Eating Exeter is a magazine-style blog and podcast that reviews restaurants, cafes and other foodie opportunities throughout the Exeter & Devon area; reporting on dining events, pop-up restaurants, product reviews, interviews with foodie heroes and coverage of food festivals too.
Eating Exeter welcomes guest bloggers and prides itself on being PR friendly. If you have a delicious foodie event you with to promote in Exeter, Devon or within the South West, please make contact through the contact page.
This blog makes no profit whatsoever, all travel expenses come out of our own pockets. We write the blog for the love of food, and everything that makes this part of the world the foodie hub that it is.
Editor – Chris Gower
Chris has been blogging about food for nearly nine years, and successfully eating it for
as long as he can remember. He particularly likes cheese, cheesecake and anything that resembles a burger.
Despite being good at eating food, he is still working on creating it, which involves much mess in the kitchen and exclamations of “how did you manage to get it up there?”.
There was a time when he was a vegetarian. But this didn’t work out very well and would sneak out and eat KFC Hot Wings when no-one was watching and would occasionally forget to be vegetarian. So he went back to being a carnivorous steak eating male and weirdly, he doesn’t forget to eat meat.
Chris has written about restaurants and dining out in Exeter extensively and enjoys many things in life including films, get-rich-quick schemes, keeping guinea pigs and pretending to know about wine.
During the day, he works at one of Exeter’s award-winning academic institutions as a library nerd with a specialism in social media.
Chris is always up for a bit of freelance writing and has written content for Exeter Living, The Student Pocket Guide, Sainsburys Magazine and Blogosphere Magazine.
Co-Editor – Lauren Heath
South African born, Lauren immigrated to the UK in Christmas ’96 and started working her way up during 7 years in the hospitality industry, where she met her chef husband.
Now with over a decade of business and administrative experience she is a PA/Office Manager by day, having managed offices and supporting senior staff in SME’s in a variety of sectors including construction, events, education, oil and gas engineering and more recently law.
Lauren has been part of Eating Exeter since February 2016. Outside of work she is a self-proclaimed foodie with food a firm subject on the weekend itinerary with her husband, Steve, and their 6 year old son – they even have an in-car fridge for impromptu purchases! She loves a good coffee and also ale, the darker the better. She also enjoys the beach in all seasons and indulges in amateur photography using her Samsung smartphone (which she uses for all her food photography). She has now lived in Devon for 4 years and loves it.
Lauren is also up for a bit of freelance writing and has written content for Crumbs Magazine Devon, and helps with marketing for The Chefs Forum‘s Devon events.
Illustration/Second Opinion Consultant – Tori Gower
As Eating Exeter’s tame Freelance Illustrator and wife of Chris, Tori can often be found as the ‘plus one’ on reviews.
She comes along for the food, often taking photos and offering a second opinion; and traslating her husband’s waffling. www.toridee.co.uk
We proactively promote and support our local foodie community. Have a look at these other awesome local blogs/social media accounts.
Occasionally a restaurant or PR company will contact us with an invitation for a review meal. This is not always a guarantee of an Eating Exeter recommendation and it is not always a guarantee of a glowing review but often the invitations are from restaurants who are already doing great things.
Review meals are a journalistic norm, some bloggers accept them and some don’t. If Eating Exeter is invited to a restaurant, generally there will be a line in the review that will say ‘we were invited along to…‘ which is as obvious as we can make it.
This means that we were invited to a meal, paid for by the PR company or restaurant for review purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are you a bunch of professional food critics?
No. Just a bunch of passionate foodies who love food and writing about it. Chris has produced content for Blogosphere Magazine and Exeter Living in the past, but we are not full-time food writers.
Does Eating Exeter only write about eating places in Exeter?
Eating Exeter is interested in the whole of Devon as well. Devon produces some of the finest food in the UK and it would be a travesty to ignore it.
Can I write a review for you?
Yes. Eating Exeter is about collaboration and appreciation for good food. Only posts that fit the remit are published (Food related and in Exeter). Please contact Eating Exeter through the contact page.
If you were stranded on an island with one power socket and the ability to take any kitchen appliance, what would it be?
That’s a hard question. It’d be a toss-up between a microwave (for practical reasons) and my George Foreman Grill.
Do you like or hate chain restaurants?
The larger chain restaurants that you find in nearly every large city in the UK is the end result of our societies expectations for the consistent dining experience. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay and when writing a food blog about eating out in a city that has a lot of them, its hard to ignore this.
If Eating Exeter refused to eat at all chain restaurants, there wouldn’t be much to write about and it couldn’t be said that the blog was objective. EE believes independent restaurants and producers need support and promotion as much as possible. It is a fine balance.
Do you work with brands and businesses?
Eating Exeter is independent and always will be but will work with a few brands and companies that offer something that will benefit to the diners of Exeter, or fit in to the remit of the blog, but this is only after careful consideration.
Can I use your photos for my own purposes and not give you any credit at all?
You are welcome to use any photo from Eating Exeter so long as you credit http://www.eatingexeter.co
UNLESS you have been granted exclusive rights and ownership of the photographs then you can do whatever you want, so long as it does not discredit or taint the reputation of Eating Exeter.