REVIEW: The View, Courtyard Hotel, Sandy Park

If you’ve been travelling past Sandy Park, or the M5 junction 30, you might have noticed a tall modern looking building has sprung up in recent years. This new hotel is The Courtyard and is part of the Merriott family; and right at the top is The View restaurant and bar. Open 6pm – 10pm daily, seven days a week, could this be a new … Continue reading REVIEW: The View, Courtyard Hotel, Sandy Park

August Highlights – new openings, transformations, pop ups and parties

Au revoir August! It’s been a scorching month, not just the weather but across the county we’ve been filling our boots with some blooming lovely lunches and raising a glass or two to some of the fantastic independent producers and restaurants who call our county home. Even though the hot weather is due to ease, the heat hasn’t eased for thousands of small hospitality businesses … Continue reading August Highlights – new openings, transformations, pop ups and parties

June/July Highlights

We like to pack lots of content into our highlights for you to nibble on and as it is, we have quite the feast for you to munch through in this post. Whilst our inconsistent, weird weather seems to vary between baking hot, baking hot & humid or freezing cold, what has been consistent is the high high standards our dining scene in Devon always … Continue reading June/July Highlights

10 Questions with Penthouse Cocktails

Dining Devon loves a good cocktail. Often it’s one of us who are quick to scan their eyes across to the cocktail section of any good drinks menu, so when Penthouse Cocktails approached us to work with them to spread the word, we jumped at the opportunity. Run by husband and wife team, Jonny and Meg, Penthouse Cocktails has just launched their incredible Cocktail Box … Continue reading 10 Questions with Penthouse Cocktails

October & November Highlights – New Openings in Exeter, North Devon Adventures & more

October flew by with only a few outings, and whilst we weren’t prepared for it, a busy November swiftly filled our diaries and tummies with delights. So here’s a buffet of two months mouthwatering munching and sipping… North Devon Adventures New Coast Kitchen, Croyde Early October, Lauren ventured to North Devon for a friends birthday dinner and headed to New Coast Kitchen. A group of … Continue reading October & November Highlights – New Openings in Exeter, North Devon Adventures & more

REVIEW: The Seacliff Restaurant, Sandy Cove Hotel, Ilfracombe

A few miles from Coombe Martin with it’s famous rockpools and beaches, sits The Sandy Cove Hotel, majestically perched on a cliff overlooking the Bristol Channel high above the dramatic North Devon coastline – Dining Devon was up in North Devon for a foodie marathon, and our first night’s dining was here at The Sandy Cove Hotel. The Seacliff Restaurant provides a fine dining experience, … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seacliff Restaurant, Sandy Cove Hotel, Ilfracombe

REVIEW: Broomhill Estate – boutique art hotel near Barnstaple

Being an Exeter lad, venturing north of Tiverton is always an exciting prospect. Recently we were given the chance to stay for two nights at the newly refurbished Broomhill Estate; it was a chance for us to dive into a part of our county that Dining Devon hasn’t covered much. The landscape of North Devon has a rugged attractive beauty which is very different from … Continue reading REVIEW: Broomhill Estate – boutique art hotel near Barnstaple

July Highlights – brunch at the Manor, fill your cakehole, fire feast days & more!

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!

REVIEW: Circa Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box

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

Devon Dinner celebrates West Country beef & lamb

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

EVENT REVIEW: Autumn Healthy Eating at The Five Bells, hosted by Carola Becker #ad

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

Pop Up Dining Event Review: Nose to Tail Dining Experience at Ashridge Court Farm, North Tawton by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited

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

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

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

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

Restaurant Review: The Barbican Kitchen, Plymouth by Sue Stoneman

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

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

One Mile Bakery launches in Exeter with delivery by bike and exciting bakery classes!

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!

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