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: Cool Climate Wine Tasting at Brickhouse Vineyard – 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. Brickhouse Vineyard is one of the newest grapes on the vine – as the English Wine movement grows, we are very lucky here in Devon to be surrounded by a high concentration of vineyards for the area. Situated between the sunny slopes … Continue reading REVIEW: Cool Climate Wine Tasting at Brickhouse Vineyard – by Lauren Heath #Ad

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RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate & Avocado Cake by Sue Stoneman

For my 2nd Veganuary challenge, I decided to go with a dessert. So when it comes to making vegan desserts and cakes, a little research was needed as all the usual ingredients like eggs, butter and milk can’t be used; however you can get butter substitutes and replacement dried egg mixture when it comes to making cakes.  I’ve read that you can use the liquid … Continue reading RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate & Avocado Cake by Sue Stoneman

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RECIPE: Vegan Korma Recipe by Sue Stoneman

Are you tempted to try and ‘go Vegan’ in January?  Veganuary is what people are talking about. And not just for January, for the whole year. I do cook non-meat dishes, mainly soups and frittatas, but vegan dishes are much more tricky as it also means that it excludes my stash of dairy products – eggs, milk, cream, butter and cheese for starters which I … Continue reading RECIPE: Vegan Korma Recipe by Sue Stoneman

NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

Gather – Hedge River Field Kitchen Gather is the brain child of two very passionate, very talented, extraordinary young men, – Harrison Brockington and Declan Wiles. Originally born as a pop up, Gather has taken the next logical step from magnificent travelling food circus to bricks & mortar restaurant. We have been serving dinner, via the pop up, for nearly a year. Our goal was … Continue reading NEWS: New Restaurant Opening Soon – ‘Gather’ in Totnes

REVIEW: Denley’s Essence of India, Topsham – 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. With Chicken Tikka Masala having been Britain’s favourite food for around a decade and Indian cuisine being our second favourite takeaway according to stats, it’s clearly a popular choice for any household at some point during the week or month. Yet it … Continue reading REVIEW: Denley’s Essence of India, Topsham – by Lauren Heath #Ad

RECIPE: Mincemeat Cakes by Sue Stoneman

Did you know that over the festive season, 10,000 mince pies are consumed every minute! If Mince pies or tarts aren’t your ‘thing’, you don’t fancy making your own pastry or you don’t have a packet of frozen puff or short pastry in the freezer, then you might wish to try these Mincemeat Cakes. In a nutshell, or even a pastry case, they are little … Continue reading RECIPE: Mincemeat Cakes by Sue Stoneman

Recipe: Festive Chelsea Buns – by Sue Stoneman

Christmas is just around the corner and to get you into the festive spirit, I’ve made some Chelsea Buns and instead of putting them into a rectangular baking tin, it’s quite fun to arrange the buns into the shape of a Christmas Tree for their second prove before going in the oven and then decorating them with glace cherries and glace icing. Still a ‘Share … Continue reading Recipe: Festive Chelsea Buns – by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Devon Food Movement Big Collaboration at Ashridge Court – 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. On a damp Saturday evening, I found myself excitedly navigating the Devon lanes, heading towards the next Devon Food Movement event – this was a big one, “The Big Collaboration” at Ashridge Court Farm, featuring not only Luke but also six other talented … Continue reading REVIEW: Devon Food Movement Big Collaboration at Ashridge Court – by Lauren Heath #Ad

Chris Sherville launches new Cookery School and Private Dining venue near Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

I first met Chris at the Dartington Food Fair in May, when we were both demoing in the food and drink marquee and he mentioned his new venture then, so I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of his new ‘Cooking Workshop’ and venue for Private Dining Events. Situated just further along the main road from the Shops at Dartington, heading towards … Continue reading Chris Sherville launches new Cookery School and Private Dining venue near Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

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

NEWS: New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes!

New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes! The doors will open on Tuesday 18th September, following a quick face lift at 3 Fore Street. This historic site which started life as a Victorian Tea Room will now become a social enterprise, with all proceeds going to fund projects within Young Devon. There is something for everyone, with fresh indulgent cakes … Continue reading NEWS: New café & kitchen, YD at Number 3, has arrived in Totnes!

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

Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

As you will have gathered, we’re very lucky and privileged to enjoy eating out around Devon, but we are also fairly good cooks at home. I’m not too precious about my kitchen though…. if someone wants to cook for me then go for it. I’ll eat it. Anything. (Well, except for olives and goats cheese; I can hear your shock but I’ve tried many a … Continue reading Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

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

Le Cygne Opens

OPENING THURSDAY 12TH JULY 2018 The hotly anticipated new venture from ex-manager of the award-winning Darts Farm Restaurant in Topsham, Souhela Berry and husband Mark is arriving in Dawlish. Having been at the helm of Darts Farm restaurant for 16 years, previous to that running a string of successful central London eateries, this is Souhelas first independent venture. Situated in the heart of Dawlish, Le … Continue reading Le Cygne Opens

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

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

VitaminSea by Salty Dog Devon, Cullompton – by Lauren Heath

Down the boutique high street that is Fore Street, Cullompton, a new food offering has docked! #VitaminSea by Salty Dog Devon is a café by day and a dinner pop up by night. Run by Cales who, after travelling in San Franscisco and chowing down on clam chowder, found a passion for tasty, full bodied seafood fayre. Her page says “Fresh from the south west.’ … Continue reading VitaminSea by Salty Dog Devon, Cullompton – by Lauren Heath