Win a Family Pass to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair!

Taking place over May Bank Holiday, River Cottage Spring Food Fair is the perfect way to celebrate this season’s foodie delights and activities, surrounded by the gorgeous East Devon countryside. Promised to be packed full of fun for all the family to enjoy, enter our competition and you could win a family pass for Monday… Continue reading Win a Family Pass to the River Cottage Spring Food Fair!

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Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Jim Fisher, head chef tutor and co-owner of Exeter Cookery School, shares his fail-safe method for creating show-stopping desserts adorned with spun sugar cages, baskets and springs – or for Easter, why not make an edible nest for mini chocolate eggs! Spun Sugar Cages, Baskets and Springs This is something I love teaching on our… Continue reading Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

Recently the wonderfully charming Andy Cooper, Editor of Devon Life magazine, lost his darling Zena warrior princess to that awful disease Cancer. Obviously nothing can bring her back or heal the wound fully but as in life one must find the good within the bad. So apart from deciding to run the Taunton half marathon… Continue reading Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

You know those days, between the seasons, where there's just enough warmth yet still a chill in the air? There's the lure of a country walk to inhale fresh air and appreciate nature as she removes her winter layer or gets ready to batten down the hatches. That feeling seems to envoke the need to… Continue reading The Swan at Bampton – by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme by Mitch Tonks

The third recipe in a series from Mitch Tonks. Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme   Serves 3 -4, you will need  8 large cloves of garlic, unpeeled 100ml olive oil Salt A splash of good white wine A handful of mussels 6 raw shell-on prawns 3-4 langoustines 50g squid A handful… Continue reading Recipe: Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme by Mitch Tonks

Dinner and Overnight Stay with John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor, Torquay – by Lauren Heath

Being ex-hospitality, I find it interesting to watch certain reality series like Four in a Bed and Kitchen Nightmares - having been there, done that, you wander how on earth people can get it so wrong. Another entertaining fly-on-the-wall show was The Hotel on Channel 4. The Hotel itself was The Grosvenor in Torquay, which… Continue reading Dinner and Overnight Stay with John Burton-Race at The Grosvenor, Torquay – by Lauren Heath

Rockfish Lodges Plans for Sixth Site in Exeter

Rockfish, the South West seafood restaurant group founded by restaurateurs Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse, has lodged plans to open its sixth site, in Exeter. The company has applied to the city council to build the venue at Exeter Quay’s Piazza Terracina, creating 40 jobs. The application is for a single-storey pavilion restaurant with a… Continue reading Rockfish Lodges Plans for Sixth Site in Exeter

Recipe: A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron by Mitch Tonks

Our second post in a series of recipes from Mitch Tonks. A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron  Serves 4 - you will need  Olive oil 1 brill weighing about 1.5 kg / 3lb 4 ripe tomatoes 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1… Continue reading Recipe: A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron by Mitch Tonks

5 Week Countdown to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink! *WIN TICKETS*

The 14th Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink is returning to the Exeter Castle Courtyard and Northernhay Gardens in the very heart of the city in just 5 weeks’ time! The 2017 Festival is running across the early May Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May 2017. Activities for… Continue reading 5 Week Countdown to the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink! *WIN TICKETS*

Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Tom Kerridge confirmed in chef line up! Early May bank holiday weekend - Saturday 29 April - Monday 1 May  An all-star line-up of chefs has been confirmed for this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink including Tom Kerridge who will join festival co-founder Michael Caines MBE in the cookery theatre on… Continue reading Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Recipe: Mussels with Chilli, Wine and Bay by Mitch Tonks

As well as dining out and attending events to see what local restaurants, suppliers and businesses have to offer, we do cook at home. Some nights are simpler affairs, with repetitive or traditional favourites like anyone enoys. Occasionally, some inspiration is needed! With spring showing it's face (sort've)  and the fact we are surrounded by… Continue reading Recipe: Mussels with Chilli, Wine and Bay by Mitch Tonks

Dinner at newly refurbished Circa 1924 – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924 is already one of my favourites out of all the chains and independents. I have enjoyed their Express Lunch a few times (see my review here), taking friends with to show my 'secret' off. But this place should be far from a secret - it deserves to be found and filled with both… Continue reading Dinner at newly refurbished Circa 1924 – by Lauren Heath

2017 Food Festival Dates for your diary!

We are very lucky in this county and beyond, to have such wonderful food and produce - what better way to experience all of this together than at a Food Festival! Here's a round up of the upcoming 2017 Food Festivals in Devon as well as a couple from  Cornwall. Click on the website links… Continue reading 2017 Food Festival Dates for your diary!

Be one of the first to experience Lympstone Manor, Devon with 40% discount

Lympstone Manor, the most eagerly awaited hotel launch in 2017, is offering the limited opportunity to experience the hotel and restaurant at 40% off during its soft opening period from the 20th March to the 2nd April. This soft opening will set the stage for Lympstone Manor’s grand opening, which follows on Monday 3rd April,… Continue reading Be one of the first to experience Lympstone Manor, Devon with 40% discount

Private Dining at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

The Pig at Combe is far from the dusty, muddy, snorty (but intelligent) animal it is named after, it does however embody the essence of countryside. As you drive towards it from the a30 and through the villages, you see this warm glow illuminating in the distance, calling you into its warm belly. I have… Continue reading Private Dining at The Pig at Combe – by Lauren Heath

Seahorse Guest Chefs Big Line-Up For 2017

Every year Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse, who run the award-winning Seahorse in Dartmouth, invite a few great friends in the restaurant world to cook and host the restaurant with them. This year’s stella line up kicks off with Richard Turner from Hawksmoor followed by Spanish Legend Jose Pizarro, Angela Hartnett & Neil Borthwick, seafood… Continue reading Seahorse Guest Chefs Big Line-Up For 2017

Source Food and Drink Show – by Lauren Heath

Where does time go? I recall fully, last year when my husband Steve attended a nearby trade show, that he said he'd had the best time trying lots of local produce and meeting lots of great people. It was called Source Food and Drink Show, held at Westpoint Showground. "Better than lots of food festivals"… Continue reading Source Food and Drink Show – by Lauren Heath

An evening of fire and meat with Dean Forge at Pipers Farm

The perfect duo, Dean Forge and Pipers Farm recently hosted an evening full of meat and fire in the rustic event space at Pipers Farm, in the heart if the Devon countryside. Local bloggers and journalists came together to experience the full capabilities of some of stove manufacturers, Dean Forge’s most popular products, the Dartmoor… Continue reading An evening of fire and meat with Dean Forge at Pipers Farm

The First Bierkellar Exeter Party

The moment everyone in Exeter has been waiting for, the highly anticipated BierKeller is now open and the pre-launch party well and truly set the pace! The invite-only event saw hundreds of Exeter locals come together for an exclusive first look at Exeter’s first Bavarian bar. The drinks were flowing and the resident Oompah band,… Continue reading The First Bierkellar Exeter Party

Tonks crafts new beer to celebrate England’s Seafood Coast

Mitch Tonks and his Rockfish restaurants are at the heart of bringing to a life the vision of England’s Seafood Coast. The vision was simple, that in Devon, we have the best fish in the world caught off this coastline and that Torbay is the firm capital of this Seafood coast with best fishing port… Continue reading Tonks crafts new beer to celebrate England’s Seafood Coast