DEVONSHIRE DREWFEST

Since last year, a new tradition has been born that James’ family (the Drews) and I get together for a few days of merriment, day excursions and of course plenty of eating, also know as Drew-fest. This year it was decided that we should all meet in Devon, Bideford and I thought I would share with you some of our eatery findings! Luckily, James family all enjoy eating as much as me so we were all very excited to choose where we would eat for lunch and dinner.
On the Friday night when we all arrived, after a few swift halves and a good catch up, we went to a restaurant called The Mariners A lovely little restaurant, very beachy themed. We sampled some great fish dishes (as we were all very adamant to eat fish whilst staying in the coastal area)- I had smoked fishcakes to start, followed by sea food chowder.
On the Saturday night we went to The Quay which is owned by Damien Hirst, so very quirky and full of his artworks. I highly recommend it. The food, service and restaurant setting is fantastic- set across 3 floors with stunning views of the sea harbour- it was a shame it was dark so we couldn’t see it out of the huge window!
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James’ brother Rob has expensive taste and ordered a bottle of Champagne to get the night going and then we moved on to an excellent bottle of red called Sebastiana Pinot Noir 2013 which was very light, fruity and easy to drink.  I had seafood bisque to start, followed by roasted fillet of cod with charred chorizo, savoy cabbage and potato salad, pancetta and white wine cream and finished with lemon posset. Delicious, I couldn’t fault a thing. I think between us we managed to cover the menu- from lundy crab claw, tuna tartare and fritto misto to creme brulee, tiramisu and bread and butter pudding.  So there really is something for everyone. They don’t just specialise in fish either- they had some tasty looking meat dishes- James other brother Chris had lamb cutlets as a main.
Every lunchtime we were in search for the best cream tea we could find, there was also many an argument about which way you eat it- cream or jam first? I am jam all the way. We had a very pleasant cream tea in Clovelly at the Cottage Tea Rooms which we ate outside, overlooking the sea.
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But our favourite find was the Vanilla Pod in Lynton. The whole lunch was delicious, with some particularly good middle-eastern mezze options and James and I shared a lovely crab sandwich on crusty ciabatta bread. The scones though were divine. I even strayed from the traditional and was tempted by a warm, buttery walnut scone served with oodles of thick clotted cream and drizzled in honey. Think I will have to try and re-create that at home and share the recipe with you soon!
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