I love the way that food is so strongly linked to memories. For me, it has the same effect as smell and can mentally regress you to a time when life was good, with no bills to pay, major life changing things yet to come and your whole existence just waiting for you. Oddly enough this rather dramatic thought, especially for a humble foodblog like … Continue reading Haldon Forest Diner, Haldon Hill, A38 4/5
I find the idea of sitting next to a pub, next to a railway line a really nice idea. I like trains; being something of a closet train spotter myself. The first time I rolled in to The Beer Engine was about four years ago after doing a county-long pub crawl that started in Barnstaple and ended in Exeter as part of the Tarka Ale … Continue reading The Beer Engine, Newton St Cyres, Exeter (4/5)
It sounded so promising and looked so delicious as they always do on the boards outside. For £2 you get a Bacon Sub and a cup of Coffee, or a hot drink of your choosing. And for one who is coming up to the poor-end of payday, it seemed like a value option that was worth a try. In my many years of eating terrible … Continue reading Express Review: Subway Breakfast Sub £2
Just Eat is a newish system of ordering Take Away food from local providers. It is perfect for those who fancy curry or chinese for instance, without having to ring up and talk to a human being. Bloody humans. Login to the website http://www.justeat.co.uk and you go through some options, find the ideal take away, then go through an online menu. The relative ease of … Continue reading Just Eat: The online take away experience
A new food festival is hitting our radar here at Eating Exeter, and its taking place in Budleigh Salterton. Not satisfied with already having a reputable literary festival, the new festival will showcase the best local produce that Budleigh has to offer as part of the Budleigh Business ‘Buy Local’ Campaign. Lasting three days it’ll feature such wonderful things as Exeter mussels, Clinton Devon Estate’s … Continue reading Budleigh Salterton Food Festival (October 11th to 13th 2013)
It has been a chippy since 1977, but the latest incarnation of this Fish and Chip shop has seen it spruced up and rebranded in to The Clock Tower Fish Bar. So, what did I have? Well I had chips. I was here to see how their chips fared up to the previous visit, when it was the Dolphin Fish Bar. And to be honest, … Continue reading The Clock Tower Fish Bar, Queen Street
The greatest test of any place that serves food is how they deal with complaints. Our visit to The Waterloo Cross near Uffculme was a perfect example of the balance between great service versus terrible food. Throughout the whole experience the front of house staff were polite and attentive, so much so that despite the food we felt compelled to tip them. When I write … Continue reading Special Dispatch: Waterloo Cross Inn, Uffculme, Devon
Lynton and Lynmouth sits on the North Devon coast. It has a rugged windswept beauty that most little towns in that part of the world posses. Tucked under the gigantic cliffs that is created as Exmoor collides with the Bristol Channel, it is only accessible via a network of windy roads which during the summer months are full of buses, cars and camper-vans all heading … Continue reading Special Dispatch: Fish On The Harbour, Lynmouth, Devon.
My earliest memories of Trago Mills (Devon’s Original Discount Store) does not revolve around food or eating in Trago Mills. But of railways, large shops and myriads of ducks. Water canon side shows, a miniature railway and plenty of things to climb on. As an adult, my memories of Trago Mills has become more sparse as I have tried my best to avoid it at all … Continue reading Special Dispatch: The Staple Hill Servery, Trago Mills, Liverton, Newton Abbot
To celebrate the start of the Summer Holidays RUBY Modern Diner and Otter Valley Dairy have teamed up to offer a one day tasting event. From 10am on Monday 29th July at RUBY Modern Diner on Queen Street, customers will be able to try the delicious range of Otter Valley Ice Cream for FREE! Erin Allgrove, Managing Director at RUBY Modern Diner said: “Otter Valley … Continue reading 29th July: Tasting event at Ruby Modern Diner with Otter Valley Dairy!
If anyone fancies a trip to the distant hills of Holsworthy, then this might be worth the trek! HOLSWORTHY ALES and Beer Hill House are holding seven open brewery nights between April and October 2013 on Saturday 27th April Saturday 25th May Saturday 22nd June Saturday 27th July Saturday 31st August Saturday 28th September Saturday 26th October Come and taste the beer and have a look around the … Continue reading Holsworthy Ales Open Nights: Beer n Bangers! next one 27th July!
I am sad to declare that Marks and Spencer‘s have lost their ‘best in-store cafe in Exeter‘ title that I gave them years ago. It has been well and truly beaten by Waitrose in Gladstone Road. Apologies for the bad photos, camera fail. Everytime I go food shopping, I spend most of my time moaning. First off about the prices about things that were at … Continue reading Best In-Store Cafe: Waitrose Ltd., Gladstone Road, Exeter
EDIT: 1st July 2014 Check http://www.brodysbistro.com for updated cheaper prices… I always worry that Eating Exeter gets a bit unbalanced towards my end of Exeter. But the urge to write about Brody’s has been with me for months now, ever since I saw the poster and put a post on Eating Exeter counting down the days till it opened, it has been the most popular post … Continue reading Brody’s Breakfast Bistro, Queen Street.
It isn’t often that I leave a restaurant, tea-room or any other place that serves cream teas saying how nice the scones were. In my life, I have spent a happy 32 years in Devon and despite this my exposure to Cream Teas (Cream first…) has been quite minimal. But Killerton Kitchen, a small tea-room/cafe that sits at the back of Killerton House nr Broadclyst, … Continue reading Killerton Kitchen Restaurant, Broadclyst, Exeter (5/5)
The Exeter Daily is running a competition 🙂 Its a Facebook only comp, and well worth a look. http://bit.ly/11Y7lxq Continue reading Fancy winning a Gourmandine Meal for Two? thanks to The Exeter Daily
This isn’t a rated review as I was passing this funky little cafe and thought I would pop in and say hi. Over the last ten years or so, St Leonards has become a desirable affluent part of Exeter that attracts money and prestige. Where the borders of St Leonards end and the beginning of other bits of Exeter lie is a bit of a … Continue reading Darkhorse Espresso, 135 Magdalen Road, Exeter
Vote in the Express and Echo’s Best pub award! “NOMINATIONS have now closed in the Echo’s first Pub of the Year competition – with an impressive 61 in the running for the contest. Voting from that list has now begun – below is the list of 61 that were nominated by our readers. To vote, simply type the number of the pub you wish to … Continue reading Vote in the Express and Echo’s Best Pub Award!
This weekend saw 500 revellers descend on the sleepy Devon village of Musbury to celebrate a one-day festival with music, good food and a party atmosphere. We were lucky to get our hands on some of these exclusive tickets, only 500 were issued! Castlewood Vineyard is a ’boutique’ vineyard, planted on the sunny south facing slopes of Musbury Fort. It produces sparkling wine, from grape … Continue reading Castlewood Vineyard Festival 2013
Back in January, I was invited to attend the press night of a new restaurant in Queen St. It was called Ruby Modern Diner and I was very excited. I went away from the night with a great sense of anticipation at what I reckoned was going to be a fantastic restaurant. So I jumped at the invitation to come down and sample some of … Continue reading Ruby Modern Diner, 74 Queen St
Dart’s Farm is a curious place, because unlike many people who might read this, I remember when it was still Picfresh. Right, so lets go back 20 years ago and Ronald Dart owned a funny little farm shop that, in my mind, was always tacked on to the side of a larger barn. That barn is roughly where the Deli is now and if you … Continue reading Dart’s Farm (Deli Cafe – 5/5)