Meet the Chef: Damian Wager

Damien Wager is primarily a self taught pastry chef, who over the past 24 months has rose towards the top of the U.K. Pastry Chef rankings due to his numerous exploits.

Through his own company, Edible Art Patisserie Limited, Damien has agreed a deal to open his own on-campus patisserie at Cheshire College in early Summer 2019, a deal to launch his debut book ‘Edible Art’ in October 2019, become brand ambassador for both Forest Produce (Specialist ingredients) & HEiH Chocolate (new high-end chocolate company) and has also been invited into the Valrhona ‘Cercle V’ programme for 2019.

Damien’s social media following has no doubt had a positive effect and been a driving factor in his success, but numerous publication articles and features in top magazines, as well as being nominated for ‘Young Chef of the Year’ at the 2018 Restaurant Awards in a category brimming with talent, has certainly propelled Damien onto many chefs radars.

Most recently, Damien has happily taken the position as ‘Patisserie Development Chef’ at Kentisbury Grange and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work alongside his friend and Head Chef, James Mason.

Meet the Chef: James Mason

James Mason, Head Chef

The Coach House by Michael Caines
Kentisbury, Barnstaple

In 2015 James was the winner of The Young Professional South West Chef Award and we are delighted to have James Mason, aged 26 years, at The Coach House by Michael Caines as our Head Chef.

James started his career 9 years ago at Exeter College as an apprentice before he started work at Michael Caines, The Abode, Exeter. Following this, James also worked at Royal Hospital Road under Gordon Ramsey giving him more work experience, before going to France. On his return, James worked at Michelin Star Restaurant Tristan before his move to a Senior Sous Chef for the Salutation Inn at Topsham, Exeter.

James’s passion lies with training young and upcoming chefs at the start of their apprenticeships as well as his most recent achievement of three AA Rosettes.

The menus created for The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce and if visiting North Devon it must surely be on your list of places to visit.

James Mason

The Coach House by Michael Caines is open for bookings!



The Coach House by Michael Caines is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining.

A masterpiece of contemporary rustic design and innovative yet classic cuisine, the celebrated restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes in 2017 and Taste Of The South West in the South West Tourism Awards 2015.

This 17th century former coaching house, now a Michael Caines restaurant, incorporates a stunning walnut and marble bar with an oak staircase, handmade artisan furniture and stylish décor to create a glamorous yet intimate dining space.

Situated in the grounds of Kentisbury Grange Hotel and surrounded by gently rolling fields, the restaurant is in a truly remarkable location and open all year round for Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Tea.

The menus at The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce. Chef is more than happy to cater for any special dietary requirements – please let us know at time of booking so that we can prepare something for you.

2 courses for £15.00 / 3 courses for £20.00:

Monday – Thursday lunch

Tel: +44 (0) 1271 882 295

Kentisbury, Barnstaple. North Devon, EX31 4NL

Twitter:              @KGCoachHouse
Facebook:         /KentisburyGrange


The Kings Arms in Georgeham are open for bookings!



Known for its dramatic cliffs, wild seas and sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay, North Devon is where Exmoor meets the Sea. Only a short drive from these stunningly beautiful beaches you will find the picture postcard village of Georgeham, which is home to the Kings Arms. A traditional village family-run pub bursting with character; exposed beams, a roaring log burner and comfy sofas, which combine to create a warm and welcoming space to while away the hours. Proudly working alongside the finest suppliers the West Country has to offer, our menu reflects the changing seasons to offer a menu of modern British classics with a contemporary twist. We hope you can join us this February!

We are very excited to be part of the Exmoor Food Festival 2019, and throughout February (excluding 14th Feb and every Sunday) we will be offering an Exmoor Food Festival Menu alongside our regular menu.

£12.50 for 2 courses at lunch served 12-2:30pm

£15.00 for 2 courses at dinner served 6.00-8.00pm

Booking is advised, so please call us on 01271 890240 quoting EXFF on your booking.

The Kings Arms, Chapel Street, Georgeham, Braunton, EX33 1JJ

The Rising Sun in Lynmouth is open for bookings



We offer a unique 14th century setting in a thatched smugglers inn, where Exmoor meets the sea. A historic picturesque building with bundles of character and charm. We are renowned for our wonderful locally sourced food, friendly service and cosy setting, beside the harbour in Lynmouth.

Our head chef Matthew Rutter and his talented team have been awarded two AA rosettes and is passionate in serving quality seasonal produce.

Throughout February we are offering an exclusive menu at a special price as part of the Exmoor Food Fest; (excludes Thursday 14th February)

2 course £20
3 course £25

Chef is more than happy to cater for special dietary requirements – please let us know on arrival or time of booking. We also have our current menu on offer and serve food every day, 12-2.30pm and evening service is 6-9pm

The Rising Sun, Harbourside, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6EG

Telephone +44 (0)1598 753223
Fax +44 (0)1598 753480

The Old Station House Inn: Open for Bookings!



As the name suggests this restaurant was originally the one of the stations on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway which closed in 1935. The Old Station is situated at the southern extremity of Exmoor National Park at the Junction of the A39 and A399 at Blackmoor Gate.

We offer an extensive menu throughout the day starting with breakfasts at 9am, morning teas, coffees and cakes. The Main Menu is available from midday and continues through to the evening without any break. Our particular forte is to cater for larger groups. We do not serve ‘fast food’ only good food as fast as we can. Every day the chefs prepares specials utilising our own or locally sourced produce where possible. Our Menu for the Exmoor Food Fest will be available Monday to Friday from noon until 7.30pm There is a 2 course menu for £10 and three courses for £15. Our menus are available on our website.

