Restaurant Review: Fat Cow Burgers, Torquay by Chris Gower

In previous posts on this blog, I’ve extolled my love for Torquay and the rabbit warren of roads and streets that entangle the surrounding villages into the large urban conglomerate that is Torbay.  There is an eclectic range of independent restaurants, funny little shops, and a really vibrant dining scene.  Two Exeter favourites – Meat 59 and Brody’s – started off in Torquay both graduating … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Fat Cow Burgers, Torquay by Chris Gower

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

Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

Exeter Food Festival is one of the yearly highlights that I look forward to on our foodie calendar.  This year I feel it was the best yet, and although we were not able to stay for the whole evening too, it was an unforgettable day that I enjoyed thoroughly. The gates opened at 10am, but we were there a bit earlier on Saturday.  Local culinary … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

Eating Exeter visits the Crediton Coffee Company by Chris Gower

Our part of the world is full of fantastic artisan producers who are all doing fabulous things with food and drink.  I live on the north-west side of Exeter, in fact it is easier to go shopping in Crediton than trudge across the city in search of a supermarket. But when we’re not food shopping or visiting for another reason, it is easy to ignore … Continue reading Eating Exeter visits the Crediton Coffee Company by Chris Gower

Five Guys, Queen Street

74 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX – 01392 276744 As we waved goodbye to Ruby Burgers, muffled reports came in that there would be a large well known chain Burger restaurant moving in.  The doors closed and we waited with baited anticipation to discover who it was going to be.  MeatLIQUOR? Patty and Bun? Five Guys? Five Guys is like some sort of neon advertisement for … Continue reading Five Guys, Queen Street

Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa courtesy of Turtle Bay

Rum, reggae and jerk is coming to Exeter! Turtle Bay will open on 23 rd August in Exeter. Their first restaurant in Devon will be bringing a brand new, blissful Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the people of Exeter! The concept celebrates the lively, colourful, soulful and, above all, delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer – from explosive flavours to laid back … Continue reading Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa courtesy of Turtle Bay

The Great Artisan Feast Festival – Southernhay Gardens

The team behind Exeter Street Food will be transforming Southernhay Gardens for The Great Artisan Feast Festival on Saturday 15th October 2016, 10:00am to 8:00pm. Now a familiar sight on Exeter’s elegant Southernhay Gardens the Exeter Street Food team are launching their new food and drink experience for all, called The Great Artisan Feast Festival. The all-day festival features local artisan producers, street food, deli … Continue reading The Great Artisan Feast Festival – Southernhay Gardens

Cockt-Ale Festival: Drinks & Entertainment Take Centre Stage at Exeter’s Piazza Terracina

Photography: Faydit Photography Building upon the success and popularity of the Exeter Street Food brand, the team from the Hubb Group are launching their Cockt-Ale Festival. Celebrating distillers and brewers from the South West, this brand new event is at Exeter’sPiazza Terracina on Saturday 24th September 2016 (11:00am – 8:00pm). The Cockt-Ale Festival puts the mighty beverage right at the heart of the action, combining … Continue reading Cockt-Ale Festival: Drinks & Entertainment Take Centre Stage at Exeter’s Piazza Terracina

Carluccio’s – Cheese and Wine, Deli and Dine – by Lauren Heath

Carluccio’s, Princesshay, Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ Tel: 01392 410492, @carluccios, http://www.carluccios.com I was recently invited to Carluccio’s in Exeter’s Princesshay for a cheese and wine evening; I like cheese and wine a lot, but this really had my husband’s name all over it – and he was even more delighted than usual…I hoped it wouldn’t disappoint. On arrival we were warmly greeted by a … Continue reading Carluccio’s – Cheese and Wine, Deli and Dine – by Lauren Heath

Boston Tea Party: Exeter’s very own Tardis – by Lauren Heath

Boston Tea Party – 84 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP, Tel: 01392 201181 Free wifi, open Mon – Sat 7am til 7pm and Sun 8am til 6pm. Boston Tea Party have 18 cafes from as high as Birmingham all the way down to Barnstaple, with a 19th cafe about to open in Bristol (making the total 6 in and around the city!). I must admit, … Continue reading Boston Tea Party: Exeter’s very own Tardis – by Lauren Heath

Breakfast at Harry’s Restaurant

86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP  Tel: 01392 202234  Twitter:@HarrysExeter I don’t get out much.  For someone that writes a food blog, you’d think that I spend my days frequenting fine restaurants and hob-nobbing with the fooderati of Devon, but unfortunately I pay my bills, not via writing, but through a standard job that pays wages. It has nothing to do with food and given I … Continue reading Breakfast at Harry’s Restaurant

Cote Brasserie, Cathedral Green by Chris Gower

August 20th is our anniversary and this was the opportunity to go somewhere that had been recommended to us by more than one person. It definitely has a few fans by having a look at the feedback on Google and Facebook, including Latoyah at Sugar Pink Food. Cote Brasserie sits on the Exeter’s historic Cathedral Green within earshot of Michael Caines Abode and just a … Continue reading Cote Brasserie, Cathedral Green by Chris Gower

River Cottage Summer Fair 2015

In this end of the South West, we are quite lucky really.  We have a number of popular culinary landmarks that any good foodie must visit at least once in their lifetime.  Gidleigh Park, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, River Cottage HQ, The Riverford Field Kitchen in Buckfastleigh are for me, those placecs in the popular food arena which foodies need pay homage to, sacrifice a … Continue reading River Cottage Summer Fair 2015

Rob Dawe at the Topsham Lock Keepers Cottage Cafe

You might remember a few months ago we were invited to sample one of Chef Rob Dawe’s Pop-up Restaurants at The Heart of Oak in Pinhoe.  It was a fantastic evening, and something which we enjoyed immeasurably. I’m happy to announce that Rob is going to be at The Lock Keeper’s Cottage Cafe in Topsham for a couple of weeks, from the 19th August until … Continue reading Rob Dawe at the Topsham Lock Keepers Cottage Cafe

Princesshay Grand Dine Out

Princesshay is running a fab competition over August. Grand Dine Out will reward four winners with a £1000 Princesshay Gift Card when spending £35 or more on food in any of its restaurants between 1st August and 28th August. There is no limit on the amount of times diners can enter the competition, so the more times visitors dine, the more chances they have to … Continue reading Princesshay Grand Dine Out

Circa 1924, Exeter

When Harry’s Grill & Bar closed in Northernhay Place, it left available a prime spot for a restaurant. The inevitable march of Exeter’s chain restaurants had some worried that the site might be engulfed by some bland corporate named establishment… Enter stage left: James and Rob, founders of Circa 1924, a 1920’s inspired Steak and Seafood Restaurant that is raising the bar for casual-fine dining in … Continue reading Circa 1924, Exeter

‘Eating Exeter Recommends’ – a new rating system for Eating Exeter

Generally speaking most ‘reviews’ you read will have some sort of rating system, and since starting this blog I have been keen to look beyond the ‘out-of-five’ rating syem that I started off with.  I have tried not rating anything, but I feel this then negates the fact its a blog that reviews restaurants and products. So I will be introducing a new system, that … Continue reading ‘Eating Exeter Recommends’ – a new rating system for Eating Exeter

Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter

86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP  Tel: 01392 202234  Twitter:@HarrysExeter Its not often that I get to review a restaurant that has such a legacy.  Whilst at work on the day of the review a couple of conversations I had with colleagues went along the lines of “What are you doing tonight?” “Going to Harry’s for something to eat…” “Oh I love Harry’s, its really nice, you’ll … Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter