We have still room for traders!

For our Porlock Food & Drink Festival on 24 & 25 February at the Porlock Village Hall we are still looking for traders.

Do you make fudge? Chocolate? Or anything else which would appeal to foodies?

Then please get in touch.  Send an email to bookings@exmoorevents.com or download the application form here.

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Taste of Exmoor Awards 2017

Taste of Exmoor Awards Party

27 March 2017, 7pm

Butlins, Minehead

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

Traders at the Dunster Food Fair at the Dunster Tithe Barn

Saturday, 25 February 2017, the following traders will welcome you at the Dunster Tithe Barn:

Outside:
Little Oak Farm (local rare breed pork)
Cocoa’s (hand made chocolate)
Jane Elizabeth’s Confectionary
Somerset Smokehouse
Somerset Charcuterie
Exmoor Engravings

Inside:
Secret Orchard Cider
Madrigal Brewery
Pieroth Wines
Riverford Organic Farmers
Juliet’s Cakes
Yetland (local meat)
Parmesan & Pumpkin
Instow Kitchen
Chillees
Bumblees (Jams etc)
Midges Treasures
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)

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Overview of all participating restaurants

Exmoor Food Fest 2017 – Participating Restaurants

as of 13 February 2017
(Download pdf)

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

Claire’s Kitchen

– 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

Fausto’s, Minehead
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

25 February

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

excluding 14/02

Tel. 01398 332248

Tarr Steps Farm, Dulverton 
Please check for availability
Tel. 01643 851507

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster

Mondays – Sundays, lunchtime

Dinner: 11 – 19 February

Tel. 01643 821425

Welcome back to The Beach Hotel, Minehead

14th February will see the grand opening of the new Theatre Kitchen at The Beach. They’re so proud of their young chefs down at The Beach they don’t want to hide them behind closed doors. You will be able to watch your dish being created and plated up in front of your eye, it will be truly amazing for diners and chefs. The updated menu is looking incredible!

The Exmoor Food Fest deal will be available for lunch from Monday, 20 February to Thursday, 24 February.

For further details, please contact The Beach Hotel on Tel. 01643 704765

Taste of Exmoor Awards 2017: The voting has begun

All restaurants participating in this year’s Exmoor Food Fest are eagerly awaiting your vote.  Choose your favourite dining experience, the best taste, ambience and service – and the Exmoor Chef of the Year and the Exmoor Host of the Year will be crowned on 27 March 2017 at an Awards Ceremony in Butlins.

This is the first time we are running a Taste of Exmoor Award, and we are looking forward to receiving your votes!

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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.

Join a Farm & Food Tour and get to cuddle piglets

Join Shaun and Daphne for a scenic drive across the moors in a LandRover to a remote hill farm for a tour of the farm with the farmers who will show you their free range pork, Dexter cattle, dairy goats and alpacas. You are then invited into the traditional farmhouse for refreshments and tastings of the delicious food they produce, followed by a demonstration of alpaca wool spinning.

10 February 2017
Depart Luccombe 1.30 pm, transport provided.  
Return to Luccombe approx. 5.00 pm
West Country Farm & Food Tours
When we talk to people about our business, we often receive comments relating to our enthusiasm and passion. We thought you might like to know why we do what we do.

1) We get a kick out of the facial expressions of our tour guests when they learn something new or taste something delicious. We enjoy receiving feedback from our host farmers and food producers – especially when they’ve opened someone’s eyes to something they didn’t know existed. Seeing our group purchase produce direct from its source knowing they will enjoy eating it later really makes us smile.

2) We get to spend the day travelling around the stunning countryside of the West Country, pootling along country lanes and visiting locations that are often not open to the general public – heaven! For our guests who dont know the area or who dont like narrow lanes with high hedges, we take away the stress of reversing or getting lost and replace it with comfort, companionship and commentary.

3) Food. We like food – especially locally produced food. One of the most important elements of a day out with us is our lunch stop. Sometimes we will head to a café, tea room or pub, other times one of our host food producers will provide a light lunch at their location. We can also make use of suppliers to create yummy picnics that we can enjoy wherever we choose.

4) We see ourselves as a link bringing together suppliers (farmers and food producers) and consumers (our tour guests). We might visit a farm to learn about their beef production, but our guests will leave knowing there are idyllic holiday cottages and a camp site there too. Our group will learn where products can be purchased in the future too, such as local farmers markets or on line.

5) Our transport is provided by local community transport groups for which we pay a commercial rate. This enables them to use the money to support the vital community based work they often struggle to fund. We make sure we treat the drivers properly too – they come on the visits and enjoy lunch with us.

6) Children are indeed the future, and we want to give them a taste of our tours too. Already some of our tour guests have given us a contribution to our education fund, and some of our host farmers have insisted on giving their fee to the cause. Our aim is to be able to provide local schools with a taste of West Country Farm and Food Tours.

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