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

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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

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

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

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

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

Rockfish Double Win at National Seafish Awards

Rockfish is named as the best multiple operator for fish & chips in the UK and wins the sustainability award. Seafood restaurant group Rockfish, who’ve just opened their fifth outlet in Exmouth, have been crowned best group operators in the National Seafish Awards and also win the Good Catch sustainability award.   The business run by restaurateurs… Continue reading Rockfish Double Win at National Seafish Awards

Kupp, Queen St. – The Bottomless Brunch by Chris Gower

Kupp has taken on the dubious mantle of being 'one of my favourite places' in the Queen St Dining quarter.  As a food blogger in Exeter I feel it is wrong to have favourites as one must be objective, but I am starting to realise that actually it is perfectly OK to have favourites.  I… Continue reading Kupp, Queen St. – The Bottomless Brunch by Chris Gower

Loungers to open Puerto Lounge in Exeter

Loungers, the West Country based restaurant/café/bar group is opening a brand new site in Exeter on Wednesday 8th February 2017.   Puerto Lounge will open on Commercial Road creating 25 jobs for local people. Hector Main, operations manager, Loungers, said:  “We’re really excited about opening in Exeter and showing locals how to lounge in style.  We’re… Continue reading Loungers to open Puerto Lounge in Exeter

Venetian Restaurant, Polpo, is Coming to Exeter

POLPO, a bacaro from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty inspired by humble Venetian restaurants, serving simple food, made from scratch everyday alongside good young local wines is to open in Exeter in early February at Higher Market Guildhall The  restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, signatures on the menu will include cicheti, such as Fried stuffed olives; Arancini; and Chopped chicken liver crostini… Continue reading Venetian Restaurant, Polpo, is Coming to Exeter

A River Cottage Christmas – by Lauren Heath

Recently I was over the moon to be invited to join a host of other foodie, family and lifestyle bloggers at River Cottage HQ, to experience their facilities and offering. The event was being hosted blogger groups Foodies100 and HIBS100. I have been to HQ before for one of the annual Summer Fairs but it has been some… Continue reading A River Cottage Christmas – by Lauren Heath

The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange – by Lauren Heath

The Coach House by Michael Caines, Kentisbury Grange, Kentisbury EX31 4NL   -  01271 882295 @KGCoachHouse  -  http://www.kentisburygrange.com/michael-caines-restaurant-north-devon/ Eating Exeter may be our name, and we certainly love to discover local eateries, producers and events. However, our adventures extend much further into the county we live in; we're very lucky that within around an hours drive… Continue reading The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange – by Lauren Heath

On The Waterfront, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

On The Waterfront, 4-9 The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AP - 01392 210590 http://www.waterfrontexeter.co.uk @OTWexeter A long term favourite of mine has to be On The Waterfront; a restaurant based in the old ship buildings down on the Quay, it is well known for its 'dustbin lid' pizzas as well as a great drinking venue… Continue reading On The Waterfront, Exeter Quay – by Lauren Heath

Harry’s Restaurant, Longbrook St – by Chris Gower

86 Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AP - Book a table here Twitter - Instagram - Facebook Since I've been writing this blog one restaurant has been steady and consistent in quality. That restaurant is Harry's. If you want to read about our other visits, head here and here. My last review was The Oddfellows which is… Continue reading Harry’s Restaurant, Longbrook St – by Chris Gower

Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Hotel Du Vin, Magdalen Street , Exeter, EX2 4HY - 01392 790120 - http://www.hotelduvin.com Back in September, as a late birthday surprise, I was treated to Sunday lunch at Hotel Du Vin, Exeter. Previously called The Magdalen Chapter, the building that was originally an Eye Infirmary was taken over by the luxury chain earlier this year.… Continue reading Sunday Lunch at Hotel du Vin, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Comptoir Libanais is now open at Queen St. Dining, the region’s most exciting new food destination

Exeter diners can now experience a taste of Lebanese cuisine and enjoy an exciting 50% off food*, as the fifth restaurant at Queen St. Dining opens its doors. Comptoir Libanais is the latest restaurant to open its doors to Exeter diners, serving fresh, tasty, colourful and affordable authentic Lebanese food. Open for breakfast through to after… Continue reading Comptoir Libanais is now open at Queen St. Dining, the region’s most exciting new food destination