Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise £800 for charity in one evening at their annual dinner!

Members of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raised a whopping £800 for Hospitality Action at this year’s annual dinner held at Mercure Southgate Hotel on Monday 4th March. Hotel Director of The Pig at Combe, Fiona Moores, is also raising funds for Hospitality Action by taking part in a spectacular cycle race later this year. The celebratory evening kicked off … Continue reading Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association raise £800 for charity in one evening at their annual dinner!

NEWS: Salcombe Brewery Co. launches new Island Street Porter

SALCOMBE BREWERY CO. LAUNCHES NEW ISLAND STREET PORTER Salcombe Brewery Co. is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new addition to its much-loved range of beers. Island Street Porter (ABV 5.9%), the third beer in the brewery’s craft beer range, is a rich velvety porter and can be purchased online, from local stockists or directly from the brewery in 330ml bottles. Brewer Sam … Continue reading NEWS: Salcombe Brewery Co. launches new Island Street Porter

Recipe: Chicken Ham & Leek Pie by Sue Stoneman

Note from the editor: Sue wrote this excellent recipe for British Pie Week but due to things and other things, I didn’t publish it.  This is a really simple recipe for a basic pie that you can use for a tasty filling or even left-overs – anything really, and given it’s getting to the end of the month, what a great idea for making the … Continue reading Recipe: Chicken Ham & Leek Pie by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Spring Gastronomy evening, showcasing AHDB Beef and Lamb at Saunton Sands Hotel by Sue Stoneman

A recipe for a fantastic evening is when you bring together some fabulous chefs who create outstanding plates of food using wonderful West Country Beef and Lamb. We are so fortunate to live in a county where we can find plenty of excellent quality produce and for me, as a Home Cook, BBqer, foodie and blogger, I am always interested to know where foods are … Continue reading REVIEW: Spring Gastronomy evening, showcasing AHDB Beef and Lamb at Saunton Sands Hotel by Sue Stoneman

NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards

One of the UK’s most successful charcuterie companies was recognised with Best Food / Drink Producer at the Exeter Living Awards. The glitzy do, on Thursday 7 March 2019, was held at The Great Hall at Exeter University. Within just five years of trading, Good Game has won numerous accolades including six awards at the British Charcuterie Awards 2018, a coveted star from the Guild … Continue reading NEWS: Good Game Heralded Best Food / Drink Producer at Exeter Awards

RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a day in February or March preceding the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, celebrated in many countries by the eating of pancakes. Also known as ‘Mardi Gras’ meaning Fat Tuesday. It was traditionally the day for eating up rich foods, such as milk, eggs and sugar before fasting for Lent began. Different countries … Continue reading RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad

To anyone who is familiar with the surrounding landscape of Exeter, it is hard to miss Haldon Hill. A long treelined geographical slug, that helps create a mild microclimate for us city dwellers, repels the harsh winds and nasty rains that slide off Dartmoor’s slippery heather padded shoulders. Tucked up in it’s shadow is Brickhouse Vineyard, a stone’s throw from Starcross, overlooking the estuary and … Continue reading REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad

REVIEW: Hubbox, Exeter following their recent relocation to Catherine Street by Sue Stoneman #Ad

Ahoy there! Hubbox has moved. Don’t worry, it’s not gone far. It’s dropped anchor in Princesshay to bigger and better premises. Along with a new menu, Hubbox boasts a larger kitchen with charcoal grill, a long bar, and more seating including a terrace outside. The staff are still great and add to the music and décor to create an upbeat and friendly atmosphere. Hubbox continues … Continue reading REVIEW: Hubbox, Exeter following their recent relocation to Catherine Street by Sue Stoneman #Ad

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CAFE REVIEW: Rust and the Wolf, Ashburton – 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. Just tucked away off the main street, is Rust and The Wolf – a lifestyle shop and cafe independently owned by husband and wife team, Matt and Siobhan. Matt was previously a musician and garden designer, whilst Siobhan is a successful interior … Continue reading CAFE REVIEW: Rust and the Wolf, Ashburton – by Lauren Heath #Ad

RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman

I really enjoy making bread. It only needs a few ingredients: strong (bread) flour, yeast, olive oil, salt and warm water. There is something about the satisfaction when the finished loaf comes out of the oven smelling delicious and looking lovely, you know you’ve put a lot of love into making it. I do sometimes knead by hand, but quite often as I am short … Continue reading RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman

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REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – 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. 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 #Ad

REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

When you’ve seen pictures on social media of the young chefs out and about foraging during the week prior to heading out to your feast, you already know you are going to be eating some wonderful, local, fresh foraged ingredients and I was excited about the menu already. We do live in a wonderful county full of fantastic produce and eating at Gather will enable … Continue reading REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

NEWS: Hanlons Brewery and La Cantina Team Up To Open New Restaurant

After holding amazingly successful popups at the Brewery last year with Hanlons producing their delicious beers and La Cantina much loved street food van serving their epic burgers and hip sides the two enterprises decided to join together on a permanent basis and form Beer Factory and Kitchen – two award winning ventures in one location.’. Want to try something completely new? – in a … Continue reading NEWS: Hanlons Brewery and La Cantina Team Up To Open New Restaurant

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: Getting Healthy at Pho #Ad

We are nearly at the end of the first month of the year and by now I can imagine there are unwanted exercise bikes, barely worn trainers and nearly-new Lycra gracing many wardrobes, garages and spare rooms across the country. The beginning of the year seems to herald in a whole hoard of marketing campaigns about ‘new year, new you’. Whilst I hold decent dose … Continue reading REVIEW: Getting Healthy at Pho #Ad

RECIPE: Burns Night Scotch Eggs and Cranachan by Sue Stoneman

To celebrate the birthday of the Scottish Poet Robbie Burns, Burns Suppers are held mainly in Scotland around the date of his birthday – 25th January.  Traditionally (and I have eaten something similar in a restaurant on the Isle of Arran a few years ago) it would be a tian (tower) of haggis, neeps (swede not turnip) and mashed potato served with a whisky & … Continue reading RECIPE: Burns Night Scotch Eggs and Cranachan by Sue Stoneman

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