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

Cockt-Ale Festival: Drinks & Entertainment Take Centre Stage at Exeter’s Piazza Terracina

Photography: Faydit Photography Building upon the success and popularity of the Exeter Street Food brand, the team from the Hubb Group are launching their Cockt-Ale Festival. Celebrating distillers and brewers from the South West, this brand new event is at Exeter’sPiazza Terracina on Saturday 24th September 2016 (11:00am – 8:00pm). The Cockt-Ale Festival puts the mighty beverage right at the heart of the action, combining … Continue reading Cockt-Ale Festival: Drinks & Entertainment Take Centre Stage at Exeter’s Piazza Terracina

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

Meat Mastery with Pipers Farm & Exeter Cookery School

Set to open in mid-July on Exeter’s historic Quayside, Exeter Cookery School has announced an exciting collaboration with the award-winning Pipers Farm, with the first in a series of butchery and meat cookery courses taking place on 9 th August, leading foodies on a fascinating journey from field to plate. Local food hero Peter Greig of Pipers Farm will join forces with Jim Fisher, head … Continue reading Meat Mastery with Pipers Farm & Exeter Cookery School

Back for 2016: South West Chef of The Year

Non watermarked images courtesy of South West Chef Of The Year. The prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition is back and open for entries.  Last year I had the honour of being invited to watch some of the region’s finest chefs produce some staggeringly wonderful food in the heat of the kitchens state-of-the-art facilities at Exeter College.  More details are available here on … Continue reading Back for 2016: South West Chef of The Year

Cooking on blood; Rusty Pig turns into test kitchen

The team at Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary has been busy testing traditional English recipes to help a food writer with her research for an Oxford Food and Cookery Symposium. Dr Jan Davison is presenting a paper looking at how offal was not always viewed as food for the poor, but was instead served up for the very wealthy, including the royal court. “Although … Continue reading Cooking on blood; Rusty Pig turns into test kitchen

The Samosa Lady, Ottery St Mary

14 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary – 07879 995273 / 01404 813280 One of the aims of this blog is to showcase the best eating experiences that Exeter and the surrounding area has to offer. But there is a whole lot of stuff happening outside of the Exeter area that I encourage you to visit. One place that is hot on my radar at the moment … Continue reading The Samosa Lady, Ottery St Mary

Circa 1924 presents Skandel@Circa1924

6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ  Tel: 01392 438545  Twitter: @circa1924 The end of the week is here, another rare day off for me on a day that is not a weekend! So what a better way to spend it by visiting Circa 1924 and indulging in a Coffee Marathon! That is for a later post, but we broke up our caffeine binge with a lunchtime treat. … Continue reading Circa 1924 presents Skandel@Circa1924

SCANDI POP-UP LAUNCHES IN CIRCA 1924 FOR LUNCH

Launched in June 2015 by two local guys, Rob Weeks and James Waddington, Circa 1924 has quickly made a name for itself as one of the coolest places to dine out in Exeter. Due to popular demand, the funky 1920s-inspired seafood & steak house will be opening its doors for lunch as of 2nd February, with an on-trend new pop-up restaurant. ‘Skandel’, London’s hottest new … Continue reading SCANDI POP-UP LAUNCHES IN CIRCA 1924 FOR LUNCH

An evening with Chef Nina Groves, courtesy of La Belle Assiette.

This meal was provided for guests by Belle Assiette A quick scour across the lifestyle magazines and foody websites will inevitably show you that private dining is a thing.  Its also a growing thing, with the trend for bringing in a private chef to cook for special meals being on the increase.  Companies like La Belle Assiette make it easy for diners and chefs to … Continue reading An evening with Chef Nina Groves, courtesy of La Belle Assiette.

Beer vs. Wine at The Pig and Pallet, Topsham

It is an almost impossible question to answer. What is better with food? Beer or Wine? Throughout my culinary adventures I have often ignored wine.  I have had a few bad experiences at the hands of a box of wine, and although the occasional glass is acceptable, I made my mind up long ago that Beer was the only way forward.  One thing I learnt from … Continue reading Beer vs. Wine at The Pig and Pallet, Topsham

Tara’s Busy Kitchen presents…Afternoon Tea

The concept of the ‘Pop-up’ has enjoyed a raft of success as a concept in recent years.  Pop-up shops, pop-up restaurants and even pop-up galleries make this a really sharp tool for creating a buzz and spreading word-of-mouth with ‘never to be repeated’ experiences (for instance having dinner in a polytunnel at Trill Farm).  In Exeter we are lucky to have at least three pop-up … Continue reading Tara’s Busy Kitchen presents…Afternoon Tea

Join Plymouth Gin for a Voyage of Discovery at the Plymouth Seafood Festival

My culinary journey this year has been one of many discoveries.  One of those discoveries has been the fact that I actually quite like Gin.  We tasted some lovely Gin from Conker Gin at the River Cottage Summer Fair, and I suddenly realised that this stuff was actually alright.  Never having been a Gin fan, this conversion was almost spiritual.  So imagine my over-excitement when … Continue reading Join Plymouth Gin for a Voyage of Discovery at the Plymouth Seafood Festival

Dining In The Dark – Three special events taking place in November at The Salutation Inn

I really wanted to come back last night and start writing about this, as the experience left me buzzing.  At The Salutation Inn in Topsham a group of press representatives and us too, had a taster of the Dining in the Dark events that are taking place in November being put on by the WESC Foundation, which is a fantastic institution that offers residency to … Continue reading Dining In The Dark – Three special events taking place in November at The Salutation Inn