NEWS: Step Aside Whisky, There’s a New Spirit in Town

From the shores of the Caribbean and Central America, to the rugged coastline of Devon’s South Hams, Hattiers Rum: a new premium rum has launched, and it’s already accumulating gold and silver international awards.  This sustainably crafted blend combines four oak-aged rums with pure Dartmoor water to produce an exceptional spirit that’s as enjoyable on the rocks as it is in your favourite rum cocktail. … Continue reading NEWS: Step Aside Whisky, There’s a New Spirit in Town

REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. I am always on the lookout for new independent cafés and restaurants and I had heard good things from Chris (Editor DD) about a new Delicatessen and Café Bar which opened up in October. He had visited not long after it had … Continue reading REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #Ad

REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

I do like a good revisit – especially to a place that we enjoyed as much as we did when we visited last year. At the time Mike Welsh was heading up the food, but after moving on to pastures new, this left a space to be filled. Enter stage left, Charles Dingley and his partner Carlie who have taken the reigns. Every chef, like … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

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

Review of the year: 2018

Here we are, at the end of another cycle. The world gets weirder every year, but one thing is consistent – we live in a part of the world that has some amazing food producers, restaurants and events taking place throughout the year. Our county is home to so many award winning hotels and restaurants, visitors to Devon are totally spoilt for choice. This year … Continue reading Review of the year: 2018

Reflections on the South West Chef of the Year 2018

One of the highlights this year has been witnessing the grand finals of the South West Chef of the Year. Finally (after a few hiccups with life, photographs and WordPresses new editor) I have some of the shots from the day. I’ve had the privilege of watching the finals for the last couple of years, and they’ve been an absolute thrill-ride. Some of the top … Continue reading Reflections on the South West Chef of the Year 2018

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

NEWS: 2018 Promises to be a Great English Wine Vintage as Sharpham Release Their First Wine Using the 2018 Grapes

This year in the UK, and specifically South Devon, the weather conditions have been perfect for a bumper and high-quality wine harvest. Thanks to the “Beast from the East” and one of the hottest and driest early summers on record, wine makers in the UK are looking forward to a vintage to remember. Sharpham Wine & Cheese, based on the banks of the River Dart … Continue reading NEWS: 2018 Promises to be a Great English Wine Vintage as Sharpham Release Their First Wine Using the 2018 Grapes

Review: Lewtrenchard Manor Part 2 – Our hotel stay #ad

Located a stone’s throw away from Dartmoor, Lewtrenchard Manor is the perfect stopping off point for anyone who wants to explore the surrounding countryside. Pop over the border to Cornwall, or visit West Dartmoor and Okehampton, the wilds of Devon are your plaything. Continue reading Review: Lewtrenchard Manor Part 2 – Our hotel stay #ad

NEWS: Ebdons launches cocktail menu! Thursday 13th December

Ebdons Refreshments is a brand-new independent delicatessen and café bar in central Exeter and on Thursday 13th December they launch their great new cocktail menu, with an amazing launch night offer. This cosy new place combines the best local produce and home cooking with European-style café culture. Ebdons has been open from 8am to 10.30pm (10am to 10pm on Sundays) every day since October, serving … Continue reading NEWS: Ebdons launches cocktail menu! Thursday 13th December

REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – 1 Day Christmas Game – by Sue Stoneman Ad#

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. If you are looking to try your hand at cooking something different to the traditional turkey over the festive season, then the 1-Day Game Course could be for you. You will be shown how to create three stunning game dishes, covering boning … Continue reading REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – 1 Day Christmas Game – by Sue Stoneman Ad#

ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business but was approved before publication. As part of my role for Dining Devon, I get to visit and eat at places I’ve not been to before nor heard about and my recent visit to Beyond Escapes Totnes was one of these, beyond my radar on the Devon foodie/leisure scene. I … Continue reading ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

NEWS: Liam Steevenson MW Creates a unique new wine list for Southernhay House

Liam Steevenson MW has collaborated with Exeter’s most beautiful townhouse hotel to curate an exceptional new wine list, dubbed ‘When A Friend Makes Your Wine’.  The list of eight wines includes six wines created by Liam himself, plus two of his all-time favourites. Having initially made his reputation as a wine merchant and buyer, including a stint as Senior Wine Buyer for Waitrose, Liam has … Continue reading NEWS: Liam Steevenson MW Creates a unique new wine list for Southernhay House

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: 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

NEWS: New Microbrewery & Taphouse to open on Exeter’s Quayside

Topsham Brewery is a small-batch microbrewery specialising in hand crafted, seasonal beers. Situated on the historic Exeter Quay in a grade II listed warehouse. Using only the best quality ingredients available from the Southwest and Northern California. Their focus is making full-flavoured beers, using a range of innovative hop and malt profiles as well as collaborating with other local small businesses to provide a  genuinely … Continue reading NEWS: New Microbrewery & Taphouse to open on Exeter’s Quayside

REVIEW: Lewtrenchard Manor – Part 1 by Chris Gower #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. “I have wandered over Europe, have rambled to Iceland, climbed the Alps, been for some years lodged among the marshes of Essex – yet nothing that I have seen has quenched in me the longing after the fresh air, and love of … Continue reading REVIEW: Lewtrenchard Manor – Part 1 by Chris Gower #Ad

EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

The Pig at Combe is a wonderfully quintessential country venue, based out towards Honiton. In fact, The Pig Group is a small group of hotels that prefer to call themselves restaurants with rooms and are driven by the gardener, forager and chef at each venue. With plenty of produce from local land and it’s own gardens as well a 25 mile ethos for the items … Continue reading EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore

Foodies visiting the Exeter and Greater Exeter area can now embark on a journey of discovery as an exciting new initiative has officially launched. Set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination, the Exeter Food and Drink Trail has brought together the area’s finest food and drink producers, retailers and restaurateurs. At the centre of the self-guided Exeter Food and … Continue reading NEWS: New food and drink trail launched for Exeter this autumn: Over 40 food and drink businesses to explore