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

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A Celebration of Beef: Exmoor’s Food Heroes

Last Tuesday, The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey hosted a Celebration of Beef. And boy, what a celebration this was…..  six courses prepared by five outstanding chefs, accompanied by beautiful wines, wowed the lucky diners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Griffiths, head chef at the Farmers Arms, was joined in the kitchen by Olivier Certain (Duende), Anita-Clare Field (La Petite Bouchée), Peter Mundy (The Ginger Peanut) and Tim Zekki (Duende) who created an exciting menu of the best Exmoor beef. Even the delicious dessert (by Tim Zekki) contained beef!

So here are the Exmoor Food Heroes of the night, captured by photographer Jean-Phillipe Baudey :

From left to right: Mike Griffiths, Peter Mundy, Anita-Clare Field, Olivier Certain and Tim Zekki

 

And nothing would be possible without the fantastic people working in the kitchen and front of house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Gallery: Memories of the VIP #ExFF19 Launch

At the end of January, the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest was launched at the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey.  Head chef Mike Griffiths was joined in the kitchen by Tim Zekki (Duende Restaurant), Damien Wager (Edible Art Ltd), James Mason and Jaime Allen.  Here is a collection of photos of the night by Faydit Photography.

Book now: 7-Course-Tasting-Dinner at the Rising Sun, West Bagborough

Bookings are now open for the 7-Course-Tasting Dinner at the Rising Sun, West Bagborough:

THE RISING SUN’S EXMOOR FOOD FEST

7 COURSE  TASTING MENU

8 March 2019

 

PORLOCK BAY OYSTERS , PEA FOAM,  CHORIZO SNOW

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MUSHROOM RISOTTO,  SHAVINGS OF MATURED SOMERSET CHEDDAR,  TRUFFLE

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STUFFED LOIN OF LOCAL RABBIT, WRAPPED IN CURED HAM WITH CRISPY GARDEN KALE
AND BALSAMIC GLAZE

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VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE SORBET

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FILLET OF HAKE,  RADISH, CRAB FRIED RICE, EDAME, ASIAN DRESSING 

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RICH  CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, CARAMELISED HAZELNUTS, DRAGON FRUIT

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A TRIO OF LOCAL CHEESES  &  FRESH FRUITS

, SERVED WITH A GLASS OF LYME BAY ELDERFLOWER PORT

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COFFEE

39.95 PER HEAD (CALL 01823 432575 FOR TICKETS)

7pm for 7.30pm

A Celebration of Exmoor Beef at the Farmers Arms

The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey (host of the ExFF launch) are proud to announce their second Gastronomic Evening:

A Celebration of Exmoor Beef

As part of the Exmoor Food Fest head chef Mike Griffiths has invited 4 chefs to join him to create a mouth watering carnivorous delight.

5 courses of prime select beef cooked by different chefs:

Chef Patron Tim Zekki and Olivier Certain Duende Restaurant. Chef Peter Mundy at the Ginger Peanut/ Pete Mundy catering

Chef Patron Anita-Clare Field of La Petite Bouchée.

Also joining us will be Paddy Magill from Vine Wine who will be selecting wines for a wine flight to run along side the dishes (wine flight optional at an extra cost of £20.00)

Tickets: £50.00 per person (to be booked and paid in advance) for 6 courses

The Farmers Arms
Combe Florey
Taunton
Somerset TA4 3HZ

Tel: 01823 432267

Email: info@farmersarms.net

The Exmoor White Horse Inn in Exford is open for bookings!

 

 

The award-winning Exmoor White Horse inn sits at the very heart of Exmoor National Park in the delightful village of Exford. Its 16th century origins are reflected in its chic country interiors.

Relax before dinner in oak beamed bars in front of a wonderful log fire. A warm welcome, creative menus & one of the most extensive whisky collections in the south west of England with over 250 malt whisky for your pleasure.

The best locally produced Exmoor Ales, Local craft gins & a comprehensive selection of wines.

Our creative team of chefs produce seasonal menus showcasing the best Exmoor Produce with a contemporary twist. 

