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

South West Chef of the Year 2017

We are on the cusp of December. It seems like an age ago that some of the region’s culinary talent took over the kitchens at Exeter College’s @34 Restaurant to demonstrate their skills in front of the scrutiny of the judges including our regions very own chef superstar and Exeter College governor, Michael Caines MBE. And it has been an age.  Bloggers are not like … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2017

Have a crackling Christmas party at the Boat Shed

Exeter’s popular summer pop up The Boat Shed is opening its doors again – this time for Christmas feasting. The menu has been designed by Devon chef, Robin Rea of Rusty Pig, renowned for his commitment to great flavours and ethical ingredients.  Rusty Pig was voted the best in the county for Devon Street Food at this year’s Nourish Festival and dishes will feature locally … Continue reading Have a crackling Christmas party at the Boat Shed

Exmouth’s Brand-New Food Festival Launches This Weekend

Foodies rejoice; there’s a brand-new food festival coming to Exmouth on Saturday 16 September from 10am until 11.00pm. With live music from Barefoot Bandit, street food stalls and an evening mussel banquet, it’s shaping up to be a delicious day out. An array of artisanal producers from across the region will be coming to the stunning Manor Gardens in the heart of Exmouth for the … Continue reading Exmouth’s Brand-New Food Festival Launches This Weekend

Beer and Burger Bonanza at The Bridge Inn, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

The road between Clyst St George and Topsham holds many talented local businesses – Naturalmat, Sapphire Spaces, Amos Lighting and now even the operations for Good Game. Two more of these is the successful Darts Farm and the unique and historic The Bridge Inn pub. On the back of some playground chat whilst dropping the kids off at school, the business minded ladies at both … Continue reading Beer and Burger Bonanza at The Bridge Inn, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

La Petite Bouchée Wins Gold

JUST months after arriving in its new mid Devon home, French restaurant La Petite Bouchée, has won one of the region’s most prestigious dining awards. The bistro, which began life in south east London as a vintage French Camper van seating just four people, has been awarded the gold Taste of the West gold award for Best Restaurant in the South West. Following their move … Continue reading La Petite Bouchée Wins Gold

La Petite Bouchee – by Lauren Heath

*Header image courtesy of Nick Hook Photography Bonjour mes amis, bienvenue a La Petite Bouchee! Hello my friends and welcome to La Petite Bouchee! La Petite Bouchee you say, what does that mean? Well translation equals The Small Bite but small bites we did not have. In fact this hearty English venture with a full on French twist fed us good and proper. What once … Continue reading La Petite Bouchee – by Lauren Heath

Exeter Food Festival: A quick round-up by Chris Gower

The Exeter Food Festival is a massive part of the culinary calendar for foodies in this wonderful city.  Each year Eating Exeter has written about it and attended dutifully, watched the demos, tweeted and blogged about the experience enjoying the wealth of talented producers and chefs that our region produce. This year myself and Steve Heath (Chilli Head Chef) had the honour of being part … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival: A quick round-up by Chris Gower

Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

Recently the wonderfully charming Andy Cooper, Editor of Devon Life magazine, lost his darling Zena warrior princess to that awful disease Cancer. Obviously nothing can bring her back or heal the wound fully but as in life one must find the good within the bad. So apart from deciding to run the Taunton half marathon in her honour to raise funds towards his chosen charities, … Continue reading Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

For any restaurant or café, quality of output is incredibly important.  British diners are a very picky lot, and because we’re not very good at complaining restaurants don’t often get to read about a bad burger or an over-cooked steak until they see it on TripAdvisor. One of Exeter’s best loved restaurants is Lloyd’s Kitchen in Catherine Street, in the dominating shadow of the House … Continue reading Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Tom Kerridge confirmed in chef line up! Early May bank holiday weekend – Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May  An all-star line-up of chefs has been confirmed for this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink including Tom Kerridge who will join festival co-founder Michael Caines MBE in the cookery theatre on the Sunday. Seven Michelin-starred chefs are among the line-up this … Continue reading Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Private Dining at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

The Pig at Combe is far from the dusty, muddy, snorty (but intelligent) animal it is named after, it does however embody the essence of countryside. As you drive towards it from the a30 and through the villages, you see this warm glow illuminating in the distance, calling you into its warm belly. I have heard many many things about the Pig at Combe- all … Continue reading Private Dining at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

Seahorse Guest Chefs Big Line-Up For 2017

Every year Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse, who run the award-winning Seahorse in Dartmouth, invite a few great friends in the restaurant world to cook and host the restaurant with them. This year’s stella line up kicks off with Richard Turner from Hawksmoor followed by Spanish Legend Jose Pizarro, Angela Hartnett & Neil Borthwick, seafood superstar Nathan Outlaw and legendary Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini.  Dates … Continue reading Seahorse Guest Chefs Big Line-Up For 2017

Experience Valentine’s Day at South Sands Hotel

Salcombe’s South Sands Hotel is offering guests an exclusive dinner experience this Valentine’s Day as Head Chef Allister Bishop has prepared a romantic six course feast for lovers on this special night. Wherever possible, Allister uses local ingredients and integrates foraged food as demonstrated in this mouthwatering menu: Beetroot soup — Liquorice & peppermint cured salmon, liquorice gel, soft herbs or Heritage tomato textures, Devon … Continue reading Experience Valentine’s Day at South Sands Hotel

A River Cottage Christmas – by Lauren Heath

Recently I was over the moon to be invited to join a host of other foodie, family and lifestyle bloggers at River Cottage HQ, to experience their facilities and offering. The event was being hosted blogger groups Foodies100 and HIBS100. I have been to HQ before for one of the annual Summer Fairs but it has been some years now. Most of you would know of River Cottage … Continue reading A River Cottage Christmas – by Lauren Heath

The Rusty Pig Spicy Pop-up Evening by Chris Gower

I love it when a two great things come together.  The Exploding Bakery and their fantastic new cafe space, coupled with The Rusty Pig and Ex River Cottage chef Robin Rea with his mobile oven made Friday night’s Pop-up event in Queen Street a really excellent evening. From Robin’s bistro kitchen situated just outside on the pavement, punters were treated to an array of spicy … Continue reading The Rusty Pig Spicy Pop-up Evening by Chris Gower

Eating Exeter visits Country Wood Smoke HQ

How do you introduce Marcus Bawdon? BBQ blogging master, nationally recognised BBQ personality (he judges at the Grillstock festival) and generally nice chap.  He is also incredibly modest when it comes to what he does when he is not being a father, wife or geologist.  I have a huge amount of respect for his knowledge and his infectious passion for all things BBQ. The foodie … Continue reading Eating Exeter visits Country Wood Smoke HQ

A buzzing event at ‘EATS! at Princesshay’ Launch Party

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to join Princesshay at their launch of EATS! – an event showcasing the shopping centres restaurants in the run up to some August tasting events for the public. To start with, we were taken through a secret doorway and rode the lift up to the rooftops of the shopping centre to see the city’s bees. A lovely … Continue reading A buzzing event at ‘EATS! at Princesshay’ Launch Party

Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August

Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August Tasting station dates: 6th, 13th & 20th August 2016 This August, tasting stations will pop up in Princesshay for visitors to sample a taste of summer from Princesshay’s cafes and restaurants*. From pan Asian tastes at Wagamama and Japanese delights from YO! Sushi, modern European dishes from Jamie’s Italian, Café Rouge and Carluccio’s or a proper … Continue reading Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August