NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards

One of the UK’s most successful charcuterie companies was recognised with Best Food / Drink Producer at the Exeter Living Awards. The glitzy do, on Thursday 7 March 2019, was held at The Great Hall at Exeter University. Within just five years of trading, Good Game has won numerous accolades including six awards at the British Charcuterie Awards 2018, a coveted star from the Guild … Continue reading NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards

REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad

To anyone who is familiar with the surrounding landscape of Exeter, it is hard to miss Haldon Hill. A long treelined geographical slug, that helps create a mild microclimate for us city dwellers, repels the harsh winds and nasty rains that slide off Dartmoor’s slippery heather padded shoulders. Tucked up in it’s shadow is Brickhouse Vineyard, a stone’s throw from Starcross, overlooking the estuary and … Continue reading REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad

REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

When you’ve seen pictures on social media of the young chefs out and about foraging during the week prior to heading out to your feast, you already know you are going to be eating some wonderful, local, fresh foraged ingredients and I was excited about the menu already. We do live in a wonderful county full of fantastic produce and eating at Gather will enable … Continue reading REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. I am always on the lookout for new independent cafés and restaurants and I had heard good things from Chris (Editor DD) about a new Delicatessen and Café Bar which opened up in October. He had visited not long after it had … Continue reading REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #Ad

NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Gather – Hedge River Field Kitchen Gather is the brain child of two very passionate, very talented, extraordinary young men, – Harrison Brockington and Declan Wiles. Originally born as a pop up, Gather has taken the next logical step from magnificent travelling food circus to bricks & mortar restaurant. We have been serving dinner, via the pop up, for nearly a year. Our goal was … Continue reading NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Review of the year: 2018

Here we are, at the end of another cycle. The world gets weirder every year, but one thing is consistent – we live in a part of the world that has some amazing food producers, restaurants and events taking place throughout the year. Our county is home to so many award winning hotels and restaurants, visitors to Devon are totally spoilt for choice. This year … Continue reading Review of the year: 2018

Reflections on the South West Chef of the Year 2018

One of the highlights this year has been witnessing the grand finals of the South West Chef of the Year. Finally (after a few hiccups with life, photographs and WordPresses new editor) I have some of the shots from the day. I’ve had the privilege of watching the finals for the last couple of years, and they’ve been an absolute thrill-ride. Some of the top … Continue reading Reflections on the South West Chef of the Year 2018

EVENT: Celebrating Darts Farm 25th Anniversary by Sue Stoneman

  Under the canvas of the tepee and gathered around the wonderfully decorated tables were an abundance of all things Devon and local.  The many people behind labels of the fantastic produce you will find on the shelves at Darts Farm, as well as Michael, Jim and Paul, the three Dart Brothers, the Master Butchers and the friendly staff who make up this multi award … Continue reading EVENT: Celebrating Darts Farm 25th Anniversary by Sue Stoneman

News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!

Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what does its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors on 20th August for a grand refurbishment and reopened just 19 days later, but what now awaits the curious diner inside? The gothic style building on Longbrook Street underwent a serious facelift, carried out by high-quality craftsman, builders … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!

Interview: 10 Questions with Polly Guy, ahead of The Great Food and Drink Show at Westpoint

This weekend, The Great Food and Drink Show will be taking place at Westpoint, Exeter for the first time. With producers, cookery workshops and demos, celebrity Ready Steady Cook, wine tasting and more, the two day event is an exciting one for the county. The demo stage will feature gert lush Tom Kerridge, chef veteran Jean Christophe Novelli, local cookery school owner and chef Jim Fisher … Continue reading Interview: 10 Questions with Polly Guy, ahead of The Great Food and Drink Show at Westpoint

Restaurant Review: The Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth by Sue Stoneman

I was very excited to find out that I was heading to the Barbican Kitchen in Plymouth.  Recently celebrating it’s 12th birthday, we were invited along to sample the summer menu.  The Barbican Kitchen is run by The Tanner Brothers, Chris & James. I first saw The Tanner Bros demo at Flavour Fest, Plymouth’s Food & Drink festival a couple of years ago and the … Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth by Sue Stoneman

News: Harry’s Restaurant Opens 8th September After a Grand Refurbishment

Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what will its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors this week for a grand refurbishment but plans on reopening as soon as 8th September. The gothic style building on Longbrook Street is currently in the hands of high-quality craftsman, builders and designers who share a passion for … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant Opens 8th September After a Grand Refurbishment

Properly free range meat stars at Great Taste, as Pipers Farm lands four awards

All photos courtesy of Freshly Ground PR Devon-based online butcher, Pipers Farm is celebrating a healthy haul of awards today as the Great Taste results are announced, taking home a highly coveted 3-star award for its Saddleback Neck Steak, alongside three other accolades. Described by the judges as “beautifully soft, with full frontal flavour”, the pork steaks are one of only 192 food and drink … Continue reading Properly free range meat stars at Great Taste, as Pipers Farm lands four awards

New foodie initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in Exeter and Greater Exeter

Exeter and Greater Exeter food and drink businesses are being invited to sign up to an exciting new initiative which is set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination. Due to be launched in time for summer 2018, the new Exeter Food and Drink Trail, which is being created by Visit Exeter, aims to embrace businesses that celebrate local produce, … Continue reading New foodie initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in Exeter and Greater Exeter

Le Cygne Opens

OPENING THURSDAY 12TH JULY 2018 The hotly anticipated new venture from ex-manager of the award-winning Darts Farm Restaurant in Topsham, Souhela Berry and husband Mark is arriving in Dawlish. Having been at the helm of Darts Farm restaurant for 16 years, previous to that running a string of successful central London eateries, this is Souhelas first independent venture. Situated in the heart of Dawlish, Le … Continue reading Le Cygne Opens

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

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