The Pig & Pallet: Good Game’s new Deli Cafe

Exeter has a lot of cafes. It is definitely a hub of cafe culture in Devon, if not the South West, and it doesn’t seem to be relenting any time soon.  The newest, and certainly the most exciting to open for a while, is The Pig & Pallet which opened over the weekend on Topsham’s historic quayside.  The company behind this deli-cafe is Good Game, … Continue reading The Pig & Pallet: Good Game’s new Deli Cafe

Cream Tea at Bovey Castle Hotel

Guest blogger, Ditch Townsend, tastes the opulence in central Devon WH Smith bought the land on which his son built Bovey Castle in 1907. A luxuriantly lush hotel now, its granite-ballustraded rear terraces look out over part of their golf course, woodland, farm land on the hillside opposite, and even some moorland on its top. For less pleasant weather, the large, beautifully appointed dining room … Continue reading Cream Tea at Bovey Castle Hotel

Circa 1924, Exeter

When Harry’s Grill & Bar closed in Northernhay Place, it left available a prime spot for a restaurant. The inevitable march of Exeter’s chain restaurants had some worried that the site might be engulfed by some bland corporate named establishment… Enter stage left: James and Rob, founders of Circa 1924, a 1920’s inspired Steak and Seafood Restaurant that is raising the bar for casual-fine dining in … Continue reading Circa 1924, Exeter

Tabac Taphouse in Queen St. now open

Head here for a the proper mini-review If you regularly end up walking down Queen St. you’ll have noticed a new kid on the block.  The Tabac Taphouse has an on-off licence wine bar/craft beer establishment and is part of The Fat Pig family, and I am happy to say that it is now open for business 🙂 (Check opening times on their Facebook page). … Continue reading Tabac Taphouse in Queen St. now open

The Cosy Club, Southernhay (New Summer Menu)

When it opened two years ago, The Cosy Club really changed the playing field for chain restaurants in Exeter.  It was a new, quirky and it did some amazing cocktails.  You can read the original review here, its a little old so it is in need of an update. Entering through what had been the chapel entrance of the old hospital, you are presented with one … Continue reading The Cosy Club, Southernhay (New Summer Menu)

Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter

86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP  Tel: 01392 202234  Twitter:@HarrysExeter Its not often that I get to review a restaurant that has such a legacy.  Whilst at work on the day of the review a couple of conversations I had with colleagues went along the lines of “What are you doing tonight?” “Going to Harry’s for something to eat…” “Oh I love Harry’s, its really nice, you’ll … Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter

Cream Tea At The Prince Hall Hotel

Guest blogger, Ditch Townsend, takes tea for us on Dartmoor On the site of a 15th century house, the current mansion was rebuilt in 1787 after being destroyed in the English Civil War. ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ was allegedly inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stay here. Being outside offers a stunning view (it can often be glimpsed through the windows), and the drawing … Continue reading Cream Tea At The Prince Hall Hotel

Cream Tea At The Magdalen Chapter – (4/5)

Guest blogger, Ditch Townsend, takes tea for two in Exeter Tastefully renovated, decorated and furnished, we chose to sit in the light and comfortable lounge, but we could have used the darker, sparklier bar, the generously plush library, or a spacious patio. Music was soft, lilting, and predominantly instrumental, with some lounge jazz. But you just can’t escape the fact that the hotel is nesting … Continue reading Cream Tea At The Magdalen Chapter – (4/5)

Product Review: 28 Day Aged Rump Steak – GT Orsman, Shaldon

Please note the following blog post is not Vegetarian/Vegan friendly. May contain pictures of succulent meat that might offend some. You’ll notice that my previous product review was Shaldon Bakery and their divine artisan bread. Sticking with the Shaldon theme, the next product review is going to be 28 Day Aged Rump Steak from Phil Beatty and his team at GT Orsman, the butchers who just … Continue reading Product Review: 28 Day Aged Rump Steak – GT Orsman, Shaldon

Product Review: Piper’s Farm Unsmoked Back Bacon 5/5

Bacon. Breaker of vegetarians, maker of Full English Breakfasts and very hard to cover the smell of. Supermarkets sell it, normally injected with water or treated with chemicals which help it stay preserved for longer so its refreshing to be able to tuck in to what I consider ‘proper bacon’.  And who better to have bought these from.Piper’s Farm are award winning. Just look at … Continue reading Product Review: Piper’s Farm Unsmoked Back Bacon 5/5

New Exhibitors queuing to be part of the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink!

