Food & Drink

What are the different types of beer available?

Beer is the most popular variety of alcoholic beverage in the UK, with around a third of consumers preferring it to wine, spirits and cider, according to Drinkaware . Despite its position at the top of the pile, there are still plenty of drinkers who’ve yet to be persuaded. But that might simply be because they’ve sampled the wrong kind of beer.

There are many, many different types of beer available. Some of them have been around for centuries, others have come about very recently in order to cater to drinkers with particular dietary requirements. Vegan and gluten-free beers have...

Liv Butler

Liv Butler


Food Drink Devon Award winners 2021 with host Oz Clarke OBE

Devon’s Finest Honoured at Sell-Out Food Drink Devon Awards

Devon’s talented food and drink scene was alive at Monday (4th October) night’s 10th Food Drink Devon Awards.

Over 250 of the county’s finest food and drink producers, hospitality and catering businesses and speciality retailers celebrated in style at the esteemed awards’ ceremony, held at the Grade II listed Victorian New Continental Hotel, in Plymouth.

The ceremony was hosted by wine writer, presenter and broadcaster, Oz Clarke OBE.

Competition was immediately fierce in the ‘Taste of Devon Product Awards’ with a staggering 250 product entries. The highly...

Valleyside Barn Official Opening

Successful launch for Valleyside Barn as hundreds flock to Food & Drinks Fair

Authored by EMMA WRIGHT
Posted: Tue, 09/28/2021 - 10:28am

New weddings and events venue, Valleyside Barn, based in Bickleigh have officially launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a local Food & Drinks Fair attended by around 300 people.

Emma Wright, Partner of Valleyside Barn & Escapes said, “The launch was a huge success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback on the barn from attendees. It is a very special place and perfect for weddings, celebrations and business gatherings and we can’t wait to host more events in the future.”

Sixteen local Devon producers supported the launch including...

Exeter German Doner Kebab nominated for Deliveroo’s ‘Most Loved Chain’

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Sun, 09/26/2021 - 9:04pm

Exeter German Doner Kebab has been nominated for ‘Most-Loved Chain’ in Deliveroo’s upcoming Restaurant Awards.

The gourmet kebab chain has been recognised as one of the top contenders for the third annual Restaurant Awards celebrating the best restaurants and grocers available on Deliveroo.

The first round of online voting is now open to the public until midnight on September 27th with £500 customer credit up for grabs.* The shortlist and celebrity panel of judges will be revealed in October where Deliveroo will reveal the top six restaurants that have been shortlisted...

Wickhams founder, Dan Farrell-Wright

Wickhams Shortlisted for Prestigious Decanter Retailer Awards 2021

Less than a year after launching, Devon-based independent online wine and spirit merchant, Wickhams has been included in the Decanter Retailer Awards 2021 shortlist, in not just one but two categories. Launched in November 2020, new start-up Wickhams is included in the fiercely contested ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and ‘England & Wales Specialist’ category shortlists. With a record number of entries, 2021 was the biggest year to date for the awards with the winners due to be announced on Wednesday 6th October.

The Decanter Retailer Awards offers wine drinkers in the UK an...

Exeter's hottest new family run takeaway, Easy Eats, reopens

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 09/16/2021 - 11:37pm

Trading for less than 12 months and already taking Exeter by storm, the Easy Eats team is set to reopen their takeaway delivery service on Wednesday 15th September after a well-earned summer break.

Locals will be pleased to hear that Easy Eats will be resuming their tempting takeaway service 5 days a week, every week, Wednesday through to Sunday. Regulars and newbies of Easy Eats and their delicious dining can expect the return of their usual worldly cuisine all homemade with love and local produce, with the likes of sticky-sweet ribs, killer kebabs & curries, veggie &...

First time eat: Festivals traders receive Thatchers Cider bursary for eat: Tiverton

Authored by Penny Adair
Posted: Mon, 09/13/2021 - 3:36pm

Thatchers Cider bursary recipients will be trading for the first time at eat:Tiverton on 26th September.

The bursary allows first-time traders to take their first step into the eat:Festivals family, the award-winning food and drink festivals that take place throughout the West Country.

PiQi, Vic's Little Kitchen, Bennetts Kombucha and I am Cultured will all be trading for the first time at eat:Tiverton.

Exeter based Victoria Brown formed Vic’s Little Kitchen during lockdown makes luxury baked goods and artisan deli, using environmentally friendly packaging.


5 New flavour experiences to try in 2021

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Thu, 09/09/2021 - 6:26pm

Do you consider yourself a serious foodie? For some people, eating and drinking are about much more than just nourishing the body; they’re also about seeking out new and interesting experiences. If you’re going to go through the effort of preparing food at home, it might as well be as delicious as you can make it. Enjoying new flavours at home also isn’t just about the food you prepare; it’s also about beverages and can even be about replacing the vices in your life with healthier alternatives. If you’re looking for something tasty and different, these are some of the new flavour...

Lympstone Manor unveils a new series of vineyard tours for September

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/01/2021 - 3:14pm

Lympstone Manor, the UK’s renowned luxury vineyard hotel has unveiled a new series of vineyard tours, welcoming guests to its idyllic location on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. Just two years ago, the team planted approximately 17,500 vines to produce high-quality sparkling wines using classic Champagne methods inspired by the outstanding quality of wines produced from grapes grown in Devon and the ideal south-west facing position of the grounds. From wine tastings to tours of the vineyard and impeccably paired dinners at its Michelin-starred restaurant – this...

Celebrating 40 years of Sharpham Wine and Cheese

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 08/30/2021 - 4:20pm

Multi award-winning Sharpham Wine and Cheese is celebrating a phenomenal forty years at the South Devon based Sharpham Estate. To mark the occasion there will be two very special events this September; a celebratory three course birthday meal at the Sharpham Estate and an exclusive anniversary virtual wine and cheese tasting event. Visit for further information and tickets.

Forty years ago, Maurice Ash brought his herd of Jersey cows down from Essex to the Sharpham Estate in Devon and set to work crafting his first creamy, bloomy-rinded brie. He then planted the...

South West Wine School WSET Courses at Darts Farm this Autumn 

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 08/25/2021 - 11:10pm

Looking to increase your wine knowledge? South West Wine School is hosting Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses at Darts Farm this autumn. The next Level 1 (a one day course, £165) is on Friday 15th October 2021 and the next Level 2 (a three day course on consecutive Fridays, £425) starts on Friday 10th September 2021. Visit for more information and to book.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the leader in providing globally recognised education and qualifications in wines and spirits for both professionals and enthusiasts.