Pub Review: The Black River Inn, Black Torrington, by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited

If you crave a visit to a ‘proper village pub’ and you fancy a little drive into the beautiful Devon countryside of an evening for dinner, The Black River Inn may be just the sort of place for you. Previously called The Torridge Inn, the new owners Gill & Alex took ownership early last Summer, refurbished it and renamed it – with reference to the … Continue reading Pub Review: The Black River Inn, Black Torrington, by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited

Pub Restaurant Review: The Puffing Billy, Exton – by Lauren Heath #Ad #Invited

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Halfway between Exeter and Exmouth lies the village of Exton. Residents enjoy the immediate access of the Exe cycling trail, the nearby train station giving freedom to Exmouth in one direction, Exeter and beyond in another. Another resident that enjoys this positioning, … Continue reading Pub Restaurant Review: The Puffing Billy, Exton – by Lauren Heath #Ad #Invited

REVIEW: The Coombe Cellars, Newton Abbot – press event #Ad

The Teign Estuary is a little bit like the Exe Estuary’s little brother. It’s a bit shorter, a tad narrower, but in it’s own way much more dramatic. The best way to enjoy the serenity of this gorgeous part of Devon is to head down to The Coombe Cellars, grab a pint and watch the calm waters. Our visit was a little less scenic. It … Continue reading REVIEW: The Coombe Cellars, Newton Abbot – press event #Ad

NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

As Lympstone becomes one of the food epicentres of the region, now the ever-popular watering-hole, The Swan Inn, has been given a new lease of life. The team behind the multiple award-winning restaurant River Exe Café have taken over the helm of The Swan Inn – a traditional pub in Lympstone near Exmouth. The popular inn has relaunched with a locally-sourced menu, a fine selection … Continue reading NEWS: The Swan Inn in Lympstone relaunches as team behind River Exe Café takes over

REVIEW: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Swan, Bampton – 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. It’s been a couple of years since I discovered The Swan at Bampton; husband and wife team and chef patrons, Paul and Donna Berry, were pretty active on social media, proudly sharing their offering on the digital walls contained within my phone … Continue reading REVIEW: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Swan, Bampton – by Lauren Heath #Ad

REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – 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. As you wind your way around the lanes of South Devon, probably heading for, or departing from, one of the many coastal destinations the county has to offer, I have no doubt that sustenance will be somewhere on your itinerary. Look no … Continue reading REVIEW: The Bear and Blacksmith – by Lauren Heath #Ad

NEWS: New Microbrewery & Taphouse to open on Exeter’s Quayside

Topsham Brewery is a small-batch microbrewery specialising in hand crafted, seasonal beers. Situated on the historic Exeter Quay in a grade II listed warehouse. Using only the best quality ingredients available from the Southwest and Northern California. Their focus is making full-flavoured beers, using a range of innovative hop and malt profiles as well as collaborating with other local small businesses to provide a  genuinely … Continue reading NEWS: New Microbrewery & Taphouse to open on Exeter’s Quayside

New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The famous Treby Arms in Devon has a new owner, a fresh look and a relaxed fusion Italian menu that promises a family friendly, easy and affordable dining experience alongside the traditional village pub. The Treby Arms in Sparkwell dates back to 1855 when pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel built it to serve the workers building up a thirst constructing the Royal Albert Bridge and … Continue reading New Owners at the Treby Arms in Sparkwell

The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

Pubs are closing at a rate of knots these days, but in the small village of Aylesbeare, not only is there a reopened pub, it’s got the full works – in building terms and with its offering. Previously The Aylesbeare Inn, the new village pub, now the Night Jar Inn, was named by the Aylesbeare community thanks to the invitation of its saviours. The old … Continue reading The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

