Cheesemaker seeing stars, as Great Taste reveals more goat’s cheese glory

Quicke’s has landed yet more honours following the announcement of this year’s Great Taste results, with the Devon-based cheesemaker taking home stars for six of its products, including a coveted 3-star award for its Goat’s Milk Clothbound Cheese. With only 192 products named in 2018’s 3-star list, the goat’s cheese is now one of the UK’s most celebrated cheeses, following a raft of awards already … Continue reading Cheesemaker seeing stars, as Great Taste reveals more goat’s cheese glory

Top Devon Chefs Line Up For England’s First Seafood FEAST

All photos are courtesy of Seafood FEAST! Top Devon chefs, including Marine Stewardship Council Ambassador Mitch Tonks and Michelin star chef Simon Hulstone, are fully behind an exciting new seafood festival taking place this autumn. The inaugural England’s Seafood FEAST will take place across the English Riviera from 22 September to 7 October 2018. “I’ve eaten seafood all over the world” said Mitch Tonks, “and … Continue reading Top Devon Chefs Line Up For England’s First Seafood FEAST

Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

All photos courtesy of Devon Food Movement Devon Food Movement is working in partnership with Ashridge Court to bring our first BIG COLLABORATION event to fruition. This collaboration is taking place on 8th September and will feature many local artisans and some of the South West’s best chefs (see lists below) The evening will start with a canape and drinks reception sponsored by the local … Continue reading Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

Taste of the West’s New Food Village arrives on Exmouth Seafront

All photos are courtesy of McQueenie Mulholland From Thai-inspired ice cream to locally-bred pork, the new food village at the Queen’s Drive Space on Exmouth seafront is proving a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. The new attraction, which is being run by Taste of the West, has already attracted hundreds of visitors, keen to sample some of the tastiest produce from the region, … Continue reading Taste of the West’s New Food Village arrives on Exmouth Seafront

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

Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

It’s official! Devon hosts the most of the UK’s favourite hotels – more than any other county outside of London. An impressive 7% of the UK’s Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list feature Devon based hotels, with 4 properties being members of Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association. Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, The Pig at Combe in Gittisham, Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Salcombe and … Continue reading Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

Alex Fletcher (aka The Chunki Chef) is the new head chef at the Seawood Hotel and Restaurant with years of experience, working in top establishments. His last venture, he helped open a new bistro restaurant in Derbyshire with a farm to fork ethos and after 10 months of the doors opening they won the best restaurant and best newcomer of the year in Derbyshire. He has … Continue reading Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

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

Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award

Pretty Local – an online marketplace for food and drink producers in the South Hams – has been announced winner of this year’s Devon Business Start-Up Award. The annual competition, organised by Dartmouth Food Festival, is open to new food-related businesses based in Devon that use local ingredients, products and / or suppliers. The Award gives winners a substantial helping hand via a prize package which … Continue reading Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award

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

Turtle Bay introduce Caribbean Cocktail Tables

Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, are welcoming the summer with a new party experience that is all about relaxed, social drinking and eating – Turtle Bay’s Cocktail Tables are here! Lovers of the Turtle Bay Caribbean social can now book a table for cocktails, and enjoy a chilled-out drinking experience with full table service from the comfort of Turtle Bay’s cool but cosy dining enclaves. … Continue reading Turtle Bay introduce Caribbean Cocktail Tables

Get a taste of the ‘good life’ this September at The Nourish Festival!

We visited the Nourish Festival in 2015. Read our review here! Now in its 5th year, The Nourish Festival set in the heart of Bovey Tracey, is a weekend of events designed to feed the body, the mind and the senses, filling the town with some of the best producers of food, drink and craft from the south west on Sat 1 September.   Over 60 food and … Continue reading Get a taste of the ‘good life’ this September at The Nourish Festival!

South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

The 2018 prestigious South West Chef of the Year is open for applications to showcase the excellence in the South West’s hospitality industry. Now in its 15th year, the highly anticipated culinary contest aims to find the very best regional talent for five different categories.  Photos included are taken from last year’s competition, read our review here! Lead judge and co-founder Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat

Devon-based barbecue restaurant have launched a vegan menu in response to customers’ increasingly health-conscious food choices. The team, who also own an organic charcuterie company, are keen to promote meat-alternatives in a bid to encourage less but better-quality meat consumption. Topsham’s Pig & Pallet smokehouse and barbecue restaurant uses the same wood and smoking techniques to replicate meaty flavours, but instead of using animal products, … Continue reading Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat

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

Chef Alastair David is going The Whole Hogget with this exciting pop-up event!

All photos courtesy of Jose Jimenez Chef Alastair David is holding ‘A Celebration Of Slow Grown Flavour’ showcasing hogget from Tuckett’s Farm. Two pop-up dining events will be held at separate locations in Devon on 7th and 9th June. The menu will be based around a 14 month-old Jacob’s hogget reared on Tuckett’s Farm. Hogget tends to be richer in flavour than traditional lamb and the … Continue reading Chef Alastair David is going The Whole Hogget with this exciting pop-up event!