The Café at the Dunster Tithe Barn (Dunster Food Festival)

Claire’s Kitchen:


Southern style pulled pork with a red cabbage and coriander coleslaw and tortilla wrap

Claires kitchen signature tandoori chicken served with an onion, cucumber, tomato and mint salad with a mint/coriander raita and a mini naan bread with garlic butter

For the vegetarians-

Split pea and spinach curry,onion,cucumber, tomato and mint salad and a mini garlic naan bread

For the sweeter tooths-

Mini Buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam

Dozy Dough’s carrot and sultana scones

Orange almond cake

Devils food chocolate layer cake with chocolate Ganache and cherry compote

Carrot and walnut Cake

The Winzers Chocolate Brownies


On  Sunday foods on offer will be on a local theme-

Local Heal Farm ham and Local cheese Plougmans with a complimentary Secret Orchard Cider shot and devon chutney all served with Dozy Doughs artisan breads

Claires Kitchen home grown squash,pumpkin and pearl barley stew served with crusty artisan bread


Secret Orchard Cider Bar


Dunster Food Festival starts tomorrow 

Over 40 producers and street food traders will be at the Dunster Tithe Barn from 10.30am till 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, while a number of restaurants and local traders have also got into the spirit offering Exmoor Food Fest deals in the village.
Please note that there are no parking facilities at the Dunster Tithe Barn.

Up-to-date list of restaurants participating in the Exmoor Food Fest

Here is a list of all the restaurants offering the Exmoor Food Fest deal during February:

The Bottom Ship, Porlock Weir
The Cafe at Porlock Weir
Chambers Bistro, Minehead
Clavelshay Barn, North Petherton
The Coach House by Michael Caines, Kentisbury Grange
The Culbone, Porlock Hill
Dunster Castle Hotel, Dunster
The Jubilee Inn, West Anstey
Mason Arms, Knowstone
Pyne Arms, East Down
Psalters Restaurant, Luttrell Arms, Dunster
The Red Lion, Oakford
Royal Oak, Luxborough
The Ship Inn, Porlock
The Stags Head Inn, Dunster
The Swan, Bampton
Tarr Farm Inn
Thomas Carr at the Olive Room, Ilfracombe
The Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster

Participating restaurants across the region will offer
2 courses for £10.00 / 3 courses for £15.00 between 1 and 29 February.
Please check with the restaurants directly for availability and mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking your table.  Click on the links to find out more about the restaurants.

Date for the Diary: Gin Tasting Afternoon at The Culbone

A taste of Exmoor at The Culbone
presented by 
Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin

Saturday, 20 February 2016, 3.30 – 5.30pm

Come and join us an learn why Gin is the ‘in’ drink of the moment and have some fun at the same time. We are fortunate to have Julie from Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin to tell us all about: the history of Gin, why it is enjoying such a renaissance and to help you try a range of different Gins and explain the different tastes and experiences. 

This will be accompanied by an introductory Gin based amuse-bouche, a range of Culbone Canapés and finished with a Gin based pudding!

All for just £25 a ticket. We have also have offers if you want to stay for dinner or indeed to stay over as well!

To book, call The Culbone on 01643 862259.


Tarr Farm Inn joins Exmoor Food Fest today

As of today, Tarr Farm Inn is serving the Exmoor Food Fest deal at lunchtime on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Here is a bit more background about the restaurant adjacent to Tarr Steps, the ancient clapper bridge crossing the River Barle:

Photo by Pauly Allen
Photo by Pauly Allen

Set in its own 40 acres, 16th century Tarr Farm Inn nestles just above Tarr Steps and the River Barle. Only 7 miles from Dulverton, through beautiful wooded valleys and across the open moorland of Winsford Hill with stunning views of Wales, Devon and Dartmoor, Tarr Farm is the ideal location to take advantage of all that Exmoor National Park and North Devon has to offer.

Tarr Farm has recently been awarded the AA 5 star Highly Commended Inn award.

We are committed to offering the best dining experience on Exmoor. We make full use of the abundance of excellent produce that surrounds us – Exmoor lamb, Devon Red Ruby beef, fresh Cornish seafood, local venison and game all feature in the restaurant and provide real local flavour. We take classic dishes and give them a contemporary twist to create exciting menus with influences from around the world.

Lunchtimes are informal; everyone, including families with children and dogs, is very welcome in the restaurant to enjoy a light meal or a hearty lunch. Those who’d like a simple coffee or a cream tea are welcome throughout the day.

During the evening, the menu takes on a more formal style while the atmosphere remains relaxed and we offer an excellent wine list that features over 100 French and New World wines. Larger parties may like to eat in the Oak Room, a wonderful private dining area that has its own bar, an oval table seating up to 19 and sofas to relax on after dinner.

For guests, breakfast at Tarr Farm is a great way to begin the day; choose an extravagant full English, try our Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs or the warming cinnamon porridge with Exmoor honey, or enjoy a simple Continental style breakfast.

The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Tarr Farm Inn
Tarr Steps
Exmoor National Park TA22 9PY

Telephone: +44 (0)1643 851 507
Fax: 01643 851111



Barn Dinner

Last Wednesday, Claire’s Kitchen put up a pop-up restaurant in one of the Medieval barns at the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre in Bossington.  50 guests enjoyed an owl display before sitting down for a Mediterranean fest of suckling pig cooked on the spit and paella.

Here are some photos taken on the night by James Alexander:


The Exmoor Food Fest has been sponsored by Arthur David – Food with Service.

Dine at The Café at Porlock Weir

Dine in medieval barn and watch the owls…

Only two days until Claire’s Kitchen takes over one of the medieval barns at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre between Allerford and Bossington.

Usually part of the stables, the barn will be all clean and tidied up, ready for a group of diners who are keen on a dining experience with a difference. The evening will start with an owl display in one of the other barns, before everybody sits down for a Mediterranean feast of suckling pig on a spit and paella.  It is a sharing menu, designed to get people talking.

If you are quick, you might be able to scoop the remaining 2 tickets!  5

Enjoy cakes and cream teas at Kitnors Tea Room and Garden in Bossington

Kitnors Tea Room and Garden, Bossington

Nestled in the heart of Bossington, Kitnors Tea Room and Garden is the perfect oasis to relax in after a walk along the coastal path or as a retreat to enjoy tea and cake. Light lunches are served daily from 11am to 4pm during the summer and 10.30am to 3.30pm in winter. We also offer a wide selection of home-made cakes, cream tea with home-made scone and other delights, gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available.

The Exmoor Food Festival deal is:-

Kitnors cake sharing platter for 2
Our three cake sharing platter is perfect for those of us who find it hard to choose, or who simply just like cake! Served with a pot of tea or cafetiere for two for only £8.00

Kitnors trio of scones cream tea for 2

Enjoy all the luxury of a cream tea but with 3 scones (plain, fruit and chocolate) and lashings of clotted cream and Brendon Hills jam. Served a pot of tea or cafetiere for two for only £7.50.