I get quite excited when I venture out on my trips out and about in Devon. A ride out to the small village of North Tawton recently to Ashridge Court Farm was no exception. It was a beautiful summer’s evening and I think it’s more of an adventure when you go somewhere you’ve not been before and you are not quite sure what will be … Continue reading Pop Up Dining Event Review: Nose to Tail Dining Experience at Ashridge Court Farm, North Tawton by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited
Organisers of the Exeter Food festival have announced a star-studded line up of chefs and producers for the May bank holiday event including, Mitch Tonks, Michael Caines, Gareth Howarth and Josh Eggleton. The annual food and music festival sees thousands of foodies flock to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens to indulge in regional produce and see the region’s top culinary talent in action. The festival … Continue reading NEWS: Exeter Food Festival is back!
When you’ve seen pictures on social media of the young chefs out and about foraging during the week prior to heading out to your feast, you already know you are going to be eating some wonderful, local, fresh foraged ingredients and I was excited about the menu already. We do live in a wonderful county full of fantastic produce and eating at Gather will enable … Continue reading REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe 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. I am always on the lookout for new independent cafés and restaurants and I had heard good things from Chris (Editor DD) about a new Delicatessen and Café Bar which opened up in October. He had visited not long after it had … Continue reading REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #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
It’s official! Devon hosts the most of the UK’s favourite hotels – more than any other county outside of London. An impressive 7% of the UK’s Hoteliers’ Hotels Top 100 list feature Devon based hotels, with 4 properties being members of Exeter and Heart of Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association. Lympstone Manor in Exmouth, The Pig at Combe in Gittisham, Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Salcombe and … Continue reading Devon dominates the most definitive list of the UK’s greatest hotels
Pretty Local – an online marketplace for food and drink producers in the South Hams – has been announced winner of this year’s Devon Business Start-Up Award. The annual competition, organised by Dartmouth Food Festival, is open to new food-related businesses based in Devon that use local ingredients, products and / or suppliers. The Award gives winners a substantial helping hand via a prize package which … Continue reading Pretty Local wins Devon Business Start-Up Award
Devon-based barbecue restaurant have launched a vegan menu in response to customers’ increasingly health-conscious food choices. The team, who also own an organic charcuterie company, are keen to promote meat-alternatives in a bid to encourage less but better-quality meat consumption. Topsham’s Pig & Pallet smokehouse and barbecue restaurant uses the same wood and smoking techniques to replicate meaty flavours, but instead of using animal products, … Continue reading Devon Meat Company and Barbecue Restaurant Promotes Eating Less Meat
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!
All photos courtesy of Jose Jimenez Chef Alastair David is holding ‘A Celebration Of Slow Grown Flavour’ showcasing hogget from Tuckett’s Farm. Two pop-up dining events will be held at separate locations in Devon on 7th and 9th June. The menu will be based around a 14 month-old Jacob’s hogget reared on Tuckett’s Farm. Hogget tends to be richer in flavour than traditional lamb and the … Continue reading Chef Alastair David is going The Whole Hogget with this exciting pop-up event!
Exeter Food Festival is one of the yearly highlights that I look forward to on our foodie calendar. This year I feel it was the best yet, and although we were not able to stay for the whole evening too, it was an unforgettable day that I enjoyed thoroughly. The gates opened at 10am, but we were there a bit earlier on Saturday. Local culinary … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower
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
Chris Gower heads down to Boringdon Hall in Plympton to try out their casual dining offering. This historic venue has a killer reputation for a la carte, will this be the same for the relaxed Mayflower Brasserie? Some of the photos used in this review are featured in our Festive Afternoon Tea at Boringdon Hall review which you can read here. Award-winning Head Chef Scott … Continue reading Casual dining at Boringdon Hall’s Mayflower Brasserie 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
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
Offering a unique peek behind the rind of its award-winning clothbound cheddar, Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s will be hosting a series of Cheese Tours in 2018, opening the gates to the rolling hills that the family has nurtured for fourteen generations. Taking place on the last Friday of each month from April until September, the Cheese Tours will tell the often surprising story of what goes … Continue reading Quicke’s announces Cheese Tours for 2018
Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s has grabbed yet more gongs at this year’s World Cheese Awards, taking home four awards for its much-acclaimed clothbound cheeses. Up against 3,000 entries from 35 different countries, cheeses from across Quicke’s range won the praise of the international panel, who gathered for the 30th anniversary edition of the World Cheese Awards, held at Tobacco Dock in London on Friday 17 November. Having … Continue reading Winning wedges are Devon-sent, as Quicke’s lands four World Cheese Awards
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!