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

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Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids

We’re on the cusp of half term! We’ve done a round up of Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with complimentary play facilities to entertain the kids. Happy kids, happy parents right? If you have a favourite that’s not on the list, let us know! Continue reading Devon pubs, cafés and farm shops with free play facilities to entertain the kids

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

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‘Work from your local’ is looking for pubs and cafes across the South West 

Are you a cafe, pub or community space who would welcome remote workers to fill your seats (with a minimum spend)? ‘Work from your local’ has attracted pubs and cafes from across the UK and are need of more venues in the South West to fill their free online map directory.  

Are you a freelancer or remote worker? The campaign is asking people to work one day a week from their local (when roadmap allows).

Find out more about this free service in our news post. Continue reading ‘Work from your local’ is looking for pubs and cafes across the South West 

Alfresco April – Dining & Drinks Outside from 12th April

“Alfresco April’ (and May) is nearly here! If all goes to plan with the roadmap, from 12th April, outdoor hospitality will be able to open serving food or drinks. This is great for those who are itching to venture out locally or further afield (and who’ve waited patiently after the ‘stay-at-home’ rule lifts on 29th March), hungry to enjoy some edible delights or liquid refreshment … Continue reading Alfresco April – Dining & Drinks Outside from 12th April

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

REVIEW: Paschoe House, near Crediton

Devon is a foodie county – it’s in no doubt that we have some of the UK’s best restaurants, pubs and producers located amongst our rolling green hills. Within this pool of choice for diners and gourmands like me, are some fantastic destinations that are worth a visit. Every time I get to write about one of them, I feel so grateful I am able … Continue reading REVIEW: Paschoe House, near Crediton

REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.

The Lord Nelson is one of the many pubs that I remember from my childhood growing up near Topsham in the eighties and nineties. There used to be, at one point in history, forty two separate pubs in Topsham. Over the years this number has declined to a handful; the legendary ‘Topsham Ten’ is much less than it used to be. One of the remaining … Continue reading REVIEW: The Goose & Gander Kitchen at The Lord Nelson Inn, Topsham.

Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter by Lauren Heath

In true Oddfellows fashion, they have found their unique way of offering the customer great food but in keeping with what the customer wants – in this current climate: a safe environment, with minimal fuss – enter ‘Supper Club Lock In’. Continue reading Supper Club: Lock in at The Oddfellows, Exeter 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: Circa Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box

Across the UK many restaurants have reopened their doors, but it’s a tough time to be in the hospitality industry. With social distancing restrictions, and the looming threat of another ‘lockdown’ – even if it is a local one – means that restaurants have had to think outside of the box. Or even, inside. Circa is tucked behind the High Street in a central location; … Continue reading REVIEW: Circa Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box

Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

EAT OUT TO HELP OUT – SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We are still having hits on this post so we have updated it. Some Devon eateries are continuing their own version of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme discount*, please see individual Facebook pages for further details – list below: During September: The Lighter Inn, The Quay, Topsham The Stand Off Exeter Pink Moon, Exeter Franco … Continue reading Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

The Welcome Café in Exeter may not be open as it once was, but they are now welcoming customers to their new weekend supper clubs! Continue reading Supper Club: The Welcome Cafe, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath

Babbacombe Bay Café Imagine buying your dream cafe, and then lockdown hits – well the new owner of Babbacombe Bay Cafe, Michelle Sampson, has just lived through this. After securing the venue earlier this year she has had to wait until the right time to open due to lockdown and has just flung her doors open, raring to go – even if it is just … Continue reading Café Review: Babbacombe Bay Café – by Lauren Heath

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

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

Gastropub Review: The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh

The last couple of weeks has been a bit full-on. My mum is a wonderful mum, and she saw that I needed a bit of cheering up so she took me out to lunch on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon recently. What cheered me up even more is that we went to The Cadeleigh Arms, a pub that has been on my hit-list since … Continue reading Gastropub Review: The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh

Casual Dining: Shoreline, Paignton by Lauren Heath

Paignton seafront has plenty on offer all year round. So after spending your pennies in the arcade, being blown away by sea air, or having relaxed in the cinema – head to the independently-owned Shoreline for some honestly priced tasty pizza’s, homemade burgers and a seriously priceless view.

It’s dog friendly and child friendly too! Continue reading Casual Dining: Shoreline, Paignton by Lauren Heath