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Purely Devon Hampers
is an exciting new internet company based in Devon. Selling beautiful hampers packed with the finest Devon produce. You can choose from a tempting range of readymade hampers or “create your own” by selecting your own produce for a truly personal gift.
The hampers are beautifully presented in colourful eco-friendly jute bags in either aqua or green (representing the coast and the country) alternatively there is a traditional Wicker Hamper with leather straps. All are attractively packed with traditional wood wool and wooden tag, including a gift card carrying your message and your chosen list of fine foods.
Or simply “restock your larder” with delicious Devon produce, available from the online shop, delivered to your home in a simple recycled box.
All of the produce is exclusively from Devon and has been carefully selected to offer you a comprehensive range from a variety of different artisan producers, promoting some of the finest producers we are lucky to have in our beautiful county.
There are delicious cheeses from Curworthy and Quickes Traditional, scrumptious cider from Ashridge and Sandford Orchards, the tastiest preserves and chutneys from Willow Tree Farm and Waterhouse Fayre and many more for you to choose from. Purely Devon Hampers are continually expanding the range and are always happy to receive any comments, either an exciting new product you have found or produced or a firm favourite you have enjoyed.
Although we are an internet company we are always happy to help and advise our customers on any of the products and services we offer, whether you’re a business requiring hampers for your customers or staff, a holiday cottage owner requiring hampers for your guests or simply a personal gift. Whatever the occasion a Purely Devon Hamper makes a perfect gift or treat. Do take a look at our website and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! www.purelydevonhampers.co.uk
Your photos of Devon
With the new Handpicked in Devon brochure published in April we thought it would be great to dedicate a page to your fantastic photos of Devon. If you would like to be involved and have your picture featured on thousands of copies of our brochure simply email your Devon image to firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm that you own the image and that we are free to publish it. We will need your name so we can credit you. The best image will be featured on our home page throughout the month of April. So if you think you have taken a cracker send it today. Closing date 15th March 2011 thank you
Village pub deep in the Devon countryside wins top award at the Restaurant Show
The Millbrook Inn at South Pool in South Devon scooped the top prize at last week’s Restaurant Show held at Earls Court, London where chef Jean-Philippe Bidart and his team won the prestigious Gastropub Challenge.
The competition tests the skills of both the kitchen and front of house with four hours given to prepare a three-course meal for eight served with the appropriate wine.
It is judged by an esteemed panel of experts, including Nick Vadis of the craft guild of chefs, Nick Scade and Paul Breach of the Academy of Food and Wine.
Michelin Star Chef and judge Tom Kerridge commented that the team "demonstrated high standards and smart presentation". He added: “They used first class ingredients, and although the dishes were quite classic they contained flair.”
Five top Gastro Pubs were invited from around the country to compete in this prestigious event. Two panels of judges – back and front of house – ranked the food and service of each team and the overall winner was the one with the highest combination of points.
Ian Dent, who runs the pub with his wife Diana Hunt, said: “It was an incredible experience. We have developed the Millbrook to be a community pub with exceptional food and it has been judged as the very best you can get. We are very proud of all our team who went.
“It’s not just about Jean-Philippe but about the whole team working together to produce food of an exceptional quality. J-P (Jean-Philippe) really excelled himself. It’s the best I’ve ever seen him cook and our sous chef Gareth Darvell and commis chef Georgia Johnson were exceptional.”
Ian and Diana took over the pub four years ago and since then have established it as one of the top eating destinations in the South Hams while ensuring it has become the hub of the local community.
Most recently they have added The Veg Shed to the premises, a shop no bigger than a small wardrobe that is constantly open and relies on an honesty box for those who purchase locally produced fruit, vet, eggs, sausages and bacon.
“It’s our way of bringing a local shop back for the community. It’s totally non-profit making but it enables locals to sell their surplus fruit and veg. "Our nearest shop is almost three miles away", said Ian. While the pub is the focal point for the community, its food is also putting the South Hams on the far wider culinary map. Its latest award will ensure people continue to travel from far and wide to taste J-P’s classic dishes while enjoying the spirit of a warming local community.
The Millbrook Inn served an Assiette of Start Bay Crab as a starter with Bisque, Potted White Meat and Crab Claw Salad with puff pastry matchsticks. The main course was Credition Duck with Breast, Confit Leg and Liver, Fondant Potato, Foraged Ceps, Savoy Cabbage and Griotine Sauce. Dessert was a Chocolate Pot, served with Caramelised Plum and Blackberries Flambéed in Grand Marnier, Devon Clotted Cream and Chopped Mint.
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COMBE HOUSE WINS GOLD DEVON HOTEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
Combe House Devon, near Exeter has won the 2010 Devon Hotel of the Year category at the Devon Tourism Awards, which were presented on Thursday, 30th September at a glittering ceremony at the Thurlestone Hotel, South Devon.
