Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink – by Lauren Heath

Wow – what a weekend! I hope everyone who attended the festival had a great time, I certainly did. We are avid food market and festival go-ers in Devon, Cornwall and beyond, and I believe this is the largest and best food festival in the South West. Now in its 13th year, it is still going from strength to strength. My poor Samsung phone was … Continue reading Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink – by Lauren Heath

Queen St Dining announces the ‘Find A Foodie’ Competition Launch…

Opening in August 2016, Exeter’s exciting new Queen St dining quarter will be the city’s premium dining location. This £12m culinary hub will be home to eight restaurants serving food and drink to cater for all tastes and budgets, day and night. If that wasn’t exciting enough the Queen St team have now launched their search for a budding chef, secret baker, gastronomic genius or … Continue reading Queen St Dining announces the ‘Find A Foodie’ Competition Launch…

Absurd Bird announced to open in the Queen St Dining Quarter

Image credit: Absurd Bird Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), confirmed yesterday (Thursday 21 April 2016) that a new Southern US inspired gourmet chicken brand, Absurd Bird, will be the eighth restaurant, completing the line up at Exeter’s exciting new Queen St dining quarter. With their restaurant in London’s Spitalfields opening just last month and another branch opening in Soho … Continue reading Absurd Bird announced to open in the Queen St Dining Quarter

Michael Caines receives Freedom of the City – by Lauren Heath

Last July, Exeter City Council unanimously agreed at an extraordinary meeting to bestow the honour of Freedom of the City on Michael Caines MBE. On Thursday 21st April, after a lunchtime ceremony at the city’s historic Guildhall, Michael ‘drove’ a pair of sheep down the High Street. Those unaware of the planned sheep herding were left a little bemused, but the local press (and I) … Continue reading Michael Caines receives Freedom of the City – by Lauren Heath

Comptoir Libanais announced to open in the Queen St Dining Quarter

All images credit Comptoir Libanais Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’) confirmed today (Thursday 21 April 2016) that Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanais, will be the seventh restaurant to join Exeter’s exciting new Queen St dining quarter. In signing up Comptoir Libanais, this announcement from Aviva Investors is being heralded as another major coup for Queen St dining, Exeter and the … Continue reading Comptoir Libanais announced to open in the Queen St Dining Quarter

The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.

2 Bakers Way, Exeter EX4 8GA – 01392 690655 – http://www.pinhoehoardpubexeter.co.uk – Twitter Sitting opposite the Pinhoe branch of Aldi, and next door the Sainsbury’s supermarket, The Pinhoe Hoard is Exeter’s newest mega-gastro-chain pub that is catering to the widest spectrum of punters with its large dining area, kids play facilities ample car parking and convenient placement. You don’t have to travel narrow lanes, to reach this pub … Continue reading The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.

10 Questions with Susy Atkins – by Lauren Heath

Susy Atkins is the weekly columnist for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, as well as drinks editor of the brilliant and stylish ‘delicious’ magazine. She also writes a wine column for the South West’s own magazine ‘food’. She appears regularly on BBC1’s flagship cookery show ‘Saturday Kitchen’ as wine expert, from time to time on BBC radio, local and national, and has written or edited eleven books on wine and drinks. … Continue reading 10 Questions with Susy Atkins – by Lauren Heath

Celebrate Thai New Year with Burt’s Chips & The South Devon Chilli Farm

April is a month normally associated with showers, rain and just a glimpse of Spring, so you might not know that Thai New Year, Songkran is coming up from the 13th – 15th April. In Thailand, this means three days of festivals, spicy feasts and an almighty water fight in the streets. To celebrate, Devon-based companies Burts Chips and the South Devon Chilli Farm have … Continue reading Celebrate Thai New Year with Burt’s Chips & The South Devon Chilli Farm

Oddfellow’s Exmouth Comedy Night

If you fancy a laugh, and some great Eat The Smoke BBQ Street Food, then head down to The Oddfellows in Exmouth tonight, where Yvan has organised another Comedy Night! Tickets are £5 per person, doors open at 7:00pm and the night kicks off at 8:30pm.  Available will be, not only the great food & drink that The Oddfellow’s serve, but also Eat The Smoke BBQ … Continue reading Oddfellow’s Exmouth Comedy Night

