REVIEW: The Red Lion, Broadclyst

In the grand scheme of things, Dining Devon is a blog filled with a variety of places. From restaurants with Michelin Stars and RAC Rosettes, to places that you might never have thought of going to. For me, some of the best places I have eaten have been pubs – especially pubs with a good local following serving wholesome, well-cooked food that won’t break the … Continue reading REVIEW: The Red Lion, Broadclyst

Alder Vineyard Cheese Charcuterie platter

Café & Vineyard Tour: Alder Vineyard – by Lauren Heath

Alder Vineyard has recently expanded its facilities with a spacious ‘Kitchen’ café and local produce shop – it’s worth a visit for coffee and cake, charcuterie and cheese platters paired with their wines, or a vineyard tour. Continue reading Café & Vineyard Tour: Alder Vineyard – by Lauren Heath

REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.

The Lord Nelson is one of the many pubs that I remember from my childhood growing up near Topsham in the eighties and nineties. There used to be, at one point in history, forty two separate pubs in Topsham. Over the years this number has declined to a handful; the legendary ‘Topsham Ten’ is much less than it used to be. One of the remaining … Continue reading REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.

Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter by Lauren Heath

In true Oddfellows fashion, they have found their unique way of offering the customer great food but in keeping with what the customer wants – in this current climate: a safe environment, with minimal fuss – enter ‘Supper Club Lock In’. Continue reading Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter by Lauren Heath

News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery

TWELVE years on from first planting vines as a rather eccentric hobby, the family behind a Devon vineyard at the foot of Dartmoor are gearing up to open their new purpose-built winery, shop and local kitchen. Despite the delays and challenges of COVID, Alder Vineyard are set to open the doors to their new building in September – and look forward to championing a wide … Continue reading News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery

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 – SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We are still having hits on this post so we have updated it. Some Devon eateries are continuing their own version of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme discount*, please see individual Facebook pages for further details – list below: During September: The Lighter Inn, The Quay, Topsham The Stand Off Exeter Pink Moon, Exeter Franco … 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

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

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

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

Casual Dining in Exeter: Perfect ‘Pho’ the cold weather!

The pun in the title relies on you knowing that Pho is actually pronounced ‘fuh’, but the English tend to pronounce it like ‘foe’, a fact I didn’t realise until I had actually been to Pho Restaurant in Queen St, Exeter. I’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently due to the busy-ness of life, but I am still orchestrating things in the background … Continue reading Casual Dining in Exeter: Perfect ‘Pho’ the cold weather!

Casual Dining: Shoreline, Paignton by Lauren Heath

Paignton seafront has plenty on offer all year round. So after spending your pennies in the arcade, being blown away by sea air, or having relaxed in the cinema – head to the independently-owned Shoreline for some honestly priced tasty pizza’s, homemade burgers and a seriously priceless view.

It’s dog friendly and child friendly too! Continue reading Casual Dining: Shoreline, Paignton by Lauren Heath

Sunday Lunch Review: Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

“Help yourself to four delicious courses. Take your time. Take all afternoon if you’d like to.” 

With the 2nd course consisting of a help-yourself French Market Table you’re sure to get your Sunday lunch fill and more at Hotel Du VIn & Bistro, Exeter. Continue reading Sunday Lunch Review: Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Pier point torquay dining

Dinner Review: Pier Point Restaurant and Bar, Torquay by Lauren Heath

Local produce, dinner accentuated by candlelight, sublime desserts to push you over the foodie edge? This all points to a lovely Torquay independent – Pier Point Restaurant and Bar Continue reading Dinner Review: Pier Point Restaurant and Bar, Torquay by Lauren Heath

Brunch Review: The Kitchen, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, East Devon – by Lauren Heath

Calming animals? Check! Wallet friendly (free) entry – Check! Tasty brunch made from local produce in a spacious cafe with field and sea views? Check!

We headed to The Kitchen at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary to try their new Sunday Brunch menu… you’ll be so chilled out you won’t want to leave. (good job brunch is served all day then isn’t it?!) Continue reading Brunch Review: The Kitchen, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, East Devon – by Lauren Heath