Life in Lockdown: M Welsh Catering Services

As the country emerges from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our fourth mini interview, we chat to Mike and Leanne Welsh, founders and owners of M Welsh Catering Services. Mike and Leanne Welsh are the owners of a multi-award winning wedding catering company based just outside of Exeter. We first met … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: M Welsh Catering Services

Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

Eat Out To Help Out We have created a round-up of various Devon independents taking part in the scheme. It is running every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August, but please bear in mind the individual venues opening hours and days. Click here to jump to the T’s & C’s. The below list is not exhaustive and will be updated constantly – if you know … Continue reading Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

The Welcome Café in Exeter may not be open as it once was, but they are now welcoming customers to their new weekend supper clubs! Continue reading Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad

For many of us, the lockdown has eased and there is some feeling that the world is returning to ‘normal’ – whatever that was. Throughout the UK, people are emerging slowly from three months of isolation; some are coming out but there are others who still have to be very careful. Lockdown has seen many businesses, especially hospitality, across the country adapt to a new … Continue reading Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad

Life in Lockdown: Two Drifters Distillery

As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our third mini interview, we chat to Russ & Gemma Wakeham, founders and owners of Two Drifters Rum Distillery in Exeter. Two Drifters Distillery produces award-winning rum from their HQ near Exeter Airport. We first met Two Drifters at the … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: Two Drifters Distillery

Life in Lockdown: The Bearslake Inn

As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. The second mini interview of this series, we chat with General Manager, Luke Fearon. The Bearslake Inn is a surrounded by the wild hills of West Dartmoor. Close enough to the Cornish border, the hills of Bodmin Moor can be seen … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: The Bearslake Inn

Life in Lockdown: The Cadeleigh Arms

As the country starts emerging from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. At the beginning of the year, we were looking towards a new decade in anticipation of a fresh start from the hard slog of the last decade. A fresh start. But nobody could have imagined that three months in, normal life … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: The Cadeleigh Arms

Get fired up for UK BBQ Week – by Sue Stoneman

UK BBQ Week 4th – 12th July 2020 If you haven’t had the time to dust off your BBQ during lockdown and cook outside when the sun was shining, then the folks over at UKBBQWEEK have lots of hints, tips, reviews of equipment and recipes (some of mine) up on their website that might inspire you to get your fire lit and your tongs clicking! … Continue reading Get fired up for UK BBQ Week – by Sue Stoneman

Virtual Cooking Class Review: Fun Foodie Online Classes with Larks.Live – by Sue Stoneman

Online Cooking Classes If you’ve been missing visiting the local Food & Drink Festivals during #lockdown and not being able to see some of your favourite chefs cook up a storm in the demo kitchens, and are missing visiting your favourite cookery school, how would you like to be able to cook along with them in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, now you … Continue reading Virtual Cooking Class Review: Fun Foodie Online Classes with Larks.Live – by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Scones to celebrate National Cream Tea Day – by Sue Stoneman

Scone Recipe to celebrate National Cream Tea Day! I don’t think you need a special day to enjoy a delicious Cream Tea!  Any day is a good day to indulge in a homemade scone or cake… moreso now when it’s not so easy to go out for a treat with family and friends.  National Cream Tea Day (usually the last Friday in June) was launched … Continue reading RECIPE: Scones to celebrate National Cream Tea Day – by Sue Stoneman

Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath

Babbacombe Bay Café Imagine buying your dream cafe, and then lockdown hits – well the new owner of Babbacombe Bay Cafe, Michelle Sampson, has just lived through this. After securing the venue earlier this year she has had to wait until the right time to open due to lockdown and has just flung her doors open, raring to go – even if it is just … Continue reading Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath

Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath

DIY Devon Food Kits from Austin Gosling, Co-Owner and Head Chef of On The Rocks, Torquay and Brixham So what do you do when both your successful restaurants, that have been open since 2014 and 2017 respectively, have to close their doors due to the current lockdown situation? Initial panic, the boredom and quiet at home as opposed to the buzz of the kitchen, gathering … Continue reading Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath

RECIPE: Cheese & Leek Quiche for National Vegetarian Week by Sue Stoneman

Quiche can be a French Tart, a topless pie or a pastry crust filled tart with savoury custard (eggs and cream), cheese, meat (for carnivores), seafood or vegetables. More familiar is Quiche Lorraine, which traditionally is made with lardons or bacon. It is a classic French dish, but Quiche originated in Germany and the word ‘quiche’ is from the German word ‘kuchen’, meaning cake. National … Continue reading RECIPE: Cheese & Leek Quiche for National Vegetarian Week by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Victoria Sponge Cake to celebrate VE Day 75 by Sue Stoneman

Sue shares her recipe for a delicious Victoria Sponge Cake to celebrate VE Day 75, commemorating the official end of the Second World War.  With #lockdown #stayhome and #staysafe, plans for street parties to mark this day in history have been postponed or cancelled.  You could hold your own celebration at home with your family and bake your favourite cake! Victoria Sponge was named after … Continue reading RECIPE: Victoria Sponge Cake to celebrate VE Day 75 by Sue Stoneman

A fresh look at doing business: Dart Fresh’s grocery home delivery service expands beyond the borders

Dart Fresh is a company that, until a few weeks ago, had been supplying some of the top restaurants across Devon & Somerset, with local produce and goods. But come the COVID-19 lockdown and the closure of all of their customers, they quickly adapted from wholesaler to retailer by opening their doors to home customers, delivering groceries to customers directly. Not only available to residents … Continue reading A fresh look at doing business: Dart Fresh’s grocery home delivery service expands beyond the borders

Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England create ‘Slow Life Good Life’

Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England have come together to create Slow Life Good Life, an online club and community to teach the nation how to thrive and grow in these challenging times. Continue reading Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England create ‘Slow Life Good Life’

Recipe: Sue’s Easter Hot Cross Buns for Oven or BBQ

Sue guides us through a great hot cross bun recipe that can be cooked traditionally in the oven, or even on the BBQ or other outdoor cooking kit. A great excuse to get your bake on this Easter! Continue reading Recipe: Sue’s Easter Hot Cross Buns for Oven or BBQ

New restaurant review: Pieminister, Queen St, Exeter

This was written before the recent pandemic. I do hope you can enjoy it and remember to give Pieminister a visit after the lockdown has finished! Queen St in Exeter is one of the main thoroughfares that leads straight to the heart of the city, it is a veritable culinary avenue being home to local foodie legends such as The Exploding Bakery, Pink Moon Cafe … Continue reading New restaurant review: Pieminister, Queen St, Exeter