Presenting Eating Exeter, Dining Devon and a fantastic celebratory competition with Harry’s Restaurant

Since 2011, Eating Exeter has been reporting and reviewing foodie events and restaurants throughout Exeter & Devon.  Six years after the first review was written, the blog is getting a major identity overhaul and a brand new web address to reflect its expanding ambitions. From the 1st August Eating Exeter will be Eating Exeter, Dining Devon – the new URL will be http://www.diningdevon.com Co-founded by … Continue reading Presenting Eating Exeter, Dining Devon and a fantastic celebratory competition with Harry’s Restaurant

One Day Shellfish Course at Exeter Cookery School

You might have seen over the weekend that I headed down to the Exeter Cookery School to help them celebrate their first birthday.  It was a stonking event which, despite the weather, brought in lots of people all eager to have a peek and eat delicious scones with fresh cream and jam. A course which is an absolute must for seafood or shellfish lovers is … Continue reading One Day Shellfish Course at Exeter Cookery School

Second limited edition Elmhirst Gin to launch following first edtion sell out!

After a staggering response to the first limited edition Elmhirst Gin, The Shops at Dartington is thrilled to announce a second limited edition Elmhirst Gin which is due to launch on Sunday 6th August 2017.  Officially launched at Dartington Food Fair in May, the 157 bottles of the first edition Elmhirst Gin have already been sold. There has been such demand from The Shops at … Continue reading Second limited edition Elmhirst Gin to launch following first edtion sell out!

Changes to Eating Exeter, Exeter’s much loved restaurant blog is getting a make-over.

The plans have been brewing now since the beginning of the year and now we are nearly ready to unveil a brand new blog for Exeter & Devon.  We’ve been mixing and concocting for a little while, testing, trialling and ruminating over the direction the blog might take.  I can happily say we’re still going to go in the same direction, just with some go-faster … Continue reading Changes to Eating Exeter, Exeter’s much loved restaurant blog is getting a make-over.

Byron Burgers, Princesshay by Chris Gower

26 Bedford St, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GJ – T:@byronhamburgers 01392 433340 We visited Byron Burgers a couple of years ago when it first opened in Princesshay.  It was quite delightful; the burgers were meaty and the beer was crafty & beery. Byron Burgers is a name that many burger fans will recognise instantly as being a name synonymous with gourmet burgers and that subtle Americana. It … Continue reading Byron Burgers, Princesshay by Chris Gower

It’s boom time for Devon drinks companies!

Devon-based Luscombe Drinks Ltd and Kineta Drinks Ltd are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Soil Association’s BOOM Awards (Best of Organic Market Awards). The BOOM Awards are the UK’s only dedicated organic awards celebrating people, producers, restaurants and brands working to produce food and drink as they should be. This year the BOOMs are set to be bigger … Continue reading It’s boom time for Devon drinks companies!

Strawberry Roulade courtesy of Sue Stoneman, South West Home Cook of the Year 2016

Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of exclusive recipes from South West Chef of The Year past contestants.  The South West Chef of The Year is the competition to get yourself in to if you reckon you have what it takes to go up against some of the best in the region.  Entries close 31st July. Previous winners have included Jamie Coleman, … Continue reading Strawberry Roulade courtesy of Sue Stoneman, South West Home Cook of the Year 2016

High Tea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel by Chris Gower

Cliff Rd, Salcombe TQ8 8JH Tel: 0844 858 9187 – T: @SalcombeHHotel ‏  http://www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk/ South Devon gets left off the radar quite a bit on Eating Exeter.  We’ve done reviews in all parts of Devon but nothing towards Plymouth or the South, so I was over the moon when we were invited to touch down the historic port town of Salcombe for a spot of Afternoon Tea … Continue reading High Tea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel by Chris Gower

The South West leads the way with competition to champion young chefs and home cooks

The 2017 prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition is open for applications. The highly anticipated culinary contest is the only one in the UK with the aim to find the very best regional talent from not one but five categories including professional and young professional chefs, students and apprentices, junior cooks under 16 years and home cooks. The South West’s culinary reputation has … Continue reading The South West leads the way with competition to champion young chefs and home cooks

Giraffe World Kitchen, Princesshay by Chris Gower

Tel: 01392 494 222  Princesshay, Exeter, EX1 1GE @giraffetweet Princesshay Shopping Centre is the gleaming modern jewel in the centre of Exeter’s shopping experience.  With restaurants and fine High Street names, it replaced the tattered pre-war complex that some of us Exonians still remember with a bizarre nostalgic fondness. When the modern Princesshay opened, with it also opened Giraffe with its slightly westernised versions of world … Continue reading Giraffe World Kitchen, Princesshay by Chris Gower

