The Rusty Pig Spicy Pop-up Evening by Chris Gower

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I love it when a two great things come together.  The Exploding Bakery and their fantastic new cafe space, coupled with The Rusty Pig and Ex River Cottage chef Robin Rea with his mobile oven made Friday night’s Pop-up event in Queen Street a really excellent evening.

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From Robin’s bistro kitchen situated just outside on the pavement, punters were treated to an array of spicy flat breads and other Rusty Pig specials cooked to order to either take-away or eat in.

This is the first event that Exploding Baker owners Ollie and Tom have put on since their extension to the original bakery a few months ago and from what I’ve gathered it won’t be the last sort of event that will be taking place.

Tonight’s menu was going to be a spicy feast with lots of warmth, much needed on the first wet evening in ages.

I’m a big spice fan, but I wasn’t feeling that brave so I went for the Game On flatbread. Smoked Spicy Phesant, Home-made Tabasco Sauce and Gaucamole cooked on a fresh flatbread dough.

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With pheasant smoked in Robin’s very own smoker at the back of the Rusty Pig restaurant in Ottery St Mary, this was a beautiful combination which worked so well together.  I savoured the whole thing and ate it very slowly.


To dip, I opted for a side of home-made Tzatiki which brought the temperature down, a pleasing combination which went down far too quickly washed along with a bottle of Wild Beer Co. ‘Fresh’, a slightly sour beer which is one of their more quaffable tipples.


Even though I was on my own, Pop-up events like this are a great way to meet people.  I met so many great people, including Tor, Whitney, Toby from Occasional Brewery, John from Powderkeg Brewery and my good blogger friend Tara with her lovely other half Steve who were also there to take in the spicy flatbread magic of this event.

It would be great to Robin here again, and given it was so close to my place of work, I felt absolutely spoilt to have food like this on, literally, my work door step.  Robin’s mobile kitchen is out and about, and is also available for private events and weddings.

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