REVIEW: Bill’s Restaurant, Exeter by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited

You won’t be able to miss Bill’s, with its bright and cheery exterior – what a pretty sight as you enter into Gandy Street. We were invited along to check out the recent refurb which took place last month and lucky for us, it coincided with the launch of new dishes on the dinner menu. Now I haven’t visited Bill’s Exeter prior to the refurb, … Continue reading REVIEW: Bill’s Restaurant, Exeter by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited

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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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

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REVIEW: Getting Healthy at Pho #Ad

We are nearly at the end of the first month of the year and by now I can imagine there are unwanted exercise bikes, barely worn trainers and nearly-new Lycra gracing many wardrobes, garages and spare rooms across the country. The beginning of the year seems to herald in a whole hoard of marketing campaigns about ‘new year, new you’. Whilst I hold decent dose … Continue reading REVIEW: Getting Healthy at Pho #Ad

Catch Up Over Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

On the back of a recent announcement from Turtle Bay that they had introduced booking and waiter service for their cocktail tables rather than turning up hopeful of a seat but having to queue at the bar, we jumped at the chance to give it a try for ourselves. In fact, to put it to the test, we booked it for a Dining Devon team … Continue reading Catch Up Over Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

You’re in for a treat with Rockfish’s three new exciting desserts. At the top of Monday’s new dessert menu at Rockfish is a quirky take on a Devon Cream Tea in the form of a deep fried doughnut filled with clotted cream and strawberry jam. You have to try this! Luckily for me, I did; the light sugary coated ball is cut in half and … Continue reading New Desserts on the Menu at Rockfish – by Sue Stoneman

KuPP Scandi Picnic in the Park by Lauren Heath

Gosh, hasn’t Summer well and truly shown herself this past week? Some days it has been too hot really, but alas we shouldn’t moan, there are so many great spots to find shade in our beautiful city whilst enjoying the sunshine. So you’re sitting alfresco, and you’re thinking ‘a deliciously fresh and exciting picnic would be great right about now’ – well guess what? KuPP … Continue reading KuPP Scandi Picnic in the Park by Lauren Heath

Stylish Scandi Picnics with KuPP

With spring upon us and summer following shortly behind, we’ll be (predictably) heading for the hills to soak up the sun on heaths, parks, lidos and just about anywhere else we can find to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, drinking and picnicking. Following last year’s success, KuPP, the Scandi-inspired all day casual dining restaurant, bar and café, is re-launching their grab & go picnic bags, … Continue reading Stylish Scandi Picnics with KuPP

The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment

http://www.citygatehotel.com/  – Iron Bridge, Lower North Street Exeter, EX4 3RB The last time The City Gate hotel had much of a refurbishment was back in 2003, a rebirth from the days when it was The Crown & Sceptre hotel.  It sits in a commanding position over the Longbrook Valley roughly where the old North Gate had been situated before being removed in the early 1800s. For … Continue reading The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment

Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

For any restaurant or café, quality of output is incredibly important.  British diners are a very picky lot, and because we’re not very good at complaining restaurants don’t often get to read about a bad burger or an over-cooked steak until they see it on TripAdvisor. One of Exeter’s best loved restaurants is Lloyd’s Kitchen in Catherine Street, in the dominating shadow of the House … Continue reading Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

Dinner and Overnight Stay with John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor, Torquay – by Lauren Heath

Being ex-hospitality, I find it interesting to watch certain reality series like Four in a Bed and Kitchen Nightmares – having been there, done that, you wander how on earth people can get it so wrong. Another entertaining fly-on-the-wall show was The Hotel on Channel 4. The Hotel itself was The Grosvenor in Torquay, which was owned and run by Mark Jenkins – a haphazard … Continue reading Dinner and Overnight Stay with John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor, Torquay – by Lauren Heath

Dinner at newly refurbished Circa 1924 – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924 is already one of my favourites out of all the chains and independents. I have enjoyed their Express Lunch a few times (see my review here), taking friends with to show my ‘secret’ off. But this place should be far from a secret – it deserves to be found and filled with both diners and drinkers. On this occasion I was invited for … Continue reading Dinner at newly refurbished Circa 1924 – by Lauren Heath

John Burton-Race is looking for Torquay’s new kitchen stars

After last week’s announcement that two Michelin starred chef John Burton-Race is to join Richardson’s Grosvenor Hotel, it has been revealed that the hotel is looking for a handful of new chefs to add to the team for the restaurant re-launch. John has said today, ‘I’m looking for the very best talent Devon has to offer. I want chefs who are talented, motivated and eager … Continue reading John Burton-Race is looking for Torquay’s new kitchen stars

The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road by Chris Gower

60 New North Road, Exeter – http://www.theoddfellowsbar.co.uk – Exeter @theoddfellows – facebook.com/oddfellowsbar Exmouth @oddfellowsexm – facebook.com/oddfellowsexmouth Just off the bustle of the High Street, under the shadow of John Lewis lies a small pub that has made a big impression on Exeter’s dining scene in recent years.  Nestled between houses and office blocks; it backs on to the historic wall of red sandstone that surrounds … Continue reading The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road by Chris Gower

Circa 1924 Express Lunch – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924, 6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ. Ph: 01392 438545 Web: www.circa1924.co.uk/ @Circa1924 info@circa1924.co.uk Online reservations: http://www.circa1924.co.uk/#!make-a-reservation/cg3s Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 2:30pm and 6pm – late. (Food serve 12 -2 and 6 – 9:30pm). Express lunch 2 courses for £10.95 Circa 1924 is 1 years old – Happy Birthday! A great achievement for a bar and restaurant run by two young friends Rob and James. It … Continue reading Circa 1924 Express Lunch – by Lauren Heath

Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

I was recently invited to a bloggers evening at Base and Barley following the release of their new burger menu. I have seen all manner of burger puns being shared over Twitter recently: “Does my bun look big in this?” and “lets ketchup over dinner then burger off for a dance at the meatball”…let’s move on before this get’s too cheesy! Having visited previously when … Continue reading Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

Boston Tea Party: Exeter’s very own Tardis – by Lauren Heath

Boston Tea Party – 84 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP, Tel: 01392 201181 Free wifi, open Mon – Sat 7am til 7pm and Sun 8am til 6pm. Boston Tea Party have 18 cafes from as high as Birmingham all the way down to Barnstaple, with a 19th cafe about to open in Bristol (making the total 6 in and around the city!). I must admit, … Continue reading Boston Tea Party: Exeter’s very own Tardis – by Lauren Heath

Breakfast at Harry’s Restaurant

86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP  Tel: 01392 202234  Twitter:@HarrysExeter I don’t get out much.  For someone that writes a food blog, you’d think that I spend my days frequenting fine restaurants and hob-nobbing with the fooderati of Devon, but unfortunately I pay my bills, not via writing, but through a standard job that pays wages. It has nothing to do with food and given I … Continue reading Breakfast at Harry’s Restaurant

The Cosy Club, Southernhay (New Summer Menu)

When it opened two years ago, The Cosy Club really changed the playing field for chain restaurants in Exeter.  It was a new, quirky and it did some amazing cocktails.  You can read the original review here, its a little old so it is in need of an update. Entering through what had been the chapel entrance of the old hospital, you are presented with one … Continue reading The Cosy Club, Southernhay (New Summer Menu)