The Countdown to the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest begins

A Tasting Dinner at The Ginger Peanut in Bampton on 24 September 2019 launches the countdown to the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest which will return to Exmoor in February 2020.

Peter Mundy, Executive Chef at The Ginger Peanut, and his head chef Vincenzo Gallitto will be serving an Italian Menu with an Exmoor twist to showcase the outstanding quality of local produce and Exmoor’s hospitality scene.

The Exmoor Food Fest will return to Exmoor in February 2020 when participating restaurants will be serving special ‘meal deals’ starting at £10.00 across the region.  For the sixth consecutive year, locals and visitors to the area will be able to experience outstanding menus at very reasonable prices at award-winning and Michelin starred restaurants and pubs.

“We are very excited that Peter Mundy will be hosting our media launch at The Ginger Peanut”, said Elke Winzer, Festival Director of the Exmoor Food Fest. “We really enjoy working with Peter and Vincenzo, and our guests will be in for a special treat. It’s the perfect launch of our countdown to the sixth Exmoor Food Fest.”

Peter Mundy commented: “We are delighted to host the media launch of the Exmoor Food Fest at The Ginger Peanut. We are passionate about everything foodie and everything Exmoor, and we are looking forward to being part of the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest.”

“We expect that more than 40 restaurants across the region will take part in the forthcoming Exmoor Food Fest”, added Elke Winzer. “It is a great opportunity for people to experience Exmoor and its culinary delights during a quiet season, especially as many restaurants will be offering special deals for their accommodation as well.”

Tickets for the Media Launch on 24 September are £50.00 pp (optional wine flight £20.00) can be booked directly through The Ginger Peanut: 
food@gingerpeanut.co.uk  /  T: 01398 33 22 44

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The registration for the Exmoor Food Fest 2020 is now open!

Calling all restaurants, pubs and tearooms on and around Exmoor – you can now sign up for the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest via our website.

This year we have exciting plans, and signing up now means that you will benefit from all the promotions we are running between now and autumn 2020.  For the first time there will be a printed Exmoor Food Fest brochure:  10,000 copies  will be distributed to accommodation providers, visitor centres and other public places at the beginning of August 2019. Signing up now means that your eatery will be listed free of charge in this publication.

Lots of events have been planned to make sure that the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest is going to be the biggest and best yet.  In September Peter Mundy at the Ginger Peanut will host our media dinner which will set the bar for our sixth food festival.  A limited number of tickets will be available to the public for this foodie event (those who receive our newsletter will be the first to know about this!).

In January 2020 The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange will kick off the the Exmoor Food Fest 2020 in style with our VIP launch.  The festival will run as usual throughout February across Exmoor and beyond, with tasting dinners, food fairs and foodie events galore.

If you run a restaurant, pub or tearoom on and around Exmoor, it would be great to have you on board!  Have a look at the photos below – it’s not just a great promotion of your establishment, it’s also great fun.

The Grand Final of the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest

On Tuesday, we celebrated the end of yet another Exmoor Food Fest with a fantastic tasting menu at the Rising Sun in West Bagborough.  Head Chef Jade Shorney was joined by Olivier Certain (The Swan, Bampton), Liam Finnegan (The Castle Hotel, Taunton), Anita-Clare Field (La Petite Bouchée, Witheridge) and James Mason (New Coast Events). Together they produced a range of amazing Taste Exmoor menu which was a fitting end to a successful 2019 Exmoor Food Fest.

Photos by Faydit Photography.

The Chefs

The Dishes

FUN IN THE KITCHEN

The Rock Inn in Waterrow is open for bookings!

 

 

The Rock Inn, Waterrow, Taunton, Somerset TA4 2AX

VOTED OUTSTANDING FOOD FOR THE 4TH YEAR RUNNING, BY THE READERS OF THE GOOD PUB GUIDE

The family-run 450 year-old Rock Inn is in an area of outstanding natural beauty that combines laid-back country chic with succulent dining experiences.  Located in the picturesque hamlet of Waterrow, halfway between Wiveliscombe and Bampton on the B3227 in the lovely county of Somerset, this charming inn has a Dining Room and a traditional pub.

