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

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Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

For any restaurant or café, quality of output is incredibly important.  British diners are a very picky lot, and because we’re not very good at complaining restaurants don’t often get to read about a bad burger or an over-cooked steak until they see it on TripAdvisor. One of Exeter’s best loved restaurants is Lloyd's Kitchen… Continue reading Lloyd’s Kitchen: ensuring excellence through a feedback evening

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

Dr Ink’s Curiosities, Quayside

38 Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AE Commercial Rd, Exeter EX2 4AE Facebook - Instagram - Twitter We visited Dr Ink's a few weeks ago after an event and although it was only a brief visit, I've been eager to write something about this lovely establishment for a while. There are quite a few places in… Continue reading Dr Ink’s Curiosities, Quayside

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

The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX - 01392 437470 - www.hitwexeter.co.uk/ I am in my mid-thirties, despite the beard and the wrinkles which make me look well in to my forties (I've stopped playing Guess My Age as it is just depressing) I am thirty-five.  I am old enough to remember Boxes & Boogies Nightclub, The… Continue reading The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle Street by Chris Gower

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Queen St – by Chris Gower

Burgers are highly subjective things to write about. I spend a lot of time talking about burgers as they are one of my favourite foodstuffs.  Some love them and talk about them with a passion, they would be happy if every single restaurant had an extensive burger menu and would most probably be equally happy… Continue reading Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Queen St – by Chris Gower

Tasting Chocolate: Bloggers tasting session at Chococo in Exeter – by Chris Gower

We were fortunate enough to be invited to a tasting evening at Chococo’s lovely shop in Gandy St before Christmas.  It was a rare opportunity to experience chocolate under the expert guidance of Chococo co-founder and Chocolatier Claire Burnet who imparted her vast weath of knowledge and passion, taking us lucky bloggers on a whistle-stop… Continue reading Tasting Chocolate: Bloggers tasting session at Chococo in Exeter – by Chris Gower

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

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

The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road by Chris Gower

60 New North Road, Exeter - http://www.theoddfellowsbar.co.uk - Exeter @theoddfellows – facebook.com/oddfellowsbar Exmouth @oddfellowsexm – facebook.com/oddfellowsexmouth Just off the bustle of the High Street, under the shadow of John Lewis lies a small pub that has made a big impression on Exeter's dining scene in recent years.  Nestled between houses and office blocks; it backs… Continue reading The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road by Chris Gower

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

Circa 1924 Express Lunch – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924, 6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ. Ph: 01392 438545 Web: www.circa1924.co.uk/ @Circa1924 info@circa1924.co.uk Online reservations: http://www.circa1924.co.uk/#!make-a-reservation/cg3s Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm - 2:30pm and 6pm - late. (Food serve 12 -2 and 6 - 9:30pm). Express lunch 2 courses for £10.95 Circa 1924 is 1 years old - Happy Birthday! A great achievement for a bar and… Continue reading Circa 1924 Express Lunch – 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

10 Questions: Boom Kitchen® by Lauren Heath

Boom Kitchen®  www.boomkitchen.co.uk f: /boomkitchen  t: @boomrevolution  m: 07894586536 Our awareness of Boom Kitchen® came about during one of our many food event visits. We both love curries and make them from scratch occasionally at home, but no one can deny that it is easier to keep a sauce in the cupboard. What initially caught… Continue reading 10 Questions: Boom Kitchen® by Lauren Heath

Dartington Food Fair – by Lauren Heath

Well what a great day out as always; we went to Dartington Food Fair on day 1 of its 2 day event held over Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May. Now in its 6th year, and held at The Shops at Dartington in conjuction with Food and Drink Devon, this perfectly formed fair works well… Continue reading Dartington Food Fair – by Lauren Heath

Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink – by Lauren Heath

Wow - what a weekend! I hope everyone who attended the festival had a great time, I certainly did. We are avid food market and festival go-ers in Devon, Cornwall and beyond, and I believe this is the largest and best food festival in the South West. Now in its 13th year, it is still… Continue reading Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink – by Lauren Heath

Circa 1924 presents Skandel@Circa1924

6 Northernhay Place, Exeter, EX4 3QJ  Tel: 01392 438545  Twitter: @circa1924 The end of the week is here, another rare day off for me on a day that is not a weekend! So what a better way to spend it by visiting Circa 1924 and indulging in a Coffee Marathon! That is for a later post, but… Continue reading Circa 1924 presents Skandel@Circa1924

The Pig & Pallet, Topsham Quay by Lauren Heath

7 Strand, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0JB   Tel: 07920 527691  Twitter: @pigandpallet Earlier this year, we found ourselves child-free (don’t worry we hadn’t lost him – it was the blessing of holiday club) and decided to treat ourselves to a bit of brunch. Although we have a fairly well behaved and seasoned foodie version of a 5… Continue reading The Pig & Pallet, Topsham Quay by Lauren Heath

The Orestone Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Rockhouse Lane, Maidencombe, Torquay TQ1 4SX Tel: 01803 500397 http://www.orestonemanor.com/ Maidencombe.  It is a village in its own right.  The first part of the great swathe of the towns and villages that make up Torbay.  After Maidencombe you hit Babbacombe and further on you are deep in the heart of Torquay, with the tourists and its quirky… Continue reading The Orestone Manor Hotel & Restaurant