Food & Drink

Learn to cook and help save the planet!

Devon County Council is running a series of free six-week cookery courses to teach residents to cook a range of basic meals while covering the top tips that help reduce food waste at home.

Eight ‘DIY Dinner’ courses will take place in towns across the county during January and February in another example of the council’s commitment to help communities reduce food waste and carbon emissions in support of the Devon Climate Declaration.

Mary Youlden



The latest in Food & Drink


New chef rings the changes at Ottery's Volunteer Inn

Authored by Sue Cade
Posted: Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:38am

A talented young chef has joined the team at The Volunteer Inn in Broad Street, Ottery St Mary.

At just 23, Gemma Youlden has already made her mark on the range of meals available, with diners singing her praises.

Very much a local, Gemma grew up in Alphington and attended The King’s School before leaving in 2012 to pursue a career in catering.

Bill's Exeter Veganuary Menu review

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:51am

Let’s get a couple of minor niggles out of the way first.

Niggle number one: Our starters were delivered to the wrong table, where a pair of casually-dressed young chaps gleefully accepted them, despite the fact the food wasn’t what they ordered.

You’d be right to expect that annoyed me no end but I, in fact, forgave the minor misdemeanour, because one of the recipients was my old mate, Radio Exe DJ Ashley Jeary, who looks like he could do with a good meal, or two, or maybe three.

Get fit and healthy with the right slow juicer machine!

Authored by Mike Page
Posted: Thu, 12/26/2019 - 5:16am

Looking for a juicer to get the fit and healthy juices? There are various kinds of juicer categories alone, and all these different juicers have you in a fizz. With so many options available, it is difficult to choose one. Juicing is a trend. Juicers are an important part of any healthy household. Drinking fresh-pressed juices helps you to lose weight, boost immunity, prevent cancer, and cleanse your system. It is easy to spend money on a juicer you will never use.

Devon gives its verdict on this divisive Christmas vegetable – and the results might surprise you…

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 12/17/2019 - 3:02pm

They’re often typecast as the villain of the piece, the most hated vegetable in the land and the only morsel left on the plate at the end of the annual Christmas feast.

But, surprisingly, 74% of people in Devon admitted that they do in fact harbour a love for SPROUTS during a poll run by the Home of the Roast, Toby Carvery.

Franco Manca builds on 40,000 Christmas pizza pledge

Authored by Paula_D
Posted: Tue, 12/10/2019 - 9:11am

Sourdough pizza pioneer, Franco Manca, has pledged to turn surplus dough into delicious fresh sourdough bread for those most in need this festive season and beyond. The initiative which will launch on the 9th December and continue throughout 2020 aims to help those going without food or shelter, with loaves being distributed to local soup kitchens, charities and shelters across the UK.

Step out of Christmas with a Comptoir festive feast

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Fri, 12/06/2019 - 5:45pm

If you want a festive feast with a flavour of the Middle East, step into Exeter’s Comptoir Libanais this Christmas.

You won’t hear Slade, Wizard or Mariah (thankfully) and the décor is refreshingly tinsel-free.

What is guaranteed however, is a tongue-tingling table full of treats.

The mixed mezze starter is a meal in itself and comes with two vegan and two meat dishes.

Sharpham Cheese Triumphs with Two Exceptional National Awards

Authored by HarryWild
Posted: Fri, 12/06/2019 - 9:43am

Sharpham Cheese has recently won two outstanding awards in the food industry: UK Supreme Cheese at the Global Cheese Awards and British Product of the Year in the Great British Food Awards.

UK Supreme Cheese – Global Cheese Awards

The Global Cheese Awards, hosted by  Frome & District Agricultural Society, awarded Sharpham Cheese’s ‘Washbourne’ the overall prize of UK Supreme Cheese. Competing against an impressive 751 cheeses, Washbourne stood out for its smooth, creamy texture and distinctive flavour.

Dining Devon Team Photo: Sue Stoneman, Chris Gower, Lauren Heath

Dining Devon Wins South West England Food Blog of the Year 2019

Authored by Lauren_heath_pa
Posted: Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:02am

Dining Devon, a well-established online food blog, has been announced as South West England Food Blog of the Year 2019 by LUXlife Magazine, as part of their 4th annual Food and Drink Awards.

Founded in 2011, as Eating Exeter, the blog rebranded in 2017 due to its widening appeal and growing demand to visit establishments all over Devon to help with exposure for smaller independents as well as part of larger business PR campaigns.

5 myths about wines to bust

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Thu, 11/28/2019 - 7:38pm

Wines are healthy alcoholic beverages help us loosen up from the pressures and stress brought by hustling hard every day. Drinking a glass of your favourite wine after a long and tiresome day at work is just heaven. However, in some cases, some of us get intimidated by drinking a glass of wine because it's still an alcoholic beverage that can adversely affect our health. 

Riverford wins Rising Star of the Year award

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/27/2019 - 3:26pm

Organic veg box company Riverford has won Rising Star of the Year Award at a national awards ceremony recognising excellence among employee owned businesses.

Judges at the Employee Ownership Association Awards praised the new culture of co-ownership across the Riverford business, which they said had helped it secure the win, and a successful first year under the new ownership model.