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

NEWS: Ebdons launches cocktail menu! Thursday 13th December

Ebdons Refreshments is a brand-new independent delicatessen and café bar in central Exeter and on Thursday 13th December they launch their great new cocktail menu, with an amazing launch night offer. This cosy new place combines the best local produce and home cooking with European-style café culture. Ebdons has been open from 8am to 10.30pm (10am to 10pm on Sundays) every day since October, serving … Continue reading NEWS: Ebdons launches cocktail menu! Thursday 13th December

NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore

Foodies visiting the Exeter and Greater Exeter area can now embark on a journey of discovery as an exciting new initiative has officially launched. Set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination, the Exeter Food and Drink Trail has brought together the area’s finest food and drink producers, retailers and restaurateurs. At the centre of the self-guided Exeter Food and … Continue reading NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore

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

A new chapter for Deer Park Country House Weddings and events reign supreme

The runaway popularity of East Devon’s Deer Park Country House as the backdrop for amazing, memorable occasions has resulted in the decision to focus exclusively on weddings and events in future. The elegant Georgian manor house is set in 80 acres of glorious countryside and is long established as one of the region’s favourite places to eat, stay and celebrate.  Its classic architecture and sumptuous … Continue reading A new chapter for Deer Park Country House Weddings and events reign supreme

News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

The finalists for this year’s South West Chef of the Year competition have been chosen and now face the toughest challenge yet – to prepare their dishes for a daunting line-up of judges on 24th October at Exeter College. The finalists have been selected from eight semi-finalists in the Professional and Young Professional categories and ten in the Student/Apprentice Chef category.  The finalists will be cooking a … Continue reading News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

Why not enter the Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition! In aid of Padstow Lifeboat

Padstow’s Open Sticky Toffee Pud Comp – takes place on the 6th October 2018 at the Old Ship Hotel Padstow in aid of the RNLI. Think you can make the best ever Sticky Toffee Pudding?  Or do your family and friends tell you that yours tastes really good? If the answer is yes, then why not enter the Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition and have an … Continue reading Why not enter the Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition! In aid of Padstow Lifeboat

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: Turtle Bay launch new menu and it’s all about the Caribbean social!

    Smashing small plates and inspiring sides makes for social Caribbean tapas style dining – eat what you want when you want. New burger menu – goat, halloumi and vegan. New One Pots including two vegan options. Vegan, low carb, gluten-free, paleo, low-alcohol – all bases are covered.   Turtle Bay’s new sociable dining menu has just landed and it’s all about ‘anything goes’, … Continue reading News: Turtle Bay launch new menu and it’s all about the Caribbean social!

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

News: Top chefs announced for Powderham Food Festival 2018  

Don’t forget to enter our competition where you could stand the chance of being entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets! head over to our Facebook or Twitter pages for more details! Photos courtesy of Powderham Food Festival Powderham Food Festival has revealed the line-up of high profile chefs who will be featuring at this year’s Festival on 6th and 7th October … Continue reading News: Top chefs announced for Powderham Food Festival 2018  

News: South West Chef of the Year 2018: Semi-Finalists Announced

South West Chef of the Year 2018: Semi-Finalists Announced The semi-finalists and finalists for the prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition have today been announced.  After the challenging task of assessing an exceptional array of entries, the panel of judges, led by Michael Caines MBE, have selected the finalists across five categories: Professional, Young Professional, Home Cook, Junior Chef and Student / Apprentice. … Continue reading News: South West Chef of the Year 2018: Semi-Finalists Announced

Rum & Crab Shack set to pass the baton onto the Hubbox and keep the St Ives connection in Exeter town centre

Rum & Crab Shack Exeter is set to close its Exeter branch and look to re-focus its business on more coastal locations similar to the stunning harbour-front location the thriving shack enjoys in St Ives. The Exeter site has traded successfully for 2 years. Manager Chris Mcguire says  ‘It is with great sadness that we are closing, but things change and evolve; we have learned a … Continue reading Rum & Crab Shack set to pass the baton onto the Hubbox and keep the St Ives connection in Exeter town centre