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

Chef Alastair David is going The Whole Hogget with this exciting pop-up event!

All photos courtesy of Jose Jimenez Chef Alastair David is holding ‘A Celebration Of Slow Grown Flavour’ showcasing hogget from Tuckett’s Farm. Two pop-up dining events will be held at separate locations in Devon on 7th and 9th June. The menu will be based around a 14 month-old Jacob’s hogget reared on Tuckett’s Farm. Hogget tends to be richer in flavour than traditional lamb and the … Continue reading Chef Alastair David is going The Whole Hogget with this exciting pop-up event!

Dartington dishes up another delicious line-up for its May Food Fair

All photos courtesy of Raw PR The season for food festivals has really kicked off with a strong beat.  Not hardcore drum & bass but something rhythmic, sustained and altogether fun to dance to.  I’m not really sure where I am going with this analogy, but I heartily recommend you dance yourself down to The Shops at Dartington this weekend as their May Food Fair … Continue reading Dartington dishes up another delicious line-up for its May Food Fair

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

Lympstone Manor launches new annual memberships

Lympstone Manor is delighted to announce the launch of its new annual memberships. Divided into two categories, House Membership for individuals and a Corporate Membership for businesses, the memberships are available for purchase this year. Members can enjoy exclusive offers such as priority access to upcoming events, late check-outs and other in-destination perks. House Membership The membership allows non-residential access to the hotel’s lounge, terrace … Continue reading Lympstone Manor launches new annual memberships

Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise over £1,500 for charity in one evening!!

Members of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raised over £1,500.00 for Hospitality Action at this year’s annual dinner held at the Deer Park Country House Hotel on Monday 5th March. The funds have been allocated to local heroes taking part in Le Tour de Cuisine 2018, The Cotswold Cycle Challenge on Monday 4th June 2018. Following a luxury four course … Continue reading Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise over £1,500 for charity in one evening!!

Mead reimagined, here come the sparkling days of Yore!

Toasting the return of summer has just got that bit sweeter thanks the arrival of Yore from Lyme Bay Winery, a refreshing, moreish and dry sparkling mead produced among the rolling fields of Shute, Devon. With a nostalgic nod to the first alcoholic drink ever to be created, this naturally gluten free honey-based tipple has been given a contemporary twist, breathing new life into a … Continue reading Mead reimagined, here come the sparkling days of Yore!

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

Cornwall’s oldest bakery rolls out a leaner start to 2018

– Great British bakes with all of the taste, less of the calories – As the nation grumbles back to work after a season of office parties, over-indulgence and family get-togethers, many of us are looking to make some lighter choices to assist these healthy new year resolutions. The brand new Good Taste Range of bakes at Warrens Bakery arrives to offer an appetising change from the … Continue reading Cornwall’s oldest bakery rolls out a leaner start to 2018

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

Quicke’s announces Cheese Tours for 2018

Offering a unique peek behind the rind of its award-winning clothbound cheddar, Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s will be hosting a series of Cheese Tours in 2018, opening the gates to the rolling hills that the family has nurtured for fourteen generations. Taking place on the last Friday of each month from April until September, the Cheese Tours will tell the often surprising story of what goes … Continue reading Quicke’s announces Cheese Tours for 2018