Dr Ink’s Curiousities launches their second journal: launch night by Chris Gower

43 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AE – doctorinks.com/ – T:ink_patrick  F:doctorinkscuriosities/ I: doctorinkscuriosities/ Since its opening last year Dr Ink’s Curiosities has raised the bar (get it…?) for cocktails in Exeter with their inventive takes on classic Victorian cocktails, spun through the eyes of Dr Ink himself and his classic cocktail based adventures. The menu, ‘ahem’ journal, is presented in a beautiful hard back book, embossed gold lettering on … Continue reading Dr Ink’s Curiousities launches their second journal: launch night by Chris Gower

Double Gold for Salcombe Gin at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2017

The awards keep rolling in for Salcombe Distilling Co. this year.  Recognised as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, Salcombe Distilling Co. is thrilled to have just been awarded a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2017.   The co-founders of Salcombe Distilling Co. are Angus Lugsdin and Howard Davies. Commenting on the latest award win, Angus Lugsdin says: “We … Continue reading Double Gold for Salcombe Gin at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2017

Grand Hotel, Torquay by Chris Gower

Sea Front, Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 6NT – 01803 296677 – T: @grandtorquay Torquay: home of beaches, guest houses, palm trees, a large wheel, a marina, train station or two and lots of people of a certain age.  OK officially the oldest town in Britain is Southwold in Suffolk, and despite the stereotypes Torquay is adorned with, it has many different faces.  One face is a young … Continue reading Grand Hotel, Torquay by Chris Gower

The Flat, 142 Fore St – Vegetarian/Vegan Pizzeria by Chris Gower

https://www.theflatexeter.co.uk/ –  I: @TheFlatExeter F: TheFlatExeter Edit: Previous version of this review stated that gluten-free and vegan mozzarella was default, in fact these are options. Last year Exeter lost two great pizza restaurants.  The Base & Barley became The Book Cover and Pizza Stein turned into Bierkeller, leaving diners in Exeter without a central place to grab hand-made thrown pizza.  Yes, there are plenty of little Italian … Continue reading The Flat, 142 Fore St – Vegetarian/Vegan Pizzeria by Chris Gower

Exeter Food Festival: A quick round-up by Chris Gower

The Exeter Food Festival is a massive part of the culinary calendar for foodies in this wonderful city.  Each year Eating Exeter has written about it and attended dutifully, watched the demos, tweeted and blogged about the experience enjoying the wealth of talented producers and chefs that our region produce. This year myself and Steve Heath (Chilli Head Chef) had the honour of being part … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival: A quick round-up by Chris Gower

The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment

http://www.citygatehotel.com/  – Iron Bridge, Lower North Street Exeter, EX4 3RB The last time The City Gate hotel had much of a refurbishment was back in 2003, a rebirth from the days when it was The Crown & Sceptre hotel.  It sits in a commanding position over the Longbrook Valley roughly where the old North Gate had been situated before being removed in the early 1800s. For … Continue reading The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment

Exeter Food Festival 2017 starts today!

Today marks the beginning of the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, taking place in Northernhay Gardens in Exeter. This year is chocked full of producers, demos and an appearance from Tom Kerridge too. Have a gander at the programme! Eating Exeter editor Chris Gower will be appearing in the BBC Radio Devon Q&A Tent tomorrow from 13:15 to 13:45 with the fab … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival 2017 starts today!

Chorizo Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, Greens and Dirty Rice by Anna May

Our recipe of the week comes courtesy of Anna May from her fantastic blog, Anna May Everyday – All content and images belong to Anna.  It originally appeared on the 28th March 2017. Please subscribe to her excellent blog with some really delicious recipes! Do you ever wonder what to cook for supper?  Despite spending a considerable number of my waking moments thinking about food I … Continue reading Chorizo Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, Greens and Dirty Rice by Anna May

The first Eating Exeter podcast!

This started as an experiment to see if it was possible.  The short answer is that a podcast is possible, and here it is… https://soundcloud.com/user-454063540/the-eating-exeter-podcast-1 We went to Bierkeller’s Beer and Bratwurst tasting evening a few weeks ago – It was great fun and absolutely fascinating.  We also welcomed in Polpo and grabbed a sneaky interview with Russell Norman, co-founder and driving force behind the … Continue reading The first Eating Exeter podcast!

Try Lyme Bay Winery’s Four NEW Wines At Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Visitors to this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink (29th April to 1st May 2017) will be amongst the first to try Lyme Bay Winery’s four new wines.  From their stand (5,08) the innovative Devon winery will be sampling and selling two new still white wines; Lyme Bay Sandbar and Bacchus Block, as well as two new sparkling wines; Lyme Bay Blanc … Continue reading Try Lyme Bay Winery’s Four NEW Wines At Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink