REVIEW: eat the bird, Taunton

I am clicking my ‘review knuckles’ because I now realise that I haven’t actually written a review for a good while.  Now and again we get the urge to visit another part of the region, and it was on this occasion that we were in full ‘treat ourselves’ mode as we were mooching around Taunton. We were hungry, so now what? My fellow foodie chums … Continue reading REVIEW: eat the bird, Taunton

Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

It’s official! Devon hosts the most of the UK’s favourite hotels – more than any other county outside of London. An impressive 7% of the UK’s Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list feature Devon based hotels, with 4 properties being members of Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association. Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, The Pig at Combe in Gittisham, Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Salcombe and … Continue reading Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

Alex Fletcher (aka The Chunki Chef) is the new head chef at the Seawood Hotel and Restaurant with years of experience, working in top establishments. His last venture, he helped open a new bistro restaurant in Derbyshire with a farm to fork ethos and after 10 months of the doors opening they won the best restaurant and best newcomer of the year in Derbyshire. He has … Continue reading Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

Catch Up Over Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

On the back of a recent announcement from Turtle Bay that they had introduced booking and waiter service for their cocktail tables rather than turning up hopeful of a seat but having to queue at the bar, we jumped at the chance to give it a try for ourselves. In fact, to put it to the test, we booked it for a Dining Devon team … Continue reading Catch Up Over Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Le Cygne Opens

OPENING THURSDAY 12TH JULY 2018 The hotly anticipated new venture from ex-manager of the award-winning Darts Farm Restaurant in Topsham, Souhela Berry and husband Mark is arriving in Dawlish. Having been at the helm of Darts Farm restaurant for 16 years, previous to that running a string of successful central London eateries, this is Souhelas first independent venture. Situated in the heart of Dawlish, Le … Continue reading Le Cygne Opens

What’s the beef with eating meat? Online butcher calls for a curb on consumption

Following a recent investigation uncovering the extent of industrial-scale beef farming in the UK, Devon-based Pipers Farm is encouraging consumers to stop fuelling the growth of this ‘Victorian workhouse style of beef farming’ by reducing their meat consumption and opting for beef that is reared in harmony with nature. Troubled by the continued global rise of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a system designed to … Continue reading What’s the beef with eating meat? Online butcher calls for a curb on consumption

Coffee #1, Drake Circus, Plymouth – by Sue Stoneman

I ‘m always on a look out for a good cup of coffee when out and about, so it’s great to know there’s an award winning Coffee#1 at Drakes Circus, Plymouth. It has been open for about six months now and has a lovely homely and airy décor with plenty of comfy sofas inside and a huge open front which spreads out onto the pavement. … Continue reading Coffee #1, Drake Circus, Plymouth – by Sue Stoneman

Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award

Pretty Local – an online marketplace for food and drink producers in the South Hams – has been announced winner of this year’s Devon Business Start-Up Award. The annual competition, organised by Dartmouth Food Festival, is open to new food-related businesses based in Devon that use local ingredients, products and / or suppliers. The Award gives winners a substantial helping hand via a prize package which … Continue reading Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award

Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout

Packed full of slow-reared, properly free range and grass-fed meat, Pipers Farm’s Fitness Box has been carefully curated by the Devon-based online butcher to help fitness enthusiasts build nutritious, lean and high protein feasts in a flash. Free from chemicals and preservatives, each portion of meat is produced in harmony with nature, allowing those following a strict exercise regime or adhering to a high protein or Paleo … Continue reading Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout

Turtle Bay introduce Caribbean Cocktail Tables

Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, are welcoming the summer with a new party experience that is all about relaxed, social drinking and eating – Turtle Bay’s Cocktail Tables are here! Lovers of the Turtle Bay Caribbean social can now book a table for cocktails, and enjoy a chilled-out drinking experience with full table service from the comfort of Turtle Bay’s cool but cosy dining enclaves. … Continue reading Turtle Bay introduce Caribbean Cocktail Tables

Get a taste of the ‘good life’ this September at The Nourish Festival!

