The Salutation Inn introduces take-away menu

The Salutation Inn in Topsham is offered a take-away menu and laundry service. This award winning restaurant with rooms our destination for three memorable foodie experiences. Our tasting menu experience and the fantastic evening with the Holistic Chef Jamie Raftery both blew our socks off. But our Dining in The Dark press experience was something I’ll never forget! Needless to say, this restaurant is one … Continue reading The Salutation Inn introduces take-away menu

EVENT REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – Charity Dining Event #ad

One thing I have come to value in my adventures with food is the technical skills chefs must possess. They are naturally driven hard workers, creative and innovative, passionate about ingredients and provenance, and nearly all of them can do things with food that I could only dream of. But you have to start somewhere. For many chefs, they attend college or do apprenticeships or … Continue reading EVENT REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – Charity Dining Event #ad

STAYCATION REVIEW: Peter Mundy at The Ginger Peanut, Bampton #ad

Snugly tucked in to the rolling hills of Mid Devon lies the beautiful yet relatively untouched town of Bampton. This is not a place that is dominated by a supermarket; it has a Costcutter but it has a green grocer, a butchers, a football club and a beautiful church that also acts as a Heritage Centre. There is something undisturbed here, like the world hasn’t … Continue reading STAYCATION REVIEW: Peter Mundy at The Ginger Peanut, Bampton #ad

NEWS/PHOTO POST: Goings-on at The Galley, Topsham

Tucked in, at the bottom of Fore Street in Topsham is a seafood restaurant that is on the up-and-up. On the 25th April, special guests were invited to sample a menu put together as a celebration of the producers that they work with. Now re-opened after a little break, they’re ready to take your reservations! Words below provided by Harry Wild of Go Wild Communications: … Continue reading NEWS/PHOTO POST: Goings-on at The Galley, Topsham

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REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – 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. Meandering amidst the Devon lanes onto rugged yet lush Dartmoor, expectations were high as we headed for award winning country house hotel, Bovey Castle. I considered whether a large 60 bedroom castle could be cosy, comfortable and warm, or would it be … Continue reading REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – by Lauren Heath #Ad

REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

I do like a good revisit – especially to a place that we enjoyed as much as we did when we visited last year. At the time Mike Welsh was heading up the food, but after moving on to pastures new, this left a space to be filled. Enter stage left, Charles Dingley and his partner Carlie who have taken the reigns. Every chef, like … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Gather – Hedge River Field Kitchen Gather is the brain child of two very passionate, very talented, extraordinary young men, – Harrison Brockington and Declan Wiles. Originally born as a pop up, Gather has taken the next logical step from magnificent travelling food circus to bricks & mortar restaurant. We have been serving dinner, via the pop up, for nearly a year. Our goal was … Continue reading NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

It was an honour and a pleasure to be invited back to the Awards Presentation Dinner as for the last three years I have been involved with South West Chef of the Year in the Home Cook Category. I was a finalist in 2015, and again in 2016 where I won the title South West Home Cook of the Year and also in 2017.  I … Continue reading EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

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

Chris Sherville launches new Cookery School and Private Dining venue near Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

I first met Chris at the Dartington Food Fair in May, when we were both demoing in the food and drink marquee and he mentioned his new venture then, so I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of his new ‘Cooking Workshop’ and venue for Private Dining Events. Situated just further along the main road from the Shops at Dartington, heading towards … Continue reading Chris Sherville launches new Cookery School and Private Dining venue near Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

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: The Galley, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

To the south east of Exeter, and only a hop, skip and a jump on the train from the city centre (or even a leisurely cycle using the Exe Estuary Trail), Topsham is a town where food culture of all kinds is thriving. Imagine a buzzing boutique estuary town with boats bobbing on the water, giving easy access for keen types to venture out and … Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Galley, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

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

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 to pop up at The Cellar Door Alfresco Kitchen, Sharpham Estate

Devon Food Movement is a collaborative pop-up restaurant concept set up by former Michelin star development chef Luke Fearon. Our company aim is to celebrate Devon’s unique and world class produce through a series of temporary dining experiences, where we link talented local chefs, producers and food heroes with restaurants, farms or unique locations in throughout Devon (and sometimes a little beyond). At all these … Continue reading Devon Food Movement to pop up at The Cellar Door Alfresco Kitchen, Sharpham Estate

Jamie Raftery: The Holistic Chef at The Salutation Inn by Chris Gower

I will admit that I’ve started this review about three times, and this will be the fourth time.  I’m pretty good with words generally, but this event left me trying to find the words: the right words.  Jamie Raftery is better known as The Holistic Chef, and we were super excited to be invited along to The Salutation Inn, where a couple of Fridays ago … Continue reading Jamie Raftery: The Holistic Chef at The Salutation Inn by Chris Gower

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

Paschoe House by Lauren Heath

There’s a new kid in town, well west of the city, and it’s called Paschoe House. Having been a family home for the Amadors since 2000, daughter Tabitha decided the buildings future was as a hotel and wedding venue and, along with her father, has worked very hard for around 5 years to get it to where it is today with a bigger push over … Continue reading Paschoe House by Lauren Heath

10 Questions with John Burton Race – by Lauren Heath

John Burton Race is well known for being a passionate chef with a reputation that precedes him. Having worked under chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, back in the 80’s, and gaining his first Michelin star whilst heading up the restaurant and kitchen, he has since moved to France and back, had books published, worked in television and owned and run his own restaurant ventures. In 2016 he co-founded a private … Continue reading 10 Questions with John Burton Race – by Lauren Heath

Seafood Delights at Salcombe Harbour Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Salcombe – a glorious South Devon waterside town, full of ambitious and successful businesses from Salcombe Gin and Salcombe Dairy to Favis of Salcombe and Jack Wills – it has become a name synonymous with quality. On this basis, it’s no wonder the Harbour Hotels Group snapped up this top of the estuary, hillside-set property. The Salcombe Harbour Hotel, a 50 bedroom building, was extended … Continue reading Seafood Delights at Salcombe Harbour Hotel – by Lauren Heath