We recently had a cracking meal (read our feature here) at The City Gate, a hotel & gastropub in Exeter which recently introduced a smashing new menu. The City Gate Hotel stands above many other brewery-owned pubs due to its unwavering commitment to utilizing local and British ingredients, ensuring a fresh and authentic dining experience. Its beer garden is one of the nicest in Exeter … Continue reading 10 Questions with Andy & Chef Al Morgan from The City Gate Hotel, in Exeter
If you’re heading from Exeter, Dartmoor is deceptively close – as the crow flies it’s five miles to the east border of Dartmoor National Park from Ide. You can head down the M5, along to Bovey Tracey as many do – up across past Haytor along the B3387 and down to Widdicome-on-the-moor, but as most locals know, this can get busy with day trippers and … Continue reading REVIEW: Eversfield Organic at the Dartmoor Inn, Merrivale
Rockfish’s slogan is Tomorrow’s Fish are Still in the Sea, but what if those fish can be on your dish 24 hours later, from the South West coast to your kitchen – fintastic! Thanks to the team at Rockfish, I was offered a complimentary (#gifted) press preview of their new Seafood at Home delivery which is launching at 6am on Wednesday 5th January 2022. The … Continue reading Review – Seafood at Home delivery by Rockfish
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
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!
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
“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
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.
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
Launching on Thursday 3rd December after months of planning, Easy Eats, a new online ordering service and app is upping the game of delivered food by bringing together some of the best dishes from around the world, covering all cravings, cuisines and dietary requirements. Residents of Cranbrook, Pinhoe and Whipton will be the first to try out this new foodie venture, with plans to extend the delivery … Continue reading A NEW BREED OF TAKEAWAY IS COMING TO EXETER
Devon is a foodie county – it’s in no doubt that we have some of the UK’s best restaurants, pubs and producers located amongst our rolling green hills. Within this pool of choice for diners and gourmands like me, are some fantastic destinations that are worth a visit. Every time I get to write about one of them, I feel so grateful I am able … Continue reading REVIEW: Paschoe House, near Crediton
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 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
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.
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
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 – 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
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
I’m on a mini-mission; a Devon Wine mission. I hope you enjoy reading why, and find out about what else I have planned for the blog to help to spread the word about great local wines and vineyards. #DevonWine Continue reading My Devon Wine Mission – by Lauren Heath
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