Truly the heart of Exmoor’  Open all year round for Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Tea

As part of this year’s Exmoor Food Fest 2019 we would like to offer visitors these special offers for dining with us for dinner

Available from Monday – Saturday (with no exclusion dates)

Booking is advised, so please call quoting EXFF on your booking.

A la carte menu

2 courses £20.00
3 courses £25.00

Please call us to book your table on 01643 831229, or book online via our website (http://www.exmoor-whitehorse.co.uk)  quoting “Exmoor Food Fest Offer”

Exford
Exmoor National Park
TA24 7PY

Tel:  01643831229

Website; www.exmoor-whitehorse.co.uk

Email: enquiries@exmoor-whitehorse.co.uk

The Rising Sun in West Bagborough is open for bookings!

This beautiful 16th Century Inn  offers a warm welcome, creative menus, quality ales and a collection of fine vintage wines. With its flagstone floors and oak beams it offers a relaxing characterful base from which to explore the Quantock hills.
Using fresh ingredients  the Inn provides both an a la carte menu and a more causal menu at lunchtimes.
Matured Exmoor Grazed Steaks, Fresh whole fish, Cornish Mussels & Porlock Bay oysters are regularly on the menu.
Freshly grown vegetables and fruit are provided both from the Inn’s own garden and a local organic farm and orchard.
Exmoor Food Fest offer:
2 course lunch for  £15.00
3 course lunch for £18.50

Somerset  Pork and Black pudding Scotch Egg with a bloody Mary ketchup

Homegrown Jerusalem artichoke soup, burnt pear and walnut

River Exe Mussels steamed in Sheppy’s cider, leek and chorizo

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Braised Stoneage Organic Lamb Shoulder with mustard mash and petit pois a la francais

Pan Fried Sea bass with Bombay potatoes, crispy seaweed and a saffron cream sauce

Heritage Beetroot Tart Tatin, toasted pine nuts,  & basil oil served with a garden salad

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Iced Banana Parfait, peanut brittle, salted caramel sauce

Somerset Pear Frangipane tart with Lovington’s honeycomb ice cream

“Chef’s Collation,” delicious flavors and textures of chocolate, coffee and hazelnut

Two Courses 15.00

Three Courses 18.50

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WEST BAGBOROUGH, TAUNTON TA4 3EF
01823 432575
Booking is advisable but no vouchers are required.

The River Parrett Restaurant is open for bookings!

 

 

We opened in November, 2017 and our owner, Mariusz Muskietorz, who has a background and great deal of experience in the food industry, and already owns the Maja Delicatessen in Bridgwater and, also, in Exeter, has invested significantly in giving the property a much-needed refurbishment and has recruited local people too.

We have a modern British brasserie feel, offering informal, high-end food with the focus on providing a quality customer experience.

We offer a seasonal menu using fresh, British produce. We provide a choice of lunchtime and evening dishes. All our food is freshly prepared on the premises and our ingredients are sourced locally.

Father-of-two John Kay from Cullompton is our Head Chef. He is highly talented with many years’ experience in the industry under his belt. Prior to his role at The River Parrett Restaurant, John was the Head Chef at Southernhay House Hotel in Exeter for two years. He has also worked at two Michelin starred restaurants, The Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie in Torquay and The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna. He was also a Sous Chef at The Star Inn in Sparsholt.

Michal Snela is our super skilled Executive Chef. Michal started his career as an apprentice at The Artichoke in Old Amersham before moving to London where he rose through the ranks at Chez Bruce to become Sous Chef. He went on to be Sous Chef at Arbutus and Wild Honey in Central London before joining Charlotte’s Bistro.

2 courses for £20.00/ 3 course for £30

(alternative menu is available from £13.00 for two courses. See below!)