As the gold winner, Combe House has been automatically fast-tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in November, and then possibly on to the national Enjoy England awards in spring 2011.
Combe House Devon is a wildly romantic Grade I Elizabethan manor hidden on a 3,500 acre wooded estate in the thatched village of Gittisham. The stunning country hotel and restaurant has been run privately by Ruth and Ken Hunt for the past twelve years. During this time, the Hunts and their team have transformed the house and its gardens into a truly memorable place to stay.
Thrilled with the award proprietor Ken Hunt said: “This unexpected honour for our small, country house hotel reflects back on our wonderful, welcoming, happy and hard working team. We are fortunate to be in a stunning location with a wealth of the West Country’s quality food producers on our doorstep”, concludes Ken.
Combe’s two resident Master Chefs of Great Britain, Hadleigh Barrett and Stuart Brown, are ardent about sourcing the freshest and best quality local ingredients. Around 70% of the fruit and vegetables in season is also provided by Combe’s own kitchen gardens – the chefs talk food metres, not miles.
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Visit www.combehousedevon.com for more information.
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Luxury Hotel in North Devon
The Old Rectory Hotel. - Exmoor North Devon
Originally the Georgian Rectory to the 11th century church in the Exmoor hamlet of Martinhoe, the house is today a friendly, relaxed and civilised country house retreat where tranquillity, good food & wine and great hospitality are the order of the day... more
Dartmoor Special Hotels
Romantic Break in a wonderful Dartmoor Hotel
Just imagine your romantic weekend or a luxury retreat for fishing or shooting. A pampering weekend getaway. Think of yourself relaxing for a few days in the spectacular setting of Dartmoor.... more
Lydgate House Dartmoor a perfect place to stay
Set in its own 36 acres of heaven in the very heart of Dartmoor National Park, Lydgate House, built in the 1800s, is a small and unique country house hotel with spectacular views across Dartmoor moorland and river valley... more
Exmouth Restaurant Devon
Les Saveurs at The Seafood Restaurant
Not only was the food superb, the wine balanced and the service immaculate but the price was also quite modest.... more
Devon Luxury Hotels & Award Winning Places to Stay
Looking for luxury?
Look no further we have handpicked a small selection of the very best Devon hotels from across the county. Not just the household names but several little gems you may not have stayed at yet.... more
Devon Boutique Hotels
We have selected a handful of beautiful Boutique Hotels for you to choose from throughout Devon. The ideal selection for a romantic break or a relaxing stay in Devon... more
Fine Dining Restaurants in Devon
Some times only the best will do and you may be looking for a high quality restaurant in Devon to celebrate a special occasion or just to dine after a fabulous holiday. We are delighted to showcase an informed selection of the very best restaurants in Devon... more
Devon Seafood & Fish Restaurants
With its location it is not surprising to find that Devon has some very high quality fish and seafood restaurants, Local Crab and handline caught Bass are often available as well as a host of other delicacies expertly cooked by some of Devon's top restaurant chef's... more
Gastropubs in Devon
are simply great pubs that concentrate on offering great food We hope you enjoy our selection of Devon Gastropubs.... more
Award Winning restaurants in Devon
Many of our visitors chose some of Devon's award winning restaurants as their favourites with Michelin star holders including The Masons Arms, the New Angel and The Elephant as well as the superp 2 star Gidleigh Park, dining out in Devon has never been so good... more
Devon Restaurants using local ingredients
Passionately proud about Devon, local, seasonal and fresh produce are the order of the day. The seasonal produce used in many Devon restaurant menus will often only be sourced from very local suppliers this insures that these restaurants where ever possible are only using the freshest seasonal ingredients which is good for us and even better for the environment... more
The Old Bakery in Kingsbridge, South Devon
Passionate about food The Old Bakery is in our visitors opinions one of the very best restaurants in South Devon. Everything is prepared fresh each day using the finest ingredients this Kingsbridge restaurant is gaining a great reputation..... more
Two Great Restaurants in one Strete
(that's Strete Nr Dartmouth by the way)
Most of us are happy to have one great restaurant near where we live or when we are on holiday. locals and visitors to Strete, Nr Dartmouth are spoilt for choice with two fine chefs preparing great food a scallops throw from each other. With the Kings Arms and The Laughing Monk you will be delighted with either selection.... more
Great Devon Days out Things to do in Devon
Of course for many relaxing on a glorious Devon beach is all that is required for a great Devon holiday but for others who want more from their break there is plenty to keep all ages occupied when visiting Devon. Sporting days out, diving, fishing, ballooning, for the adventurous or maybe a historic castle or delightful gardens to visit?. Theme parks and fun days out for the whole family in Devon.... more
Why not stay in a delightful Devon Pub or Inn
More and more people are looking to stay in some of Devon's pubs & Inns. Charming places, some hundreds of years old offering superb modern accommodation and food..... more
When visiting Buckland Abbey (opposite)
Make sure you drop in to a wonderful Handpicked Inn that we have found for lunch, dinner or even a stopover. The wonderfully named The Who'd Have Thought It Inn is all that you could hope for in a fine old Devon Inn..... more
Country House Hotel near Bideford in North Devon?
