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

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

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Restaurant Review: Plot to Plate Lunch at The Pig at Combe by Lauren Heath #Ad

Lauren recently pigged out on a delicious seasonal set menu at The Pig at Combe, near Honiton. Continue reading Restaurant Review: Plot to Plate Lunch at The Pig at Combe by Lauren Heath #Ad

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

Restaurant Review: The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock by Sue Stoneman #Ad

Sue’s latest adventure was to the wonderful Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, where she could have quite easily eaten everything off the menu! Find out what she did choose in our latest review. Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock by Sue Stoneman #Ad

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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: Lewtrenchard Manor Part 2 – Our hotel stay #ad

Located a stone’s throw away from Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor is the perfect stopping off point for anyone who wants to explore the surrounding countryside. Pop over the border to Cornwall, or visit West Dartmoor and Okehampton, the wilds of Devon are your plaything. Continue reading Review: Lewtrenchard Manor Part 2 – Our hotel stay #ad

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

Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

It’s official! Devon hosts the most of the UK’s favourite hotels – more than any other county outside of London. An impressive 7% of the UK’s Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list feature Devon based hotels, with 4 properties being members of Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association. Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, The Pig at Combe in Gittisham, Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Salcombe and … Continue reading Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

City Break Staycation at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

The world of blogging and food writing takes me all over the place, with Devon having many a fine offering in cities, towns, villages and back lanes, it’s a privilege and a delight to discover said places and share them with our audience. Like any other person, sometimes you don’t see what is right in front of you and that’s why I love a staycation. … Continue reading City Break Staycation at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

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

Lympstone Manor launches new annual memberships

Lympstone Manor is delighted to announce the launch of its new annual memberships. Divided into two categories, House Membership for individuals and a Corporate Membership for businesses, the memberships are available for purchase this year. Members can enjoy exclusive offers such as priority access to upcoming events, late check-outs and other in-destination perks. House Membership The membership allows non-residential access to the hotel’s lounge, terrace … Continue reading Lympstone Manor launches new annual memberships

Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise over £1,500 for charity in one evening!!

Members of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raised over £1,500.00 for Hospitality Action at this year’s annual dinner held at the Deer Park Country House Hotel on Monday 5th March. The funds have been allocated to local heroes taking part in Le Tour de Cuisine 2018, The Cotswold Cycle Challenge on Monday 4th June 2018. Following a luxury four course … Continue reading Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise over £1,500 for charity in one evening!!

Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall

There is nothing more exquisitely British than taking Afternoon Tea.  The ritual of steeping tea, eating sandwiches without crusts and dainty cakes brings to mind expensive surroundings, maybe a scene from Downton Abbey with butlers and footmen bringing the various components gracefully and silently. In reality Afternoon Tea comes in all shapes and sizes.  We have sampled Afternoon Tea offerings in three different places so … Continue reading Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall

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

High Tea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel by Chris Gower

Cliff Rd, Salcombe TQ8 8JH Tel: 0844 858 9187 – T: @SalcombeHHotel ‏  http://www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk/ South Devon gets left off the radar quite a bit on Eating Exeter.  We’ve done reviews in all parts of Devon but nothing towards Plymouth or the South, so I was over the moon when we were invited to touch down the historic port town of Salcombe for a spot of Afternoon Tea … Continue reading High Tea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel by Chris Gower

Grand Hotel, Torquay by Chris Gower

Sea Front, Torbay Rd, Torquay TQ2 6NT – 01803 296677 – T: @grandtorquay Torquay: home of beaches, guest houses, palm trees, a large wheel, a marina, train station or two and lots of people of a certain age.  OK officially the oldest town in Britain is Southwold in Suffolk, and despite the stereotypes Torquay is adorned with, it has many different faces.  One face is a young … Continue reading Grand Hotel, Torquay by Chris Gower

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