Food & Drink

Food Drink Devon partners with Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

Food Drink Devon (FDD), the county’s leading membership organisation in the food and drink industry, is thrilled to announce that it is joining forces with Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce (DPCC) to strengthen their influence in this sector at both a regional and national level.

Barbara King, Chair of Food Drink Devon explains: “As a not-for-profit membership organisation we are always working hard to promote our members and raise Devon’s culinary profile as a whole. DCC is a large, respected and influential organisation providing an important voice for businesses in our...





Help slash food waste this Halloween

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 10/26/2020 - 1:58pm

Devon residents are being urged to slash food waste this Halloween by eating the pumpkins they carve up.

The sixth annual Pumpkin Rescue is part of Recycle Devon’s campaign to reduce food waste – an estimated 42 per cent of households will buy pumpkins this Halloween to use as Jack-o'-lanterns.

But many will discard the flesh - a scary 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin ends up in the bin each year, equivalent in weight as 1,500 double decker buses.

While this year’s celebrations may be more low key than usual, residents are urged to support the campaign to #...

Blue Goose Coffee

Coffee lovers should ‘think local’ during UK Coffee Week says Devon-based Blue Goose

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Mon, 10/19/2020 - 2:07pm

While a cup of coffee is great as a morning pick me up, its far more than a shot of stimulation, and Devon-based Blue Goose Coffee is asking consumers to ‘think local’ before drinking their favourite brand during UK Coffee Week which ends on October 25.

“It’s about conscious purchasing,” said Exeter-based co-founder Lex Thornely who is supporting the annual UK Coffee Week, which is a charitable fundraising week supporting Project Waterfall, where coffee businesses and coffee lovers across the UK come together to help the people and communities who grow coffee.

He continued...

Give the gift of local this Christmas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:29am

If there is anything this year has taught us, amongst all of the chaos and uncertainty, it is that supporting your local, independent businesses has never been more important. 2020 has been particularly testing for those within the hospitality sector, who have had to make significant changes overnight and adapt to one of the most difficult times the economy has faced.

The River Exe Cafe is well known amongst Devonians and tourists alike for its unique dining experience and setting; floating offshore on the Exe Estuary, surrounded by some of the most picturesque views in the...

New location for renowned local winery

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 10/07/2020 - 10:46am

It might only be a couple of miles as the crow flies, but news that one of the country’s best known wineries is moving from one side of a river to another is one of the biggest stories British viticulture has seen in years.

After nearly 40 years making wine at the Sharpham Estate on the west bank of the River Dart, the multi-award-winning Sharpham Winery is relocating to the east bank.

The big move, which will continue over the next year, has been underway for the past 12 months and this week the new season’s grapes were being crushed at the new winery at the Sandridge...

Rise and shine with 2’4’1 at Bay Breakfast Club in Exeter

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 10/04/2020 - 10:26am

As shorter days beckon in more ways than one, those seeking an earlier start can kick off the day with a little extra Caribbean sunshine and warm the soul with 2’4’1 breakfasts at the Bay Breakfast Club in Exeter. Plus, as afternoon cocktails become more or less essential, Turtle Bay has extended their famous happy hour so it runs right through from opening until 8pm.

There will be 2'4'1 on ALL breakfast & brunch dishes daily until 11am, plus the team will now be flinging the doors open at the Exeter restaurant at 8.30am.

And as the window for socialising seems to...

7 astonishing health benefits of whiskey

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Sat, 10/03/2020 - 6:41am

Whisky is one of the most popular and most loved alcoholic beverages in the world. It can be found in almost every region, with each area claiming pride in its own special process of distillation. The word “whiskey” or “whisky” (based on the region) is derived from “uisge beatha”, the Gaelic word for “water of life” because it has medicinal uses that really can improve your health! As a matter of fact, throughout its history, whiskey has been used for medicinal purposes. The earliest records of distilled alcohol date back to the 13th century in Italy, where it was used in monasteries for...

Barolo wine

Looking for the perfect Christmas wine? Think Barolo

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 10/01/2020 - 12:28pm

October is here, the evenings are getting darker and colder, and some of us are already thinking about Christmas. After all, it's been a heck of a year: we need something to look forward to. If you're already building your gift list – or thinking about which wines will go with your turkey – it's hard to go wrong with Barolo.

Barolo is one of Italy's finest wines. So fine, in fact, that it's often nicknamed "the king of wines". It comes from a small area in Piedmont in the north of the country, which is so famous for its wine that UNESCO named it a world heritage site in 2014....

Top 5 Health Reasons to Eat More Vegan Chocolate

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:44pm

The vegan lifestyle is the new trend in most parts of the world-and for apparent reasons. However, making the transition to vegan foodstuffs can be daunting. Most beginners have countless questions about vegan diets, and many go unanswered. If you're a chocolate lover and always craving for more, vegan chocolate is the best solution for you. What's the reason? These yummy bars are associated with numerous gains and are favorite among many.

Check out the health benefits of vegan chocolates:

1. Raw chocolates are nutrient-rich

Vegan chocolates are made of cacao...


Deliveroo reveals Exeter's top take-aways

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:25pm

Deliveroo, the on-demand food delivery service, is celebrating its fifth birthday in Exeter. New data from Deliveroo reveals Saturday at 7:44pm is the most popular time for Exeter locals to order Deliveroo. Further data has shown locals love American food the most, followed by British and Thai.

Most popular dishes:

  1. The Hub Burger from Hubbox

  2. Bacon Cheeseburger from Five Guys

  3. Belgian Waffle from Noda's Waffles

  4. Cod & Chips from Hook Fish and Chips

  5. The Furlough Burger (Chicken)

  6. ...

Exeter alumni becomes drinks trade entrepreneur

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:19pm

A former University of Exeter master’s student is celebrating after successfully launching their Two Brooks brand into the UK’s emerging Hard Seltzer market, establishing them as one of the youngest drinks brand owners in the country.

Fabio Bruni, aged 28, who attended the University from 2014-2015, has defied the odds and launched his business alongside his sister Francesca (aged 25) during an unprecedented pandemic – a big enough task in normal market conditions.

Two Brooks is a range of alcoholic sparkling waters that’s produced in Britain, made with 100% natural...