REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. As you wind your way around the lanes of South Devon, probably heading for, or departing from, one of the many coastal destinations the county has to offer, I have no doubt that sustenance will be somewhere on your itinerary. Look no … Continue reading REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman

Powderham Food Festival took place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October this year at Powderham Castle.  I was there as one of the demo chefs in the ‘Theatre of Fire and Smoke’ tent, along with some big names on the BBQ scene: Simon Dyer – BBQ Champ, John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm, Nic Townsend, Martin Anderson – Chef of Temper in Soho, David Deadman and … Continue reading All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman

Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

Many folk have whispered foodie musings at us about what goes on in Totnes. Local food, an award winning farmers market, eclectic home and interiors shops it’s no wander we have been privvy to a rumour – oh wait… it isn’t just a rumour, it exists! Amongst the hustle and bustle of this flourishing foodie town is independently owned Rumour Wine Bar and Restaurant; positioned … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

NEWS: New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes!

New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes! The doors will open on Tuesday 18th September, following a quick face lift at 3 Fore Street. This historic site which started life as a Victorian Tea Room will now become a social enterprise, with all proceeds going to fund projects within Young Devon. There is something for everyone, with fresh indulgent cakes … Continue reading NEWS: New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes!

Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

As you will have gathered, we’re very lucky and privileged to enjoy eating out around Devon, but we are also fairly good cooks at home. I’m not too precious about my kitchen though…. if someone wants to cook for me then go for it. I’ll eat it. Anything. (Well, except for olives and goats cheese; I can hear your shock but I’ve tried many a … Continue reading Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour opens in Budleigh Salterton by Sue Stoneman

I was on my way to meet a friend at her beach hut last week and my walk took me past Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour which is right near the traffic lights on the right hand side as you enter into Budleigh Salterton from Exmouth.  I had seen the shop being refitted on my recent visits to the lovely Earls opposite, and I was … Continue reading Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour opens in Budleigh Salterton by Sue Stoneman

New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

You’re in for a treat with Rockfish’s three new exciting desserts. At the top of Monday’s new dessert menu at Rockfish is a quirky take on a Devon Cream Tea in the form of a deep fried doughnut filled with clotted cream and strawberry jam. You have to try this! Luckily for me, I did; the light sugary coated ball is cut in half and … Continue reading New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The famous Treby Arms in Devon has a new owner, a fresh look and a relaxed fusion Italian menu that promises a family friendly, easy and affordable dining experience alongside the traditional village pub. The Treby Arms in Sparkwell dates back to 1855 when pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel built it to serve the workers building up a thirst constructing the Royal Albert Bridge and … Continue reading New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

Pubs are closing at a rate of knots these days, but in the small village of Aylesbeare, not only is there a reopened pub, it’s got the full works – in building terms and with its offering. Previously The Aylesbeare Inn, the new village pub, now the Night Jar Inn, was named by the Aylesbeare community thanks to the invitation of its saviours. The old … Continue reading The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

City Break Staycation at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

The world of blogging and food writing takes me all over the place, with Devon having many a fine offering in cities, towns, villages and back lanes, it’s a privilege and a delight to discover said places and share them with our audience. Like any other person, sometimes you don’t see what is right in front of you and that’s why I love a staycation. … Continue reading City Break Staycation at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Exeter Food and Drink Festival Competition & our Top 5 Festival Tips

We thought we’d share our top 5 tips for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink as well as treat you to a competition to win some tickets! 1. Come hungry! There are so many wonderful things to try and food stalls to grab a bite from, don’t waste your precious tummy room on a second rate breakfast at home! 2. Book VIP … Continue reading Exeter Food and Drink Festival Competition & our Top 5 Festival Tips

Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival

Exeter Food Festival – Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018 Exeter Beats – Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens next month with fantastic regional chefs, over 80 producers selling delicious goodies from across the South West, live music to keep the atmosphere alive throughout … Continue reading Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival

Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

You know how they says dogs are not just for Christmas? Well, a strange comparison I know, but neither is Harry’s. It really is for every occasion. Situated down Longbrook Street, just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Exeter’s high street, Harry’s has been doing its thing since 1993; a family owned and run by the Pounds family since its inception, … Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Market Street, Newton Abbot – by Lauren Heath

In a fairly unassuming green building, set back from Market Street in Newton Abbot, is a restaurant with the same name serving surprisingly tasty fayre. Market Street is a social enterprise; belonging to Young Devon, this restaurant is a base for providing a yearly opportunity to hospitality apprentices, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds wth all ‘profits’ being ploughed back into the business. The website states: Our … Continue reading Market Street, Newton Abbot – by Lauren Heath

2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

DEVON: Delightful, Edible, Variety, Outdoors, Nourishing. Five words we can think of relating to our incredibly rich, tasty and hardworking county, but there are certainly many more words to describe the assortment of food and drink available to us from our waters, moors and everything inbetween. The best way to be exposed to as many great producers as possible? Food and Drink festivals of course! … Continue reading 2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

Be the First to Experience ‘Beyond Escapes’ near Totnes

Be the First to Experience Beyond Escapes Local residents invited to receive a first look at new leisure and holiday concept 50% off food and free mini-lava shell message available from 1st – 4th February To celebrate the launch of Beyond Escapes based near Totnes, the luxury holiday company is offering local residents a number of not-to-be-missed offers including 50% off all food at the … Continue reading Be the First to Experience ‘Beyond Escapes’ near Totnes

10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

The 19th December 2016 is a day I remember with great fondness – it was the beginning of my 2 week Christmas break from work, and the diary entry for the evening contained the ‘Rockfish Exmouth VIP Opening Night Party’. I had previously eaten at a few restaurant reincarnations within the building at the harbour end of Exmouth, but they weren’t doing it completely right, … Continue reading 10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

Burger Heaven at Meat59 – by Lauren Heath

“Another burger restaurant?? We already have plenty in the city” was the main reaction I noticed on social media when Meat59’s opening was announced.  I too, thought very similar, even wondering why they chose Magdalen Road as their home. Those who know Meat59 by their reputation at their Torquay branch rejoiced, a foodie contact of mine who had been a few times gave rave reviews… … Continue reading Burger Heaven at Meat59 – by Lauren Heath

Exmouth’s Brand-New Food Festival Launches This Weekend

Foodies rejoice; there’s a brand-new food festival coming to Exmouth on Saturday 16 September from 10am until 11.00pm. With live music from Barefoot Bandit, street food stalls and an evening mussel banquet, it’s shaping up to be a delicious day out. An array of artisanal producers from across the region will be coming to the stunning Manor Gardens in the heart of Exmouth for the … Continue reading Exmouth’s Brand-New Food Festival Launches This Weekend

Seafood Delights at Salcombe Harbour Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Salcombe – a glorious South Devon waterside town, full of ambitious and successful businesses from Salcombe Gin and Salcombe Dairy to Favis of Salcombe and Jack Wills – it has become a name synonymous with quality. On this basis, it’s no wonder the Harbour Hotels Group snapped up this top of the estuary, hillside-set property. The Salcombe Harbour Hotel, a 50 bedroom building, was extended … Continue reading Seafood Delights at Salcombe Harbour Hotel – by Lauren Heath