Since having taken over The Rock Inn in April 2013, owners Ruth & Daren Barclay have, for the 4th year running, been awarded “Outstanding Food” by the readers of the Good Pub Guide.

Kitchen
Daren was Executive Head Chef at Goodwood Estates for over 11 years, and has worked at 3 1 star Michelin restaurants and cooks traditional food with a contemporary twist.  Fish is delivered daily, fresh from the fish markets of South Devon, Stillmans butchers in Taunton supplies Aberdeen Angus Steak and free-range Duck, Chicken and eggs are supplied by a local farmer.

The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch: Wednesday – Saturday
(Excluding Sundays)

2 courses for £15.00

The Rock Inn
Waterrow
Taunton
Somerset  TA4 2AX
Tel: 01984 623293
Email: info@rockinnwaterrow.co.uk
Website: http://www.rockinnwaterrow.co.uk

Rooms

Diners can also stay at The Rock Inn, where rooms have been stylishly redecorated, with comfortable double beds, cotton sheets, feather duvets and pillows, flat screen.

TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and power showers/baths with a plentiful supply of hot water.

Michelin starred The Olive Room in Ilfracombe is open for bookings!

 


Raised in North Devon, Thomas is passionate about the local area and is a great advocate for the fantastic produce available in the area from both land and sea.

Now going into its 5th year of business, Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room gained it’s Michelin star in 2016, with the guide quoting – “A simple, homely restaurant set in a 19C townhouse and run by an experienced local chef. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is creative, with distinct flavours, and each dish comprises just 4 or 5 complementary ingredients”.

The restaurant itself is an intimate, cosy space with a maximum of 14 covers. The service is relaxed and unpretentious as Thomas believes that the food should be the star of the show.

Having been coined as a “seafood supremo” by Michelin, expect to see a variety of great quality, fantastic tasting fish courses on a trip to The Olive Room.

We look forward to welcoming you.

To find out more information or to book a table, simply Contact Us.

You can book your table online via www.thomascarrdining.co.uk or call 01271 867831. If you have any questions, please email the team on info@thomascarrdining.co.uk.

Exmoor Food Fest offer:

2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £30 
Available in February – Wednesday – Saturday lunchtimes and Tuesday – Thursday evenings (excluding the evening of 14/15/16 Feb). 

Tel : +44 (0) 1271 867831
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9DJ

Twitter:            @ThomasCarrChef
Facebook:       /pages/Thomas-Carr-at-The-Olive-Room
Email:               info@thomascarrdining.co.uk
Website:          
www.thomascarrdining.co.uk

About Thomas Carr

Thomas Carr prides himself on producing food of a consistently high standard, establishing a passionate, dynamic and creative dining/kitchen environment. Always experimenting with ingredients, avours and techniques to push the boundaries of food and exceed the expectations of each customer.

Thomas has always been driven by a fundamental love of cooking and food, always seeking to learn and grow as a chef.

His journey started when he was employed as head chef in 2002 at the Beachcomber Café in Woolacombe, Devon – his hometown. From here Thomas moved to the Watersmeet Hotel, again in Woolacombe, where he was Chef De Partie for 5 years between 2004 and 2009.

In March 2009 Thomas went to work under renowned chef Nathan Outlaw at his Seafood and Grill Restaurant @ The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall. Originally taken on by Nathan Outlaw as a Sous chef, Thomas’ potential was quickly noticed and in February 2010 he was appointed as Head Chef at the brand new ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’. Under Thomas the restaurant received two Michelin stars within a year of opening, along with numerous other accolades and awards within the hospitality industry. As well as the day to day running of the restaurant, Thomas also participated in outside events linked to the restaurant and Nathan Outlaw; including a ‘pop up’ restaurant in London and several food festivals/events.

In 2013 Thomas returned to North Devon to take up a role as executive chef at The Coach House, Kentisbury Grange, allowing him another opportunity to work with a renowned chef in Michael Caines MBE. Thomas built a full team from scratch and achieved 2 AA Rosettes within 6 months of opening as well as a full entry into the 2014 Trencherman’s Guide.

