Guild of Food Writers Coast to Coast visit
Devon continues to grow in recognition as the county to turn to for the very best produce. Food & Drink Devon and its members are continually helping to build this reputation.
This week a group from the Guild of Food Writers is visiting to experience a number of Devon highlights from ‘Coast to Coast’.
The trip begins at Noel Corston’s pioneering restaurant, NC, which is recommended in the Michelin Guide 2017 and is based at the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the North Devon Coast. Here there will also be the chance to meet some of North Devon’s many inspiring and innovative producers. Next stop will be the outstanding Broomhill Art Hotel, which last year won the Food & Drink Devon award for ‘Best Restaurant’.
Day two the group will move on to Eversfield Organic, which delivers the finest grass fed organic meat boxes to households across the UK, for a farm walk and tour before heading South to Salcombe. A visit to this highly in vogue coastal town would not be complete without experiencing the new Salcombe Distillery Gin School and dinner at the South Sands hotel. Renowned for his creativity and flair, as well as his love of using foraged food, ex Harrods chef Allister Bishop will be showcasing some of the best local ingredients. Before dinner, Lyme Bay Winery will be hosting a wine tasting, sampling their new Blanc de Noirs and Bacchus Block amongst others.
On day three the morning begins with a tour of the new Salcombe Brewery before a visit to chef Chris Sherville’s The Vineyard Kitchen on the Sharpham Estate. Next stop will be The Shops at Dartington where there will be another opportunity to sample a wide range of local produce, including Luscombe Drinks new range of Tonic Waters and goats milk ice cream from Dartington Dairy. Michael Smith from The Venus Company will be at the on-site café to talk about having a sustainable, environmentally aware approach as well as telling all about the forthcoming ‘Loving the Beach’ music festival (Blackpool Sands, 8th July) and David Jones from Manna from Devon Cooking School will be cooking tasty delights on a wood fired oven. The final destination for the day will be lunch at the new The Green Table café on the Dartington Estate.
A few of the group will then be extending their trip to experience Exeter Cookery School on the Thursday, staying the night before at Exeter’s Hotel du Vin.
The Guild of Food Writers is an association of over 400 professional food writers; the membership is exceptionally broad and includes cookery writers, journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.
Picture courtesy of Pete Cox