Guest Bloggers

Polly Addison – Eating Exeter Co-founder and near-obsessive collector and reader of cookery books.

Writer of poetry and prose and lover of simple, seasonal food and red wine. Eats out as much as possible, but never underestimates the joy of beans on toast. Hoping for chickens and a vegetable patch.

Ditch Townsend – Ditch is writer and reviewer at, an expert on the infamous Devon Cream Tea and Eating Exeter is very lucky to have him gracing our pages.

You can follow Ditch’s blog about his anonymous, self-funded, ‘mid-range’ cream tea exploits via and be kept up-to-date on Twitter @DevonCreamTease. He hopes to offer us occasional reviews about his ‘high-end’ cream tea peregrinations here at Eating Exeter, so keep a look out.

Steve Price – Steve presents on Riviera FM, he is also a lecturer at Exeter College in between sky-diving, horse riding, staring at the night sky and being a general top bloke. Follow him on Twitter @doctorprice


Kathryn Lewis – Assistant Editor at Food Magazine, wannabe explorer and bargain hunter. Enjoys creating new and exciting recipes, tailored for a student budget. Lover of spice, chocolate and cider (preferably not at the same time). Kathryn writes more on her blog here and follow her on Twitter @kathrynlewis92 

Emilee Tombs – Originally from Exeter but now living in London, Emilee works as the editorial assistant at Wallpaper* City Guides, she has blogging about food for about 3 months on eatenbyemilee.wordpress.coand she is food and travel obsessed!

Zion Lights –  Zion has over three years of experience as a writer and a journalist. Career highlights so far include interviewing Ethics Director at Lush Hilary Jones, contributing poetry to Musings to raise funds for Leche League, and working with co-founder of One Green Planet Nil Zacharias.

Zion is the founder and writer at Mammas for Victory, A blog dedicated to Zion’s campaign to encourage breastfeeding by reviewing and rating service providers in the UK.  Zion has also worked on the Eradicating Ecocide campaign.  Follow Zion on TwitterLinkedIn, or email her at

FB_IMG_1454801032736Lauren Heath

“After working my way up during 6 years in the hospitality industry, where I met my husband, I have since gained a decade of business and administrative experience, having managed offices and supported senior staff in SME’s in a variety of sectors including construction, events, education, oil and gas engineering and more recently law.

Outside of work I am a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoy visiting various food outlets and events with my chef & early years teacher husband, Steve, and our 5 year old son. I love a good coffee and also ale, the darker the better. I enjoy the beach in all seasons and indulge in amateur photography using my Samsung phone. We have lived in Devon for 3 and a half years and we love it.”

Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Twitter


DSC_0205 (1)Tom Allbrook –

“Born in North Devon in 1992, Tom has had a love of cooking from a young age initially helping his Mum in the kitchen at home. He had his first restaurant job at the age of 12 washing up and peeling the vegetables, and by 16 he was able to start a full time apprenticeship in catering where he gained his professional qualifications.

Working in a variety of different kitchens including hotels and the kitchen of a well know Pizza chain, he eventually became lead chef in a Pub/Restaurant which earned a gold award for “Taste of the West“.  Earlier this year he and his partner Ruth took a food tour across America, where they tasted and experienced the smoky, rustic BBQ food found there. This style of cooking for which Tom has a passion, along with his skills in fine dining, is now incorporated into his own cooking here in Devon.

Since returning to the UK, they have set up their own Street Food / Private Catering Company “Hornbrook Kitchen” in North Devon, where using the knowledge and skills acquired over the years, they can now offer a complete dining experience.”

For more information follow HornBrook Kitchen on Twitter and Instagram.  

You can also follow Tom’s personal accounts on Twitter and Instagram too.

Stephanie Darkes –

Stephanie moved to Exeter from London in July 2015, since then she has fallen madly in love with the city, Devon and the South West and has promised never to return to live in her hometown. Stephanie has been sharing her experiences of Exeter and Devon life in her blog Exploring Exeter

Apart from the blog, Stephanie writes for several other blogs and publications, interviews artists, organises festivals, and runs Social Media campaigns. ! She is a bit of a rubbish runner, a unrelenting yogi and a passionate veggie, always searching for the healthiest option (unless hungover). ! Most importantly she LOVES to eat.


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