All photos by Louisa May.
Join us on 21 September 2016 at 7pm for the
Exmoor Food Fest 2017 Media Launch
5 courses for £50.00
Claire’s Kitchen Elderflower Cocktails on arrival
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
served with Claire’s Kitchen homemade cider shots
Vegetarian options will be available.
Clavelshay Barn are proud to announce a new venture – the Clavelshay Barn Cookery School run by award winning professional chefs Olivier Certain and Andrew Dixon.
This full day course will immerse you into what it takes to expertly select and prepare fish and seafood at home. Knowing the essential cooking methods and flavour profiles for fresh and fish, as well as shellfish, will help you produce appetisers, soups, and entrees.
Start Date : Tuesday 15 March 2016
Course : Fish & Shellfish
Cost : £125 per person (includes lunch and wine)
Olivier first met Andrew when they worked together in a hotel in Ashford, Kent. Andrew moved to Somerset to start Andrews on the Weir and Olivier joined him at Porlock Weir as his sous chef, where they achieved great success together for 5 years. They are delighted to be working together again to run the cookery school.
Marseille-born Olivier moved to England in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape, Chateau Arnoux and Hotel Les Roches in Le Lavandou, France. In 2001 he joined Andrew Dixon at Andrews on the Weir, Porlock Weir and together they achieved 3 AA rosettes with outstanding food.
Olivier was Head Chef at Woods in Dulverton for 6 years 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 is now creating stunning dishes with French flair at Clavelshay Barn in North Petherton. His style of cooking is typical classic French but after living in England for over 18 years, he has learnt English dishes to an extremely high standard.
After training in some of the UK’s best restaurants and country house hotels, Andrew and his wife Sarah fulfilled a dream of running their own restaurant, and bought a beautiful old Manor House bed and breakfast at Porlock Weir, which opened as Andrews on the Weir.
After only 10 months of opening and at a very early stage of renovating the building, Andrews On The Weir was catapulted into the top ten percent of restaurants in the British Isles by gaining the 3 AA rosettes for food and gaining 4 out of 5 stars for accommodation. Andrew held the prestigious 3 AA rosettes rating for a further 9 years, five of those years he worked closely with Clavelshay Barn’s very own Olivier Certain.
In 2011 Andrew and Sarah changed direction of the restaurant and rebranded to The Cafe Porlock Weir to offer a less informal style of dining but offering the same quality food, and using the same quality of ingredients by sourcing the very best Exmoor and the West Country has to offer.
Andrew’s ethos about food has not waned at all and he still strives to offer some of the best food the region has to offer in the beautiful setting of the tiny waterside village of Porlock Weir.
In November of 2015 Andrew was recognised for his dedication to his craft and was awarded Best Somerset Restaurant Dining Experience at the Somerset Life Food awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
WELCOME TO THE STAGS HEAD INN
A 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.
The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available:
Lunch: Mondays – Thursdays
Dinner: Mondays – Thursdays
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.
TRADITIONAL STONE BARN
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:
Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.
Enjoy a scenic tour from Dunster up onto the moors to visit a farm full of agricultural and crafting interest.
During the afternoon meet alpacas, goats and pigs, and find out what can be made from alpaca fibre.
There will be the opportunity to buy direct from the producer, so bring some spending money!
Meet at 1.15pm at the Yarn Market in Dunster.
You can enjoy an Exmoor Food Fest lunch deal (2 courses for £10/ 3 courses for £15) at the Luttrell Arms or the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster. Please book your lunch at least 24 hours in advance directly via the hotels.
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
(The Combe, West Somerset College, Minehead)
Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn, North Petherton)
Slow Roasted Belly of Little Oak Farm Pork, Black Pudding & Quail Scotch Egg, Apple and Cider
Mark Dodson (Mason Arms, Knowstone)
Pan Fried Scallop with a Thai Style Salad, Rice Wine Dressing
The Castle Hotel, Taunton
Roast Exmoor Venison Loin, Faggot, Red Cabbage,
Jerusalem Artichoke and Wild Mushrooms
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)
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.
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, 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.”
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 Year 13 hospitality students from train at West Somerset College, Minehead under Chef Lecturers Paul Ruttledge (a former British Master Chef) and Werner Hartholt.