July has been a busy old month. In between sweltering in heat, and being rained on we’ve been out and about. July 19th saw many restrictions being lifted, including the requirement for face masks and compulsory table service in restaurants/pubs. Slowly, it seems, people are starting to venture out with more confidence. But there is still a long way to go. Many places are still … Continue reading July Highlights – brunch at the Manor, fill your cakehole, fire feast days & more!
Across the UK many restaurants have reopened their doors, but it’s a tough time to be in the hospitality industry. With social distancing restrictions, and the looming threat of another ‘lockdown’ – even if it is a local one – means that restaurants have had to think outside of the box. Or even, inside. Circa is tucked behind the High Street in a central location; … Continue reading REVIEW: Circa Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box
Top chefs, food journalists and producers came together to celebrate West Country PGI beef and lamb at a Winter Gastronomy evening. The dinner took place at the Beachside Grill Restaurant, part of Saunton Sands hotel, in Devon on the 15 November. The menu was designed by head chef, Dez Turland, at the Beachside Grill Restaurant. The dishes made full use of local produce, and … Continue reading Devon Dinner celebrates West Country beef & lamb
The practice of healthy eating is something I’ve been struggling with for years. I know the basics; the fact that if you eat nothing but sausage rolls, you’ll feel ill and most probably suffer some hideous case of malnutrition. But the practice is much harder to implement than the theory is to learn. So when Charlie, co-owner of The Five Bells at Clyst Hydon invited … Continue reading EVENT REVIEW: Autumn Healthy Eating at The Five Bells, hosted by Carola Becker #ad
I get quite excited when I venture out on my trips out and about in Devon. A ride out to the small village of North Tawton recently to Ashridge Court Farm was no exception. It was a beautiful summer’s evening and I think it’s more of an adventure when you go somewhere you’ve not been before and you are not quite sure what will be … Continue reading Pop Up Dining Event Review: Nose to Tail Dining Experience at Ashridge Court Farm, North Tawton by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited
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
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
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
I was very excited to find out that I was heading to the Barbican Kitchen in Plymouth. Recently celebrating it’s 12th birthday, we were invited along to sample the summer menu. The Barbican Kitchen is run by The Tanner Brothers, Chris & James. I first saw The Tanner Bros demo at Flavour Fest, Plymouth’s Food & Drink festival a couple of years ago and the … Continue reading Restaurant Review: The Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth by Sue Stoneman
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
All photos are courtesy of One Mile Bakery In 2012, Guardian journalist turned baker Elisabeth Mahoney launched the first One Mile Bakery in Cardiff. Inspired by her mother’s home cooking and baking, the concept was a hyper-local delivery service within a mile of her Cardiff townhouse, delivering homemade bread, soup and jam to subscribers by bike. She ran inspirational baking classes in her micro-bakery kitchen, … Continue reading One Mile Bakery launches in Exeter with delivery by bike and exciting bakery classes!
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
The wet, cold & windy June weather at the weekend didn’t stop the BBQ teams from descending down to the farm to light up their colourful array of ‘Qs’, to compete against each other in an attempt to take the title of Grand Champion QFEST 2018. I was there in the impressive line up of demo chefs for both days and I also had time … Continue reading QFEST BBQ COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2018 held at Red Rock Brewery, Bishopsteignton by Sue Stoneman
Pubs are closing at a rate of knots these days, but in the small village of Aylesbeare, not only is there a reopened pub, it’s got the full works – in building terms and with its offering. Previously The Aylesbeare Inn, the new village pub, now the Night Jar Inn, was named by the Aylesbeare community thanks to the invitation of its saviours. The old … Continue reading The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath
Last week I put out a call for another foodie blogger to join our humble blog. The competition was fierce as we pitted potential rivals in a battle of wits, physical ability, and creativity as they fought for the coveted place of Third Member of Dining Devon. OK OK… it wasn’t quite like that. It wasn’t a fight to the death, that was just for … Continue reading Sue Stoneman joins the Dining Devon team!
If you’ve never been to Christow then I am hoping that I will give you a really good reason to visit; it isn’t a big place, it lies 12 miles from Exeter and the perfect place to visit as a base-camp for exploring the nearby countryside with Dartmoor being a stone’s throw away. I love pubs. Especially village pubs. And to see a pub open … Continue reading The Artichoke Inn, Christow by Chris Gower
Chris Gower heads down to Boringdon Hall in Plympton to try out their casual dining offering. This historic venue has a killer reputation for a la carte, will this be the same for the relaxed Mayflower Brasserie? Some of the photos used in this review are featured in our Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall review which you can read here. Award-winning Head Chef Scott … Continue reading Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie by Chris Gower
There are two things in life that I could not live without. Food and mindfulness. In recent years organisations like Mind and individuals like Stephen Fry & Ruby Wax have popularized the notion of talking about mental health, something which is strangely taboo around some dinner tables. We got an invitation to attend a bloggers evening launching a partnership between Wagamama’s and MIND a couple … Continue reading Wagamama, Mindfulness and Positive Juices: Wagamama supports the charity Mind! Launch Event
Following 2017’s record-breaking year, entries are now open for the prestigious Food & Drink Devon Awards 2018. These gold standard awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The awards, currently in their eighth year, continue to grow with 2017 recording the highest number of entries to date … Continue reading FOOD & DRINK DEVON AWARDS 2018 LAUNCHED
I said to my dining companion, “I’m not going to write a review!” after all I didn’t have my good camera and I wanted to concentrate on catching up with my good friend and fellow food-lover, the fantastically talented singer-songwriter Kimwei. Seriously, visit www.kimwei.com and take a peek at some of his music videos, especially Beauty In Every Element – it is properly amazing stuff. But here … Continue reading Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter