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October & November Highlights – New Openings in Exeter, North Devon Adventures & more

October flew by with only a few outings, and whilst we weren’t prepared for it, a busy November swiftly filled our diaries and tummies with delights. So here’s a buffet of two months mouthwatering munching and sipping… North Devon Adventures New Coast Kitchen, Croyde Early October, Lauren ventured to North Devon for a friends birthday dinner and headed to New Coast Kitchen. A group of … Continue reading October & November Highlights – New Openings in Exeter, North Devon Adventures & more

REVIEW: The Seacliff Restaurant, Sandy Cove Hotel, Ilfracombe

A few miles from Coombe Martin with it’s famous rockpools and beaches, sits The Sandy Cove Hotel, majestically perched on a cliff overlooking the Bristol Channel high above the dramatic North Devon coastline – Dining Devon was up in North Devon for a foodie marathon, and our first night’s dining was here at The Sandy Cove Hotel. The Seacliff Restaurant provides a fine dining experience, … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seacliff Restaurant, Sandy Cove Hotel, Ilfracombe

REVIEW: Broomhill Estate – boutique art hotel near Barnstaple

Being an Exeter lad, venturing north of Tiverton is always an exciting prospect. Recently we were given the chance to stay for two nights at the newly refurbished Broomhill Estate; it was a chance for us to dive into a part of our county that Dining Devon hasn’t covered much. The landscape of North Devon has a rugged attractive beauty which is very different from … Continue reading REVIEW: Broomhill Estate – boutique art hotel near Barnstaple

August & September Highlights

What a roundup we have for you this month, August was actually quieter on the eating out front; we all had various commitments with work, summer holidays and also judging for various awards in the South West. The month ran away so we didn’t publish any highlights then, so have included a couple along with this month’s sumptuous September foodie adventures. So from baking on … Continue reading August & September Highlights

July Highlights – brunch at the Manor, fill your cakehole, fire feast days & more!

July has been a busy old month. In between sweltering in heat, and being rained on we’ve been out and about. July 19th saw many restrictions being lifted, including the requirement for face masks and compulsory table service in restaurants/pubs. Slowly, it seems, people are starting to venture out with more confidence. But there is still a long way to go. Many places are still … Continue reading July Highlights – brunch at the Manor, fill your cakehole, fire feast days & more!

June Highlights – English Wine Week, Burgers, Breakfasts, Getting ‘Cosy’ & more!

June has flown by, maybe because we’ve been out and about munching our way through Devon as usual, oh and drinking too! With English Wine Week mid-June we couldn’t help but get involved supping on local Devon wines. We got ‘cosy’ with small plates and cocktails in plymouth and also enjoyed some scrumptious baked delights from a little kitchen with a big heart….. Dining Out … Continue reading June Highlights – English Wine Week, Burgers, Breakfasts, Getting ‘Cosy’ & more!

Devon’s The Exploding Bakery to launch Summer Series of chef takeovers

Exeter’s cult café The Exploding Bakery announce their Summer Series of chef takeovers, with a stellar line up of local and London chefs to host feast of seasonal celebrations this summer. Co-founders Tom Oxford and Oliver Coysh have invited some of their favourite restaurants, cooks and chefs to take to the pass for one night only, beginning with Owen Barratt of Monty’s Deli on 25th … Continue reading Devon’s The Exploding Bakery to launch Summer Series of chef takeovers

Devon Gin Directory

World Gin Day is on the 12th June, so what better excuse could there be to put together a simple list (in alphabetical order) of Devon gin distilleries for you to be able to support a local businesses when purchasing your next gin, on World Gin Day, or any other day for that matter. Many of the businesses below are award winning and family owned … Continue reading Devon Gin Directory

May highlights: Mickey’s Beach, Boston Tea Party, Ben’s Farm Shop and more!

May has been a bit wet and wild. It is safe to say that it has been the wettest on record, but one thing that has been keeping our spirits high has been some of the events and places we’ve visited this month. May 17th saw many businesses reopening their indoor areas, and others opening for the first time since January. Newly opened Mickey’s Beach … Continue reading May highlights: Mickey’s Beach, Boston Tea Party, Ben’s Farm Shop and more!