The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch & Dinner
(Excluding Valentine’s Day)

The River Parrett Restaurant,
11, Salmon Parade,
Bridgwater,
TA6 5AN.
Tel: 01278 451807
Email: reservations@theriverparrett.co.uk
Website: www.theriverparrett.co.uk

A LA CARTE MENU
Exmoor Food Fest 2019

£20 two courses/£30 three courses (lunch time & evening 18:00 to 19:00)

To Start…

White mushroom Volute, poached egg & sourdough croutons 6

Venison sausage-roll, textures of spinach & beetroots 8

Mediterranean style – warm octopus, with confie potatoes & capers 9

Salt baked & pickled beetroots salad with goats curd & wild rocket pesto   7

Aubergine Pate with marinated figs, pickled onions & Mushrooms 6

To Follow…

Roasted fillet & Honey glaze pork belly with carmelised cauliflower, savoy cabbage & hazelnuts 16

Venison haunch with roasted parsnips, poached pears & chestnuts 19

Pan fired salmon with risotto nero, braised fennel & espresso foam 17

28 days aged Steak, salt baked celeriac with Curly kale & garlic puree 23

                                  Steamed Cod in mushroom – dashi broth with clams & vegetables 17

Roasted Celeriac “Steak”, Cauliflower, Seasonal greens & cooking juices 14

To Finish…

Chocolate fudge cake topped with hazelnut chestnut mousse, salted caramel sauce& spruce ice cream  6

Gingerbread cheesecake with Orange glaze 6

Coconut rice pudding with compressed pineapple, macadamia nuts & lime 6

Rosemary & vanilla baked cream, caramelized Peaches Sorbet 6

Selection of local Cheese & homemade crackers 8

Side dishes

Buttered new potatoes 3

Seasonal Greens 3

Hand cut Chips 3

Mixed Salad 3

Please speak to our member of staff about any dietary requirements you have. We are always happy to adapt dishes to meet individual requirements.

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SET MENU

Lunch

Tuesday to Saturday

Two courses £13 / Three courses £16

Dinner 6pm – 7pm


Tuesday to Thursday

Two courses £13 / Three courses £16

Friday & Saturday

Two courses £15 / Three courses £18

To Start…

White mushroom Volute, poached egg & sourdough croutons

Aubergine Pate with marinated figs, pickled onions & Mushrooms

Venison sausage-roll, textures of spinach & beetroots

To Follow

Honey glaze pork belly, with carmelised cauliflower, savoy cabbage & hazelnuts

Steamed Cod in mushroom – dashi broth with clams & vegetables

Roasted Celeriac “Steak”, Cauliflower, Seasonal greens & cooking juices

28 days aged Steak, salt baked celeriac with Curly kale & garlic puree (£6 supplement)

To Finish…

  Chocolate fudge cake topped with hazelnut chestnut mousse, salted caramel sauce& spruce ice cream 

Selection of ice creams and sorbets

Local Cheese selection with homemade crackers  (£5 suplement)

Please speak to our member of staff about any dietary requirements you have. We are always happy to adapt dishes to meet individual requirements.

 

 

 

The Coach House by Michael Caines is open for bookings!

 

 

The Coach House by Michael Caines is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining.

A masterpiece of contemporary rustic design and innovative yet classic cuisine, the celebrated restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes in 2017 and Taste Of The South West in the South West Tourism Awards 2015.

This 17th century former coaching house, now a Michael Caines restaurant, incorporates a stunning walnut and marble bar with an oak staircase, handmade artisan furniture and stylish décor to create a glamorous yet intimate dining space.

Situated in the grounds of Kentisbury Grange Hotel and surrounded by gently rolling fields, the restaurant is in a truly remarkable location and open all year round for Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Tea.

The menus at The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce. Chef is more than happy to cater for any special dietary requirements – please let us know at time of booking so that we can prepare something for you.

2 courses for £15.00 / 3 courses for £20.00:

Monday – Thursday lunch

Tel: +44 (0) 1271 882 295

Kentisbury, Barnstaple. North Devon, EX31 4NL

Twitter:              @KGCoachHouse
Facebook:         /KentisburyGrange
Email:                 reception@kentisburygrange.com
Website:             www.kentisburygrange.co.uk