Cafe Rouge, Princesshay by Chris Gower

Princesshay, Bedford St, Exeter, Devon EX1 1LL- 01392 251042 – http://www.caferouge.com Now and again we like to head to one of Exeter’s chain restaurants, they have their place and there is definitely a space in my heart for a few of them.  One restaurant that we’ve been many times over the last few years has been Cafe Rouge, a take on classic french cuisine in a … Continue reading Cafe Rouge, Princesshay by Chris Gower

The Carless Foodie: foot-friendly foodie destinations near Exeter

Exeter Food Festival is just around the corner, and it is easy to see that our region has become a shining beacon for food lovers over the last ten years, and us Exonians are in the middle of the party. But for those of us reliant on public transport, getting out to visit some of the best foodie destinations can be tricky. So, here are a few choice … Continue reading The Carless Foodie: foot-friendly foodie destinations near Exeter

Pizza Stein, Quayside

4 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AP – 01392 670424 – booking@pizzastein.co.uk Regular readers might have guessed that I like to whitter on about the history of the buildings sometimes.  Pizza Stein is no different as I have many memories of this building when it was The Hot House, back in the late nineties, a sticky floor club with Volts on the bottom level.  In more recent times it was … Continue reading Pizza Stein, Quayside

Zita’s, Bartholomew Street

RIP Burgerfest.  Your existence in Exeter was short lived. Your burgers were nice, but your secret recipe was not overly transparent.  Your Sega room was liked, your ping pong table was novel but ultimately the demise of your parent company meant your service was short lived.  Although your value was great, your burgers were chargrilled, your beer kegs were terribly harsh on my sensitive derrier. … Continue reading Zita’s, Bartholomew Street

Camper Coffee Co. Exeter; coffee shop by day – by Lauren Heath

Camper Coffee Co. in McCoys Arcade, Fore St, Exeter EX4 3AN www.campercoffee.co Camper Coffee Co. is known to most as a mobile vintage café and coffee van brewing coffee from a very rare and beautifully restored 1964 VW Splitscreen Container Van called ‘Rosie’, which has been going since 2012. I had read that a new coffee shop would be replacing the diner in McCoy’s Arcade and … Continue reading Camper Coffee Co. Exeter; coffee shop by day – by Lauren Heath

Spring Lamb Masterclass with The Butchers at Darts Farm – by Lauren Heath

Last week we attended a Spring Lamb Masterclass hosted by The Butchers at Darts Farm. It is run by two brothers, Alastair and Philip David,  who are Master Butchers. Having arrived about 5 to 10 mins early to find that actually we were just about the last ones there, and worried we had got the time wrong, we were greeted by friendly faces and offered … Continue reading Spring Lamb Masterclass with The Butchers at Darts Farm – by Lauren Heath

Greendale Farm Shop, Farringdon

I recently took a trip to Greendale Farm Shop that sits just outside Farringdon near Clyst St Mary.  Like many Farm Shops it has grown from small beginnings, and is now hub of local produce in what I am dubbing the Farm Shop Belt; this runs between Dart’s Farm near Clyst St George, Kenniford Farm Shop at the other end of Clyst St George, and … Continue reading Greendale Farm Shop, Farringdon

Eat the Smoke, Clyst St Mary – product review by Lauren & Steve Heath

http://www.eatthesmoke.co.uk – @EatTheSmokeBBQ – http://www.facebook.com/eatthesmoke Middle of 2015, during the chilli event at Darts Farm, my chef husband, Steve, and I came across 2 jars of sauce; these weren’t just any sauces, they were Eat the Smoke sauces. The brand didn’t mean much at the time, but we were impressed by the complexity of what we tasted, so bought some to take home and try. … Continue reading Eat the Smoke, Clyst St Mary – product review by Lauren & Steve Heath

Cuba Cantina, Gandy Street – now open!

Cuba Cantina is now open in Gandy Street, Exeter. Work has been going on solidly for a few weeks, and the restaurant finally opened on Thursday evening. I popped in to have a look and the decor is very colourful and rustic with a main restaurant area downstairs, and 3 rooms upstairs that are very relaxed, light and airy. The new restaurant is owned by … Continue reading Cuba Cantina, Gandy Street – now open!

KuPP announced for Queen St Dining Quarter

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’) confirmed today (9 March 2016) that KuPP, the Scandinavian-inspired casual dining concept – Food Drink Coffee & Store – will be the sixth restaurant to join Exeter’s exciting new Queen St Dining quarter. KuPP signed contracts with Aviva Investors last week and this will be KuPP’s first site outside London, marking yet another huge … Continue reading KuPP announced for Queen St Dining Quarter