Julia Amies-Green of Fly Monkeys Ltd spent four happy weeks eating, photographing and filming her way across Exmoor during the Exmoor Food Fest 2017. If she had featured every single chef and restaurant taking part in the event, it would have been an evening filling movie. Here are now some highlights – if you are not hungry yet, you will be after watching the video!
Taste of Exmoor Awards Party
27 March 2017, 7pm
Over 5 weeks, the public voted online for the best dining experience on Exmoor during the Exmoor Food Fest 2017.
The voting has now closed, and we have winners in the categories for “Best Taste”, “Best Food Presentation”, “Best Ambience” and “Best Service”.
We will crown the Exmoor Chef and the Exmoor Host of 2017 on the night of the awards from the three finalists in all four awards.
Meet us at 7pm at the reception at Butlins in Minehead. Redcoats will accompany you to Ludo’s (the new restaurant on the resort) for an evening of food, fun, entertainment and great company, celebrating the success of the Exmoor Food Fest and the regional hospitality sector.
Food: Sharing platters on the tables.
We are delighted to be able to offer some tickets to the public – if you like to join the top chefs and restaurateurs of our region on the night, please purchase a ticket (£15.00 pp) from the Exmoor Store.
Saturday, 25 February 2017, the following traders will welcome you at the Dunster Tithe Barn:
Little Oak Farm (local rare breed pork)
Cocoa’s (hand made chocolate)
Jane Elizabeth’s Confectionary
Secret Orchard Cider
Riverford Organic Farmers
Yetland (local meat)
Parmesan & Pumpkin
Bumblees (Jams etc)
Handmade Soaps by Ellen
West Country Farm & Food Tours
Claire’s Kitchen will be running the Bistro/ Cafe!
Find us at
Priory Green, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6RY
11am – 5pm
(Please note – no parking at the Tithe Barn, and no access via the garden)
Listen to Caro Bushnell from Tiverton Community Radio chatting to Chef Sam Salway at the Jubilee Inn in West Anstey:
The Minehead office of Wilkie May & Tuckwood are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Exmoor Food Festival which is taking place throughout February.
Participating restaurants across the region will offer two courses for £10/three courses for £15 between the 1st and 28th February. A wide range of events will be celebrating local food and drinks at various locations across Exmoor, culminating in a two day food extravaganza in Dunster. For more information go to the Food Festival website on www.exmoorfoodfest.com.
The accompanying photograph shows Caroline Ferris, the Wilkie May & Tuckwood office manager.
The Rest and Be Thankful Inn and restaurant in the centre of Wheddon Cross, the highest village on Exmoor. The Inn originally a staging post for travellers on their way between Dunster and Dulverton, and you will still find a warm welcome, good food and extremely comfortable accommodation awaiting you there today, almost 200 years later.
Our restaurant has firmly established itself as the place to eat when visiting the moor, or to pop in for a light snack when out for a ramble. We take pride in our traditional home-cooked pub meals in the heart of Exmoor, using local produce in and around Wheddon Cross Exmoor whenever possible. Great care and attention is taken in the cooking and presentation of each dish.
We are offering the Exmoor Food Festival menu Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings (except Tuesday 14th February) 6pm – 9pm beginning the 2 February 2017.
