This month’s food news and finds

Devon Life - - Competition - COM­PILED BY: Cather­ine Courte­nay

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.


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.

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