Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

All photos courtesy of Devon Food Movement Devon Food Movement is working in partnership with Ashridge Court to bring our first BIG COLLABORATION event to fruition. This collaboration is taking place on 8th September and will feature many local artisans and some of the South West’s best chefs (see lists below) The evening will start with a canape and drinks reception sponsored by the local … Continue reading Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

Taste of the West’s New Food Village arrives on Exmouth Seafront

All photos are courtesy of McQueenie Mulholland From Thai-inspired ice cream to locally-bred pork, the new food village at the Queen’s Drive Space on Exmouth seafront is proving a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. The new attraction, which is being run by Taste of the West, has already attracted hundreds of visitors, keen to sample some of the tastiest produce from the region, … Continue reading Taste of the West’s New Food Village arrives on Exmouth Seafront

Properly free range meat stars at Great Taste, as Pipers Farm lands four awards

All photos courtesy of Freshly Ground PR Devon-based online butcher, Pipers Farm is celebrating a healthy haul of awards today as the Great Taste results are announced, taking home a highly coveted 3-star award for its Saddleback Neck Steak, alongside three other accolades. Described by the judges as “beautifully soft, with full frontal flavour”, the pork steaks are one of only 192 food and drink … Continue reading Properly free range meat stars at Great Taste, as Pipers Farm lands four awards

REVIEW: eat the bird, Taunton

I am clicking my ‘review knuckles’ because I now realise that I haven’t actually written a review for a good while.  Now and again we get the urge to visit another part of the region, and it was on this occasion that we were in full ‘treat ourselves’ mode as we were mooching around Taunton. We were hungry, so now what? My fellow foodie chums … Continue reading REVIEW: eat the bird, Taunton

Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

It’s official! Devon hosts the most of the UK’s favourite hotels – more than any other county outside of London. An impressive 7% of the UK’s Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list feature Devon based hotels, with 4 properties being members of Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association. Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, The Pig at Combe in Gittisham, Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Salcombe and … Continue reading Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels

Visit Exeter launches Exeter Food and Drink Trail – by Sue Stoneman

Visit Exeter are launching an exciting new food and drink initiative called the ‘Exeter Food and Drink Trail’ for food and drink businesses in the Exeter and Greater Exeter area. Launched at the Exeter Cookery School, trail ambassadors Mary Quicke (Quicke’s Cheese) Jim and Lucy Fisher (Exeter Cookery School) and Karen Skerratt  (Exeter Gin) were in attendance (Mitch Tonks was unable to attend), along with … Continue reading Visit Exeter launches Exeter Food and Drink Trail – by Sue Stoneman

Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

Alex Fletcher (aka The Chunki Chef) is the new head chef at the Seawood Hotel and Restaurant with years of experience, working in top establishments. His last venture, he helped open a new bistro restaurant in Derbyshire with a farm to fork ethos and after 10 months of the doors opening they won the best restaurant and best newcomer of the year in Derbyshire. He has … Continue reading Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

Sandford Orchard’s Secret Cider Society presents: The Devon Food Movement with Chef Luke Fearon

Some of the photos included in this blog post are courtesy of Paul from Clash & Clash Photography http://clashandclash.com/ Don’t tell anyone – but did you know about a secret society located deep in the heart of Devon? I have exclusive photos from the last meeting of this secretive bunch of cider lovers!  I’m kidding by the way, tell anyone who you think would enjoy some … Continue reading Sandford Orchard’s Secret Cider Society presents: The Devon Food Movement with Chef Luke Fearon

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

New foodie initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in Exeter and Greater Exeter

Exeter and Greater Exeter food and drink businesses are being invited to sign up to an exciting new initiative which is set to place Exeter on the map as a major new foodie destination. Due to be launched in time for summer 2018, the new Exeter Food and Drink Trail, which is being created by Visit Exeter, aims to embrace businesses that celebrate local produce, … Continue reading New foodie initiative set to boost food and drink businesses in Exeter and Greater Exeter

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

What’s the beef with eating meat? Online butcher calls for a curb on consumption

Following a recent investigation uncovering the extent of industrial-scale beef farming in the UK, Devon-based Pipers Farm is encouraging consumers to stop fuelling the growth of this ‘Victorian workhouse style of beef farming’ by reducing their meat consumption and opting for beef that is reared in harmony with nature. Troubled by the continued global rise of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a system designed to … Continue reading What’s the beef with eating meat? Online butcher calls for a curb on consumption

Coffee #1, Drake Circus, Plymouth – by Sue Stoneman

I ‘m always on a look out for a good cup of coffee when out and about, so it’s great to know there’s an award winning Coffee#1 at Drakes Circus, Plymouth. It has been open for about six months now and has a lovely homely and airy décor with plenty of comfy sofas inside and a huge open front which spreads out onto the pavement. … Continue reading Coffee #1, Drake Circus, Plymouth – by Sue Stoneman

Powderkeg Brewery supports Plastic Free Oceans

Powderkeg Brewery, Devon’s leading independent brewery, is joining forces with Surfers Against Sewage to raise money to tackle plastic pollution, and increase awareness of the problem. Just like you – we love our oceans. We’d like to see them better protected for the future for everyone, so we are backing Surfers Against Sewage who have campaigned for cleaner seas for nearly 40 years, and are … Continue reading Powderkeg Brewery supports Plastic Free Oceans

Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award

Pretty Local – an online marketplace for food and drink producers in the South Hams – has been announced winner of this year’s Devon Business Start-Up Award. The annual competition, organised by Dartmouth Food Festival, is open to new food-related businesses based in Devon that use local ingredients, products and / or suppliers. The Award gives winners a substantial helping hand via a prize package which … Continue reading Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award

Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout

Packed full of slow-reared, properly free range and grass-fed meat, Pipers Farm’s Fitness Box has been carefully curated by the Devon-based online butcher to help fitness enthusiasts build nutritious, lean and high protein feasts in a flash. Free from chemicals and preservatives, each portion of meat is produced in harmony with nature, allowing those following a strict exercise regime or adhering to a high protein or Paleo … Continue reading Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout

Turtle Bay introduce Caribbean Cocktail Tables

Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, are welcoming the summer with a new party experience that is all about relaxed, social drinking and eating – Turtle Bay’s Cocktail Tables are here! Lovers of the Turtle Bay Caribbean social can now book a table for cocktails, and enjoy a chilled-out drinking experience with full table service from the comfort of Turtle Bay’s cool but cosy dining enclaves. … Continue reading Turtle Bay introduce Caribbean Cocktail Tables

Get a taste of the ‘good life’ this September at The Nourish Festival!

We visited the Nourish Festival in 2015. Read our review here! Now in its 5th year, The Nourish Festival set in the heart of Bovey Tracey, is a weekend of events designed to feed the body, the mind and the senses, filling the town with some of the best producers of food, drink and craft from the south west on Sat 1 September.   Over 60 food and … Continue reading Get a taste of the ‘good life’ this September at The Nourish Festival!

South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

The 2018 prestigious South West Chef of the Year is open for applications to showcase the excellence in the South West’s hospitality industry. Now in its 15th year, the highly anticipated culinary contest aims to find the very best regional talent for five different categories.  Photos included are taken from last year’s competition, read our review here! Lead judge and co-founder Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat

Devon-based barbecue restaurant have launched a vegan menu in response to customers’ increasingly health-conscious food choices. The team, who also own an organic charcuterie company, are keen to promote meat-alternatives in a bid to encourage less but better-quality meat consumption. Topsham’s Pig & Pallet smokehouse and barbecue restaurant uses the same wood and smoking techniques to replicate meaty flavours, but instead of using animal products, … Continue reading Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat