Local Tea & Coffee merchant Miles is independently ranked 2nd in UK tea brands

To be ranked among the top tea brands for four years in a row is quite an achievement for the West Country based family business. ‘Best Brands’ magazine have just issued the 16/17 edition showing Miles now ranked as the 2nd most popular brand for independent retailers to stock in the UK. Miles has moved up two places since first being voted in the top 5 brands.

ohn Halls Operations Director tasting another batch of teas with a copy of ‘Best Brands 16/17.

John Halls Operations Director tasting another batch of teas with a copy of ‘Best Brands 16/17.

John Halls, Operations Director said ‘this is a brilliant recognition for Food and Drink producers in Somerset and the West Country. This is just the kind of positive news we need to kick start another season. We have also had a good year with stores such as Tesco seeing an increase of 20% in the sales of Miles Tea and Hot Chocolate. We hope next time we might make the top spot in Best Brands.’

So how has Miles outranked the giant brands in the tea market? John says ‘it’s down to our heritage and quality. We’ve got a genuine story to tell of family tradition along with great tasting blends. A recent survey shows customers try our products and then stay brand loyal, that’s a good indication of our consistent quality. The Somerset coastal location is very important with our secret ingredient being ‘West Country warmth!’

Miles Tea and Coffee is a family run business established in 1888. The West Somerset based business creates quality tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Following a recent rebrand Miles are promoting the West Country by partnering with local communities, West Country businesses, and sponsorship. Miles products are available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, the Co-op and many other stores.

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Exmoor Food Fest celebrates the Taste of Exmoor

In February, the third Exmoor Food Fest will tempt foodies to eat their way across Exmoor when participating restaurants offer two courses for £10/ 3 courses for £15.00.  There will also be markets and food related events during this time, celebrating the best our region has to offer.

A special dinner will launch the 2017 festival at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on 26 January: Six award winning chefs are going to join Head Chef Barrie Tucker to cook seven courses for some very lucky diners.  The menu is still a secret, but will focus on local produce and seasonal fare.

Exmoor is home to many outstanding local products such as Porlock Oysters and Exmoor Caviar.

Diners at the Exmoor Food Fest launch will be able to taste Wicked Wolf Gin which is handcrafted by husband and wife team Pat Patel and Julie Heap on their property on Exmoor on the banks of the river Lyn.  Nettlecombe based award winning Secret Orchard Cider and Madrigal Ales (brewed in Lynmouth) are two more outstanding local products which are available to sample at some of the Exmoor Markets which will take place in February. 

The Exmoor Food Fest runs through the whole month of February.  Originally the idea of local chef Andrew Dixon, the event is now organised by Elke Winzer who is also behind Exmoor4all (an online platform for all things Exmoor, including an online shop) and the Exmoor Markets which take place regularly at Tesco’s Minehead and other locations around Exmoor.  The Dunster Food Festival will be the grand finale on the Exmoor Food Fest on the last weekend in February.

“The Exmoor Food Fest helps local businesses in the hospitality sector to show off their skills. The festival deal of 2 courses for £10 tempts many people into restaurants at a time of year when business tends to be slow,” explains Elke Winzer.

For the first time, all participating restaurants will take part in the Taste of Exmoor Awards.  Customers will be able to vote online for their best dining experience – the winners will be crowned at the Awards Ceremony at Butlins at the end of March.  Tearooms and village shops are also encouraged to sign up for the Exmoor Food Fest.

Information about all the restaurants signed up for the Exmoor Food Fest as well as tearooms and village shops will be available on the website www.exmoorfoodfest.com

Book now: Exmoor Food Fest 2017 Media Launch on 21 September 2016

Join us on 21 September 2016 at 7pm for the 

Exmoor Food Fest 2017 Media Launch
at
Knowle Manor

Claire’s Kitchen is serving up an Exmoor Feast!

5 courses for £50.00

Claire’s Kitchen Elderflower Cocktails on arrival

Canapes
including crispy wonton with blue swimmer crab, poached pineapple, spring onion and chilli jam

Vietnamese Poached Duck Leg on an Asian salad
with a fresh coriander and sweet chilli dressing

Local Braised Shin of Beef
with melting onions, Rosemary Boulangere potatoes, leek gratin croquetas
 

Blackberry and White chocolate Cheesecake
with a Sloe Gin ice cream and Brandy Snap Crumble

  Local Cheeseboard
served with Claire’s Kitchen homemade cider shots

Vegetarian options will be available.

LIMITED SPACE!
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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.

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.

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The Red Lion Pub in Oakford has just joined the Exmoor Food Fest

Welcome to the Red Lion Hotel

The Red Lion Hotel is a traditional country pub in Oakford, Devon.

With a fantastic selection of drinks including real ales, excellent wines and a great choice of non-alcoholic drinks, the Red Lion Hotel also offers delicious home cooked food and is the ideal location for a great meal in a comfortable and welcoming venue.

The menu offers both traditional, home cooked meals in addition to light snacks and desserts, all of which are freshly prepared on site with locally sourced produce where possible.

The pub offers a special Senior Citizen discount on Thursdays between 12pm and 3pm. With a choice of starters, mains and desserts, two course meals have a special price of £9.95 and three course meals are £12.95.

The pub’s Sunday Carvery, at £9.95, is also growing a reputation for its good quality. Served between 12.30pm and 4pm bookings are recommended.

Bed and Breakfast

Situated in the Exe Valley in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Oakford is within easy reach of Exmoor National Park and Devon’s wonderful coastlines. Why not make the Red Lion Hotel your base for exploring the surrounding area and all that is on offer?

Fully renovated and refurbished, there are four en-suite double bedrooms which are available all year round. Each room is well-equipped with a colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries and a hair dryer. Rooms are available at £80 a night including breakfast and can be rented out together for groups. 

Awards

The Red Lion Hotel holds a Booking.com “Award of Excellence” and an outstanding service award from TripAdvisor.com.  Also voted Mid-Devon Gazette “Pub of the Year” for 2014 and 2015.

Events

Hosting regular events throughout the year including live bands, beer festivals, charity evenings and a monthly pub quiz which takes place on the third Wednesday of every month, the Red Lion Hotel can also be hired out for special occasions. Whether it’s just a table or two in the restaurant or the entire hotel, this award winning country pub is ideal whatever the occasion.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal

We are delight to be participating in the Exmoor Food Fest 2016.

2 courses for £10 or 3 courses for £15 for lunch bookings on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and for dinner bookings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Red Lion
Rookery Hill
OAKFORD
Devon
EX16 9ES

For more information, please visit www.redlionoakford.co.uk, email enquiries@redlionoakford.co.uk or call 01398 351592.  Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.

New restaurant: The Stags Head Inn in Dunster

WELCOME TO THE STAGS HEAD INN

GUIDE BOOKSA warm welcome, local ales, Somerset ciders, and food made using local produce in imaginative, reasonably priced dishes are just some of the things awaits you as you step over the threshold of this historic 16th Century inn. The Stags Head Inn can be found in the picturesque village of Dunster which is the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Exmoor National Park.

Dunster is a perfect base for your short break or holiday with it’s wide choice of pubs, restaurants, shops and attractions. You get the advantages of staying in one of the best preserved medieval villages in England, while being able to explore the rest of Exmoor National Park and the Quantocks easily by car, bicycle or on foot.

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The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch:   Mondays – Thursdays
Dinner:  Mondays – Thursdays

10 West Street
Dunster
Somerset TA24 6SN
Tel:  01643 821229
E-mail:  info@stagsheadinnexmoor.co.uk
Website: www.stagsheadinnexmoor.co.uk
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Clavelshay Barn has joined the Exmoor Food Fest

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Clavelshay Barn is an award winning sustainable restaurant located in a traditional stone barn on a family run dairy farm on the edge of the Quantock Hills. Although in a beautiful rural setting, the restaurant is within easy reach of Taunton, Bridgwater and the M5 motorway.

The traditional stone barn, built around 1700, has been simply and sympathetically converted using natural materials, keeping a country feel to the restaurant. The oak flooring in the restaurant, cedar staircase and window sills are made from wood from the farm. The spectacular elm roof beams are original and still have wooden pegs in the joints.

Farmers William & Sue Milverton are tenants of the Crown Estate – William and sons James & Rob run the farm, Sue runs the restaurant with Head Chef Olivier Certain and a team of smiling students.

We are delighted to announce we are now a member of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and have been awarded the highest rating of 3 Stars. You can view our profile here. We feel particularly honoured to win this award as we were one of only restaurant within the whole of Somerset to be awarded!