#DevonFoodMovement comes to North Devon with their 5 mile food challenge

On Saturday 26th May, chef Luke Fearon will be bringing his unique dining experience #DevonFoodMovement to the Globe Inn in Beaford, Winkleigh, for an evening of untamed, fine Devon food. #DevonFoodMovement is a collaborative pop-up restaurant concept which celebrates Devon’s world-class produce and challenges chefs to find as many prime ingredients from within a 5 mile radius of the venue to feature on the one-off … Continue reading #DevonFoodMovement comes to North Devon with their 5 mile food challenge

The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

If you’ve never been to Christow then I am hoping that I will give you a really good reason to visit; it isn’t a big place, it lies 12 miles from Exeter and the perfect place to visit as a base-camp for exploring the nearby countryside with Dartmoor being a stone’s throw away. I love pubs.  Especially village pubs.  And to see a pub open … Continue reading The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower

Food & Drink Awards 2017 – by Lauren Heath

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Love the Flavour – Food and Drink Devon Awards. The event was held at the handsome Deer Park Country House Hotel, and was attended by some of the finest local Devon food and drink producers, restaurateurs and foodie folk around. A venue with is own vegetable garden and orchard, the menu was bound to … Continue reading Food & Drink Awards 2017 – by Lauren Heath

The Seven Stars at Kennford by Chris Gower

It is strange how life completely overruns everything sometimes!  After a promotion at work, I hadn’t realised how much brain space it would take up, so apologies to our regular readers for a lack of activity on the blog in recent weeks.  But to break the silence, here is my write-up of the stonking meal we had at the Seven Stars in Kennford a few … Continue reading The Seven Stars at Kennford by Chris Gower

Beer and Burger Bonanza at The Bridge Inn, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

The road between Clyst St George and Topsham holds many talented local businesses – Naturalmat, Sapphire Spaces, Amos Lighting and now even the operations for Good Game. Two more of these is the successful Darts Farm and the unique and historic The Bridge Inn pub. On the back of some playground chat whilst dropping the kids off at school, the business minded ladies at both … Continue reading Beer and Burger Bonanza at The Bridge Inn, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

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

The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

You know those days, between the seasons, where there’s just enough warmth yet still a chill in the air? There’s the lure of a country walk to inhale fresh air and appreciate nature as she removes her winter layer or gets ready to batten down the hatches. That feeling seems to envoke the need to find a resting place so as to reward yourself for … Continue reading The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 437470 – www.hitwexeter.co.uk/ I am in my mid-thirties, despite the beard and the wrinkles which make me look well in to my forties (I’ve stopped playing Guess My Age as it is just depressing) I am thirty-five.  I am old enough to remember Boxes & Boogies Nightclub, The Hothouse, The Thirsty Camel, The Turk’s Head, Mambo… the list … Continue reading The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

10 Questions for The Poltimore Inn, North Molton

Situated on the edge of Exmoor, The Poltimore Inn has risen from the ashes after a year-long refurbishment.  This cracking independent pub is a definite desitination if you’re visiting Exmoor. 1. How would you describe The Poltimore Inn? What makes it special? The Poltimore Inn is everything a good village pub should be, with a varied menu of delicious home-cooked food and a wide selection … Continue reading 10 Questions for The Poltimore Inn, North Molton

The Samuel Jones, Quayside

Modern refurbished pub restaurant with amazing views across the Exe and good food… The Samuel Jones, 37 Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AE – 01392 345345 Ah, the Quay. Nothing better than finding a nice spot, dangling your legs over the side and letting the swans nibble your toes whilst you sip on a cool beer.  It is definitely one of the nicest spots in the city, … Continue reading The Samuel Jones, Quayside

The Boat House, Dawlish Warren

The Boat House, Beach Way, Dawlish Warren, Devon EX7 0NF – 01626 888 899 In the world of eating out, dining out and finding somewhere to eat in Exeter, Dawlish Warren doesn’t really jump to the forefront of my mind.  The Mount Pleasant Inn which overlooks the Warren is quite nice, a pub/restaurant with nice views of the surrounding seafront and over to Exmouth.  But below, within this view you … Continue reading The Boat House, Dawlish Warren