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

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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

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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 

REVIEW: The Red Lion, Broadclyst

In the grand scheme of things, Dining Devon is a blog filled with a variety of places. From restaurants with Michelin Stars and RAC Rosettes, to places that you might never have thought of going to. For me, some of the best places I have eaten have been pubs – especially pubs with a good local following serving wholesome, well-cooked food that won’t break the … Continue reading REVIEW: The Red Lion, Broadclyst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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