Food & Drink


Top names announced for Ottery food festival in May

Celebrity chef Michael Caines to headline the Ottery St Mary foodie event.

Devon culinary icon Michael Caines MBE is joining chefs from local eateries The Pig and Lamb & Flag to give free cookery demonstrations at the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival along with the chefs of the future - catering students from The Kings School in Ottery who will also be showing off their talents.

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Music lineup for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink revealed

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:04pm

The foodie heaven celebration that is the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns this May 8th - 10th and this year is bringing the best of the local music scene to Exeter along for this exciting annual event.

The festival kicks off for all VIP guests & press on Thursday 7th May, with the gates opening for general ticket holders on Friday 8th May - this year’s early May Bank Holiday, making it the perfect place to celebrate the historic VE Day. For their lowest ticket price yet festival-goers can enjoy the best food, drink and music from around the South West.

Tickets for the greenest Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink yet go on sale

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 03/06/2020 - 12:18pm

The foodie heaven celebration that is the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns this May 8th - 10th and after a newly forged partnership with the Exeter Chiefs, discounted early bird tickets are on sale now.

This year promises to be the greenest festival yet, with the banning of single-use plastic, an increase in plant-based exhibitors and a competition to find the greenest exhibitor on-site being run by Coastal Recycling.

A Hidden Slice of Greece!

Authored by
Posted: Wed, 03/04/2020 - 8:22pm

Opa Restaurant in South Street is just an amazing venue.   

Having lived in Naxos in the Cyclades in the past I wanted to have my 65th birthday party somewhere that reminded me of beautiful Greece. 

This is the place! 

The evening was absolutely amazing and the 25 family and friends who were with me thoroughly loved it and plan to go back. 

The Meze for £20 per person was such amazing value for money as there was just so much food nobody could finish it (they happily give you a box to take some home). 

Join the UK’s favourite wine personalities at the Wine Tasting of the Year

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:41pm

Wine-lovers of Exeter unite! On Saturday 20th June the Great Hall of Exeter University will be transformed into a wine wonderland - the highlight of every wine-lover’s calendar.  The Three Wine Men South West Wine Festival with a Splash of Spirits (plus other delicious West Country drinks) in partnership with South West Wine School will be hosted by the legendary Oz Clarke OBE, the Sunday Telegraph’s drinks’ expert Susy Atkins and, the new face to watch on the wine scene, Tom Surgey.  

Custom wine boxes: suitable for every occasion

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 02/25/2020 - 10:51am

There are several occasions for which, over the last few years, customized wine boxes have been depopulated. In reality this fashion has taken hold in our country and also abroad for some years. But why? And above all for which occasions are they more suitable?

Dirty Martini Marketing win Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink contract

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:34pm

Months of planning came to fruition for Exeter based creative marketing agency, Dirty Martini, after being handed the exciting baton that is the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink. In just a few short years, the once ‘one-man-band’ marketing agency has blossomed into a strong team of professionals, working hard to shout about the bustling business and event scenes that Exeter boasts.

7 Foods That Taste Better During Spring

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Sat, 02/22/2020 - 9:24am

Spring is almost here. As the earth renews itself during the season of regrowth, mother nature blesses us with abundant gifts in the form of colorful flowers and delicious fruits and vegetables. This gives us the perfect opportunity to revive our bodies by leaving behind the rich and heavy winter foods, and embracing all things light and fresh. 

To help you get ready for the season of renewal, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite foods that taste better during spring.

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Double award win for Salcombe Gin

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:47am

South Devon based Salcombe Distilling Co. (SDCo.) is celebrating two impressive award wins in less than a week.  In the 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' category at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, the Salcombe Gin School was awarded the highest accolade of 'Gold'. The celebrations continued at the Food Reader Awards on Monday when SDCo. was presented with the 'Best Drink' award.

The best Asian restaurants in Shoreditch

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Tue, 02/11/2020 - 8:43am

When it comes to Asian food, Shoreditch has no shortage of options. Whether you’re after some aromatic Indian curries or the sour, saltiness of Filipino food, this London district has you covered This list takes you on a culinary journey to all corners of Asia without having to leave Shoreditch.

Here is a breakdown of five Asian cuisine options that are guaranteed to satisfy while you’re in London. 


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Rockfish gets planning go ahead for Drill Hall restaurant conversion in Sidmouth

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 02/08/2020 - 6:24pm

Rockfish’s planning application for the redundant Drill Hall building on Sidmouth seafront was approved by the Local Planning Authority’s Development Management Committee (DMC) at a meeting on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

The legal agreement for the sale of the property to Rockfish, which was conditional upon Rockfish securing planning permission, can now be concluded and Rockfish will now take on the building from the council