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!

Guest Recipe: Singapore Chilli Crab by Mitch Tonks

Guest Recipe: Singapore Chilli Crab by Mitch Tonks

If you have ever visited Singapore you will have experienced the famous, very delicious chilli crab. It is the national dish. Easy to make, it is a firm favourite in the Tonks household, and chilli crab night is an occasion that brings the family together. Continue reading Guest Recipe: Singapore Chilli Crab by Mitch Tonks

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

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

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 Galley Launches Supper Club Nights with a Side of Community Spirit

The Galley Restaurant has announced it will be the first venue to kick-start a series of Love Topsham Supper Club nights across Topsham as part of a drive to bring the community together and celebrate fine local produce. On Thursday 2 April 2020, fish and seafood restaurant, The Galley, will suspend usual evening service and instead host an intimate, dinner-party style meal from 7pm for 7.30pm … Continue reading The Galley Launches Supper Club Nights with a Side of Community Spirit

Sunday Lunch Review: Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

“Help yourself to four delicious courses. Take your time. Take all afternoon if you’d like to.” 

With the 2nd course consisting of a help-yourself French Market Table you’re sure to get your Sunday lunch fill and more at Hotel Du VIn & Bistro, Exeter. Continue reading Sunday Lunch Review: Hotel Du Vin & Bistro, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

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Dinner Review: Pier Point Restaurant and Bar, Torquay by Lauren Heath

Local produce, dinner accentuated by candlelight, sublime desserts to push you over the foodie edge? This all points to a lovely Torquay independent – Pier Point Restaurant and Bar Continue reading Dinner Review: Pier Point Restaurant and Bar, Torquay 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

News: A Celebration of Seafood – England’s Seafood FEAST 2019, 20th Sept – 6th Oct 2019

News: A Celebration of Seafood – England’s Seafood FEAST 2019 starts today! Continue reading News: A Celebration of Seafood – England’s Seafood FEAST 2019, 20th Sept – 6th Oct 2019

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

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REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – 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. Meandering amidst the Devon lanes onto rugged yet lush Dartmoor, expectations were high as we headed for award winning country house hotel, Bovey Castle. I considered whether a large 60 bedroom castle could be cosy, comfortable and warm, or would it be … Continue reading REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – by Lauren Heath

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: 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

Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

Many folk have whispered foodie musings at us about what goes on in Totnes. Local food, an award winning farmers market, eclectic home and interiors shops it’s no wander we have been privvy to a rumour – oh wait… it isn’t just a rumour, it exists! Amongst the hustle and bustle of this flourishing foodie town is independently owned Rumour Wine Bar and Restaurant; positioned … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Rumour Restaurant & Wine Bar, Totnes – by Lauren Heath

Restaurant Review: The Galley, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

To the south east of Exeter, and only a hop, skip and a jump on the train from the city centre (or even a leisurely cycle using the Exe Estuary Trail), Topsham is a town where food culture of all kinds is thriving. Imagine a buzzing boutique estuary town with boats bobbing on the water, giving easy access for keen types to venture out and … Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Galley, Topsham – by Lauren Heath

Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Life’s busy right? But we all need a getaway. A bit of me time, a couples retreat, a chance to celebrate life’s successes or even somewhere to escape parenthood, obligations, or even the washing pile for just 24 glorious hours. You want to feel like you’re somewhere else without travelling far. To be cocooned, welcome, looked after? Well look no further than Deer Park Hotel. … Continue reading Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath