TO START CAINES TAKES TO THE WATER
This month’s food news and finds
The New Year begins with some very exciting news for Exmouth as Michael Caines has announced he will be opening a restaurant with a bar and café area as part of the town’s new waterfront development.
Developer Grenadier is behind the notfor-profit scheme to turn a section of the waterfront into a water sports centre.
There’s a little time to wait as work will begin on site late summer for an expected opening the following summer, 2020, but it seems that Michael already has a strong vision of how it will look.
It will be a very different to the fine dining experience offered at Lympstone Manor, his nearby Michelin-starred hotel restaurant. Diners at the waterfront can expect a more casual approach with a range of offerings – from a relaxed restaurant, complete with an upstairs terrace, to a dog-friendly café offering a lighter menu, local coffee, healthy takeaway snacks and even home-made ice cream. What is similar to both venues is Michael’s use of quality locally sourced produce, including fish from Exmouth docks and meat from local farms.
There will also be an environmental angle to the restaurant, fitting in with the aims of Grenadier.
It’s promising a responsible approach to packaging, waste and water efficiency and attention will be aid to the heating, cooling and lighting of the building.
Another new announcement for 2019 comes from the organisers of Devon County Show.
The food and drink pavilion is always a big draw at the show but there will be a new Food Walk this year, which will be open to national and international food producers.
“We are aware of an increasing consumer demand for multi-cultural food and food that caters for specialist diets. Our plan is to style the new walk as a contemporary street food market with a variety of ethnic cuisine available for immediate consumption,” says show manager Sam Mackenzie Green.
Revel in rhubarb
You may be patiently waiting for the new rhubarb shoots to appear in your garden, but in the meantime why not try this Rhubarb Crush from Luscombe? Designed to be used as a soft drink or mixer it’s got the tartness of rhubarb with a hint of vanilla and is gently sparkling. A bottle costs £1.95.
LIAM’S LIST FOR HOTEL FRIEND
Visit Southernhay House in Exeter where they have something a little different on the wine menu. Former senior wine buyer for Waitrose, Liam Steevenson, who also became the youngest Master of Wine in the world in 2004 at the age of 27, has created a new wine list for the hotel, Called ‘When a Friend Makes Your Wine’ it is made up of six wines he has created himself, along with two of his all time ‘unmissable superstar’ favourites. Bottles are priced from £26-£42.