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

Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

Exeter Food Festival is one of the yearly highlights that I look forward to on our foodie calendar.  This year I feel it was the best yet, and although we were not able to stay for the whole evening too, it was an unforgettable day that I enjoyed thoroughly. The gates opened at 10am, but we were there a bit earlier on Saturday.  Local culinary … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

A collaboration comes of age, as Quicke’s unveils Vintage Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt

Two years after the ground-breaking partnership began, this month Quicke’s will release the first wedges of its Vintage Clothbound Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt. The truckles were placed in the cheese stores at Home Farm on the eve of this Devon-Cornwall collaboration, and 24 months later, Britain’s longest aged clothbound cheddar is imbued with a new brightness and enhanced complexity of flavour. This latest … Continue reading A collaboration comes of age, as Quicke’s unveils Vintage Cheddar made using Cornish Sea Salt

The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

If you’ve never been to Christow then I am hoping that I will give you a really good reason to visit; it isn’t a big place, it lies 12 miles from Exeter and the perfect place to visit as a base-camp for exploring the nearby countryside with Dartmoor being a stone’s throw away. I love pubs.  Especially village pubs.  And to see a pub open … Continue reading The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower

Chris Gower heads down to Boringdon Hall in Plympton to try out their casual dining offering.  This historic venue has a killer reputation for a la carte, will this be the same for the relaxed Mayflower Brasserie?  Some of the photos used in this review are featured in our Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall review which you can read here. Award-winning Head Chef Scott … Continue reading Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower

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

FOOD & DRINK DEVON AWARDS 2018 LAUNCHED

Following 2017’s record-breaking year, entries are now open for the prestigious Food & Drink Devon Awards 2018. These gold standard awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The awards, currently in their eighth year, continue to grow with 2017 recording the highest number of entries to date … Continue reading FOOD & DRINK DEVON AWARDS 2018 LAUNCHED

Dorset Entrepreneur starts salty love affair with Dorset Sea Salt!

 Portland native Jethro Tennant is a 24 year old man on a mission, a salty mission to bring the unique taste of Dorset to the hungry masses. The Man After graduating university, while deciding his next move, Tennant stumbled upon the centuries old salt pans in his native Portland Bill and found himself asking the question why had Dorset’s sea salt scene vanished and consequently, … Continue reading Dorset Entrepreneur starts salty love affair with Dorset Sea Salt!

Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall

There is nothing more exquisitely British than taking Afternoon Tea.  The ritual of steeping tea, eating sandwiches without crusts and dainty cakes brings to mind expensive surroundings, maybe a scene from Downton Abbey with butlers and footmen bringing the various components gracefully and silently. In reality Afternoon Tea comes in all shapes and sizes.  We have sampled Afternoon Tea offerings in three different places so … Continue reading Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall

South West Chef of the Year 2017

We are on the cusp of December. It seems like an age ago that some of the region’s culinary talent took over the kitchens at Exeter College’s @34 Restaurant to demonstrate their skills in front of the scrutiny of the judges including our regions very own chef superstar and Exeter College governor, Michael Caines MBE. And it has been an age.  Bloggers are not like … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2017

Serve a touch of English elegance this Christmas and New Year!

Celebrate in true British style this festive season and serve one of England’s finest wines.  Named as a favourite by many of the country’s leading drinks writers, the innovative Lyme Bay Winery has a selection of wines for every occasion, a perfect pour this Christmas and New Year. Having painstakingly prepared a delicious selection of canapés for a stylish Christmas drinks party, the drinks offering … Continue reading Serve a touch of English elegance this Christmas and New Year!

Eversfield Organic Acquires the Well Hung Meat Company

TWO LEADING DEVON ORGANIC MEAT COMPANIES  COMBINE TO BECOME ONE – EVERSFIELD ORGANIC ACQUIRES THE WELL HUNG MEAT COMPANY Already a serious player in the organic and grass-fed meat sector, Bratton Clovelly based Eversfield Organic is acquiring The Well Hung Meat Company, taking effect as of today, Thursday 16th November 2017.  The acquisition will position Eversfield Organic in the top three organic box delivery businesses … Continue reading Eversfield Organic Acquires the Well Hung Meat Company

Food & Drink Awards 2017 – by Lauren Heath

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Love the Flavour – Food and Drink Devon Awards. The event was held at the handsome Deer Park Country House Hotel, and was attended by some of the finest local Devon food and drink producers, restaurateurs and foodie folk around. A venue with is own vegetable garden and orchard, the menu was bound to … Continue reading Food & Drink Awards 2017 – by Lauren Heath

Have a crackling Christmas party at the Boat Shed

Exeter’s popular summer pop up The Boat Shed is opening its doors again – this time for Christmas feasting. The menu has been designed by Devon chef, Robin Rea of Rusty Pig, renowned for his commitment to great flavours and ethical ingredients.  Rusty Pig was voted the best in the county for Devon Street Food at this year’s Nourish Festival and dishes will feature locally … Continue reading Have a crackling Christmas party at the Boat Shed

South St Standard is Opening in Exeter

Exeter’s new independent bar and kitchen, South Street Standard, is set to open its doors to the public on Friday 3rd November! The South Street Standard is a modern and contemporary venue, with a menu to match. The kitchen will offer relaxed dining all day and into the evening, with brunch, lunch and Sunday roasts. Whilst visitors who just fancy some drinks can enjoy a … Continue reading South St Standard is Opening in Exeter

South West Chef of the Year announces 2017 finalists

This year’s South West Chef of the Year competition continues to pick up the pace with the announcement of its 2017 finalists following closely-contested semi-finals on Saturday. Now in its 14th year, South West Chef of the Year champions the very best of the region’s professional chefs and junior and home cooks as well as its exceptional produce for which the peninsular has gained a … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year announces 2017 finalists

Bumper Honey Harvest for Princesshay

Heatwave Quadruples Princesshay Honey Harvest The exceptionally hot weather in June has resulted in Princesshay’s bees producing a bumper batch of honey. The beekeepers at Princesshay are expecting 400lbs of honey, 4 times more than in previous years, which will be sold exclusively at Chandos Deli in Princesshay in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Princesshay Beekeeper Jason Wallis, said: “This is our fourth honey … Continue reading Bumper Honey Harvest for Princesshay

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

Beer and Burger Bonanza at The Bridge Inn, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

The road between Clyst St George and Topsham holds many talented local businesses – Naturalmat, Sapphire Spaces, Amos Lighting and now even the operations for Good Game. Two more of these is the successful Darts Farm and the unique and historic The Bridge Inn pub. On the back of some playground chat whilst dropping the kids off at school, the business minded ladies at both … Continue reading Beer and Burger Bonanza at The Bridge Inn, Topsham – by Lauren Heath