Michael Caines’ MBE luxury dream finally takes flight with estuary estate at Lympstone Manor – by Lauren Heath

Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees, is a hub of activity, and no it's not the Poddington Peas... ...It's Devon's very own 2 Michelin starred chef Michael Caines MBE. The Exeter-based chef, who left Gidleigh Park at the beginning of 2016 after 18 years, sowed the seeds of… Continue reading Michael Caines’ MBE luxury dream finally takes flight with estuary estate at Lympstone Manor – by Lauren Heath

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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!

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

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

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*

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

Guest Chef Days Announced at Manna From Devon Cooking School

Manna from Devon Cooking School is delighted to announce the dates for the 2017 Guest Chef Classes: a series of celebrity chefs and foodie experts will be running classes at the school from March until September. These guest days only pop up once a month and usually book up pretty quickly, a true reflection on… Continue reading Guest Chef Days Announced at Manna From Devon Cooking School

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

Valentine’s Day Gifts from Chococo

For Valentine’s Day 2017, Dorset-based artisan chocolatier Chococo has created a collection of gorgeous chocolates to delight chocolate lovers. Aspiring cupids can select from the following gifts in their 2017 Valentine Collection: Chococo’s NEW Valentine’s Club - a unique subscription gift; NEW freshly handmade Valentine’s selection boxes; a NEW range of delicious and fun Valentine’s… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Gifts from Chococo

TONIGHT! Anyone For a Plate of Grasshoppers? Exeter Phoenix’s Cinema serves up Danish Doc Bugs Alongside a Feast of Edible Insects

Fans of world cinema and Nordic Noir are in for a treat over the coming months, as Scandifilm returns to Exeter Phoenix for a third year of unique and enchanting film experiences, all centred around Scandinavian cinema. More than just a film festival, visitors will be given the opportunity to live, eat and breathe Scandi.… Continue reading TONIGHT! Anyone For a Plate of Grasshoppers? Exeter Phoenix’s Cinema serves up Danish Doc Bugs Alongside a Feast of Edible Insects

10 Questions with Tony Coulson of Ebb Tides Seaweed by Lauren Heath

Ebb Tides is a fledgling in the food world; having been established only in May last year, we came across them at their first 'outing' at Dartington Food Fair (which can be found here) and wished them luck on their future journey. My husband, Steve, loves seaweed and really enjoyed the flavours and easy use packaging… Continue reading 10 Questions with Tony Coulson of Ebb Tides Seaweed by Lauren Heath

John Burton-Race is looking for Torquay’s new kitchen stars

After last week’s announcement that two Michelin starred chef John Burton-Race is to join Richardson’s Grosvenor Hotel, it has been revealed that the hotel is looking for a handful of new chefs to add to the team for the restaurant re-launch. John has said today, ‘I’m looking for the very best talent Devon has to… Continue reading John Burton-Race is looking for Torquay’s new kitchen stars

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

Top Chefs Take a Shot at Game with Glorious Devon Fungi at The Chefs’ Forum

Forest Fungi mushroom farm in Dawlish Warren was the venue for this quarter’s Devon Chefs’ Forum event held on Monday (26) September. Over 90 top chefs from Devon enjoyed a day of clay shooting and Michelin-starred cookery demonstrations by Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall (Gidleigh Park). The Chefs’ Forum stages quarterly events at various venues in… Continue reading Top Chefs Take a Shot at Game with Glorious Devon Fungi at The Chefs’ Forum

10 Questions for Chococo

Photos courtesy of Chococo Exeter is fast becoming a foodie hub, attracting big named restaurants and retailers in to the city centre as well as homing some of the best independent restaurants in the region. A new addition to the family is Chococo who have made their home in Gandy St.  Being already a bit… Continue reading 10 Questions for Chococo

Hanlon’s Brewery, Half Moon Village

Hanlons Brewery, Hill Farm, Half Moon Village, Devon EX5 5AE  http://www.hanlonsbrewery.com/ Talk to any ale fan in the Exeter & Devon area and you won't find many that would not class Yellow Hammer as one of their favourite ales.  For as long as I can remember this beautifully light and golden ale has been a… Continue reading Hanlon’s Brewery, Half Moon Village

Meat Mastery with Pipers Farm & Exeter Cookery School

Set to open in mid-July on Exeter’s historic Quayside, Exeter Cookery School has announced an exciting collaboration with the award-winning Pipers Farm, with the first in a series of butchery and meat cookery courses taking place on 9 th August, leading foodies on a fascinating journey from field to plate. Local food hero Peter Greig… Continue reading Meat Mastery with Pipers Farm & Exeter Cookery School