemicals and preservatives, each portion of meat is produced in harmony with nature, allowing those following a strict exercise regime or adhering to a high protein or Paleo … Continue reading Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout
The wet, cold & windy June weather at the weekend didn’t stop the BBQ teams from descending down to the farm to light up their colourful array of ‘Qs’, to compete against each other in an attempt to take the title of Grand Champion QFEST 2018. I was there in the impressive line up of demo chefs for both days and I also had time … Continue reading QFEST BBQ COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 held at Red Rock Brewery, Bishopsteignton by Sue Stoneman
Last week I put out a call for another foodie blogger to join our humble blog. The competition was fierce as we pitted potential rivals in a battle of wits, physical ability, and creativity as they fought for the coveted place of Third Member of Dining Devon. OK OK… it wasn’t quite like that. It wasn’t a fight to the death, that was just for … Continue reading Sue Stoneman joins the Dining Devon team!