The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

If you’ve never been to Christow then I am hoping that I will give you a really good reason to visit; it isn’t a big place, it lies 12 miles from Exeter and the perfect place to visit as a base-camp for exploring the nearby countryside with Dartmoor being a stone’s throw away. I love pubs.  Especially village pubs.  And to see a pub open … Continue reading The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

North Devon Marketing Bureau launches new food and drink initiative

A new initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in North Devon was launched on Monday 26th March 2018. The North Devon Marketing Bureau unveiled the brand new North Devon Food Trail app, designed to showcase the best independent food and drink businesses the region has to offer. The businesses included in the app were all recommended by locals, as part of a piece … Continue reading North Devon Marketing Bureau launches new food and drink initiative

Award winning restaurant, The Galley in Topsham, has a fresh new look!

Award Winning Fish & Seafood Restaurant, The Galley in Topsham, reopens following an extensive refurbishment. Closed for the last two months to facilitate, now with a new look, new chef and new menu The Galley is delighted to be back serving ‘The Very Best of Devon on a Plate’. Under new leadership of experienced Head Chef Lee Harry and Sous Chef Jack Sharland, The Galley … Continue reading Award winning restaurant, The Galley in Topsham, has a fresh new look!

Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower

Chris Gower heads down to Boringdon Hall in Plympton to try out their casual dining offering.  This historic venue has a killer reputation for a la carte, will this be the same for the relaxed Mayflower Brasserie?  Some of the photos used in this review are featured in our Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall review which you can read here. Award-winning Head Chef Scott … Continue reading Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower

Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

You know how they says dogs are not just for Christmas? Well, a strange comparison I know, but neither is Harry’s. It really is for every occasion. Situated down Longbrook Street, just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Exeter’s high street, Harry’s has been doing its thing since 1993; a family owned and run by the Pounds family since its inception, … Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Market Street, Newton Abbot – by Lauren Heath

In a fairly unassuming green building, set back from Market Street in Newton Abbot, is a restaurant with the same name serving surprisingly tasty fayre. Market Street is a social enterprise; belonging to Young Devon, this restaurant is a base for providing a yearly opportunity to hospitality apprentices, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds wth all ‘profits’ being ploughed back into the business. The website states: Our … Continue reading Market Street, Newton Abbot – by Lauren Heath

Topsham Hotel Announces Acclaimed Guest Chef Event

Devon based boutique hotel and restaurant, The Salutation Inn, has announced that it will be hosting award-winning Chef Jamie Raftery for a special two-night food and wine experience on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April. One of the few chefs to be awarded Gordon Ramsay’s prestigious scholarship, West Ireland born Jamie Raftery has since spent his illustrious career working alongside some of the world’s best … Continue reading Topsham Hotel Announces Acclaimed Guest Chef Event

Mead reimagined, here come the sparkling days of Yore!

Toasting the return of summer has just got that bit sweeter thanks the arrival of Yore from Lyme Bay Winery, a refreshing, moreish and dry sparkling mead produced among the rolling fields of Shute, Devon. With a nostalgic nod to the first alcoholic drink ever to be created, this naturally gluten free honey-based tipple has been given a contemporary twist, breathing new life into a … Continue reading Mead reimagined, here come the sparkling days of Yore!

10 Questions with Vicki Montague aka The Free From Fairy

We met Vicki a couple of years ago at an event, and after tasting her wares, found out she had made the world’s first wholegrain gluten free flour blend. I found this very impressive to say the least, and I guess we are surprised by such achievements sometimes in our little county of Devon (assuming you need a London base and budget to do such … Continue reading 10 Questions with Vicki Montague aka The Free From Fairy

Lunch at Lloyds Lounge, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Alfresco eating – it’s a wonderful thing; fresh air, sunshine (maybe), a care free feeling. BUT…this is the UK, it isn’t warm all year round, or dry at the best of times. So no matter how keen people were on the European feel of the old LTG’s in Exeter, owned by Lloyd Gardner of Lloyds Kitchen, it wasn’t the most ideal venue for all year … Continue reading Lunch at Lloyds Lounge, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Cornwall’s oldest bakery rolls out a leaner start to 2018

