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!

May highlights: Mickey’s Beach, Boston Tea Party, Ben’s Farm Shop and more!

May has been a bit wet and wild. It is safe to say that it has been the wettest on record, but one thing that has been keeping our spirits high has been some of the events and places we’ve visited this month. May 17th saw many businesses reopening their indoor areas, and others opening for the first time since January. Newly opened Mickey’s Beach … Continue reading May highlights: Mickey’s Beach, Boston Tea Party, Ben’s Farm Shop and more!

April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more

Wow, April has come and gone and what a difference a year makes!

We’ve decided to do more of a highlights/newsletter style blog post rather than a blog fully focussed on one visit or event – we hope you enjoy it.

We’re looking forward to munching our way through May! Continue reading April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more

Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

We’re delighted to have won an award from LUXLife Magazine for the 2nd year in a row! Merry Christmas to all our readers, and wishing you a restful time whatever it means to you during these tough times. Continue reading Dining Devon wins Best Independent UK Food Blog 2020

Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

EAT OUT TO HELP OUT – SEPTEMBER UPDATE: We are still having hits on this post so we have updated it. Some Devon eateries are continuing their own version of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme discount*, please see individual Facebook pages for further details – list below: During September: The Lighter Inn, The Quay, Topsham The Stand Off Exeter Pink Moon, Exeter Franco … Continue reading Eat Out To Help Out – Participating Venues in Devon

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

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