August & September Highlights

What a roundup we have for you this month, August was actually quieter on the eating out front; we all had various commitments with work, summer holidays and also judging for various awards in the South West. The month ran away so we didn’t publish any highlights then, so have included a couple along with this month’s sumptuous September foodie adventures. So from baking on … Continue reading August & September Highlights

June Highlights – English Wine Week, Burgers, Breakfasts, Getting ‘Cosy’ & more!

June has flown by, maybe because we’ve been out and about munching our way through Devon as usual, oh and drinking too! With English Wine Week mid-June we couldn’t help but get involved supping on local Devon wines. We got ‘cosy’ with small plates and cocktails in plymouth and also enjoyed some scrumptious baked delights from a little kitchen with a big heart….. Dining Out … Continue reading June Highlights – English Wine Week, Burgers, Breakfasts, Getting ‘Cosy’ & more!

Devon’s The Exploding Bakery to launch Summer Series of chef takeovers

Exeter’s cult café The Exploding Bakery announce their Summer Series of chef takeovers, with a stellar line up of local and London chefs to host feast of seasonal celebrations this summer. Co-founders Tom Oxford and Oliver Coysh have invited some of their favourite restaurants, cooks and chefs to take to the pass for one night only, beginning with Owen Barratt of Monty’s Deli on 25th … Continue reading Devon’s The Exploding Bakery to launch Summer Series of chef takeovers

Devon Gin Directory

World Gin Day is on the 12th June, so what better excuse could there be to put together a simple list (in alphabetical order) of Devon gin distilleries for you to be able to support a local businesses when purchasing your next gin, on World Gin Day, or any other day for that matter. Many of the businesses below are award winning and family owned … Continue reading Devon Gin Directory

April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more

Wow, April has come and gone and what a difference a year makes!

We’ve decided to do more of a highlights/newsletter style blog post rather than a blog fully focussed on one visit or event – we hope you enjoy it.

We’re looking forward to munching our way through May! Continue reading April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more

Valentine’s Day 2021 – Restaurant Food (& other treats) at Home

Valentine’s Day! One thing’s for sure, LOVE can’t be locked down… with the January blues nearly over, we’re rosy with excitement, and have rounded up the lush Valentine’s Day offerings for enjoying at home. With the twinkly lights of Christmas now packed away, the longer and darker nights have felt a bit more noticeable, but we’re now over the mid-way point of January and need … Continue reading Valentine’s Day 2021 – Restaurant Food (& other treats) at Home

Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

We’re delighted to have won an award from LUXLife Magazine for the 2nd year in a row! Merry Christmas to all our readers, and wishing you a restful time whatever it means to you during these tough times. Continue reading Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

Award-winning brewery serves up three impressive industry awards for 2020

Powderkeg’s ‘Speak Easy’ flagship session pale ale has been awarded the coveted three-star Great Taste Award for 2020. This award complements other recent national awards including the UK’s Best Premium Lager award from the Society of Independent Brewers for the brewery’s hoppy pilsner, ‘Cut Loose’. The World Beer Award for the UK’s Best Low Alcohol Pale Ale was awarded to the brewery’s ‘Green Light’, a ground-breaking low alcohol pale ale. … Continue reading Award-winning brewery serves up three impressive industry awards for 2020

News: Michael Caines Looks Forward to First Harvest and the Creation of Lympstone Manor Cuvée in Partnership With Lyme Bay Winery

Michael Caines Looks Forward to First Harvest and the Creation of Lympstone Manor Cuvée in Partnership With Lyme Bay Winery Internationally renowned chef Michael Caines MBE is looking forward to the first harvest from the Lympstone Manor vineyard. His intention is to create a premium sparkling wine, Lympstone Manor Cuvée, entirely from his own Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes planted in 2018 on the … Continue reading News: Michael Caines Looks Forward to First Harvest and the Creation of Lympstone Manor Cuvée in Partnership With Lyme Bay Winery

Alder Vineyard Cheese Charcuterie platter

Café & Vineyard Tour: Alder Vineyard – by Lauren Heath

Alder Vineyard has recently expanded its facilities with a spacious ‘Kitchen’ café and local produce shop – it’s worth a visit for coffee and cake, charcuterie and cheese platters paired with their wines, or a vineyard tour. Continue reading Café & Vineyard Tour: Alder Vineyard – by Lauren Heath

News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery

TWELVE years on from first planting vines as a rather eccentric hobby, the family behind a Devon vineyard at the foot of Dartmoor are gearing up to open their new purpose-built winery, shop and local kitchen. Despite the delays and challenges of COVID, Alder Vineyard are set to open the doors to their new building in September – and look forward to championing a wide … Continue reading News: Devon vineyard set to open new kitchen, shop and winery

Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad

For many of us, the lockdown has eased and there is some feeling that the world is returning to ‘normal’ – whatever that was. Throughout the UK, people are emerging slowly from three months of isolation; some are coming out but there are others who still have to be very careful. Lockdown has seen many businesses, especially hospitality, across the country adapt to a new … Continue reading Review: Stir Crazy Cocktail Box & Masterclass #ad

Sharpham Wine and Cheese set to Host ‘Socially Distanced Picnic’ for International Picnic Day

Sharpham Wine and Cheese set to Host ‘Socially Distanced Picnic’ for International Picnic Day Thursday 18 June is International Picnic Day and Sharpham Wine and Sharpham Cheese, near Totnes in South Devon, are set to host their first ever ‘socially distanced’ picnic day. Situated on the banks of the River Dart, the food-filled destination is best known for their vineyard, cheese dairy and ‘The Cellar … Continue reading Sharpham Wine and Cheese set to Host ‘Socially Distanced Picnic’ for International Picnic Day

Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath

DIY Devon Food Kits from Austin Gosling, Co-Owner and Head Chef of On The Rocks, Torquay and Brixham So what do you do when both your successful restaurants, that have been open since 2014 and 2017 respectively, have to close their doors due to the current lockdown situation? Initial panic, the boredom and quiet at home as opposed to the buzz of the kitchen, gathering … Continue reading Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath

RECIPE: Cheese & Leek Quiche for National Vegetarian Week by Sue Stoneman

Quiche can be a French Tart, a topless pie or a pastry crust filled tart with savoury custard (eggs and cream), cheese, meat (for carnivores), seafood or vegetables. More familiar is Quiche Lorraine, which traditionally is made with lardons or bacon. It is a classic French dish, but Quiche originated in Germany and the word ‘quiche’ is from the German word ‘kuchen’, meaning cake. National … Continue reading RECIPE: Cheese & Leek Quiche for National Vegetarian Week by Sue Stoneman

Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England create ‘Slow Life Good Life’

Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England have come together to create Slow Life Good Life, an online club and community to teach the nation how to thrive and grow in these challenging times. Continue reading Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England create ‘Slow Life Good Life’

News: Dirty Martini Marketing Win Exeter Festival Of South West Food & Drink Contract

Dirty Martini Marketing Win Exeter Festival Of South West Food & Drink Contract Continue reading News: Dirty Martini Marketing Win Exeter Festival Of South West Food & Drink Contract

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

Special Dining Event: England’s Seafood FEAST – by Lauren Heath

Saturday 21st September was quite a day to remember…and an eating mission of a lifetime. The challenge? To visit 7 restaurants, for 7 dishes in 7 hours! We were delighted to be invited to join in – challenge accepted! Read on to see what we got up to, and how to join in other fishy feasts in the English Riviera. Continue reading Special Dining Event: England’s Seafood FEAST – by Lauren Heath