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!
This was written before the recent pandemic. I do hope you can enjoy it and remember to give Pieminister a visit after the lockdown has finished! Queen St in Exeter is one of the main thoroughfares that leads straight to the heart of the city, it is a veritable culinary avenue being home to local foodie legends such as The Exploding Bakery, Pink Moon Cafe … Continue reading New restaurant review: Pieminister, Queen St, Exeter
We are nearly at the end of the first month of the year and by now I can imagine there are unwanted exercise bikes, barely worn trainers and nearly-new Lycra gracing many wardrobes, garages and spare rooms across the country. The beginning of the year seems to herald in a whole hoard of marketing campaigns about ‘new year, new you’. Whilst I hold decent dose … Continue reading REVIEW: Getting Healthy at Pho #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
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
Harry’s Restaurant brought cosy, casual dining to Exeter’s foodie scene for the last 25 years. But what does its new, refurbished incarnation bring? Harry’s closed its doors on 20th August for a grand refurbishment and reopened just 19 days later, but what now awaits the curious diner inside? The gothic style building on Longbrook Street underwent a serious facelift, carried out by high-quality craftsman, builders … Continue reading News: Harry’s Restaurant reopens after a grand refurbishment!
I’d heard some great things about the food at Pho following their launch night, so I was really excited to go along and see for myself. Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant, the first of its kind in this neck of the woods. If you haven’t had Vietnamese food before, the owners describe it as “similar to Chinese or Thai but with complex flavours, more contrast of … Continue reading Restaurant Review: Pho, Queen Street, Exeter by Sue Stoneman
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
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
26 Bedford St, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GJ – T:@byronhamburgers 01392 433340 We visited Byron Burgers a couple of years ago when it first opened in Princesshay. It was quite delightful; the burgers were meaty and the beer was crafty & beery. Byron Burgers is a name that many burger fans will recognise instantly as being a name synonymous with gourmet burgers and that subtle Americana. It … Continue reading Byron Burgers, Princesshay by Chris Gower
https://www.theflatexeter.co.uk/ – I: @TheFlatExeter F: TheFlatExeter Edit: Previous version of this review stated that gluten-free and vegan mozzarella was default, in fact these are options. Last year Exeter lost two great pizza restaurants. The Base & Barley became The Book Cover and Pizza Stein turned into Bierkeller, leaving diners in Exeter without a central place to grab hand-made thrown pizza. Yes, there are plenty of little Italian … Continue reading The Flat, 142 Fore St – Vegetarian/Vegan Pizzeria by Chris Gower
Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 437470 – www.hitwexeter.co.uk/ I am in my mid-thirties, despite the beard and the wrinkles which make me look well in to my forties (I’ve stopped playing Guess My Age as it is just depressing) I am thirty-five. I am old enough to remember Boxes & Boogies Nightclub, The Hothouse, The Thirsty Camel, The Turk’s Head, Mambo… the list … Continue reading The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower
Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX – 01392 477704 – http://www.oldtimersexeter.co.uk/ Old Timer’s Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Exeter’s hidden gems, of which we seem to have many! An independent establishment that is owned by the same names that own The Timepiece Nightclub and Hole In The Wall, it has been one of the highlights on the dining scene in Exeter for many years. This … Continue reading Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower
Circa 1924, 6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ. Ph: 01392 438545 Web: www.circa1924.co.uk/ @Circa1924 firstname.lastname@example.org Online reservations: http://www.circa1924.co.uk/#!make-a-reservation/cg3s Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 2:30pm and 6pm – late. (Food serve 12 -2 and 6 – 9:30pm). Express lunch 2 courses for £10.95 Circa 1924 is 1 years old – Happy Birthday! A great achievement for a bar and restaurant run by two young friends Rob and James. It … Continue reading Circa 1924 Express Lunch – by Lauren Heath
Hanlons Brewery, Hill Farm, Half Moon Village, Devon EX5 5AE http://www.hanlonsbrewery.com/ Talk to any ale fan in the Exeter & Devon area and you won’t find many that would not class Yellow Hammer as one of their favourite ales. For as long as I can remember this beautifully light and golden ale has been a staple in various pubs around Exeter. It is produced by … Continue reading Hanlon’s Brewery, Half Moon Village
Carluccio’s, Princesshay, Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ Tel: 01392 410492, @carluccios, http://www.carluccios.com I was recently invited to Carluccio’s in Exeter’s Princesshay for a cheese and wine evening; I like cheese and wine a lot, but this really had my husband’s name all over it – and he was even more delighted than usual…I hoped it wouldn’t disappoint. On arrival we were warmly greeted by a … Continue reading Carluccio’s – Cheese and Wine, Deli and Dine – by Lauren Heath
32-33 Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS – 01392 259 227 Monday – Saturday 8am – 11pm Sunday (and bank holidays) 9am – 10:30pm In a city full of a variety of restaurants at all budgets, I was delighted when I was told I could choose where to go for a business lunch meeting – delighted and bewildered! I love ALL food – the choice was too large. … Continue reading A Business lunch at Bill’s, Exeter – by Lauren Heath
2 Bakers Way, Exeter EX4 8GA – 01392 690655 – http://www.pinhoehoardpubexeter.co.uk – Twitter Sitting opposite the Pinhoe branch of Aldi, and next door the Sainsbury’s supermarket, The Pinhoe Hoard is Exeter’s newest mega-gastro-chain pub that is catering to the widest spectrum of punters with its large dining area, kids play facilities ample car parking and convenient placement. You don’t have to travel narrow lanes, to reach this pub … Continue reading The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.
Princesshay, Bedford St, Exeter, Devon EX1 1LL- 01392 251042 – http://www.caferouge.com Now and again we like to head to one of Exeter’s chain restaurants, they have their place and there is definitely a space in my heart for a few of them. One restaurant that we’ve been many times over the last few years has been Cafe Rouge, a take on classic french cuisine in a … Continue reading Cafe Rouge, Princesshay by Chris Gower