Review: 2 mains for £20 at The Oddfellows #ad

I’m not going abroad for my holidays, like many of my fellow countrymen who are too skint, I will not be jetting away to anywhere exotic, we have to make do with being stuck with the continental warmth, the mid-Atlantic storms and the fickle climate. Luckily we have an impressive array of beautiful destinations in our lovely county; glorious wild spaces and lots of green, … Continue reading Review: 2 mains for £20 at The Oddfellows #ad

REVIEW: Turtle Bay, Queen St, Exeter (September 2018) #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Dining Devon is about everything within the county borders of Devon (and outside too!) that involves food, eating, dining and nomming.  We always step-up to champion the mighty independents, but the dining scene in Exeter is a large and is made up … Continue reading REVIEW: Turtle Bay, Queen St, Exeter (September 2018) #Ad

News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!

Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what does its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors on 20th August for a grand refurbishment and reopened just 19 days later, but what now awaits the curious diner inside? The gothic style building on Longbrook Street underwent a serious facelift, carried out by high-quality craftsman, builders … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!

Restaurant Review: Pho, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

I’d heard some great things about the food at Pho following their launch night, so I was really excited to go along and see for myself.  Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant, the first of its kind in this neck of the woods. If you haven’t had Vietnamese food before, the owners describe it as “similar to Chinese or Thai but with complex flavours, more contrast of … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Pho, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

Restaurant Review: Las Iguanas, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

Tickle your taste buds at Las Iguanas and travel on a foodie journey through the Latin American countries of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Peru.  Enjoy some traditional dishes, and sip your way through the exciting drinks menu with their all-day happy hour. Our waiter Sam invited my friend and I to our seats in an alcove looking on to Queen Street and the diners eating … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Las Iguanas, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman

The Night Jar Inn, Aylesbeare – by Lauren Heath

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

Wagamama, Mindfulness and Positive Juices: Wagamama supports the charity Mind! Launch Event

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

Absurd Bird, Queen St Dining Quarter

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

The Seven Stars at Kennford by Chris Gower

It is strange how life completely overruns everything sometimes!  After a promotion at work, I hadn’t realised how much brain space it would take up, so apologies to our regular readers for a lack of activity on the blog in recent weeks.  But to break the silence, here is my write-up of the stonking meal we had at the Seven Stars in Kennford a few … Continue reading The Seven Stars at Kennford by Chris Gower

Byron Burgers, Princesshay by Chris Gower

26 Bedford St, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GJ – T:@byronhamburgers 01392 433340 We visited Byron Burgers a couple of years ago when it first opened in Princesshay.  It was quite delightful; the burgers were meaty and the beer was crafty & beery. Byron Burgers is a name that many burger fans will recognise instantly as being a name synonymous with gourmet burgers and that subtle Americana. It … Continue reading Byron Burgers, Princesshay by Chris Gower

The Flat, 142 Fore St – Vegetarian/Vegan Pizzeria by Chris Gower

https://www.theflatexeter.co.uk/ –  I: @TheFlatExeter F: TheFlatExeter Edit: Previous version of this review stated that gluten-free and vegan mozzarella was default, in fact these are options. Last year Exeter lost two great pizza restaurants.  The Base & Barley became The Book Cover and Pizza Stein turned into Bierkeller, leaving diners in Exeter without a central place to grab hand-made thrown pizza.  Yes, there are plenty of little Italian … Continue reading The Flat, 142 Fore St – Vegetarian/Vegan Pizzeria by Chris Gower

The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment

http://www.citygatehotel.com/  – Iron Bridge, Lower North Street Exeter, EX4 3RB The last time The City Gate hotel had much of a refurbishment was back in 2003, a rebirth from the days when it was The Crown & Sceptre hotel.  It sits in a commanding position over the Longbrook Valley roughly where the old North Gate had been situated before being removed in the early 1800s. For … Continue reading The City Gate Hotel: The first impressions of refurbishment

The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 437470 – www.hitwexeter.co.uk/ I am in my mid-thirties, despite the beard and the wrinkles which make me look well in to my forties (I’ve stopped playing Guess My Age as it is just depressing) I am thirty-five.  I am old enough to remember Boxes & Boogies Nightclub, The Hothouse, The Thirsty Camel, The Turk’s Head, Mambo… the list … Continue reading The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 477704 – http://www.oldtimersexeter.co.uk/ Old Timer’s Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Exeter’s hidden gems, of which we seem to have many!  An independent establishment that is owned by the same names that own The Timepiece Nightclub and Hole In The Wall, it has been one of the highlights on the dining scene in Exeter for many years.  This … Continue reading Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower

Harry’s Restaurant, Longbrook St – by Chris Gower

86 Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AP – Book a table here Twitter – Instagram – Facebook Since I’ve been writing this blog one restaurant has been steady and consistent in quality. That restaurant is Harry’s. If you want to read about our other visits, head here and here. My last review was The Oddfellows which is just up the road; on the theme of fantastic independent … Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Longbrook St – by Chris Gower

Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street , Exeter, EX2 4HY – 01392 790120 – http://www.hotelduvin.com Back in September, as a late birthday surprise, I was treated to Sunday lunch at Hotel Du Vin, Exeter. Previously called The Magdalen Chapter, the building that was originally an Eye Infirmary was taken over by the luxury chain earlier this year. Along with rooms, a spa, walled garden and guest areas, … Continue reading Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Competition! Win a meal for four at Turtle Bay’s new restaurant in Exeter.

Exeter should prepare for a big slice of sunshine – as Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar prepares to roll into its first city in Devon! It’s all about rum, reggae and jerk this summer! Turtle Bay is set to open its doors to Exeter on the 23rd August, bringing a new, vibrant and delicious Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the city. Think jerk chicken, spicy, slow cooked curries, rice and peas, dreamy … Continue reading Competition! Win a meal for four at Turtle Bay’s new restaurant in Exeter.

Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa courtesy of Turtle Bay

Rum, reggae and jerk is coming to Exeter! Turtle Bay will open on 23 rd August in Exeter. Their first restaurant in Devon will be bringing a brand new, blissful Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the people of Exeter! The concept celebrates the lively, colourful, soulful and, above all, delicious experiences that the Caribbean has to offer – from explosive flavours to laid back … Continue reading Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa courtesy of Turtle Bay

Cheese and Pickled Onion Sandwich

We’ve been busy coming up with sandwiches for Burt’s Chips Ultimate Crisp Sandwich project. Some have been disasters (you won’t read about those!)  The second one we had great fun making was a classic with a modern twist.  Search for #ultimatecrispsandwich on Twitter and get the latest on this excellent summer campaign. Yes, its a Cheese and Pickled Onion Sandwich.  The culinary heights we go … Continue reading Cheese and Pickled Onion Sandwich

Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

I was recently invited to a bloggers evening at Base and Barley following the release of their new burger menu. I have seen all manner of burger puns being shared over Twitter recently: “Does my bun look big in this?” and “lets ketchup over dinner then burger off for a dance at the meatball”…let’s move on before this get’s too cheesy! Having visited previously when … Continue reading Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath