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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vagabonds Milkshake Bar, Crediton – by Lauren Heath

Vagabonds Milkshake Bar, 109 High Street, Crediton, EX17 3LF http://www.facebook.com/VagabondsMilkshakeBar http://www.twitter.co.uk/milkshakelady89 http://www.instagram.com/nicolethemilkshakelady 15 minutes west of Exeter, in the town of Crediton, is Nicole the Milkshake Lady - a super friendly and cool young woman who's passion shines across the milkshake bar. Previously working in other milkshake establishments, she realised her passion and opened her… Continue reading Vagabonds Milkshake Bar, Crediton – by Lauren Heath

Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

I was recently invited to a bloggers evening at Base and Barley following the release of their new burger menu. I have seen all manner of burger puns being shared over Twitter recently: "Does my bun look big in this?" and "lets ketchup over dinner then burger off for a dance at the meatball"...let's move… Continue reading Base and Barley’s New Burger Menu – by Lauren Heath

The Rum and Crab Shack – by Lauren Heath

The Rum and Crab Shack, 15 Catherine Street, Exeter, EX1 1EU http://rumandcrabshack.com/  @rum_shackexeter So the city’s newest addition is a welcome one I’d say. You can find many types of restaurants in Exeter - French, English, Italian, Spanish, Asian – mostly varieties of either meat or vegetarian, but very few restaurants specialise in seafood.  Enter The… Continue reading The Rum and Crab Shack – by Lauren Heath

Carluccio’s – Cheese and Wine, Deli and Dine – by Lauren Heath

Carluccio's, Princesshay, Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ Tel: 01392 410492, @carluccios, http://www.carluccios.com I was recently invited to Carluccio's in Exeter’s Princesshay for a cheese and wine evening; I like cheese and wine a lot, but this really had my husband’s name all over it – and he was even more delighted than usual...I hoped it… Continue reading Carluccio’s – Cheese and Wine, Deli and Dine – by Lauren Heath

Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August

Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August Tasting station dates: 6th, 13th & 20th August 2016 This August, tasting stations will pop up in Princesshay for visitors to sample a taste of summer from Princesshay’s cafes and restaurants*. From pan Asian tastes at Wagamama and Japanese delights from YO! Sushi, modern European dishes… Continue reading Tantalising tastes of the summer in Princesshay this August

Boston Tea Party: Exeter’s very own Tardis – by Lauren Heath

Boston Tea Party - 84 Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RP, Tel: 01392 201181 Free wifi, open Mon - Sat 7am til 7pm and Sun 8am til 6pm. Boston Tea Party have 18 cafes from as high as Birmingham all the way down to Barnstaple, with a 19th cafe about to open in Bristol (making the… Continue reading Boston Tea Party: Exeter’s very own Tardis – by Lauren Heath

Cuba Cantina, Gandy Street -by Lauren Heath

15 Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS. Tel: 01392 425200  https://www.facebook.com/cubacantina/ Considering I work 3 doors down from this new foodie venture, I'm not quite sure why it's taken me this long to eat in there.  I have had a few nosey's, and walking past it every lunch time I'm pleased to say others have happily wandered… Continue reading Cuba Cantina, Gandy Street -by Lauren Heath

The Boat House, Dawlish Warren

The Boat House, Beach Way, Dawlish Warren, Devon EX7 0NF - 01626 888 899 In the world of eating out, dining out and finding somewhere to eat in Exeter, Dawlish Warren doesn't really jump to the forefront of my mind.  The Mount Pleasant Inn which overlooks the Warren is quite nice, a pub/restaurant with nice views of the surrounding seafront… Continue reading The Boat House, Dawlish Warren