Eat the Bird, Exeter
Oct28

Eat the Bird, Exeter

Meet the new Exeter restaurant on the scene that’s redefining chicken as you know it. ‘Prepare to have your mind blown by chicken’. That’s how I was invited to one of Exeter’s newest city centre restaurants. Modestly positioned on Sidwell Street, in what was previously a well-known spot for hip, indulgent burgers, some might say that Eat the Bird has big shoes to fill. But as we stepped inside and up to the front counter, we realised...

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Roberto’s Pizza and Pasta, Cullompton
Sep25

Roberto’s Pizza and Pasta, Cullompton

Hidden in plain sight on the high street of Cullompton, is a humble, idyllic and family-run Italian which feels like an Italian home from home right on your doorstep. As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted with smiling faces and made to feel welcome straight away. Owner Rob is no stranger to working in the kitchen. He moved from the Highlands to the West Country where his mum and stepdad took on the running of the Merry...

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The Cridford Inn, Trusham
Aug21

The Cridford Inn, Trusham

Let me set the scene. Beautiful, rolling Devon countryside glistening in the sun; the sound of laughter and conversation complemented by birdsong in the surrounding trees; and nestled amongst them, possibly the oldest public house in the county. It was a glorious sunny evening when we visited, which made The Cridford Inn even more impressive with its white walls, hanging baskets full of beautiful flowers, and climbing roses –...

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Bill’s, Exeter
Jul25

Bill’s, Exeter

The buzz in Bill’s on Gandy Street starts first thing in the morning when it opens for breakfast at 8am – it’s clearly a favourite among city workers meeting clients before the work day begins. It transitions to a more relaxed atmosphere mid-morning when parents and buggies descend haphazardly to find room in the lounge areas for kids and friends, eases into lunch when the patrons are a mixed bag of students, city workers and shoppers...

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The Coombe Cellars, Combeinteignhead
Apr24

The Coombe Cellars, Combeinteignhead

It is slightly daunting reviewing an Inn that has already been reviewed by John Keats, the early 19th century Romantic poet, but at the very least I can report the menu has more on it now than it did then. Perhaps it was misty too when Keats visited, because it certainly was on the evening four of us set off to The Coombe Cellars Inn. The journey in through the narrow lanes of Combeinteignhead, shrouded in thick coastal fog, added to...

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The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon
Mar27

The Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon

I love a proper country pub. Beer gardens for summer days, thatched roofs, views of rolling countryside, or fireplaces and comfy chairs for nestling away in winter; they’re the perfect place to spend a lazy day whatever the weather. Throw in locally sourced, well-prepared food; a wide range of local ales and tantalising spirits and you’ve got a recipe for success. The Five Bells in Clyst Hydon is a perfect example of this and so much...

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