My Week In Pictures 42/16

Dart Marina Spa and Hotel

One of the best places in Exeter for brunch in my opinion is Harry’s on Longbrook Street. A family run business where you always get a warm welcome and a smile. What’s even better is that it is a stones throw from my house so it feels like home from home. The menu is simple but there is something there for everyone. A group of us visited on Sunday to celebrate Steve’s birthday. If you are feeling hungry you can opt for The Works. A full English breakfast taken to the max. All ingredients locally sourced and of the highest quality. Cooked to perfection and never greasy. If like me, you are obsessed with avocado then maybe you might enjoy the avocado smash. Toasted sourdough bread topped with the most delicious smashed up avocado seasoned with sea salt and drizzled with fruity olive oil. I asked Amy our waitress if I could add a poached egg and she happily obliged. Eggs with avocado are a winning combo. I love it when the yolk oozes out over the creamy greeness.

If you are ever in Exeter and looking for a place for breakfast then get yourself along to Harry’s. You won’t be disappointed.

I ventured down to NGNG (No Guts, No Glory) on Tuesday morning with the sole purpose of picking up a birthday card for my Nan. They have the best selection of cards with cats on that I have EVER seen. As we are a family of cat lovers it seemed the only place to go. Whilst there I could hear the coffee machine being cranked up. Smelling the aromas of the freshly ground coffee I felt it would be rude not to have one! A flat white was ordered and made with care. A deliciously creamy coffee that was served up in a cute takeaway cup that matched my nails perfectly. I just had to take a photo…

Cassie came over for lunch on Wednesday. I baked some sweet potatoes and made a pesto to drizzle over the top alongside some sour cream. We had great fun planning our annual Christmas trip to London whilst tucking into our healthy lunch. Perfect fuel for a long night of teaching. 

I made my way down to Dartmouth on Thursday to experience something new. The Dartmouth Food Festival, now in its 14th year, was taking place and I had never experienced the delights before. What an amazing setting. Stalls lined up along the harbour side and in the Royal Avenue gardens with a fabulous prosecco bar placed in the bandstand! The event in the most part is totally free and runs over three days. A few ticketed events do take place with the most expensive being priced at £12.00.

I didn’t want a late night as I knew that my main reason for being in Dartmouth was the food festival and wanted to make sure I was fresh as a daisy for all my activities the following day. I did want something to eat and as always I was on a  mission to find somewhere to have a glass of local wine. Thankfully the Royal Castle Hotel came up trumps with a delicious glass of Sharpham Vineyard Dart Valley Reserve. I had a bite to eat at The Cherub. A pub that is said to be the oldest building in Dartmouth. Not the most foodie of places but they made some pretty mean whitebait!

Friday was spent at The Dartmouth Food Festival. The day was perfect… the weather was top notch and the festival was everything and more of what a food festival should be. A full post will follow but here are some fabulous pictures to set the scene. I had the best time and can’t wait for next year!

Once again, I have had a great week with The Dartmouth Food Festival being a highlight. I had the best time which was made all the better with a very comfortable stay at The Dart Marina Hotel. I would highly recommend staying here if you ever find yourself in the lovely town of Dartmouth whether the food festival is on or not.

Next week is looking pretty busy too and I can’t wait to share it all with you. Have a great week everybody!

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