Meet the Chef: James Mason

James Mason, Head Chef

The Coach House by Michael Caines
Kentisbury, Barnstaple

In 2015 James was the winner of The Young Professional South West Chef Award and we are delighted to have James Mason, aged 26 years, at The Coach House by Michael Caines as our Head Chef.

James started his career 9 years ago at Exeter College as an apprentice before he started work at Michael Caines, The Abode, Exeter. Following this, James also worked at Royal Hospital Road under Gordon Ramsey giving him more work experience, before going to France. On his return, James worked at Michelin Star Restaurant Tristan before his move to a Senior Sous Chef for the Salutation Inn at Topsham, Exeter.

James’s passion lies with training young and upcoming chefs at the start of their apprenticeships as well as his most recent achievement of three AA Rosettes.

The menus created for The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce and if visiting North Devon it must surely be on your list of places to visit.

James Mason

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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

 

Gourmet Getaway at the Rock Inn in Waterrow

A relaxing Gourmet experience – Have a One Night Getaway at The Rock Inn …

Stay in our largest room – the Executive Double with a three course meal for two – £130 total package.  Call 01984 623293 for availability. Conditions apply.  Offer ends 31st March 2019.

Have a Gourmet Getaway – And stay for two nights at The Rock Inn

Stay in one of our lovely standard double guest rooms for two nights, and enjoy a three course meal for two on both nights – £260 total package.  Call 01984 623293 for availability. Conditions apply.  Offer ends 31st March 2019.

 

The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey is open for bookings!

Welcome to The Farmers Arms, Combe Florey, Somerset.


Welcome to The Farmers Arms, Combe Florey.

Head Chef Mike Griffiths and his team have produced a new vibrant and fresh menu using the best locally sourced produce.

Our kitchen boasts a charcoal (we make our own charcoal) fired Josper oven which is famous the world over for producing the most succulent steaks and tapas.

Quality, freshly cooked and value for money is what we offer.

Our menus give you a flavour of the excellent food Mike and his team produce. Every day he is sourcing exciting fresh ingredients so our menu varies daily.

We have an excellent wine list, up to seven real ales and ciders (including some we make ourselves in our Patriot Brewery) plus an exciting range of lagers and craft beers.

Owning and running The Farmers Arms is our passion … we very much look forward to welcoming you here.

Tim & Jane

Exmoor Food Fest Deal:

2 course Lunch:  £ 12.50

Available Monday to Friday 12 to 2.30 throughout February

The Farmers Arms
Combe Florey
Taunton
Somerset TA4 3HZ

Tel: 01823 432267

Email: info@farmersarms.net

The River Parrett 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 £12.50/ 3 course for £15

The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch & Dinner: Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays
(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

The Kings Arms in Georgeham are open for bookings!

 

 

Known for its dramatic cliffs, wild seas and sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay, North Devon is where Exmoor meets the Sea. Only a short drive from these stunningly beautiful beaches you will find the picture postcard village of Georgeham, which is home to the Kings Arms. A traditional village family-run pub bursting with character; exposed beams, a roaring log burner and comfy sofas, which combine to create a warm and welcoming space to while away the hours. Proudly working alongside the finest suppliers the West Country has to offer, our menu reflects the changing seasons to offer a menu of modern British classics with a contemporary twist. We hope you can join us this February!

We are very excited to be part of the Exmoor Food Festival 2019, and throughout February (excluding 14th Feb and every Sunday) we will be offering an Exmoor Food Festival Menu alongside our regular menu.

£12.50 for 2 courses at lunch served 12-2:30pm

£15.00 for 2 courses at dinner served 6.00-8.00pm

Booking is advised, so please call us on 01271 890240 quoting EXFF on your booking.

The Kings Arms, Chapel Street, Georgeham, Braunton, EX33 1JJ

Broomhill Art Hotel: Open for Bookings

 

 

A feast  at Broomhill’s award winning restaurant – Our Terra Madre restaurant & bar @ the Broomhill Art Hotel promotes the “Slow Food” ethos for our Mediterranean style cuisine.  We use locally sourced, fresh and seasonal produce (including organic and fair trade wherever possible); Vegetables from Gandy’s Farm, Broadland Farm & Gorri Dennis Stoke River Vegetables, Exmoor lamb and beef from Clarke’s butchers, locally caught venison, goat from Shoulsbarrow Farm, Organic eggs from Borough Farm , Mussels from Torridge Oysters, Bradiford River trout from Plaistow Mills, Exmoor honey and cheese from the Exmoor Blue Cheese Company.   

We also offer a wide range of drinks, including delicious apple juice from Court House Orchard, Green Man Cider, Madrigal Ale and Country Life Brewery Ale as well as Atlantic Gin and Wicked Wolf.

As part of this year’s Exmoor Food Fest 2019 we would like to offer visitors these special offers for dining with for lunch or dinner which include a free entrance ticket for the sculpture park; we are open Wednesday to Saturday:

£15.00 for our 3x course tapas lunch menu

£17.50 for our 3x course lunch menu

£20.00 for our 3x course dinner menu

Please call us to book your table on 01271 850262, or book online via our website (http://www.broomhillart.co.uk/restaurant/)  quoting “Exmoor Food Fest Offer”

You will find us just outside of Barnstaple, less than 5 minutes’ drive from North Devon hospital  on the B3230 to Muddiford.  We have free on-site parking.  Dogs are welcome in the garden and by request to dine and/or stay over in the hotel. 

 

The Rising Sun in Lynmouth is open for bookings

 

 

We offer a unique 14th century setting in a thatched smugglers inn, where Exmoor meets the sea. A historic picturesque building with bundles of character and charm. We are renowned for our wonderful locally sourced food, friendly service and cosy setting, beside the harbour in Lynmouth.

Our head chef Matthew Rutter and his talented team have been awarded two AA rosettes and is passionate in serving quality seasonal produce.

Throughout February we are offering an exclusive menu at a special price as part of the Exmoor Food Fest; (excludes Thursday 14th February)

2 course £20
3 course £25

Chef is more than happy to cater for special dietary requirements – please let us know on arrival or time of booking. We also have our current menu on offer and serve food every day, 12-2.30pm and evening service is 6-9pm

The Rising Sun, Harbourside, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6EG

Telephone +44 (0)1598 753223
Fax +44 (0)1598 753480
Email: reception@risingsunlynmouth.co.uk

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.