We are also delighted to have received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence two years in a row, a Gold Taste of the West Award this year and five Silver Taste of the West Awards in the previous years. We are proud to be recognised for our commitment to using the best local produce.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal of 2 courses for £10.00/ 3 courses for £15.00:
Wednesdays:  Dinner
Thursdays:       Dinner

Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.

Lower Clavelshay Farm
North Petherton
Clavelshay
Somset TA6 6PJ
Website:  www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk
Email:     query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk
Phone:  01278 662629

Exmoor Food Fest to launch at The Castle in Taunton

Award winning chefs from the region are joining The Castle’s head chef on 28 January in Taunton to prepare a mouthwatering Taste of Exmoor menu.  Tickets are limited, so early booking is very advisable:

Canapés & Fizz
Hospitality Students
(The Combe, West Somerset College, Minehead)

Starter
Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn, North Petherton)

Slow Roasted Belly of Little Oak Farm Pork, Black Pudding & Quail Scotch Egg, Apple and Cider

Fish Course
Mark Dodson (Mason Arms, Knowstone)

Pan Fried Scallop with a Thai Style Salad, Rice Wine Dressing

Main Course
The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Roast Exmoor Venison Loin, Faggot, Red Cabbage,
Jerusalem Artichoke and Wild Mushrooms

 Dessert
Paul & Donna Berry (The Swan, Bampton)

Lemon Cheesecake with Exmoor Wolf Gin, Tonic and Thyme Sorbet

Petit Fours and Breads
The Castle Hotel

Four course dinner:  £75.00 per person
(including a glass of fizz & 2 glasses of wine)

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Award winning Exmoor-based chefs are joining The Castle’s head chef Liam Finnegan to cook up a Taste of Exmoor menu as the launch of the 2016 Exmoor Food Fest which takes place all over Exmoor in February.

The menu showcases the best the region has to offer. It is a celebration of local produce and local talent.

Elke Winzer, who is organising the Exmoor Food Fest as part of Exmoor4all, is delighted that so many outstanding chefs are bringing the best of Exmoor to Taunton.

“The launch at the renown Castle in Taunton brings some of the amazing Exmoor chefs together who all take part in the Exmoor Food Fest which takes place all over Exmoor in February.  It is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the high standard of Exmoor restaurants some of which are hidden gems,” explained Elke.

Liam Finnegan commented: “We are excited to host the launch of the Exmoor Food Fest. It is a great opportunity for us chefs to work together and create a stunning menu.”

Award winning chefs Mark Dodson, Paul and Donna Berry and Olivier Certain  are joined by the hospitality students of the West Somerset College training restaurant The Combe in Minehead. The students will prepare the selection of canapés which will open then night’s food celebration with a glass of fizz.

The Chefs:

Mark Dodson

Mark and his wife Sarah took over the The Mason Arms in Knowstone in June 2005. In July 2006, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star which they still hold. Since then, Mark and his team have gone from strength to strength, receiving many awards and accolades, including Michelin Pub of the Year 2010.

Prior to moving to Exmoor, Mark spent twelve years as Head Chef of Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn in Bray.

Paul and Donna Berry

There aren’t many awards Paul and Donna haven’t won for their historic pub “The Swan” in Bampton.  Best Trencherman’s Pub of the Year 2016, Visit Devon Pub of the Year Gold Award, and AA Gold Star Award are amongst the most recent accolades, recognising Paul’s and Donna’s passion for food and the use of local, seasonal produce.

Liam Finnegan

Liam Finnegan, who has been head chef at The Castle Hotel in Taunton for three years, grew up in Carlingford, Co Louth in Ireland from where he still sources their famous oysters. However, whenever possible, he uses local suppliers.

Liam’s career path took him through some fantastic restaurants such as The George Hotel on the Isle of White, The Bath Priory and Gidleigh Park where he worked for Micheal Cains, and The Nuremore Hotel (Ray McArdle). When asked about awards Liam counters that a full restaurant and happy customers are more important. “Of course accolades are brilliant, but anything we get, we receive and share as a team.”

Olivier Certain

Marseille-born Olivier moved to Somerset in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape Chateau Arnoux and Les Roches in Le Lavandou.  In 2006 he joined Woods in Dulverton as head chef where he achieved 2 rosettes and the accolade of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 in reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Olivier now heads the kitchen at Clavelshay Barn in North Petherton.

The Students

The Year 13 hospitality students from train at West Somerset College, Minehead under Chef Lecturers Paul Ruttledge (a former British Master Chef) and Werner Hartholt.