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Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids

We’re on the cusp of half term! We’ve done a round up of Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with complimentary play facilities to entertain the kids. Happy kids, happy parents right? If you have a favourite that’s not on the list, let us know! Continue reading Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids

SPECIAL DISPATCH: Tweakd – Healthy meals tailored for you #ad

This is a bit off-piste for Dining Devon, but it is a cause close to my heart and something I think we’re all striving to do. I am certainly aware of my personal limitations when it comes to things like running for things, like buses or away from other things, like zombies. If the end of the world came, I would be at a distinct … Continue reading SPECIAL DISPATCH: Tweakd – Healthy meals tailored for you #ad

PRESS RELEASE: It’s time to get baking with The Trewly Big Bake competition

Trewithen Dairy is delighted to announce the launch of The Trewly Big Bake – a competition for baking enthusiasts. Celebrated author, expert baker and Great British Bake Off fifth series star Martha Collison will judge the competition. Martha will be joined on the judging panel with fellow judges alongside renowned food writer Orlando Murrin, who is also President of the Guild of Food Writers and … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: It’s time to get baking with The Trewly Big Bake competition

April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more

Wow, April has come and gone and what a difference a year makes!

We’ve decided to do more of a highlights/newsletter style blog post rather than a blog fully focussed on one visit or event – we hope you enjoy it.

We’re looking forward to munching our way through May! Continue reading April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more

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‘Work from your local’ is looking for pubs and cafes across the South West 

Are you a cafe, pub or community space who would welcome remote workers to fill your seats (with a minimum spend)? ‘Work from your local’ has attracted pubs and cafes from across the UK and are need of more venues in the South West to fill their free online map directory.  

Are you a freelancer or remote worker? The campaign is asking people to work one day a week from their local (when roadmap allows).

Find out more about this free service in our news post. Continue reading ‘Work from your local’ is looking for pubs and cafes across the South West 

Alfresco April – Dining & Drinks Outside from 12th April

“Alfresco April’ (and May) is nearly here! If all goes to plan with the roadmap, from 12th April, outdoor hospitality will be able to open serving food or drinks. This is great for those who are itching to venture out locally or further afield (and who’ve waited patiently after the ‘stay-at-home’ rule lifts on 29th March), hungry to enjoy some edible delights or liquid refreshment … Continue reading Alfresco April – Dining & Drinks Outside from 12th April

GUEST POST: Support a local charity and boost your food business.

Hungry Minds is looking for food partners to provide paid-for healthy meals to local families. In the last 12 months we have seen an extraordinary level of support from local cafes, restaurants and food providers for local children and families who have been affected, not only by COVID-19, but also by the government’s failure to provide them with meals during half-term. It is very clear … Continue reading GUEST POST: Support a local charity and boost your food business.

RECIPE: A twist on Pancake Day – American Style Pancakes – by Sue Stoneman

Pancake Day is fast approaching, which also means that Spring is on its way as is Easter! Yippee for the longer, lighter days and warmer weather. This year, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 16th February. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent.  It’s the day when traditionally you would eat up rich foods such as milk, sugar … Continue reading RECIPE: A twist on Pancake Day – American Style Pancakes – by Sue Stoneman

Valentine’s Day 2021 – Restaurant Food (& other treats) at Home

Valentine’s Day! One thing’s for sure, LOVE can’t be locked down… with the January blues nearly over, we’re rosy with excitement, and have rounded up the lush Valentine’s Day offerings for enjoying at home. With the twinkly lights of Christmas now packed away, the longer and darker nights have felt a bit more noticeable, but we’re now over the mid-way point of January and need … Continue reading Valentine’s Day 2021 – Restaurant Food (& other treats) at Home

Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

We’re delighted to have won an award from LUXLife Magazine for the 2nd year in a row! Merry Christmas to all our readers, and wishing you a restful time whatever it means to you during these tough times. Continue reading Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

Dinner Review: Rockbeare Manor – Limited Time ‘Dine, Stay and Unwind’

As we know, 2020 has certainly been a year of strain and challenges in the hospitality industry but in turn many venues have shown great resilience and innovation; one such venue has been Rockbeare Manor – so don’t miss their limited time ‘Dine, Stay and Unwind’ Continue reading Dinner Review: Rockbeare Manor – Limited Time ‘Dine, Stay and Unwind’