Yipee! The better weather has at long last arrived. The warmer, sunnier days and the longer, lighter evenings are here so it can only mean one thing – it’s BBQ time! BBQ season has definitely arrived for some, but for me and many others, we BBQ all year round. I’ve noticed my neighbours doing the first cut of their lawns and doing a bit of … Continue reading Are you ready to Q? – Newbies guide to BBQ’ing by Sue Stoneman
Yotam Ottolenghi, Kate Humble, Chetna Makan and Samin Nosrat lead the line-up for the River Cottage Food Fair, 25-26 May 2019 Continue reading News: Yotam Ottolenghi, Kate Humble, Chetna Makan and Samin Nosrat lead the line-up for the River Cottage Food Fair, 25-26 May 2019
Competition: Win Plot to Plate Spring Kitchen Garden Lunch for 2 at THE PIG-at Combe Continue reading Competition: Win Plot to Plate Spring Kitchen Garden Lunch for 2 at THE PIG-at Combe
Sue’s latest adventure was to the wonderful Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, where she could have quite easily eaten everything off the menu! Find out what she did choose in our latest review. Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock by Sue Stoneman #Ad
During a night of great food, wonderful company (…and a little alcohol) an exciting plan was hatched; just over a year later, Colin and Tasha are opening a purpose built cookery school with a difference – The Ground Up Cookery School. Approximately 12 miles west of Exeter, and the top of Dartmoor, The Ground Up Cookery School will focus on seasonal, sustainable and foraged … Continue reading News: A New Devon Cookery School, Built From The Ground Up – Plus 20% Discount Offer
The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Wine and Cheese? Yes please! If you like either or both then head over to Teignmouth where you will find The Wine and Cheese Loft Delicatessen Café. Since opening in October last year, young couple Andrew and Anna have been sharing their … Continue reading Deli Cafe Review: The Wine and Cheese Loft, Teignmouth by Sue Stoneman #Ad
The Teign Estuary is a little bit like the Exe Estuary’s little brother. It’s a bit shorter, a tad narrower, but in it’s own way much more dramatic. The best way to enjoy the serenity of this gorgeous part of Devon is to head down to The Coombe Cellars, grab a pint and watch the calm waters. Our visit was a little less scenic. It … Continue reading REVIEW: The Coombe Cellars, Newton Abbot – press event #Ad
NEW IN TIME FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS, a range of half-day baking classes launches at One Mile Bakery Exeter. Aimed at super busy people wanting to dip their toe into the world of baking their own bread, these introductory sessions are also ideal for anyone looking for a fun, relaxed and rewarding activity to do with children aged 8 and above. Teaching in her micro … Continue reading News: One Mile Bakery Exeter Launches Family-Friendly Taster Baking Classes
Members of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raised a whopping £800 for Hospitality Action at this year’s annual dinner held at Mercure Southgate Hotel on Monday 4th March. Hotel Director of The Pig at Combe, Fiona Moores, is also raising funds for Hospitality Action by taking part in a spectacular cycle race later this year. The celebratory evening kicked off … Continue reading Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise £800 for charity in one evening at their annual dinner!
SALCOMBE BREWERY CO. LAUNCHES NEW ISLAND STREET PORTER Salcombe Brewery Co. is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new addition to its much-loved range of beers. Island Street Porter (ABV 5.9%), the third beer in the brewery’s craft beer range, is a rich velvety porter and can be purchased online, from local stockists or directly from the brewery in 330ml bottles. Brewer Sam … Continue reading NEWS: Salcombe Brewery Co. launches new Island Street Porter
Note from the editor: Sue wrote this excellent recipe for British Pie Week but due to things and other things, I didn’t publish it. This is a really simple recipe for a basic pie that you can use for a tasty filling or even left-overs – anything really, and given it’s getting to the end of the month, what a great idea for making the … Continue reading Recipe: Chicken Ham & Leek Pie by Sue Stoneman
Food and drink brands across Devon need to move quickly to enter the prestigious Food Drink Devon Awards. The county’s leading food and drink organisation, Food Drink Devon, has announced its last call for entries into the awards. The deadline for the esteemed awards, judged by leading industry experts, is Friday 19th April. Open to both Food Drink Devon’s members and non-members, the awards can … Continue reading NEWS: 2019 Food Drink Devon Awards announces last call for entries!
A recipe for a fantastic evening is when you bring together some fabulous chefs who create outstanding plates of food using wonderful West Country Beef and Lamb. We are so fortunate to live in a county where we can find plenty of excellent quality produce and for me, as a Home Cook, BBqer, foodie and blogger, I am always interested to know where foods are … Continue reading REVIEW: Spring Gastronomy evening, showcasing AHDB Beef and Lamb at Saunton Sands Hotel by Sue Stoneman
Organisers of the Exeter Food festival have announced a star-studded line up of chefs and producers for the May bank holiday event including, Mitch Tonks, Michael Caines, Gareth Howarth and Josh Eggleton. The annual food and music festival sees thousands of foodies flock to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens to indulge in regional produce and see the region’s top culinary talent in action. The festival … Continue reading NEWS: Exeter Food Festival is back!
One of the UK’s most successful charcuterie companies was recognised with Best Food / Drink Producer at the Exeter Living Awards. The glitzy do, on Thursday 7 March 2019, was held at The Great Hall at Exeter University. Within just five years of trading, Good Game has won numerous accolades including six awards at the British Charcuterie Awards 2018, a coveted star from the Guild … Continue reading NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a day in February or March preceding the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, celebrated in many countries by the eating of pancakes. Also known as ‘Mardi Gras’ meaning Fat Tuesday. It was traditionally the day for eating up rich foods, such as milk, eggs and sugar before fasting for Lent began. Different countries … Continue reading RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman
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
Ahoy there! Hubbox has moved. Don’t worry, it’s not gone far. It’s dropped anchor in Princesshay to bigger and better premises. Along with a new menu, Hubbox boasts a larger kitchen with charcoal grill, a long bar, and more seating including a terrace outside. The staff are still great and add to the music and décor to create an upbeat and friendly atmosphere. Hubbox continues … Continue reading REVIEW: Hubbox, Exeter following their recent relocation to Catherine Street 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. Just tucked away off the main street, is Rust and The Wolf – a lifestyle shop and cafe independently owned by husband and wife team, Matt and Siobhan. Matt was previously a musician and garden designer, whilst Siobhan is a successful interior … Continue reading CAFE REVIEW: Rust and the Wolf, Ashburton – by Lauren Heath #Ad
I really enjoy making bread. It only needs a few ingredients: strong (bread) flour, yeast, olive oil, salt and warm water. There is something about the satisfaction when the finished loaf comes out of the oven smelling delicious and looking lovely, you know you’ve put a lot of love into making it. I do sometimes knead by hand, but quite often as I am short … Continue reading RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman