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

News: Six More Awards for Devon’s Organic Charcuterie

All photos are courtesy of Good Game Good Game in Devon have won six national awards for their organic charcuterie at the first British Charcuterie Awards, hosted by BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace. Competing against an impressive 400 other charcuterie entries created by 100 producers from across the UK, Good Game won four silver and two bronze awards for their nitrate free, organic products. … Continue reading News: Six More Awards for Devon’s Organic Charcuterie

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

Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

All photos courtesy of Devon Food Movement Devon Food Movement is working in partnership with Ashridge Court to bring our first BIG COLLABORATION event to fruition. This collaboration is taking place on 8th September and will feature many local artisans and some of the South West’s best chefs (see lists below) The evening will start with a canape and drinks reception sponsored by the local … Continue reading Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

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

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

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

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

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