The Pig at Combe: Folly Foodies Club event with guests Pipers Farm – by Lauren Heath

This little piggy went to…another great event at The Pig at Combe. This time it was The Folly Foodies Club with guests, Pipers Farm. Continue reading The Pig at Combe: Folly Foodies Club event with guests Pipers Farm – by Lauren Heath

Brunch Review: The Kitchen, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, East Devon – by Lauren Heath

Calming animals? Check! Wallet friendly (free) entry – Check! Tasty brunch made from local produce in a spacious cafe with field and sea views? Check!

We headed to The Kitchen at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary to try their new Sunday Brunch menu… you’ll be so chilled out you won’t want to leave. (good job brunch is served all day then isn’t it?!) Continue reading Brunch Review: The Kitchen, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, East Devon – by Lauren Heath

STAYCATION REVIEW: The Devon Spotted Pig #ad

Welcome to East Devon. Home to rolling green hills, little wiggly lanes, a vast coastline of international scientific importance and some of the nicest most underrated scenery in the UK. There are pieces of East Devon that are exceptionally quaint, other pieces that are rugged and handsome in a landscape kind-of-way, and other pieces that are as modern and comfortable as the rest of the … Continue reading STAYCATION REVIEW: The Devon Spotted Pig #ad

Pub Restaurant Review: The Puffing Billy, Exton – by Lauren Heath

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Halfway between Exeter and Exmouth lies the village of Exton. Residents enjoy the immediate access of the Exe cycling trail, the nearby train station giving freedom to Exmouth in one direction, Exeter and beyond in another. Another resident that enjoys this positioning, … Continue reading Pub Restaurant Review: The Puffing Billy, Exton – by Lauren Heath

Competition: Win Plot to Plate Spring Kitchen Garden Lunch for 2 at THE PIG-at Combe

Competition: Win Plot to Plate Spring Kitchen Garden Lunch for 2 at THE PIG-at Combe Continue reading Competition: Win Plot to Plate Spring Kitchen Garden Lunch for 2 at THE PIG-at Combe

NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards

One of the UK’s most successful charcuterie companies was recognised with Best Food / Drink Producer at the Exeter Living Awards. The glitzy do, on Thursday 7 March 2019, was held at The Great Hall at Exeter University. Within just five years of trading, Good Game has won numerous accolades including six awards at the British Charcuterie Awards 2018, a coveted star from the Guild … Continue reading NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards

REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

When you’ve seen pictures on social media of the young chefs out and about foraging during the week prior to heading out to your feast, you already know you are going to be eating some wonderful, local, fresh foraged ingredients and I was excited about the menu already. We do live in a wonderful county full of fantastic produce and eating at Gather will enable … Continue reading REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

As Lympstone becomes one of the food epicentres of the region, now the ever-popular watering-hole, The Swan Inn, has been given a new lease of life. The team behind the multiple award-winning restaurant River Exe Café have taken over the helm of The Swan Inn – a traditional pub in Lympstone near Exmouth. The popular inn has relaunched with a locally-sourced menu, a fine selection … Continue reading NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Life’s busy right? But we all need a getaway. A bit of me time, a couples retreat, a chance to celebrate life’s successes or even somewhere to escape parenthood, obligations, or even the washing pile for just 24 glorious hours. You want to feel like you’re somewhere else without travelling far. To be cocooned, welcome, looked after? Well look no further than Deer Park Hotel. … Continue reading Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour opens in Budleigh Salterton by Sue Stoneman

I was on my way to meet a friend at her beach hut last week and my walk took me past Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour which is right near the traffic lights on the right hand side as you enter into Budleigh Salterton from Exmouth.  I had seen the shop being refitted on my recent visits to the lovely Earls opposite, and I was … Continue reading Granny Gothards Ice Cream Parlour opens in Budleigh Salterton by Sue Stoneman

Powderkeg Brewery supports Plastic Free Oceans

Powderkeg Brewery, Devon’s leading independent brewery, is joining forces with Surfers Against Sewage to raise money to tackle plastic pollution, and increase awareness of the problem. Just like you – we love our oceans. We’d like to see them better protected for the future for everyone, so we are backing Surfers Against Sewage who have campaigned for cleaner seas for nearly 40 years, and are … Continue reading Powderkeg Brewery supports Plastic Free Oceans

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

2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

DEVON: Delightful, Edible, Variety, Outdoors, Nourishing. Five words we can think of relating to our incredibly rich, tasty and hardworking county, but there are certainly many more words to describe the assortment of food and drink available to us from our waters, moors and everything inbetween. The best way to be exposed to as many great producers as possible? Food and Drink festivals of course! … Continue reading 2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

Serve a touch of English elegance this Christmas and New Year!

Celebrate in true British style this festive season and serve one of England’s finest wines.  Named as a favourite by many of the country’s leading drinks writers, the innovative Lyme Bay Winery has a selection of wines for every occasion, a perfect pour this Christmas and New Year. Having painstakingly prepared a delicious selection of canapés for a stylish Christmas drinks party, the drinks offering … Continue reading Serve a touch of English elegance this Christmas and New Year!

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

Recipe: Baked Kenniford Farm Cranberry and Rosemary Sausages with Piri Piri and Thyme

This delicious recipe uses Kenniford Farm’s Taste of the West Gold Award winning sausages and is packed full of flavour – great for enjoying in the garden in the sunshine or for a warming supper in the cooler weather. Recipe from Love Pork – http://www.lovepork.co.uk Cooking Time: 40 Minutes Cooking Skill: Easy Serves: 4 People   Ingredients 450g (1lb) Gold Taste of the West Award … Continue reading Recipe: Baked Kenniford Farm Cranberry and Rosemary Sausages with Piri Piri and Thyme

Trio of Awards for Farm’s Speciality Sausages

A Devon farm has beaten off stiff competition to win not one, but three, highly sought-after awards for its farm-reared pork products Taste of the West awarded Kenniford Farm a gold award for its cranberry and rosemary sausages and two silver awards for its pork pie and Cumberland ring. The awards celebrate quality, integrity and provenance of food in the west, and seek to promote … Continue reading Trio of Awards for Farm’s Speciality Sausages

Michael Caines’ MBE luxury dream finally takes flight with estuary estate at Lympstone Manor – by Lauren Heath

Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees, is a hub of activity, and no it’s not the Poddington Peas… …It’s Devon’s very own 2 Michelin starred chef Michael Caines MBE. The Exeter-based chef, who left Gidleigh Park at the beginning of 2016 after 18 years, sowed the seeds of his vision a few years ago during his notice period, as … Continue reading Michael Caines’ MBE luxury dream finally takes flight with estuary estate at Lympstone Manor – by Lauren Heath

Devon’s Powderkeg Brewery Wins International ‘Best Lager’ Award

Powderkeg Brewery, based in Woodbury Salterton near Exeter, has gone straight to the top with its first award, having won Best Lager at The Beer Awards for its pilsner ‘Cut Loose’. The Beer Awards are run by the world-renowned IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition), with the beers judged in a blind tasting by leading figures from the international beer industry. Winning ‘Best in Show’ … Continue reading Devon’s Powderkeg Brewery Wins International ‘Best Lager’ Award