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

REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad

To anyone who is familiar with the surrounding landscape of Exeter, it is hard to miss Haldon Hill. A long treelined geographical slug, that helps create a mild microclimate for us city dwellers, repels the harsh winds and nasty rains that slide off Dartmoor’s slippery heather padded shoulders. Tucked up in it’s shadow is Brickhouse Vineyard, a stone’s throw from Starcross, overlooking the estuary and … Continue reading REVIEW: Brickhouse Vineyard hosts its first Pop-up event with M Welsh Catering #Ad

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REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – by Lauren Heath

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Meandering amidst the Devon lanes onto rugged yet lush Dartmoor, expectations were high as we headed for award winning country house hotel, Bovey Castle. I considered whether a large 60 bedroom castle could be cosy, comfortable and warm, or would it be … Continue reading REVIEW: Staycation at Bovey Castle, Dartmoor – by Lauren Heath

EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

The Pig at Combe is a wonderfully quintessential country venue, based out towards Honiton. In fact, The Pig Group is a small group of hotels that prefer to call themselves restaurants with rooms and are driven by the gardener, forager and chef at each venue. With plenty of produce from local land and it’s own gardens as well a 25 mile ethos for the items … Continue reading EVENT: Chef Meets Sommelier Game Supper at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

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

Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

Life’s busy right? But we all need a getaway. A bit of me time, a couples retreat, a chance to celebrate life’s successes or even somewhere to escape parenthood, obligations, or even the washing pile for just 24 glorious hours. You want to feel like you’re somewhere else without travelling far. To be cocooned, welcome, looked after? Well look no further than Deer Park Hotel. … Continue reading Hotel Review: Treehouse Getaway at Deer Park Country House Hotel – by Lauren Heath

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

The Chef Shed presents Tim Maddams and Juanita Hennessey pop-up event. Photography by Nick Hook

All photos are copyright Nick Hook Photography The best events are the ones that you’re invited to last minute.  My good foodie chums Harry & Nick were due to go to this event, but for Harry – is nearly ready to pop with a teeny small one – this was going to be an event that she would have to sit out. So I was … Continue reading The Chef Shed presents Tim Maddams and Juanita Hennessey pop-up event. Photography by Nick Hook

Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival

Exeter Food Festival – Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018 Exeter Beats – Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens next month with fantastic regional chefs, over 80 producers selling delicious goodies from across the South West, live music to keep the atmosphere alive throughout … Continue reading Seven Wonders of Exeter Food Festival

Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

You know how they says dogs are not just for Christmas? Well, a strange comparison I know, but neither is Harry’s. It really is for every occasion. Situated down Longbrook Street, just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Exeter’s high street, Harry’s has been doing its thing since 1993; a family owned and run by the Pounds family since its inception, … Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

DEVON: Delightful, Edible, Variety, Outdoors, Nourishing. Five words we can think of relating to our incredibly rich, tasty and hardworking county, but there are certainly many more words to describe the assortment of food and drink available to us from our waters, moors and everything inbetween. The best way to be exposed to as many great producers as possible? Food and Drink festivals of course! … Continue reading 2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

New Portuguese Patisserie Opens in Topsham

For cake aficionados everywhere – new Portuguese patisserie opens in Topsham Sara’s Petite Cuisine, a modern take on a Portuguese patisserie, opened on Fore Street in Topsham in December. Offering delicious cakes and pastries made on site as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks, the café is set to be a huge success. It has been set up by Sara Felix, a … Continue reading New Portuguese Patisserie Opens in Topsham

Lunch at Lloyds Lounge, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Alfresco eating – it’s a wonderful thing; fresh air, sunshine (maybe), a care free feeling. BUT…this is the UK, it isn’t warm all year round, or dry at the best of times. So no matter how keen people were on the European feel of the old LTG’s in Exeter, owned by Lloyd Gardner of Lloyds Kitchen, it wasn’t the most ideal venue for all year … Continue reading Lunch at Lloyds Lounge, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Reflection and Review of 2017

The nights are long, the days are comically short and it is bitterly cold.  Here I am wondering what the hell happened to the past year?  It disappeared in a puff of smoke, blitzed past us in a whoosh of reviews and events. Eating Exeter turned in to Dining Devon, with our new URL http://www.diningdevon.com being our main address, we expanded our horizons to encompass … Continue reading Reflection and Review of 2017

Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Crab Cakes with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Whilst this is the season of Christmas dinners, random concoctions using leftovers, eating out with friends and plenty of heart-warming meals – if you fancy something a bit lighter but still comforting, how about this fab crab cake recipe from Favis of Salcombe? Favis of Salcombe have been fishing the waters off the South Devon coastline since 1972. Their hand-picked crab meat has won a series of … Continue reading Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Crab Cakes with Chilli Dipping Sauce

10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

The 19th December 2016 is a day I remember with great fondness – it was the beginning of my 2 week Christmas break from work, and the diary entry for the evening contained the ‘Rockfish Exmouth VIP Opening Night Party’. I had previously eaten at a few restaurant reincarnations within the building at the harbour end of Exmouth, but they weren’t doing it completely right, … Continue reading 10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

Crab Spaghetti Recipe using Favis of Salcombe Crab – by Lauren Heath

A true family run business, Favis of Salcombe’s history dates back to 1972, and is currently being run by 4 of the Favis family at the core, along with a 5th Favis who is starting out as a fresh young fish, straight from school as the Favis apprentice. We have been delighted to share their progress and news as well as a recipe before so … Continue reading Crab Spaghetti Recipe using Favis of Salcombe Crab – by Lauren Heath

Serve a touch of English elegance this Christmas and New Year!

Celebrate in true British style this festive season and serve one of England’s finest wines.  Named as a favourite by many of the country’s leading drinks writers, the innovative Lyme Bay Winery has a selection of wines for every occasion, a perfect pour this Christmas and New Year. Having painstakingly prepared a delicious selection of canapés for a stylish Christmas drinks party, the drinks offering … Continue reading Serve a touch of English elegance this Christmas and New Year!

A Refreshing New Look for Devon Crafted Cider

The Shops at Dartington is unveiling a brand-new look for their own-labelled cider range, made with locally grown Devon apples. The clean, fresher look reflects the premium position of the cider, which is hand-pressed using apples from ancient organic orchards. The range has been produced in collaboration with award-winning Ashridge Cider who grow up to 15 different varieties of bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples in … Continue reading A Refreshing New Look for Devon Crafted Cider

A little tweak – new logo and name for the blog!

Earlier in the year we changed the logo and the branding for Eating Exeter.  It changed to Eating Exeter, Dining Devon and we’ve been really happy with things since.  But there is one more tweak – I am sorry, I am a perfectionist. From today Eating Exeter, Dining Devon will just be Dining Devon.  Our interest and passion in everything foodie and culinary spans across the … Continue reading A little tweak – new logo and name for the blog!