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is celebrating an exciting increase in the number of new exhibitors it will be welcoming to its 12th festival. Taking place this April from its city centre location at Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens, the Exeter Food Festival is a multi-award winning annual event that celebrates the very best of south west produce and producers as a … Continue reading New Exhibitors queuing to be part of the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink!

Rob Dawe’s Pop-Up Restaurant at The Heart of Oak, Pinhoe

In writing this blog, I have met some people and eaten some food that I might not have been able to even consider.  I’ve been given some ‘awesome food moments’ for me to write about and remember for years to come, and certainly the Pop-up restaurants that I have reviewed have given me plenty of material to digest and photograph.  They are special, one-time menus … Continue reading Rob Dawe’s Pop-Up Restaurant at The Heart of Oak, Pinhoe

The Gobbler Burger & Peanut Butter Jelly Shake – Ruby Modern Diner, Queen St.

Tis the season to be jolly!  Tis the season of late night shopping, Amazon wishlists, family logistics, Christmas meals and a very empty looking bank account.  There are a lot of things that really annoy me about the whole season, but the one thing I look forward to, being the pig that I am, is the culinary side of it.  Mince pies, seasonal specials, Christmas … Continue reading The Gobbler Burger & Peanut Butter Jelly Shake – Ruby Modern Diner, Queen St.

Las Iguanas, Queen St. Exeter

Las Iguanas has been open just over a year now since it took over its prime spot on Queen St. after Pitcher & Piano abandoned it.  After extensive works, which included stripping back the years of ‘super quick renovations’ to reveal the original flooring, the restaurant opened to a fanfare of Mexican goodness.  Initially the first few months were a little shaky, and Trip Advisor was … Continue reading Las Iguanas, Queen St. Exeter

‘Read Reviews’ page! Now all reviews are easy to find…

One thing I have been dying to do since Eating Exeter reached size enough to warrant it was to index the reviews in to some sort of easy glance page. It is an urge that I have now and again, being a librarian these things are inevitable. And that has now happened, head to ‘Read Reviews’ to see all of Eating Exeter’s reviews on one … Continue reading ‘Read Reviews’ page! Now all reviews are easy to find…

14th November 2014: Spooky Culinary Extravaganza @ The Great Fulfords at Cheriton Bishop

EDIT: This event has been moved to Friday 14th November A few weeks ago, Eating Exeter had the special opportunity to sample ‘Jonny Does Dinner’ serving Dinner In A Polytunnel at Trill Farm and absolutely loved it.  It was an amazing meal served in a fantastic location, ultimately a real treat for a foody who cares about his ingredients. Jonny Does Dinner has had a few … Continue reading 14th November 2014: Spooky Culinary Extravaganza @ The Great Fulfords at Cheriton Bishop

Green Sauce presents Funghi Night at The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary – 24th October

The Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary is the venue for Tim Maddams’ Green Sauce to set up shop for a Pop-up night.  Tim previously worked as Head Chef at River Cottage, and can still be found teaching, writing for national rags and promoting ethical foods.  The Funghi Night looks like its going to be a spectacular evening, using foraged mushrooms to create a carnival of … Continue reading Green Sauce presents Funghi Night at The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary – 24th October

Easy Chicken and Pesto Pasta – Ideal for beginners

Our kitchen is about the size of a knat’s testicle and given the tiny amount of surface space we actually have, I am all for the student modus operandi when it comes to cooking.  There is no shame in using a jar of pesto opposed to fresh pesto that you make yourself, and I can’t start to say that it matches it in taste but … Continue reading Easy Chicken and Pesto Pasta – Ideal for beginners

The Glorious Art House, Fore Street, Exeter

The Glorious Art House appeared on my social radar a few weeks ago over Facebook.  In fact a lot of new openings get to me via Facebook and often friends who recommend these things and thanks to one of my old friends, I became aware of its existence and through the few photos that I saw of it I immediately wanted to go look.  There … Continue reading The Glorious Art House, Fore Street, Exeter

Sylvain’s Little French Cakes: Pattiserie Perfection

For Eating Exeter, product testing is a bit of a rarity.  Once Gourmet Garden sent us a whole bunch of squeezy herbs which I tried to love but failed to, and now and again we get the odd thing sent through which either gets a write up because its lovely or casually ignored if it is just naff.  But this is the first time that … Continue reading Sylvain’s Little French Cakes: Pattiserie Perfection