Sandford Orchard’s Secret Cider Society presents: The Devon Food Movement with Chef Luke Fearon

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

What’s the beef with eating meat? Online butcher calls for a curb on consumption

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

Coffee #1, Drake Circus, Plymouth – by Sue Stoneman

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 supports Plastic Free Oceans

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

Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout

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

QFEST BBQ COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 held at Red Rock Brewery, Bishopsteignton by Sue Stoneman

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

Sue Stoneman joins the Dining Devon team!

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!

The Chef Shed presents Tim Maddams and Juanita Hennessey pop-up event. Photography by Nick Hook

All photos are copyright Nick Hook Photography The best events are the ones that you’re invited to last minute.  My good foodie chums Harry & Nick were due to go to this event, but for Harry – is nearly ready to pop with a teeny small one – this was going to be an event that she would have to sit out. So I was … Continue reading The Chef Shed presents Tim Maddams and Juanita Hennessey pop-up event. Photography by Nick Hook

Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

Exeter Food Festival is one of the yearly highlights that I look forward to on our foodie calendar.  This year I feel it was the best yet, and although we were not able to stay for the whole evening too, it was an unforgettable day that I enjoyed thoroughly. The gates opened at 10am, but we were there a bit earlier on Saturday.  Local culinary … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

A collaboration comes of age, as Quicke’s unveils Vintage Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt

Two years after the ground-breaking partnership began, this month Quicke’s will release the first wedges of its Vintage Clothbound Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt. The truckles were placed in the cheese stores at Home Farm on the eve of this Devon-Cornwall collaboration, and 24 months later, Britain’s longest aged clothbound cheddar is imbued with a new brightness and enhanced complexity of flavour. This latest … Continue reading A collaboration comes of age, as Quicke’s unveils Vintage Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt

Jamie Raftery: The Holistic Chef at The Salutation Inn by Chris Gower

I will admit that I’ve started this review about three times, and this will be the fourth time.  I’m pretty good with words generally, but this event left me trying to find the words: the right words.  Jamie Raftery is better known as The Holistic Chef, and we were super excited to be invited along to The Salutation Inn, where a couple of Fridays ago … Continue reading Jamie Raftery: The Holistic Chef at The Salutation Inn by Chris Gower

The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

If you’ve never been to Christow then I am hoping that I will give you a really good reason to visit; it isn’t a big place, it lies 12 miles from Exeter and the perfect place to visit as a base-camp for exploring the nearby countryside with Dartmoor being a stone’s throw away. I love pubs.  Especially village pubs.  And to see a pub open … Continue reading The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower

Chris Gower heads down to Boringdon Hall in Plympton to try out their casual dining offering.  This historic venue has a killer reputation for a la carte, will this be the same for the relaxed Mayflower Brasserie?  Some of the photos used in this review are featured in our Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall review which you can read here. Award-winning Head Chef Scott … Continue reading Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower

Wagamama, Mindfulness and Positive Juices: Wagamama supports the charity Mind! Launch Event

There are two things in life that I could not live without. Food and mindfulness.  In recent years organisations like Mind and individuals like Stephen Fry & Ruby Wax have popularized the notion of talking about mental health, something which is strangely taboo around some dinner tables.  We got an invitation to attend a bloggers evening launching a partnership between Wagamama’s and MIND a couple … Continue reading Wagamama, Mindfulness and Positive Juices: Wagamama supports the charity Mind! Launch Event

FOOD & DRINK DEVON AWARDS 2018 LAUNCHED

Following 2017’s record-breaking year, entries are now open for the prestigious Food & Drink Devon Awards 2018. These gold standard awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The awards, currently in their eighth year, continue to grow with 2017 recording the highest number of entries to date … Continue reading FOOD & DRINK DEVON AWARDS 2018 LAUNCHED

Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter

I said to my dining companion, “I’m not going to write a review!” after all I didn’t have my good camera and I wanted to concentrate on catching up with my good friend and fellow food-lover, the fantastically talented singer-songwriter Kimwei. Seriously, visit  www.kimwei.com and take a peek at some of his music videos, especially Beauty In Every Element –  it is properly amazing stuff. But here … Continue reading Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter

Reflection and Review of 2017

The nights are long, the days are comically short and it is bitterly cold.  Here I am wondering what the hell happened to the past year?  It disappeared in a puff of smoke, blitzed past us in a whoosh of reviews and events. Eating Exeter turned in to Dining Devon, with our new URL http://www.diningdevon.com being our main address, we expanded our horizons to encompass … Continue reading Reflection and Review of 2017

Chicken and Blues, Parkstone, Poole

This blog was co-founded by myself and a long-standing good friend of mine in the shape of Polly Addison-Lithgow.  Formerly a colleague of mine at Exeter College, she left the bright lights of the big city (aka Dorset) with her partner – now hubby – Robin. This means that we simply have to visit them in Dorset, which also means that we get to sample … Continue reading Chicken and Blues, Parkstone, Poole

The Christmas GINgle, a cocktail from Salcome Gin

  There is nothing better than getting a nice bottle of gin and making delicious drinks out of them.  What could be better than using some premium Salcombe Gin to make a splash this Christmas with a cocktail recipe cunningly called The Christmas GIN-gle. This recipe was included in the latest mail out from Rise & Shine which is created by Bread and Butter Media.  … Continue reading The Christmas GINgle, a cocktail from Salcome Gin

Dorset Entrepreneur starts salty love affair with Dorset Sea Salt!

 Portland native Jethro Tennant is a 24 year old man on a mission, a salty mission to bring the unique taste of Dorset to the hungry masses. The Man After graduating university, while deciding his next move, Tennant stumbled upon the centuries old salt pans in his native Portland Bill and found himself asking the question why had Dorset’s sea salt scene vanished and consequently, … Continue reading Dorset Entrepreneur starts salty love affair with Dorset Sea Salt!