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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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

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

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

Experience Valentine’s Day at South Sands Hotel

Salcombe’s South Sands Hotel is offering guests an exclusive dinner experience this Valentine’s Day as Head Chef Allister Bishop has prepared a romantic six course feast for lovers on this special night. Wherever possible, Allister uses local ingredients and integrates foraged food as demonstrated in this mouthwatering menu: Beetroot soup -- Liquorice & peppermint cured… Continue reading Experience Valentine’s Day at South Sands Hotel

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

The Salutation Inn, Topsham – Chris Gower

The Salutation Inn, 68 Fore Street,Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HL -  01392 873060 info@salutationtopsham.co.uk http://www.salutationtopsham.co.uk/ Topsham is one of my favourite places.   It sits on a peninsular of land between the River Exe and the River Clyst, both opening out in to the magnificent Exe Estuary.  From Topsham Quay you can see right down to… Continue reading The Salutation Inn, Topsham – Chris Gower

The Salutation Inn scoops Best Bed and Breakfast of the year

Photography credit: Adam Oseland On Monday 12th of September at The RAC CLUB, Pall Mall the Williams-Hawkes family and staff were awarded Food and Travel Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2016. The Salutation Inn is owned by the Williams- Hawkes family South Western Hotel & Catering Company Ltd (who previously owned The Imperial, Exeter)… Continue reading The Salutation Inn scoops Best Bed and Breakfast of the year

South West Chef of the Year 2016 – Semi Finalists announced

Judges of South West Chef of the Year have chosen the semi-finalists who will go forward to the closing stages of this year’s prestigious competition. Chefs from around the region battled it out for a place in the next stage of their category. Founder and co-judge Michael Caines MBE has praised the standard of culinary… Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2016 – Semi Finalists announced

The Pig at Combe, Honiton

East Devon is quickly becoming the place-to-be for foodies.  The Otter Valley itself hosts The Rusty Pig & Ottery St Mary with all its delicious offerings; Ottery Brewey, Otterton Mill and Otter Valley Ice Cream to mention just a few. Earlier this year a hotel opened just outside Honiton that is set to firmly establish… Continue reading The Pig at Combe, Honiton

Back for 2016: South West Chef of The Year

Non watermarked images courtesy of South West Chef Of The Year. The prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition is back and open for entries.  Last year I had the honour of being invited to watch some of the region's finest chefs produce some staggeringly wonderful food in the heat of the kitchens state-of-the-art… Continue reading Back for 2016: South West Chef of The Year

The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary

The Rusty Pig, Yonder Street, Ottery St. Mary EX11 1HD 01404 815580 Butchers: open Thursday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday 9.30am to 4pm. Supper tables: Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Fixed Course only) Breakfast: Friday and Saturday 10am to 2pm In the last twenty years or so, East Devon has had somewhat of a food renaissance.… Continue reading The Rusty Pig, Ottery St Mary

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

An evening with Chef Nina Groves, courtesy of La Belle Assiette.

A quick scour across the lifestyle magazines and foody websites will inevitably show you that private dining is a thing.  Its also a growing thing, with the trend for bringing in a private chef to cook for special meals being on the increase.  Companies like La Belle Assiette make it easy for diners and chefs… Continue reading An evening with Chef Nina Groves, courtesy of La Belle Assiette.

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

South West Chef of the Year 2015: The Grand Final

I was invited to attend the first part of the Grand Final of The South West Chef Of The Year 2015 last Thursday.  Upon reflection I most probably could have done some interviewing too, but I was a fly-on-the-wall, an observer with a camera. This is an experience that foodies don't often get to be a… Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2015: The Grand Final

Exeter Golf and Country Club: The Wear Park Restaurant

Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Rd, Exeter, EX2 7AE 01392 874139 Lunch menu: One course (£9.95), two courses (£12.00) or three courses (£15.00) To a lot of Exonians (excluding the 4,500 members who currently pay money to use their lovely facilities) the Exeter Golf and Country Club is a little bit of a mystery. … Continue reading Exeter Golf and Country Club: The Wear Park Restaurant

Dining In The Dark – Three special events taking place in November at The Salutation Inn

I really wanted to come back last night and start writing about this, as the experience left me buzzing.  At The Salutation Inn in Topsham a group of press representatives and us too, had a taster of the Dining in the Dark events that are taking place in November being put on by the WESC… Continue reading Dining In The Dark – Three special events taking place in November at The Salutation Inn