Pop Up Dining Event Review: Nose to Tail Dining Experience at Ashridge Court Farm, North Tawton by Sue Stoneman #Ad #Invited

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

REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

I do like a good revisit – especially to a place that we enjoyed as much as we did when we visited last year. At the time Mike Welsh was heading up the food, but after moving on to pastures new, this left a space to be filled. Enter stage left, Charles Dingley and his partner Carlie who have taken the reigns. Every chef, like … Continue reading REVIEW: The Seven Stars, Kennford: The revisit #Ad

REVIEW: Lewtrenchard Manor – Part 1 by Chris Gower #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 have wandered over Europe, have rambled to Iceland, climbed the Alps, been for some years lodged among the marshes of Essex – yet nothing that I have seen has quenched in me the longing after the fresh air, and love of … Continue reading REVIEW: Lewtrenchard Manor – Part 1 by Chris Gower #Ad

EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

It was an honour and a pleasure to be invited back to the Awards Presentation Dinner as for the last three years I have been involved with South West Chef of the Year in the Home Cook Category. I was a finalist in 2015, and again in 2016 where I won the title South West Home Cook of the Year and also in 2017.  I … Continue reading EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

The finalists for this year’s South West Chef of the Year competition have been chosen and now face the toughest challenge yet – to prepare their dishes for a daunting line-up of judges on 24th October at Exeter College. The finalists have been selected from eight semi-finalists in the Professional and Young Professional categories and ten in the Student/Apprentice Chef category.  The finalists will be cooking a … Continue reading News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

News: Devon Food Movement at Higher Hacknell Farm, 6th October

Devon Food Movement is a collaborative pop-up restaurant concept set up by former Michelin star development chef Luke Fearon. The company aim is to celebrate Devon’s unique and world-class produce through a series of temporary dining experiences, where DFM link talented local chefs, producers and food heroes with restaurants, farms or unique locations throughout Devon (and sometimes a little beyond). Diners experience small plated set … Continue reading News: Devon Food Movement at Higher Hacknell Farm, 6th October

Interview: 10 Questions for Chef Luke Fearon of Devon Food Movement

Tomorrow at Ashridge Court Farm, Dining Devon (Lauren) will be experiencing a culmination of culinary talent as part of the first BIG COLLABORATION.  Chef Luke Fearon brings together some of the finest local culinary talents in one beautiful location.  There are still some last minute tickets, so get them whilst you can! “Devon Food Movement is working in partnership with Ashridge Court to bring our … Continue reading Interview: 10 Questions for Chef Luke Fearon of Devon Food Movement

Top Devon Chefs Line Up For England’s First Seafood FEAST

All photos are courtesy of Seafood FEAST! Top Devon chefs, including Marine Stewardship Council Ambassador Mitch Tonks and Michelin star chef Simon Hulstone, are fully behind an exciting new seafood festival taking place this autumn. The inaugural England’s Seafood FEAST will take place across the English Riviera from 22 September to 7 October 2018. “I’ve eaten seafood all over the world” said Mitch Tonks, “and … Continue reading Top Devon Chefs Line Up For England’s First Seafood FEAST

Jamie Raftery: The Holistic Chef at The Salutation Inn by Chris Gower

I will admit that I’ve started this review about three times, and this will be the fourth time.  I’m pretty good with words generally, but this event left me trying to find the words: the right words.  Jamie Raftery is better known as The Holistic Chef, and we were super excited to be invited along to The Salutation Inn, where a couple of Fridays ago … Continue reading Jamie Raftery: The Holistic Chef at The Salutation Inn by Chris Gower

Lympstone Manor launches new annual memberships

Lympstone Manor is delighted to announce the launch of its new annual memberships. Divided into two categories, House Membership for individuals and a Corporate Membership for businesses, the memberships are available for purchase this year. Members can enjoy exclusive offers such as priority access to upcoming events, late check-outs and other in-destination perks. House Membership The membership allows non-residential access to the hotel’s lounge, terrace … Continue reading Lympstone Manor launches new annual memberships

The Salutation Inn, Topsham – Chris Gower

The Salutation Inn, 68 Fore Street,Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HL –  01392 873060 info@salutationtopsham.co.uk http://www.salutationtopsham.co.uk/ Topsham is one of my favourite places.   It sits on a peninsular of land between the River Exe and the River Clyst, both opening out in to the magnificent Exe Estuary.  From Topsham Quay you can see right down to Exmouth with some of the nicest views in the area … Continue reading The Salutation Inn, Topsham – Chris Gower

The Salutation Inn scoops Best Bed and Breakfast of the year

Photography credit: Adam Oseland On Monday 12th of September at The RAC CLUB, Pall Mall the Williams-Hawkes family and staff were awarded Food and Travel Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2016. The Salutation Inn is owned by the Williams- Hawkes family South Western Hotel & Catering Company Ltd (who previously owned The Imperial, Exeter) and was purchased on New Year’s Eve 2010 from Punch … Continue reading The Salutation Inn scoops Best Bed and Breakfast of the year

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

The Great Artisan Feast Festival – Southernhay Gardens

The team behind Exeter Street Food will be transforming Southernhay Gardens for The Great Artisan Feast Festival on Saturday 15th October 2016, 10:00am to 8:00pm. Now a familiar sight on Exeter’s elegant Southernhay Gardens the Exeter Street Food team are launching their new food and drink experience for all, called The Great Artisan Feast Festival. The all-day festival features local artisan producers, street food, deli … Continue reading The Great Artisan Feast Festival – Southernhay Gardens

Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August

Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August Tasting station dates: 6th, 13th & 20th August 2016 This August, tasting stations will pop up in Princesshay for visitors to sample a taste of summer from Princesshay’s cafes and restaurants*. From pan Asian tastes at Wagamama and Japanese delights from YO! Sushi, modern European dishes from Jamie’s Italian, Café Rouge and Carluccio’s or a proper … Continue reading Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August

The Orestone Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Rockhouse Lane, Maidencombe, Torquay TQ1 4SX Tel: 01803 500397 http://www.orestonemanor.com/ Maidencombe.  It is a village in its own right.  The first part of the great swathe of the towns and villages that make up Torbay.  After Maidencombe you hit Babbacombe and further on you are deep in the heart of Torquay, with the tourists and its quirky shops; the advertising campaign that GWR ran all those years … Continue reading The Orestone Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Cote Brasserie, Cathedral Green by Chris Gower

August 20th is our anniversary and this was the opportunity to go somewhere that had been recommended to us by more than one person. It definitely has a few fans by having a look at the feedback on Google and Facebook, including Latoyah at Sugar Pink Food. Cote Brasserie sits on the Exeter’s historic Cathedral Green within earshot of Michael Caines Abode and just a … Continue reading Cote Brasserie, Cathedral Green by Chris Gower

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

The HH Restaurant, Broadclyst

I like discovering the hidden gems.  There are always some culinary pockets of the unknown in any part of the world, and the latest discovery for me is The HH Restaurant in Broadclyst which, for me, is one of the most underrated fine dining restaurants in Devon.  That was a statement wasn’t it? But I hold to it happily. Years ago back in my yoof, … Continue reading The HH Restaurant, Broadclyst

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