In the spring of 2014 Thomas was presented with an opportunity to fulfil a lifetime dream of owning his own restaurant in the harbour town of Ilfracombe, North Devon. The mixture of a bustling, up and coming area and fresh line caught fish delivered to restaurant on an almost daily basis has made for a hugely successful start in business.

And it was at the end of September in 2016, that Thomas received a call so many chefs can only dream of. A call from the Editor of the Michelin Guide, asking him to attend the first ever live presentation of the guide on October 3rd.

 

Hartnoll Hotel is now open for bookings!

Welcome to the Hartnoll Hotel

The award-winning Hartnoll Hotel is nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park in the delightful Exe Valley in Devon. With stunning decor, sumptuous fabrics, plenty of space to relax, eat and drink and exemplary customer service, it is the perfect place to relax with friends and family or meet with colleagues.

The Hotel is set in beautiful landscaped gardens surrounded by glorious Devon countryside, only minutes from Junction 27 of the M5 – perfectly located for exploring the West Country, Somerset, Devon and Exmoor.

The Hartnoll Hotel’s owner, Claire Carter, has painstakingly restored and refurbished this beautiful country house hotel, transforming it into a luxury, boutique-style hotel offering both elegance and comfort. The attention to detail has been key to the successful transformation from the stunning décor with sumptuous fabrics to a wonderful open log fire.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal

Lunchtimes:
2 course – £15.00
3 course – £17.50

Evenings:
2 course – £20.00
3 course – £25.00 (gourmet)

 

Website:                www.hartnollhotel.co.uk

Facebook:             www.facebook.com/hartnollhotel

Bolham
Tiverton, Devon
EX16 7RA

Telephone:     01884 252777

ExFF19 Launch: Three guest chefs have now been confirmed

Three guest chefs have now been confirmed to join head chef Mike Griffith on 29 January 2019 at the Farmers Arms for the VIP launch of the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest.

James Mason from Kentisbury Grange and Somerset Restaurant of the Year winner Tim Zekki from Duende restaurant in Wiveliscombe will be in charge of a course each at the launch.

Also confirmed is Damien Wager from Edible Art Patisserie Ltd…ambassador, consultant and all out magician with chocolate.

Please contact the Farmers Arms directly if you are interested in attending.

The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey will host the #ExFF19 launch

The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey, which only recently opened after a devastating fire nearly two years ago, will host the VIP launch of the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest on 29 January 2019.

Chef Mike Griffiths has invited several local chefs to join him in preparing an Exmoor Tasting Menu for the occasion – more details about who these chefs are, what the menu will be and how to book will be available shortly.

Welcome back to La Petite Bouchée for #ExFF19!

 

 

Welcome to La Petite Bouchée our multi-award winning French Brasserie, located in beautiful rural North Devon. Following on from the huge success of last years Exmoor Food Festival we are delighted to be offering two menus again from 2nd February-28th 

Since our launch in London in August 2014 we have enjoyed success both in London and here in Devon winning a Time Out Love London Award for Best Restaurant, Taste of the West Gold for 2017 and 2018, Food and Drink Devon Runner up for Best Bistro in Devon 2017, Devon Life Runner Up 2017, Best Newcomer and LUXE LIFE Best Restaurant/Best Customer Service DEVON 2018

Our name translated literally means the ‘small mouthful’ but there is nothing small about La Petite Bouchée.  All of our ingredients are locally sourced, responsibly sustained and our vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers all homegrown and we are proud that our food miles don’t exceed 25 mile radius of our North Devon base. We look forward to welcoming you along to the Exmoor Food Festival. 

Exmoor Food Fest Deal: £17.50 / £20.00
available Fridays and Saturdays evening (Bookings only) 

Reservations:  http://www.lapetiteboucheebrasserie.co.uk/reservations

Quanticks House
19 The Square
Witheridge
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 8AE

Tel:  01884 860 654

Website:                 www.lapetiteboucheebrasserie.co.uk

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