We visited the Nourish Festival in 2015. Read our review here! Now in its 5th year, The Nourish Festival set in the heart of Bovey Tracey, is a weekend of events designed to feed the body, the mind and the senses, filling the town with some of the best producers of food, drink and craft from the south west on Sat 1 September.   Over 60 food and … Continue reading Get a taste of the ‘good life’ this September at The Nourish Festival!

South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

The 2018 prestigious South West Chef of the Year is open for applications to showcase the excellence in the South West’s hospitality industry. Now in its 15th year, the highly anticipated culinary contest aims to find the very best regional talent for five different categories.  Photos included are taken from last year’s competition, read our review here! Lead judge and co-founder Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat

Devon-based barbecue restaurant have launched a vegan menu in response to customers’ increasingly health-conscious food choices. The team, who also own an organic charcuterie company, are keen to promote meat-alternatives in a bid to encourage less but better-quality meat consumption. Topsham’s Pig & Pallet smokehouse and barbecue restaurant uses the same wood and smoking techniques to replicate meaty flavours, but instead of using animal products, … Continue reading Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat

New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

You’re in for a treat with Rockfish’s three new exciting desserts. At the top of Monday’s new dessert menu at Rockfish is a quirky take on a Devon Cream Tea in the form of a deep fried doughnut filled with clotted cream and strawberry jam. You have to try this! Luckily for me, I did; the light sugary coated ball is cut in half and … Continue reading New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The famous Treby Arms in Devon has a new owner, a fresh look and a relaxed fusion Italian menu that promises a family friendly, easy and affordable dining experience alongside the traditional village pub. The Treby Arms in Sparkwell dates back to 1855 when pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel built it to serve the workers building up a thirst constructing the Royal Albert Bridge and … Continue reading New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

QFEST BBQ COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 held at Red Rock Brewery, Bishopsteignton by Sue Stoneman

The wet, cold & windy June weather at the weekend didn’t stop the BBQ teams from descending down to the farm to light up their colourful array of ‘Qs’, to compete against each other in an attempt to take the title of Grand Champion QFEST 2018. I was there in the impressive line up of demo chefs for both days and I also had time … Continue reading QFEST BBQ COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 held at Red Rock Brewery, Bishopsteignton by Sue Stoneman

The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

Pubs are closing at a rate of knots these days, but in the small village of Aylesbeare, not only is there a reopened pub, it’s got the full works – in building terms and with its offering. Previously The Aylesbeare Inn, the new village pub, now the Night Jar Inn, was named by the Aylesbeare community thanks to the invitation of its saviours. The old … Continue reading The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

City Break Staycation at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

The world of blogging and food writing takes me all over the place, with Devon having many a fine offering in cities, towns, villages and back lanes, it’s a privilege and a delight to discover said places and share them with our audience. Like any other person, sometimes you don’t see what is right in front of you and that’s why I love a staycation. … Continue reading City Break Staycation at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Dartington dishes up another delicious line-up for its May Food Fair

All photos courtesy of Raw PR The season for food festivals has really kicked off with a strong beat.  Not hardcore drum & bass but something rhythmic, sustained and altogether fun to dance to.  I’m not really sure where I am going with this analogy, but I heartily recommend you dance yourself down to The Shops at Dartington this weekend as their May Food Fair … Continue reading Dartington dishes up another delicious line-up for its May Food Fair

Exeter Food and Drink Festival Competition & our Top 5 Festival Tips

We thought we’d share our top 5 tips for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink as well as treat you to a competition to win some tickets! 1. Come hungry! There are so many wonderful things to try and food stalls to grab a bite from, don’t waste your precious tummy room on a second rate breakfast at home! 2. Book VIP … Continue reading Exeter Food and Drink Festival Competition & our Top 5 Festival Tips