Wow! What a week. I feel like I have been in a whirlwind which is very apt with Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian hitting our shores. My week started with birthday celebrations at The PIG at Combe which was perfect as always. Followed by lunch the following day at a new boutique country hotel, Paschoe House. Very different in styling and cuisine but both outstanding. As many of my readers will know, The PIG at Combe is one of my favourite places. For me the laid back vibe makes every experience a pleasure. The menu is always seasonal and inspirational with many items freshly picked that morning from the kitchen garden. The decor has a relaxed country elegance which feels special but not stuffy.
In contrast to the laid back chic of The PIG you can’t help but get an instant glamour kick from Paschoe House. A new boutique hotel nestled amongst the rich pastures and rolling hills of the Devonshire countryside. Outstanding wallpapers and insane taxidermy takes this hotel to another level. I was lucky enough to have a sneaky peek inside the hotel rooms and I can tell you they are pretty darn amazing. Each room decorated differently with bathrooms bigger than my kitchen at home. I have put Paschoe House on my list of places to stay.
Steve’s birthday lunch at Paschoe House was a family affair. We shared our exquisitely prepared lunch with Steve’s mum, dad and brother plus his oldest friend Alex. Chef Alex Gibbs, previously of The Royal Clarence, blew us away with his culinary skills. The £30 three course lunch menu is fantastic value and the food sublime.
On Thursday I got an early train over to Axminster where I was met by Jo from Dalwood Vineyard. I was there to help with the Seyval Blanc grape harvest. An early start meant that most of the work was done in time for a quick lunch at The Tuckers Arms before heading back to Exeter to teach. I can’t tell you how glad I was to get to the pub. Not because I hadn’t had immense fun but I was completely drenched. Four layers of clothing on and I was soaked to the skin. The heavens had opened about an hour or so into the harvest and it didn’t stop! I kept smiling regardless and I can’t wait to help again next year.
On Friday I had a date with two of my all time favourites, Chloe and Sarah up on the moors. An East Dartmoor extravaganza showcasing what Bovey Tracey has to offer on the foodie front. I can tell you it might be more than you would ever think. Afternoon tea at The Edgemoor Hotel with some of the most delicious scones I have had in a long time, a sneaky peak through the doors of the Dartmoor Distillery where the newest whiskey producer this side of the border will soon be opening their doors and an informative wine and cheese pairing with Jeremy from Wildmoor Deli. A full post will follow in good time so keep your eyes peeled for that. Needless to say as someone who enjoys local producers and independant businesses I was in heaven. It was made all the better sharing with two friends. We laughed and giggled our way through the day. It couldn’t have been a better.
It’s half term from ballet next week so I have more available time to squeeze in some foodie fun. I will be heading back to the moors on Monday for lunch at one of my favourite country pubs, The Rugglestone. On Tuesday I am heading to Ashburton to check out what the food and wine scene is like there plus a visit on Friday to Budleigh Salterton to check out their monthly Farmers Market. That’s just the tip of the iceberg so follow my Instagram and Twitter accounts to keep up with the latest news.
Have a fabulous week everyone!