The Hartnoll Hotel is open for bookings!

Welcome to the Hartnoll Hotel

The award-winning Hartnoll Hotel is nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park in the delightful Exe Valley in Devon. With stunning decor, sumptuous fabrics, plenty of space to relax, eat and drink and exemplary customer service, it is the perfect place to relax with friends and family or meet with colleagues.

The Hotel is set in beautiful landscaped gardens surrounded by glorious Devon countryside, only minutes from Junction 27 of the M5 – perfectly located for exploring the West Country, Somerset, Devon and Exmoor.

The Hartnoll Hotel’s owner, Claire Carter, has painstakingly restored and refurbished this beautiful country house hotel, transforming it into a luxury, boutique-style hotel offering both elegance and comfort. The attention to detail has been key to the successful transformation from the stunning décor with sumptuous fabrics to a wonderful open log fire.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal

Lunchtimes:
2 course – £15.00
3 course – £17.50

Evenings:
2 course – £20.00
3 course – £25.00 (gourmet)

Click here for lunch menu and here for dinner menu.

Website:                www.hartnollhotel.co.uk

Facebook:             www.facebook.com/hartnollhotel

Bolham
Tiverton, Devon
EX16 7RA

Telephone:     01884 252777

 

La Petite Bouchée: Meet the Chef

We’re delighted to welcome back La Petite Bouchée to the Exmoor Food Fest for the third time, and after another busy year wowing customers and winning the odd award we’ve got Anita-Clare Field, Chef/Patron here in the hot seat to answer questions about food, the festival and what her guilty pleasures are.

Tell us about La Petite Bouchée and where we can find you?

We’re located in Witheridge which is equidistant between South Molton and Tiverton, on the very edge of Exmoor. We certainly get moors weather here !

Our arrival here in Devon is well documented across the Devon press, so I’ll try hard here not to be repetitive. La Petite Bouchée is our 22 cover brasserie, built into the back of our property. We opened here in May 2017 after two very successful years in London with our beloved HY Citroen Camper Van and  a lot of life under canvas. The dining room has a warm and friendly ambience, the decor is unpretentious and the food, typical brasserie food cooked with Devon’s finest ingredients, most of which is homegrown or sourced locally within a 15 mile radius. Caroline, my wife who is an award-winning author and I jointly own La Petite Bouchée. Caroline has an extensive knowledge of wine and is actually a trained pastry chef. She entrusts our future to me, and I run La Petite Bouchée on a day to day basis. Fate, luck or what you will blew Mr and Mrs Linzi and Nigel walker our way one freezing March afternoon in 2017 and with their extensive knowledge and huge experience in hospitality we are team La Petite Bouchée. I just worked from day one. Here we are entering our third year here with a lot to look forward to this year.

You’ve won a few awards since you’ve been here?

Yes, I guess we have. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to La Petite Bouchée. We’re very proud of our achievements. It’s very much a team here, a well oiled machine, Linzi, our incredible FOH often describes it as one brain. Which is good because mine is addled most of the time ! We’ve got our third Taste of The West Gold Award this year and we were also finalist this year in the Best Restaurant in the West Country Category, we were delighted to be in such illustrious company, and to lose to such a worthy winner in Jamie Rodgers at Twenty-Seven was not a hardship. We also won the LUX-Life Best International Restaurant, Devon award for the second year running and shortly before Christmas we were finalists in the Devon Tourism Awards for Best Restaurant/Bistro award and we won a Bronze which we were ecstatic about. We were up against The Burgh Island Hotel,  Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter and The Angel A Taste of Devon in Dartmouth. Imagine that, Little old us, in Witheridge, open two evenings a week, just mind boggling ! We’ve also won awards previously with Food and Drink Devon and Devon Life.

So you’re back at the Exmoor Food Fest for the third year running, what is it you like about the festival?

When we first arrived in Witheridge, we looked around at all the various festivals and events across Devon and we were immediately drawn to Exmoor Food Fest because of the locality. Sourcing local ingredients and supporting local business is so important to us as well as being able to offer our community and surrounding areas the opportunity to enjoy La Petite Bouchée at the festival prices. We’ve met some really fantastic people in the last three years both guests, fellow chefs and restauranteurs. Everyone taking  part supports and promotes each other’s offerings, well we do at least.

Tell us about your food  this year?

The food we serve at La Petite Bouchée is French brasserie style. No frills, locally sourced ingredients with big flavours. For me less is always more !  The menu for the festival this year really sings that out loudly. We’ve got classics like French Onion Soup, Chicken liver Parfait, Moules Frites, Steak Frites.