– Great British bakes with all of the taste, less of the calories – As the nation grumbles back to work after a season of office parties, over-indulgence and family get-togethers, many of us are looking to make some lighter choices to assist these healthy new year resolutions. The brand new Good Taste Range of bakes at Warrens Bakery arrives to offer an appetising change from the … Continue reading Cornwall’s oldest bakery rolls out a leaner start to 2018

Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter

I said to my dining companion, “I’m not going to write a review!” after all I didn’t have my good camera and I wanted to concentrate on catching up with my good friend and fellow food-lover, the fantastically talented singer-songwriter Kimwei. Seriously, visit  www.kimwei.com and take a peek at some of his music videos, especially Beauty In Every Element –  it is properly amazing stuff. But here … Continue reading Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter

Reflection and Review of 2017

The nights are long, the days are comically short and it is bitterly cold.  Here I am wondering what the hell happened to the past year?  It disappeared in a puff of smoke, blitzed past us in a whoosh of reviews and events. Eating Exeter turned in to Dining Devon, with our new URL http://www.diningdevon.com being our main address, we expanded our horizons to encompass … Continue reading Reflection and Review of 2017

Festive Banquet Pop-Up Kitchen at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre – by Lauren Heath

Buckfast Abbey – a place of history, rules, observances, architecture, and self sufficiency. Some people mainly know it for the tonic wine that is produced by the Monks amongst other wares. Yes, this site of monastic beliefs has strict rules for those who choose to give themselves up to it and its owner, but just beside this beautiful shrine is a building breaking the rules ever … Continue reading Festive Banquet Pop-Up Kitchen at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre – by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Crab Cakes with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Whilst this is the season of Christmas dinners, random concoctions using leftovers, eating out with friends and plenty of heart-warming meals – if you fancy something a bit lighter but still comforting, how about this fab crab cake recipe from Favis of Salcombe? Favis of Salcombe have been fishing the waters off the South Devon coastline since 1972. Their hand-picked crab meat has won a series of … Continue reading Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Crab Cakes with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Chicken and Blues, Parkstone, Poole

This blog was co-founded by myself and a long-standing good friend of mine in the shape of Polly Addison-Lithgow.  Formerly a colleague of mine at Exeter College, she left the bright lights of the big city (aka Dorset) with her partner – now hubby – Robin. This means that we simply have to visit them in Dorset, which also means that we get to sample … Continue reading Chicken and Blues, Parkstone, Poole

10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

The 19th December 2016 is a day I remember with great fondness – it was the beginning of my 2 week Christmas break from work, and the diary entry for the evening contained the ‘Rockfish Exmouth VIP Opening Night Party’. I had previously eaten at a few restaurant reincarnations within the building at the harbour end of Exmouth, but they weren’t doing it completely right, … Continue reading 10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

Crab Spaghetti Recipe using Favis of Salcombe Crab – by Lauren Heath

A true family run business, Favis of Salcombe’s history dates back to 1972, and is currently being run by 4 of the Favis family at the core, along with a 5th Favis who is starting out as a fresh young fish, straight from school as the Favis apprentice. We have been delighted to share their progress and news as well as a recipe before so … Continue reading Crab Spaghetti Recipe using Favis of Salcombe Crab – by Lauren Heath

Quicke’s announces Cheese Tours for 2018

Offering a unique peek behind the rind of its award-winning clothbound cheddar, Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s will be hosting a series of Cheese Tours in 2018, opening the gates to the rolling hills that the family has nurtured for fourteen generations. Taking place on the last Friday of each month from April until September, the Cheese Tours will tell the often surprising story of what goes … Continue reading Quicke’s announces Cheese Tours for 2018

New Limited-edition ‘Finisterre’ cask aged gin from Salcombe Gin

Reawaken a bygone era of adventure and trade with Salcombe Distilling Co.’s new limited-edition gift set of cask aged ‘Finisterre’ gin accompanied by a bottle of ultra traditional Bodegas Tradición 12 Year Old Fino sherry. An intriguing collaboration between Bodegas Tradición, one of the most respected Sherry Bodegas in Spain, that traces its roots back to 1650 and award-winning Salcombe Distilling Co. based in South Devon.  The brand partnership is … Continue reading New Limited-edition ‘Finisterre’ cask aged gin from Salcombe Gin