REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

I do like a good revisit – especially to a place that we enjoyed as much as we did when we visited last year. At the time Mike Welsh was heading up the food, but after moving on to pastures new, this left a space to be filled. Enter stage left, Charles Dingley and his partner Carlie who have taken the reigns. Every chef, like … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Gather – Hedge River Field Kitchen Gather is the brain child of two very passionate, very talented, extraordinary young men, – Harrison Brockington and Declan Wiles. Originally born as a pop up, Gather has taken the next logical step from magnificent travelling food circus to bricks & mortar restaurant. We have been serving dinner, via the pop up, for nearly a year. Our goal was … Continue reading NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Review of the year: 2018

Here we are, at the end of another cycle. The world gets weirder every year, but one thing is consistent – we live in a part of the world that has some amazing food producers, restaurants and events taking place throughout the year. Our county is home to so many award winning hotels and restaurants, visitors to Devon are totally spoilt for choice. This year … Continue reading Review of the year: 2018

NEWS: Ebdons launches cocktail menu! Thursday 13th December

Ebdons Refreshments is a brand-new independent delicatessen and café bar in central Exeter and on Thursday 13th December they launch their great new cocktail menu, with an amazing launch night offer. This cosy new place combines the best local produce and home cooking with European-style café culture. Ebdons has been open from 8am to 10.30pm (10am to 10pm on Sundays) every day since October, serving … Continue reading NEWS: Ebdons launches cocktail menu! Thursday 13th December

REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – 1 Day Christmas Game – 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. If you are looking to try your hand at cooking something different to the traditional turkey over the festive season, then the 1-Day Game Course could be for you. You will be shown how to create three stunning game dishes, covering boning … Continue reading REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – 1 Day Christmas Game – by Sue Stoneman Ad#

ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business but was approved before publication. As part of my role for Dining Devon, I get to visit and eat at places I’ve not been to before nor heard about and my recent visit to Beyond Escapes Totnes was one of these, beyond my radar on the Devon foodie/leisure scene. I … Continue reading ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. As you wind your way around the lanes of South Devon, probably heading for, or departing from, one of the many coastal destinations the county has to offer, I have no doubt that sustenance will be somewhere on your itinerary. Look no … Continue reading REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

The Pig at Combe is a wonderfully quintessential country venue, based out towards Honiton. In fact, The Pig Group is a small group of hotels that prefer to call themselves restaurants with rooms and are driven by the gardener, forager and chef at each venue. With plenty of produce from local land and it’s own gardens as well a 25 mile ethos for the items … Continue reading EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore

Foodies visiting the Exeter and Greater Exeter area can now embark on a journey of discovery as an exciting new initiative has officially launched. Set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination, the Exeter Food and Drink Trail has brought together the area’s finest food and drink producers, retailers and restaurateurs. At the centre of the self-guided Exeter Food and … Continue reading NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore

EVENT: Celebrating Darts Farm 25th Anniversary by Sue Stoneman

  Under the canvas of the tepee and gathered around the wonderfully decorated tables were an abundance of all things Devon and local.  The many people behind labels of the fantastic produce you will find on the shelves at Darts Farm, as well as Michael, Jim and Paul, the three Dart Brothers, the Master Butchers and the friendly staff who make up this multi award … Continue reading EVENT: Celebrating Darts Farm 25th Anniversary by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Black Cow Vodka Distillery Experience – 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. Holy Cow! Vodka made from milk?  Intrigued?  I for sure was. With there being an influx of new Gin producers flooding the market, even here in this part of the country, and some good ones too, it was refreshing to hear about … Continue reading REVIEW: Black Cow Vodka Distillery Experience – by Sue Stoneman #Ad

RECIPE: Pumpkin Cake by Sue Stoneman

If you have got any leftover pumpkins, or you’ve managed to save some of the pulp from your carving and hollowing out, here’s a lovely pumpkin cake you can make with some of the flesh.  You can bake it as one whole cake, or it would also work well baked in muffin tins lined with cases, but just cook them for less time. I’ve cooked … Continue reading RECIPE: Pumpkin Cake by Sue Stoneman

All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman

Powderham Food Festival took place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October this year at Powderham Castle.  I was there as one of the demo chefs in the ‘Theatre of Fire and Smoke’ tent, along with some big names on the BBQ scene: Simon Dyer – BBQ Champ, John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm, Nic Townsend, Martin Anderson – Chef of Temper in Soho, David Deadman and … Continue reading All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Devon Food Movement Big Collaboration at Ashridge Court – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. On a damp Saturday evening, I found myself excitedly navigating the Devon lanes, heading towards the next Devon Food Movement event – this was a big one, “The Big Collaboration” at Ashridge Court Farm, featuring not only Luke but also six other talented … Continue reading REVIEW: Devon Food Movement Big Collaboration at Ashridge Court – by Lauren Heath #Ad

Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

Many folk have whispered foodie musings at us about what goes on in Totnes. Local food, an award winning farmers market, eclectic home and interiors shops it’s no wander we have been privvy to a rumour – oh wait… it isn’t just a rumour, it exists! Amongst the hustle and bustle of this flourishing foodie town is independently owned Rumour Wine Bar and Restaurant; positioned … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

A new chapter for Deer Park Country House Weddings and events reign supreme

The runaway popularity of East Devon’s Deer Park Country House as the backdrop for amazing, memorable occasions has resulted in the decision to focus exclusively on weddings and events in future. The elegant Georgian manor house is set in 80 acres of glorious countryside and is long established as one of the region’s favourite places to eat, stay and celebrate.  Its classic architecture and sumptuous … Continue reading A new chapter for Deer Park Country House Weddings and events reign supreme

Recipe: Chocolate Brownies Recipe by Sue Stoneman

Everybody loves a Chocolate Brownie, well they do in my house! This is a lovely gooey chocolate brownie which I also cook on my BBQ.  Here’s the recipe for cooking them in your indoor oven. Ingredients 90g dark chocolate 150g unsalted butter 2 eggs 15g cocoa powder 125g plain flour 300g light brown soft sugar Half tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla extract Oven on … Continue reading Recipe: Chocolate Brownies Recipe by Sue Stoneman

News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

The finalists for this year’s South West Chef of the Year competition have been chosen and now face the toughest challenge yet – to prepare their dishes for a daunting line-up of judges on 24th October at Exeter College. The finalists have been selected from eight semi-finalists in the Professional and Young Professional categories and ten in the Student/Apprentice Chef category.  The finalists will be cooking a … Continue reading News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

REVIEW: Dinner and B&B at The Ginger Peanut – by Lauren Heath #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. 8 miles north of Tiverton, is the village of Bampton. Home to a great couple of B&B’s, pubs and a well known game butchers, it is perfectly situated for access to Exmoor National Park which is only a further 4 miles away. … Continue reading REVIEW: Dinner and B&B at The Ginger Peanut – by Lauren Heath #Ad

News: Devon Food Movement at Higher Hacknell Farm, 6th October

Devon Food Movement is a collaborative pop-up restaurant concept set up by former Michelin star development chef Luke Fearon. The company aim is to celebrate Devon’s unique and world-class produce through a series of temporary dining experiences, where DFM link talented local chefs, producers and food heroes with restaurants, farms or unique locations throughout Devon (and sometimes a little beyond). Diners experience small plated set … Continue reading News: Devon Food Movement at Higher Hacknell Farm, 6th October