We’ve also got snails on the menu this year served traditionally with garlic butter, and our meaty ham hock terrine, made with only natural ingredients and “soft like butter with the most beautiful flavour” – that’s actually a comment from a customer last year. We’re introducing a Côtelette of Pork this year which will be served with peas and baby onions. Our seasonal fish dish is pollack with in a seafood sauce, made with homemade shellfish stock.

For our vegetarian and vegan customers we have in addition to the soup, a Vegetable Pâté which is served with french toast, Roasted Confit Tomato Galette and a Winter Vegetable Coulibiac served with a light wild mushroom sauce.

The desserts this year are a traditional Tarte with walnuts and a salted caramel glaze and a Tarte Flambée topped with apples and cinnamon. So hopefully something for everyone !

Who are your culinary influences ?

The person who fuelled my passion for food and cooking was our amazing Mama, she was a fabulous cook and she always served the most amazing food. She taught me about tasting and using my instincts, to experiment with flavours rather than always following a recipe. I really wish she was here to see what we’ve done in the last 5 years, she’d be stunned and I hope proud.

Other culinary influences are of course Raymond Blanc, self taught and very much influenced by his own Mama, and Michel Roux Jnr.   Female chefs who blow me away are the amazing Sophie-Anne Pic and Dominique Crenn.  I seriously admire Claire Smith and I love Daniel Galmiche and Stéphane Reynaud, and I can’t wait to go and try Little French in Bristol owned by Freddie Bird, who I appeared with on Channel 4’s Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jnr.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Simple, a seriously wicked ‘dirty kebab’ with lashings of chilli sauce. My idea of heaven. It’s a rare treat these day as I have to drive 12 miles to get one !

Future Plans

We evolve our menus, customer experience and vision all the time, nothing is cast in stone. We have a very tight environmental policy which encompasses carbon free dining, zero waste and only supporting local business, I can see that developing a lot more in the future. Who knows, these ideas always seem so pop into my head at 3am in the morning, I mean, look what happened the last time !

An Evening at Foxes Hotel in Minehead

Foxes Hotel is a very special place. Nestled between the hills of Exmoor and the sea we are delightfully situated on the seafront of the beautiful seaside town of Minehead. We are proud to be the UK’s only training hotel for young people with learning disabilities.

Lovingly produced meals are prepared using fresh, locally sourced produce by our professional Chefs supported by the students, all of whom go on to work in the hospitality industry.

To celebrate the Exmoor Food Fest we are tempting you with 3 courses that use the finest produce to delight your senses. We hope you will be inspired by our menu which will be served at a special evening on Saturday 22nd February costing £17.50 per person for 3 courses. (All dietary requirements can be catered for).

https://foxeshotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Exmoor-Food-Festival-Menu.pdf

Exmoor Food Festival Evening Sat 22nd Feb, 3 courses for £17.50 (booking essential).

Contact us –

Tel: 01643 704450

Email: reception@foxeshotel.co.uk

Foxes Hotel, The Esplanade, Minehead, TA24 5QP

 

The Anchor Inn is open for bookings!

 

 

The charming Anchor Inn dates back to 1738 and the family owners have just celebrated their 13th year at this historic inn.

Recently the Anchor have won a number of awards, including Somerset Pub of the year, Taste of the West Gold and not to mention Exmoor Food Fest Finalists in the Taste Exmoor Awards 2018.

Everything on their menu is made in-house at the Anchor, with a focus on sourcing locally from the fabulous West Country produce provided on their doorstep.

They are renowned for their ‘Famous Anchor Pies’, homemade short-crust pastry, filled with local meats and delicious vegetarian combinations. Their Pie board offers at least 3 to choose from, including a meat-free option.

The Anchor will be running 3 menus during ExFF20 throughout February.
They will also be hosting a ‘Best of Game’ fine dining menu on February 27
th, tickets can be purchased via the link below. Or contact the Anchor directly Tel. 01283 461334

Book Tickets for “Best of Game” event

Our Exmoor Food Fest offer:

2 courses £12.50 Monday-Saturday lunchtimes
Choose from our light lunch menu and homemade dessert board.

2 courses £15.00 Monday-Saturday lunchtimes & Monday – Thursday Evenings
Choose from our famous pies and pub classics menu, plus homemade dessert board.

2 courses £17.50 Monday-Thursday Evenings
Choose from our Winter mains menu and selected specials, plus homemade dessert board.

