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!
As the country emerges from three months in lockdown, we ask some of Devon’s hospitality and food producers, what life has been like. In our fourth mini interview, we chat to Mike and Leanne Welsh, founders and owners of M Welsh Catering Services. Mike and Leanne Welsh are the owners of a multi-award winning wedding catering company based just outside of Exeter. We first met … Continue reading Life in Lockdown: M Welsh Catering Services
I have never been to Comptoir Libanais before, it’s a bit of an admission given it’s reputation in Exeter being so positive. And everyone else I know who, has any sense of ‘what is good food’ has already been. OK not everyone, but I feel that my first visit was a prelude to everyone else saying ‘oh you’ll love it’ and ‘their vegetarian stuff is … Continue reading REVIEW: Comptoir Libanais, Queen St. Dining Quarter #ad
You won’t be able to miss Bill’s, with its bright and cheery exterior – what a pretty sight as you enter into Gandy Street. We were invited along to check out the recent refurb which took place last month and lucky for us, it coincided with the launch of new dishes on the dinner menu. Now I haven’t visited Bill’s Exeter prior to the refurb, … Continue reading REVIEW: Bill’s Restaurant, Exeter by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited
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
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
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
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
Packed full of slow-reared, properly free range and grass-fed meat, Pipers Farm’s Fitness Box has been carefully curated by the Devon-based online butcher to help fitness enthusiasts build nutritious, lean and high protein feasts in a flash. Free from chemicals and preservatives, each portion of meat is produced in harmony with nature, allowing those following a strict exercise regime or adhering to a high protein or Paleo … Continue reading Pipers Farm delivers a meat box worth the workout
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!
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
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
Following 2017’s record-breaking year, entries are now open for the prestigious Food & Drink Devon Awards 2018. These gold standard awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The awards, currently in their eighth year, continue to grow with 2017 recording the highest number of entries to date … Continue reading FOOD & DRINK DEVON AWARDS 2018 LAUNCHED
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 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
This blog was co-founded by myself and a long-standing good friend of mine in the shape of Polly Addison-Lithgow. Formerly a colleague of mine at Exeter College, she left the bright lights of the big city (aka Dorset) with her partner – now hubby – Robin. This means that we simply have to visit them in Dorset, which also means that we get to sample … Continue reading BEYOND DEVON: Chicken and Blues, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset
There is nothing more exquisitely British than taking Afternoon Tea. The ritual of steeping tea, eating sandwiches without crusts and dainty cakes brings to mind expensive surroundings, maybe a scene from Downton Abbey with butlers and footmen bringing the various components gracefully and silently. In reality Afternoon Tea comes in all shapes and sizes. We have sampled Afternoon Tea offerings in three different places so … Continue reading Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall
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!
Wildmoor Fine Food & Drink has just launched a range of perfectly paired Wine & Cheese Boxes online, which can now be delivered nationwide. The range is an accumulation of owner Jeremy’s passion for the abundance of great wine and cheese in Europe and beyond. The first 120 orders will receive a free engraved and boxed bottle opener, so food and drink enthusiasts are encouraged … Continue reading Wildmoor Launches Perfectly Paired Wine & Cheese Boxes
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