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


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

Five Guys, Queen Street

74 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX - 01392 276744 As we waved goodbye to Ruby Burgers, muffled reports came in that there would be a large well known chain Burger restaurant moving in.  The doors closed and we waited with baited anticipation to discover who it was going to be.  MeatLIQUOR? Patty and Bun? Five Guys?… Continue reading Five Guys, Queen Street

Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – by Chris Gower

Little Castle St, Exeter EX4 3PX - 01392 477704 - http://www.oldtimersexeter.co.uk/ Old Timer’s Wine Bar and Restaurant is one of Exeter’s hidden gems, of which we seem to have many!  An independent establishment that is owned by the same names that own The Timepiece Nightclub and Hole In The Wall, it has been one of the highlights… Continue reading Old Timer’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – 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

From the archives – The Oddfellows, New North Road.

I'm not really allowed to have favourites when writing a blog like this.  But I have certain places that I have a massive amount of respect for in what they do, their ethos and the drive they have behind what they serve.  Yvan and Faye Williams are both passionate about their business and their high… Continue reading From the archives – The Oddfellows, New North Road.

Turtle Bay, Exeter – by Lauren Heath

Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3HP     Tel: 01392  690868 http://www.turtlebay.co.uk/locations/exeter Turtle Bay is the first of the Queen Street Dining Quarter restaurants to open in Exeter's highly anticipated new food destination; the Caribbean street food concept has been going since 2011 and has been the latest project for the man who co-founded Las… Continue reading Turtle Bay, Exeter – 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

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

BLT & Chorizo Club Sandwich

#projectcrispsandwich continues and this time we present one of our own creations.  Head over to Twitter and search under the hashtag #UltimateCrispSandwich and you'll see lots of people either making some of the sandwiches that were suggested by Chef Dean Edwards who is working with Devon based Burts Crisps for this summer campaign. So we… Continue reading BLT & Chorizo Club Sandwich

The hunt for Exeter’s best veggie breakie (part deux) by Stephanie Darkes

84 Queen St, Exeter, EX4 3RP - 01392 201 181 Last week it was my birthday and post-party night I was desperate for a top drawer veggie breakfast. So I turned to the oracle that is Twitter for some suggestions and plenty came back including: The Cosy Club, Tea on the Green and Bills, all of which… Continue reading The hunt for Exeter’s best veggie breakie (part deux) by Stephanie Darkes

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

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

Marco’s New York Italian – by Lauren Heath

Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2LJ - @marcosexeter - 01392 348111  On the east side of Exeter, off a lane at the back of the airport, lies a hotel in a convenient location for travellers. Beside said hotel is a restaurant which, in my opinion, is conveniently located for locals. With easy access by car off the M5, A30,… Continue reading Marco’s New York Italian – by Lauren Heath

The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.

2 Bakers Way, Exeter EX4 8GA - 01392 690655 - http://www.pinhoehoardpubexeter.co.uk - Twitter Sitting opposite the Pinhoe branch of Aldi, and next door the Sainsbury’s supermarket, The Pinhoe Hoard is Exeter’s newest mega-gastro-chain pub that is catering to the widest spectrum of punters with its large dining area, kids play facilities ample car parking and convenient placement. You… Continue reading The Pinhoe Hoard, Pinhoe Rd.

Pizza Stein, Quayside

4 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AP - 01392 670424 - booking@pizzastein.co.uk Regular readers might have guessed that I like to whitter on about the history of the buildings sometimes.  Pizza Stein is no different as I have many memories of this building when it was The Hot House, back in the late nineties, a sticky floor club with Volts… Continue reading Pizza Stein, Quayside

Zita’s, Bartholomew Street

RIP Burgerfest.  Your existence in Exeter was short lived. Your burgers were nice, but your secret recipe was not overly transparent.  Your Sega room was liked, your ping pong table was novel but ultimately the demise of your parent company meant your service was short lived.  Although your value was great, your burgers were chargrilled,… Continue reading Zita’s, Bartholomew Street

Zizzi’s Restaurant, Gandy Street by Lauren Heath

Zizzi's Restaurant, 21 GANDY STREET, EX4 3LS   Tel: 01392 274737 Over Christmas time, we visited Zizzi in Bristol whilst away on a family mini break. For a chain, we were suitably impressed by the food considering its mass appeal. We also found it spacious and well decorated with a cool vibe. We decided to give the Exeter one… Continue reading Zizzi’s Restaurant, Gandy Street by Lauren Heath

Breakfast at Harry’s Restaurant

86 Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AP  Tel: 01392 202234  Twitter:@HarrysExeter I don't get out much.  For someone that writes a food blog, you'd think that I spend my days frequenting fine restaurants and hob-nobbing with the fooderati of Devon, but unfortunately I pay my bills, not via writing, but through a standard job that pays wages.… Continue reading Breakfast at Harry’s Restaurant

Chiquito Restaurant, Marsh Barton Road

Last year I got very excited that Exeter was to receive two new restaurants on Alphington Road.  The long derelict site that had once been MST (the tractor dealers) had been home to advertising hoardings and some sort of car washing operation in recent years. It wasn't a great advertisement for Exeter.  The bulldozers moved… Continue reading Chiquito Restaurant, Marsh Barton Road