To enjoy this offer, please call to book your table quoting ExFF20

The EXFF20 offer will not be available on the evening of February 14th or 27th

For more information visit The Anchor’s website 

The Rock Inn in Waterrow is open for bookings!

 

 

VOTED OUTSTANDING FOOD FOR THE 5TH 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 April 2013, owners Ruth & Daren Barclay have, for the 5th  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, local butchers supply 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 £20.00

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.

ROOM OFFERS 2020

A relaxing Gourmet experience – Have a One Night Getaway at The Rock Inn … Stay in one of our standard double rooms, and enjoy a three course meal for two – £160 total package.  Call 01984 623293 for availability. Conditions apply.  Offer ends 30th April 2020. 

Have a Gourmet Getaway – And stay for two nights at The Rock Inn … Stay in one of our standard double rooms, and enjoy a three course meal for two – £270 total package.  Call 01984 623293 for availability. Conditions apply.  Offer ends 30th April 2020.

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

All ExFF18 restaurants at a glance

The Bath Hotel Lynmouth Wed – Thur £10.00 / £15.00
Best Western Tiverton Hotel Tiverton Mon –  Fri £10.00 / £15.00
Bridge House Bampton Mon + Thur – Sat £12.50
Chambers Bistro Minehead Fri – Sat £15.00 / £17.50
Clavelshay Barn North Petherton Wed – Thur £17.50 / £20.00
Duende Wiveliscombe Thu – Sat £20.00
Exmoor Forest Inn Simonsbath Daily £15.00 / £17.50
Jubilee Inn West Anstey Tue – Thur + Sat £12.50 / £17.50
Kentisbury Grange Kentisbury Tue — Thur £15.00 / £20.00
La Petite Bouchée Witheridge Fr – Sat £17.50 / £20.00
Luttrell Arms Dunster Thu £15.00 / £20.00
Old Station House Inn Blackmoor Gate Mon – Fri £10.00 / £15.00
Periwinkle Cottage Tea Room Selworthy Daily From £4.00
Pyne Arms East Downs Tue – Fri £12.50 / £15.00
Saunton Sands Hotel Saunton Sands Selected dates £30.00
The Anchor Inn Hillfarrance Mon – Sat £12.50 / £17.50
The Beach Hotel Minehead Tue – Sat (from 19/02) £15.00 / £22.00
The Hartnoll Hotel Bolham Mon – Sat £10.00 / £15.00
The Old Ship Aground Minehead Mon –  Fri £12.50
The Rising Sun Bagborough Mon – Fri (Selected dates) £12.50 / £35.00
The River Parrett Restaurant Bridgwater Tue – Thur £12.50 / £15.00
The Royal Oak Inn Withypool From 14 Feb £12.50 / £17.50
The Swan Bampton Wed – Thur £12.50 / £17.50
Thomas Carr at The Olive Room Ilfracombe Wed – Thur £35.00
Thomas Carr Seafood & Grill Ilfracombe Daily £15.00 / £20.00
Yarn Market Hotel Dunster Daily (with exceptions) £10.00 / £15.00
Ye Olde Globe Inn Berrynarbor Fri – Sat £10.00
Zest South Molton £10.00 / £15.00

Details about the specific offers can be found under A-Z and under the Price Categories.

 

Book now: Night Hike and Farmhouse Supper

Night Hike and Farmhouse Supper

Join us at Wild About Exmoor for an evening of walking under the stars following the Exe Valley Way up on to the moor, finishing with a delicious home cooked meal at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage.

Sat Feb 17 th

Tues Feb 20 th

Please bring torches and stout footwear

Booking essential on 01643 831 759

Meet at Exford carpark at 6pm,

The evening runs until approx. 9.30pm

£25 per head with complimentary drinks

Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement)

We look forward to seeing you!

Book now: Lazy Sunday Lunch and Walk on the Moor (25 Feb 2018)

Join “WildAboutExmoor”  at 1.00pm for a hearty walk around Exford, building up an appetite for a gloriously late Sunday lunch at our traditional Exmoor farm cottage:

Celebrate the best of Exmoor produce with roast lamb from our farm and a choice of homemade desserts with Exmoor ice cream.

Please bring good waterproofs, warm hats and gloves and stout footwear

Booking essential on 01643 831 759

Meet at Exford carpark at  1pm,

The  event will run to about 4.30pm

£25 per head with complimentary drinks

Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement)

We look forward to seeing you!