Look no further than Yeoldon House Hotel (opposite). Beautifully situated on the banks of the River Torridge, Yeoldon House Hotel boasts glorious North Devon views, fine accommodation and excellent food. Yeoldon House is a great choice for your North Devon holiday destination..... more
Luxury Hotel Near Tiverton Mid Devon
The Hartnoll Hotel is nestled on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, in the delightful Exe Valley in Devon. This luxury hotel stunning decor, sumptuous fabrics..... more
Chloes's, Restaurant in the heart of Plymouth
Designed for the discerning diner Chloe's dishes are prepared from the finest fresh locally sourced ingredients by chef patron Didier Franchet..... more
Devon Luxury Wedding Venues
Many people leave Devon in their early years for university or to make their fortune, most come back at some point especially to be married in Devon. We have showcased a handful of wonderful Devon Wedding venues for you to choose from..... more
Exclusive Shops in Devon
Intentionally our smallest category we have simply chosen a handful of unique and interesting Devon shops to showcase. If your favourite shop is missing simply let us know and we will pay them a visit...... more
Self Catering Cottage Holidays in Devon
Over the last few years the visitor to Devon has seen the choice of self catering accommodation rise to greater numbers than ever before. This is of course mostly good but it also means that the casual browser is met with a torrent of potential self catering properties in Devon with standards sometimes varying dramatically. At Handpicked in Devon we have literally handpicked a small number of extremely good companies and cottage owners to feature within our pages.
With a history of providing the Devon viistor with a very high quality product these chosen few we feel offer a good range for our visitors to browse and make an informed decision from. We hope you find exactly the self catering accommodation in Devon that you are looking for..... more
Farm Cottage & Devon Family Holidays
With the speed of life in the city what could be better than going back to nature and enjoying your holiday in traditional self catering farm cottages. We have featured a handful of lovely farm cottages from various delightful parts of Devon. You maybe going back to nature but not back in time as many of these holiday properties are equipped with "state of the art" technology and mod cons throughout. With a Devon farm holiday the children can run safe and free with plenty to occupy themselves leaving you time to rest and relax..... more
The Widest Choice of Self Catering Cottages & Holiday Homes in Devon
Of course some of the largest holiday home and cottage providers are Cottage Agencies who provide a full holiday service. Located throughout the whole of Devon these agencies have great experience in finding guests exactly the right holiday and property for you. If you are booking your holiday late the cottage agencies may often have available property to rent when others do not. Most cottage agencies have great, easy to use websites and online booking is most often available. To find a selection of established Devon Cottages Agencies click on the following link...... more
James Duckett at The Old Custom House
located in an historic building on the Strand, overlooking the River Taw in Barnstaple James is a chef of considerable talent and experience in the kitchens of Michelin starred restaurants in the UK and internationally. He serves modern European, French and British cuisine using finest local produce. When you next visit North Devon make a special visit, we think you will be glad that you did.... more
Dartmoor & Exmoor A Walkers Paradise
The Two Moors Way links the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. The Two Moors Way starts at the foot of Dartmoor at Ivybridge on the southern edge of Dartmoor and stretches north to at Lynmouth on Exmoor's North Devon coast.
Family Holidays in Devon
Devon is the number one county in the UK for wonderful walking, sailing and water sports, fantastic pubs, cream teas and plenty of individual shops in quaint streets to explore, come and enjoy the fresh air and the stunning scenery. There is something for everybody in Devon.... more
Luxury Country House Hotel near Honiton, East Devon
Combe House Devon is a real favourite of the Handpicked in Devon team. This exquisite Elizabethan Manor House is situated in 400 acres of parkland in East Devon. Just a short drive from the Cathedral city of Exeter. Beautiful Arabian horses and pheasants roam freely as you approach Combe House along a mile of winding drive. We were given a tour of all of the fifteen luxury bedrooms each with its own individual charm and stylish furnishings. Many of these delightful spacious rooms offer stunning view of the across the meadows and Devon countryside.
For fine dining in Devon look no further than Restaurant at Combe. Its reputation for fine food and wine makes it a real favourite with Devon locals visitors alike. Close to World Heritage coastline, the open spaces of Dartmoor and the Cathedral City of Exeter Combe House has been awarded. The Country Hotel of the Year, Good Hotel Guide 2007. Worldwide Top 100 Hotel 2008 - Sunday Times Travel Magazine.... more
Devon Luxury Produce, Products & Services
Sharing a passion for fish sourced from local day boats with marine conservation in mind. We are a specialist Delicatessen based in the Devon town of Ashburton.
Inspired cooked fish dishes to take home.... more