The restaurant has plenty of capacity with areas set aside for customers to bring in their dogs and children. The children are entertained by a large play area outside and colouring books to keep them occupied.

To cater for our customers, we also have a used bookstore and a small grocery shop to provide those impulse forgotten purchases. We will even provide a net of logs if you need them.

The beer garden looks down onto our field where goats, sheep, lambs, alpacas, geese and chickens compete with each other to entertain the audience who enjoy the spectacle and the spectacular view down the valley.

The Exmoor Food Fest offer:
Monday to Friday from noon until 7.30pm
There is a 2 course menu for £10 and three courses for £15. Our menus are available on our website.

The Old Station House Inn
Blackmoor Gate, Kentisbury, Devon, EX31 4NW

Phone 01598 763274

Ye Olde Gobe, Berrynarbor: Now open for Bookings!

Ye Olde Globe is a traditional Village pub in the pretty award winning village of Berrynarbor, just off the A399 between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin.
The Pub was originally 3 cottages and this can be seen as you move through the cosy seating areas.
Relax on the sofas by the open log fire and enjoy Lattes and Cappuccinos with friends, Book a table in our cosy 22 seater dining room or dine in the Dog Friendly ‘Village’ Bar or the ‘Kitchen’ Bar beside our lovely warm coal fire.
Perhaps finish off with a game of pool – the table is free play throughout the Winter.
We also have a seperate, private, Function Room and can cater for parties up to 55 for aseated formal dinner, or more for abuffet with band or disco/karaoke.
Our offer for the Exmoor Food Festival is:
£10 for 2 courses – starter and main or main and dessert.
On Fridays and Saturdays (12-2 & 6-9) lunches or dinner during February, from a specific menu.
Please mention your voucher when booking or when ordering.
To book or enquire about any of the above please contact us on
01271 882465
Ye Olde Globe
EX34 9SG

The Pyne Arms: Open for bookings!



The Pyne Arms is a traditional country pub in the small hamlet of East Down just off the A39 between Barnstaple and Lynton. It is set in a valley with rolling acres of land and rises in bold hills to the north. It is conveniently placed for visiting Exmoor and the North Devon coast. For meals we recommend booking ahead by phone or email.

The Pyne Arms was relaunched in 2012 and is offering locally sourced food with a modern twist with everything from a Sunday roast to speciality fish on the menu.

The pub is convenient for those visiting the National Trust property of Arlington Court, also just off the A39 beyond the East Down turning.

Watermouth, Combe Martin, Woolacombe, Saunton, Croyde, Lynton and Lynmouth are all popular places to visit in the area and the Pyne Arms is just a short drive to stunning Exmoor National Park.

We are a dog friendly pub which is ideal as there are many public footpaths in the area for walkers to enjoy.

At The Pyne Arms, our emphasis is on providing locally sourced food with a modern twist with everything from a Sunday roast to speciality fish on the menu.

We use wherever possible, the finest local produce available, giving you a dish which is both traceable and fresh but most importantly, tasty!

Our seasonal menu also features selected specials, an example special board is shown to the side.

If you are a real ale fan then you wont be disappointed as we regularly feature local guest ales.

To avoid disappointment please call 01271 850055 to book a table

Please note we also cater for private functions.

The Exmoor Food Fest deal:
2 courses for £12.50 /  3 courses for £15.00
Lunch:   Tuesdays – Fridays
East Down
EX31 4LX

Phone:      01271 850055

Lynmouth Bay Cafe joins the Exmoor Food Fest

It was almost a year ago that two good friends arrived in Lynmouth to take over the Lynmouth Bay Café. Although our backgrounds were very different we’d both decided that it was time for a complete change in our lives and a tearoom seemed a good idea.

We first saw it on a very grey, wet and cold day in January last year and since then we have always said that Lynmouth chose us – we loved it! The first year has been a steep learning curve for both of us but we’re still here and still good friends!

After a well needed break in January we have a mini refurbishment underway and now excited to be re-opening on Saturday 11th February and supporting the Exmoor Food Festival.

Here at the Lynmouth Bay Café we make our own cakes, scones, soups and savouries and where we can’t we use local suppliers.

As part of the Exmoor Food Festival we will be offering our range of Cream Teas, including our popular Exmoor Cream Tea, with 10% discount from 11th February to 22nd February. (Excluding Monday 20th when we will be closed)

We look forward to meeting you. 

Tel. 01598 753 337
Facebook:  /LynmouthBayCafe

Chef Thomas Hine joins the team at The Coach House

thomas-hine_2 (2)The Coach House Restaurant at Kentisbury Grange Hotel welcomes new Head Chef Thomas Hine at a time when the team are anticipating and celebrating the restaurant’s new partnership with renowned chef Michael Caines MBE.

Until recently Tom was Executive Chef at Michael Caines at ABode in Chester following a successful career which saw him rise through the ranks at a number of highly acclaimed restaurants including Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.

Born in Cornwall, Tom studied Hospitality and Catering at the College of Cornwall before joining Rick Stein’s team – a position which helped develop his passion for seafood and local produce.

Working his way up through the kitchen hierarchy, Tom spent many years honing his talent under the watchful eyes of some of the South West’s most celebrated chefs before joining Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park.

Tom says: “Working alongside Michael Caines was a huge influence on my style of cooking and gave me a great appreciation for the fresh local produce that we are so lucky to have access to in the South West.

When Michael gave me the opportunity to run my own kitchen at ABode Chester I felt truly honoured. Now I’ve been offered a new challenge along with the opportunity to return to the South West where the local produce is second to none.

I am excited to be leading the talented and passionate team at The Coach House Restaurant in North Devon, and look forward to introducing delicious new dishes to the restaurant’s much loved seasonal menus”.