Scandi pop-up launches in Circa 1924 for lunch

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/07/2016 - 5:45am

Launched in June 2015 by two local guys, Rob Weeks and James Waddington, Circa 1924 has quickly made a name for itself as one of the coolest places to dine out in Exeter.

Due to popular demand, the funky 1920s-inspired seafood & steak house now opens for lunch, with an on-trend new pop-up restaurant. ‘Skandel’, London's hottest new Scandinavian food brand first launched on London’s über-fashionable King’s Road, is looking to take the pulse on South Devon’s taste for Nordic cuisine. Set in Circa’s bootleg bar, skandel@Circa1924 is aimed at all comers and will offer an affordable...

Win the Ultimate Yummy Mummy Package with Deliveroo

Authored by Deliveroo_EXT
Posted: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:57am

Deliveroo, the home restaurant delivery service, is offering one lucky local mum the ultimate yummy mummy experience worth over £170. And we mean yummy in every sense of the word, the prize includes a £50 Deliveroo voucher applicable to a whole host of tasty local eateries such as; Wagamama, Base & Barley, Ruby Modern Diner and many more delivered piping hot straight to your door.

The treats don’t end there – the winner will also enjoy an ESPA back, neck and shoulder massage at Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf and Country Club, with a glass of Prosecco following the treatment to...

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink returns for 13th year

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 7:50am

Exeter’s annual food and drink festival continues to go from strength to strength with tickets for the 13th year selling fast.

Returning to Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens from 22-24 April, the Festival attracts more than 100 artisan food and drink producers from the region selling delicious south west meat, cheeses, bread, cider, wine, beer, oils, cakes and much more.

The award winning Festival has been championed by Michael Caines MBE since its launch in 2003 and the Michelin starred chef is as excited as ever about plans for this April.

Michael said: "I am...

Beat the January blues with food

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 01/16/2016 - 3:17pm

If you are prone to the January blues after an over-indulgent festive season, you could help researchers at the University of Exeter discover whether healthy eating can ward off depression.

Scientists have long known that depression is often linked to weight issues and poor diet – but there is a lack of evidence on whether a bad diet can actually cause depression or itself results from depression, and whether switching to healthier foods could help to keep low mood at bay.

The MooDFOOD study is recruiting 250 overweight people in and around Exeter and aims to provide the...

Zoos lead on healthy eating

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 01/13/2016 - 3:34pm

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, are helping visitors and local people to improve their diets.

The attractions are among local businesses working with Torbay Council to put more healthy choices onto children’s plates.

The Growing Kids project runs throughout the Bay and is led by the Food Safety Team at Torbay Council. Nicolas Legendre, Food Production Manager at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts, explained: “We have been instrumental from day one of the project.

Our zoos were chosen because of our high food hygiene rating...

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink tickets on sale

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 01/03/2016 - 8:27am

Tickets for the 2016 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink are now on sale.

The 13th Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink will take place at the beautiful Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th April 2016.

The ultimate foodie event will bring you the very best of what the South West has to offer, and will feature more than 100 producers from the region as well as top chefs, workshops and food-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Three After Dark Music Festivals will also be held on the Thursday, Friday and...

Why yuletide could be ‘drooltide’ for your dog

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 12/12/2015 - 12:30pm

NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is urging owners to put certain foods on the ‘naughty list’ for their dogs this year. Christmas is well known as a time of excess for humans but, according to the insurer, pet dogs are also prone to eating too much during the festive period and sometimes, what they choose to eat could have serious health implications and end-up in an emergency visit to the vet.

NFU Mutual warns that claims for dogs who have eaten weird or poisonous items take on a distinctly seasonal flavour as Christmas approaches and reflect the type of foods...

Magdalen Road Christmas Fair

Event Date: 
05/12/2015 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Magdalen Roadm Exeter EX2 4TA

For the 5th year running we are holding our Christmas Fair in the middle of the road!

The road will be closed to traffic (luckily) and filled with over 50 stalls which will add to the goodies provided by our wonderful shops. Food, drink, fun-fair rides, live entertainment and much jollity.

Don't buy your Christmas presents until you have been to our Fair, you can get everything here and have a good time into the bargain.

"The best Christmas Fair in Exeter by far" and that's not just us saying that, the thousands of people who come each year say it.


Grillstock set to turn up the heat in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 11/18/2015 - 8:00pm

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’) announced today (18 November 2015) that American BBQ smokehouse, Grillstock will be the fifth restaurant to join Exeter's exciting new Queen St dining quarter.

Grillstock signed contracts with Aviva Investors last week for their smokehouse restaurant which will face the newly remodeled Market Square, which with its amphitheatre-style seating areas, is set to become one of the main focus points of the whole £12m redevelopment.

Described as 'meat, music and mayhem', Grillstock began as an open air...

Blog: Student Life #4

Authored by Jessikah Hope Stenson
Posted: Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:40am

One of the most brilliant things about Exeter is its openness to vegetarians and vegans. Now, I’m not saying it’s completely open and there are no harsh judgements, however in comparison to some of the other cities in the UK that I’ve visited, Exeter is far from the worst.

In fact, there’s a lovely little vegetarian and vegan café in the Cathedral yard called The Plant Café. I visited there once before for a chai latte and a slice of carrot cake but was keen to return and try the famous vegan chocolate cake. I should make this clear now, I’m a vegetarian, not vegan, yet was eager...