Summer Lamb – Recipe from Jamie Coleman, Overall South West Chef of the Year & SW Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Earlier this month, Jamie took up the position of head chef at the prestigious Michelin-starred Masons Arms at Knowstone, near South Molton, working under highly respected chef and South West Chef of the Year judge, Mark Dodson. At the time of entry into South West Chef of the Year, Jamie was head chef at the Saunton Sands Hotel in North Devon.  Twice a finalist, Jamie … Continue reading Summer Lamb – Recipe from Jamie Coleman, Overall South West Chef of the Year & SW Professional Chef of the Year 2016

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

Kupp, Queen St. – The Bottomless Brunch by Chris Gower

Kupp has taken on the dubious mantle of being ‘one of my favourite places’ in the Queen St Dining quarter.  As a food blogger in Exeter I feel it is wrong to have favourites as one must be objective, but I am starting to realise that actually it is perfectly OK to have favourites.  I fell in love with KuPP after their launch evening, this … Continue reading Kupp, Queen St. – The Bottomless Brunch by Chris Gower

Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street , Exeter, EX2 4HY – 01392 790120 – http://www.hotelduvin.com Back in September, as a late birthday surprise, I was treated to Sunday lunch at Hotel Du Vin, Exeter. Previously called The Magdalen Chapter, the building that was originally an Eye Infirmary was taken over by the luxury chain earlier this year. Along with rooms, a spa, walled garden and guest areas, … Continue reading Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

The Nutwell Lodge Hotel, Lympstone by Chris Gower (UPDATE 2018: now a Toby Carvery)

I don’t normally do ‘lucky dip dining’ as I call it.  Find a place, look at the menu and go in. Don’t research, don’t investigate or go online and have a look at reviews or anything.  Just have a go.  It can sometimes be fun to see what happens but sometimes it can lead to trouble. But on the knowledge that I had been here … Continue reading The Nutwell Lodge Hotel, Lympstone by Chris Gower (UPDATE 2018: now a Toby Carvery)

Toby Carvery, Digby, Exeter – (2/5)

The great British roast dinner, something that all residents of this peculiar little island hold close to their hearts, and even the picky eaters among us are catered to with the wide variety of elements which compile this classics dish. It became apparent that this strange connection that the British have to the good old roast intensifies at university, and the home cooked roast dinner … Continue reading Toby Carvery, Digby, Exeter – (2/5)

The Half Moon, Clyst St Mary, Exeter

Sunday lunches are quite a British thing, correct me if I am wrong but I don’t know of another culture that will insist on having roast dinners even in the middle of Summer whilst its baking hot outside.  But like many things in the culinary universe, it is very very easy to (excuse the French) f**k up. For a number of years the legendary Sunday … Continue reading The Half Moon, Clyst St Mary, Exeter