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

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

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

REVIEW: Turtle Bay, Queen St, Exeter (September 2018) #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Dining Devon is about everything within the county borders of Devon (and outside too!) that involves food, eating, dining and nomming.  We always step-up to champion the mighty independents, but the dining scene in Exeter is a large and is made up … Continue reading REVIEW: Turtle Bay, Queen St, Exeter (September 2018) #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

Restaurant Review: The Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth by Sue Stoneman

I was very excited to find out that I was heading to the Barbican Kitchen in Plymouth.  Recently celebrating it’s 12th birthday, we were invited along to sample the summer menu.  The Barbican Kitchen is run by The Tanner Brothers, Chris & James. I first saw The Tanner Bros demo at Flavour Fest, Plymouth’s Food & Drink festival a couple of years ago and the … Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth by Sue Stoneman

Restaurant Review: Pho, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

I’d heard some great things about the food at Pho following their launch night, so I was really excited to go along and see for myself.  Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant, the first of its kind in this neck of the woods. If you haven’t had Vietnamese food before, the owners describe it as “similar to Chinese or Thai but with complex flavours, more contrast of … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Pho, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

Restaurant Review: Fat Cow Burgers, Torquay by Chris Gower

In previous posts on this blog, I’ve extolled my love for Torquay and the rabbit warren of roads and streets that entangle the surrounding villages into the large urban conglomerate that is Torbay.  There is an eclectic range of independent restaurants, funny little shops, and a really vibrant dining scene.  Two Exeter favourites – Meat 59 and Brody’s – started off in Torquay both graduating … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Fat Cow Burgers, Torquay by Chris Gower

Restaurant Review: Las Iguanas, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

Tickle your taste buds at Las Iguanas and travel on a foodie journey through the Latin American countries of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Peru.  Enjoy some traditional dishes, and sip your way through the exciting drinks menu with their all-day happy hour. Our waiter Sam invited my friend and I to our seats in an alcove looking on to Queen Street and the diners eating … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Las Iguanas, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

As you will have gathered, we’re very lucky and privileged to enjoy eating out around Devon, but we are also fairly good cooks at home. I’m not too precious about my kitchen though…. if someone wants to cook for me then go for it. I’ll eat it. Anything. (Well, except for olives and goats cheese; I can hear your shock but I’ve tried many a … Continue reading Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

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

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 Chef Shed presents Tim Maddams and Juanita Hennessey pop-up event. Photography by Nick Hook

All photos are copyright Nick Hook Photography The best events are the ones that you’re invited to last minute.  My good foodie chums Harry & Nick were due to go to this event, but for Harry – is nearly ready to pop with a teeny small one – this was going to be an event that she would have to sit out. So I was … Continue reading The Chef Shed presents Tim Maddams and Juanita Hennessey pop-up event. Photography by Nick Hook

Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival

Exeter Food Festival – Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018 Exeter Beats – Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens next month with fantastic regional chefs, over 80 producers selling delicious goodies from across the South West, live music to keep the atmosphere alive throughout … Continue reading Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival

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

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

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