Exmoor Food Fest 2017 – Participating Restaurants
as of 13 February 2017
The Beach Hotel, Minehead
Lunchtime Monday 20 Feb – Thursday, 24 Feb
Tel 01643 704765
Bridge House, Bampton
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday lunchtime and Monday, Thursday and Friday evening from 16 February
Tel 01398 332138
The Cafe at Porlock Weir
Lunchtime Friday & Saturday
Dinner Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Tel 01643 863300
Chambers Bistro, Minehead
Fridays and Saturdays evening
Tel 01643 704225
– cafe at the Tithe Barn during the Dunster Food Fair 25/26 February
Clavelshay Barn, North Petherton
23 and 26 February, dinner only
Tel 01278 662629
The Coach House by Michael Caines, Kentisbury Grange
Mondays – Thursdays, lunchtime
Tel 01271 882295
Dunster Castle Hotel, Dunster
Mondays – Saturdays, lunchtime and evenings
Tel. 01643 823030
Monday – Saturday, lunchtime
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evening (excluding 14/02)
Tel. 01643 706372
Hartnoll Hotel, Bolham
Monday – Saturday, lunchtime
Tel. 01884 252777
The Jubilee Inn, West Anstey
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – lunchtime (excluding 14/02)
Tel. 01398 341401
Lynmouth Bay Café (Tea room)
10% discount on Exmoor Cream Tea from 11 – 22 Feb (excluding 20 Feb)
Tel 01598 753337
Lowtrow Cross Inn, Upton
Wednesday – Saturday, lunchtime and evenings
Tel. 01398 371220
The Mandala Pizza and Salad Emporium, Porlock
Thursday – Sunday, lunchtime and evenings
Tel. 01643 863023
Mason Arms Knowstone
23 and 28 February 2017, lunchtime
Tel. 01398 341231
The Old Ship Aground, Minehead
Tel. 01643 703516
Psalter’s at the Luttrell Arms, Dunster
16 February – lunchtime,
23 February – dinner
Tel. 01643 821555
Pyne Arms, East Down
Tuesday – Saturday, lunchtime
Monday – Thursday, dinner (excluding 14/02)
Tel. 01271 850055
Rest and Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings (except Tuesday 14th February) 6pm – 9pm
Tel 01643 841222
Royal Oak Luxborough
Tuesday – Saturday, lunchtime
Tuesday – Friday, dinner
Tel. 01984 641498
The Swan, Bampton
Tuesday – Friday, lunchtime
Tuesday – Thursday, dinner
Tel. 01398 332248
Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
Mondays – Sundays, lunchtime
Dinner: 11 – 19 February
Tel. 01643 821425
We would like to offer the Exmoor Food Fest deal every lunchtime Monday – Saturday and evenings Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday excluding Valentine’s Day.
We pride ourselves in offering authentic Italian cuisine combining Italian and local produce for the ultimate dining experience. We are a relaxed family run restaurant and welcome large and small parties. We aim to bring a small part of Italy to exmoor so come and join us by our open fire with a glass of wine and a heart bowl of pasta to keep you warm.
Menu as follows:
Starters: garlic mushrooms, tomato and mozzarella and game terrine.
Mains: any pizza or pasta dish of your choice.
Dessert: any dessert from our menu excluding the cheeeseboard.
4 Holloway St, Minehead TA24 5NP
Bridge House in the historic town of Bampton has been a hostelry since the 1920s.
Nigel & Caroline Lamacraft took over Bridge House in 2013 having run the popular and busy “Avocet Café” in Topsham for 9 years. After an extensive refurbishment we re-opened Bridge House serving our “proper good food” all freshly prepared by chef owner Nigel in a relaxed atmosphere with Caroline welcoming you front of house.
We serve classic British dishes utilising the fantastic range of seasonal, quality ingredients this area has to offer. We make all our own bread, cakes, puddings, chutneys and preserves and enjoy foraging in the local countryside.
We are open for lunch and supper on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays with our frequently changing seasonal menu. At the weekend we open at 10am, so come and relax and read the newspapers with coffee & cake or brunch – lunch served from 12 or book for our popular Sunday roast lunch.
We serve a range of local bottled beers, ciders and a good choice of wines to accompany your food.
We have been closed for a few weeks in January/ February to carry out the next stage of our refurbishment, working on two en-suite letting rooms and will re-open on 16th February.
The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday lunchtimes
Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings
For the first two weeks in March we will offering 2 courses for £10 and 3 courses for £15 to celebrate our 3rd birthday !
The Bridge House
Bampton EX16 9NF