“Alfresco April’ (and May) is nearly here! If all goes to plan with the roadmap, from 12th April, outdoor hospitality will be able to open serving food or drinks. This is great for those who are itching to venture out locally or further afield (and who’ve waited patiently after the ‘stay-at-home’ rule lifts on 29th March), hungry to enjoy some edible delights or liquid refreshment … Continue reading Alfresco April – Dining & Drinks Outside from 12th April
Hungry Minds is looking for food partners to provide paid-for healthy meals to local families. In the last 12 months we have seen an extraordinary level of support from local cafes, restaurants and food providers for local children and families who have been affected, not only by COVID-19, but also by the government’s failure to provide them with meals during half-term. It is very clear … Continue reading GUEST POST: Support a local charity and boost your food business.
Valentine’s Day! One thing’s for sure, LOVE can’t be locked down… with the January blues nearly over, we’re rosy with excitement, and have rounded up the lush Valentine’s Day offerings for enjoying at home. With the twinkly lights of Christmas now packed away, the longer and darker nights have felt a bit more noticeable, but we’re now over the mid-way point of January and need … Continue reading Valentine’s Day 2021 – Restaurant Food (& other treats) at Home
As we know, 2020 has certainly been a year of strain and challenges in the hospitality industry but in turn many venues have shown great resilience and innovation; one such venue has been Rockbeare Manor – so don’t miss their limited time ‘Dine, Stay and Unwind’ Continue reading Dinner Review: Rockbeare Manor – Limited Time ‘Dine, Stay and Unwind’
Alder Vineyard has recently expanded its facilities with a spacious ‘Kitchen’ café and local produce shop – it’s worth a visit for coffee and cake, charcuterie and cheese platters paired with their wines, or a vineyard tour. Continue reading Café & Vineyard Tour: Alder Vineyard – by Lauren Heath
In true Oddfellows fashion, they have found their unique way of offering the customer great food but in keeping with what the customer wants – in this current climate: a safe environment, with minimal fuss – enter ‘Supper Club Lock In’. Continue reading Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter by Lauren Heath
TWELVE years on from first planting vines as a rather eccentric hobby, the family behind a Devon vineyard at the foot of Dartmoor are gearing up to open their new purpose-built winery, shop and local kitchen. Despite the delays and challenges of COVID, Alder Vineyard are set to open the doors to their new building in September – and look forward to championing a wide … Continue reading News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery
EAT OUT TO HELP OUT – SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We are still having hits on this post so we have updated it. Some Devon eateries are continuing their own version of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme discount*, please see individual Facebook pages for further details – list below: During September: The Lighter Inn, The Quay, Topsham The Stand Off Exeter Pink Moon, Exeter Franco … Continue reading Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon
The Welcome Café in Exeter may not be open as it once was, but they are now welcoming customers to their new weekend supper clubs! Continue reading Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath
UK BBQ Week 4th – 12th July 2020 If you haven’t had the time to dust off your BBQ during lockdown and cook outside when the sun was shining, then the folks over at UKBBQWEEK have lots of hints, tips, reviews of equipment and recipes (some of mine) up on their website that might inspire you to get your fire lit and your tongs clicking! … Continue reading Get fired up for UK BBQ Week – by Sue Stoneman
Online Cooking Classes If you’ve been missing visiting the local Food & Drink Festivals during #lockdown and not being able to see some of your favourite chefs cook up a storm in the demo kitchens, and are missing visiting your favourite cookery school, how would you like to be able to cook along with them in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, now you … Continue reading Virtual Cooking Class Review: Fun Foodie Online Classes with Larks.Live – by Sue Stoneman
Babbacombe Bay Café Imagine buying your dream cafe, and then lockdown hits – well the new owner of Babbacombe Bay Cafe, Michelle Sampson, has just lived through this. After securing the venue earlier this year she has had to wait until the right time to open due to lockdown and has just flung her doors open, raring to go – even if it is just … Continue reading Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath
DIY Devon Food Kits from Austin Gosling, Co-Owner and Head Chef of On The Rocks, Torquay and Brixham So what do you do when both your successful restaurants, that have been open since 2014 and 2017 respectively, have to close their doors due to the current lockdown situation? Initial panic, the boredom and quiet at home as opposed to the buzz of the kitchen, gathering … Continue reading Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath
News: Eversfield Organic Arrives in Totnes this March – with Opening Ceremony on Saturday 14th March at 12:30pm Continue reading NEWS: EVERSFIELD ORGANIC ARRIVES IN TOTNES THIS MARCH
The pun in the title relies on you knowing that Pho is actually pronounced ‘fuh’, but the English tend to pronounce it like ‘foe’, a fact I didn’t realise until I had actually been to Pho Restaurant in Queen St, Exeter. I’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently due to the busy-ness of life, but I am still orchestrating things in the background … Continue reading Casual Dining in Exeter: Perfect ‘Pho’ the cold weather!
This little piggy went to…another great event at The Pig at Combe. This time it was The Folly Foodies Club with guests, Pipers Farm. Continue reading The Pig at Combe: Folly Foodies Club event with guests Pipers Farm – by Lauren Heath
Paignton seafront has plenty on offer all year round. So after spending your pennies in the arcade, being blown away by sea air, or having relaxed in the cinema – head to the independently-owned Shoreline for some honestly priced tasty pizza’s, homemade burgers and a seriously priceless view.
It’s dog friendly and child friendly too! Continue reading Casual Dining: Shoreline, Paignton by Lauren Heath
“Help yourself to four delicious courses. Take your time. Take all afternoon if you’d like to.”
With the 2nd course consisting of a help-yourself French Market Table you’re sure to get your Sunday lunch fill and more at Hotel Du VIn & Bistro, Exeter. Continue reading Sunday Lunch Review: Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, Exeter – by Lauren Heath
Local produce, dinner accentuated by candlelight, sublime desserts to push you over the foodie edge? This all points to a lovely Torquay independent – Pier Point Restaurant and Bar Continue reading Dinner Review: Pier Point Restaurant and Bar, Torquay by Lauren Heath
A great place for coffee, brunch or lunch but on Thursday and Friday nights, The Common Beaver in Magdalen Road, Exeter is the venue for some middle eastern delights thanks to pop-up dining by Eat My Food (oh if you insist..) Continue reading REVIEW: CASUAL DINING POPUP at The Common Beaver, Magdalen Road, Exeter by Sue Stoneman. #ad #invited