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
Organisers of the Exeter Food festival have announced a star-studded line up of chefs and producers for the May bank holiday event including, Mitch Tonks, Michael Caines, Gareth Howarth and Josh Eggleton. The annual food and music festival sees thousands of foodies flock to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens to indulge in regional produce and see the region’s top culinary talent in action. The festival … Continue reading NEWS: Exeter Food Festival is back!
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!
A brand-new cookery school experience is set to launch in Dartington in September, with courses and private dining delivered by esteemed chef, Chris Sherville. The school is to be launched from his own home, having transformed a floor into a state-of-the-art professional kitchen and an atmospheric private dining room. The new facilities provide the perfect setting to learn new skills and top cookery tips from the … Continue reading Chef Chris Sherville to open new cookery school in Dartington
All photos are courtesy of Seafood FEAST! Top Devon chefs, including Marine Stewardship Council Ambassador Mitch Tonks and Michelin star chef Simon Hulstone, are fully behind an exciting new seafood festival taking place this autumn. The inaugural England’s Seafood FEAST will take place across the English Riviera from 22 September to 7 October 2018. “I’ve eaten seafood all over the world” said Mitch Tonks, “and … Continue reading Top Devon Chefs Line Up For England’s First Seafood FEAST
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
All photos courtesy of Jose Jimenez Chef Alastair David is holding ‘A Celebration Of Slow Grown Flavour’ showcasing hogget from Tuckett’s Farm. Two pop-up dining events will be held at separate locations in Devon on 7th and 9th June. The menu will be based around a 14 month-old Jacob’s hogget reared on Tuckett’s Farm. Hogget tends to be richer in flavour than traditional lamb and the … Continue reading Chef Alastair David is going The Whole Hogget with this exciting pop-up event!
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