Launch of the Exmoor Food Fest: Guest Dinner at The Luttrell Arms

A week ago, several award-winning chefs came together in the kitchen of the Luttrell Arms in Dunster to prepare an outstanding seven-course-meal marking the official launch of the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest.

Head chef Barrie Tucker was joined by Paul and Donna Berry (The Swan), Andrew Dixon (The Café at Porlock Weir), Olivier Certain (Clavelshay Barn) and Ellis Pannell (Pyne Arms).

Each course was perfectly matched with exclusive wines by Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, Wine Director at Enotria&Coe, who commented: “Congratulations for putting together such amazing event. It seems that everyone really enjoyed the excellent food and brilliant atmosphere.”

Nigel Way, owner of The Luttrell Arms Hotel, introduced each of the chefs as their courses were being served, said “The Guest Chef Dinner is a celebration of food and drink from across the region. We are happy to support the Exmoor Food Fest which provides a valuable platform for fine dining, and its success brings benefits not only to restaurants here in Dunster but to the economy of Exmoor.”

Elke Winzer said. “The launch of the Exmoor Food Fest 2017 at The Luttrell Arms Hotel was a great success, not least because of the untiring enthusiasm and support by the Luttrell’s team for the festival. They put together a fantastic Guest Chefs Dinner showcasing the talent and high quality local produce on Exmoor and it was a fitting start to the third Exmoor Food Fest.” 






Plaistow Mill’s smoked trout with fennel toast,Westland Farm pulled pork fritters with sweet and sour apple sauce,Vulscombe goat’s cheese and Exmoor Ale onion chutney



‘Breakfast’ Bampton butcher’s smoked streaky bacon, duck, plum and quail Scotch egg, black pudding, tomato and pancetta with haricot beans



Pan-seared fillet of silver mullet, Jerusalem artichokes, baby gem and poultry reduction



Haunch of venison with pickled mushrooms, mushroom purée, charred salsify, salt baked celeriac and chocolate sauce



‘Egg and Soldiers’



Apple mousse, apple jelly, nutty granola,
Somerset cider brandy ice cream, cider syrup

All photos by Clayton Jane.


Secret Location Dining

After a year of planning, we are finally launching our next exciting project:  Secret Location Dining – a Culinary Adventure in Exmoor and West Somerset.  We have teamed up with the wonderful Claire Lynch and the Claire’s Kitchen team for a range of once-in-a-lifetime events.

Our first event takes place on 11 March at …. ooops – I nearly gave it away!   It’s top secret, and not even our team know where we are heading.  All we can say is that it’s going to be whacky and fun, with a bit of entertainment thrown in for good measure, and of course, Claire’s amazing American Diner themed food.

We are also very proud that Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is co-hosting our Secret Location Dining event on 8 September.  Junior (as Dirceu is known) will guide our guest through a range of Champagnes while Claire is providing meal to match.  Junior is originally from Brazil and moved to England in 1989 where he became the first South American to get the coveted title of Master of Wine.

Check out our new website, for more information and dates.  Tickets are selling fast for the launch, so better be quick to make sure you don’t miss out.


Three Exmoor Food Fest pubs amongst the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK

Media Release 

30 January 2017

Three Exmoor Food Fest pubs amongst the
Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK

Three award winning restaurants taking part in the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest made it into the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK.  Today their ranking was announced in an Awards Ceremony: The Swan in Bampton ranked 50, Tarr Farm Inn came in on rank 27 and Michelin starred Mason Arms in Knowstone ranked 15

“This is an incredible result for our region and an amazing boon for our Exmoor Food Fest”, commented festival organiser Elke Winzer.  “About one third of all listed gastro pubs are situated in England’s South West which is a testament to the high standard of the food served in our pubs and restaurants.”

The Swan, Tarr Farm Inn and the Mason Arms are amongst the close to 30 restaurants in the wider Exmoor region taking part in the third Exmoor Food Fest.  All participating restaurants are offering 2 courses for £10.00 and 3 courses for £15.00.

Paul and Donna Berry from The Swan were amongst this year’s guest chef dinner which launched the Exmoor Food Fest at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on 26 January.  Tarr Farm Inn will host the media launch of next year’s food festival in September.

“We would like to congratulate The Swan, Tarr Farm and The Mason Arms on this achievement, and we are very proud that they play such a vital role in our food festival,” said Elke Winzer.

The Exmoor Food Fest runs throughout February.



The “Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by top foodies and hospitality experts. These include gastropub operators (who can’t vote for their own pubs), food writers, pubco catering development managers and executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. The voting criteria ensures the list really is decided by the industry.

Limited Prints by Sharon Plant in the Exmoor Store

Living on a farm, surrounded by the landscape of Exmoor, wildlife and farming activities, where deer and sheep roam freely, is an inspiration for Sharon Plant.

screen-shot-2016-06-22-at-09-46-13Sharon is a pointillist painter: Pointillism is the technique of applying small, regular dabs of unmixed colour to the picture surface, relying on scientific theories, such as the precise combination of complementary colours – red/green, orange/blue, yellow/violet. Pioneered in the 1880’s mainly in France by Seurat who used the term divisionism.

These are a mounted giclee print of the original painting printed on Hahnemuhle William Turner high quality matte paper and is sent ready to frame with a mount and backboard. The print is signed by the artist and numbered from a limited edition of 50.

Image size 8 x 8 inches, Exterior dimensions of mounted print 15 x 15 inches.

Click here to have a look at the Exmoor Store.

Local artist sells original paintings in our Exmoor Store

Local artist David Jessup recently joined our Exmoor Store with his original oil paintings.  Within half a day, two paintings have already sold so far.  The paintings in the Exmoor Store all depict well-loved scenes on Exmoor.  Hopefully the Store is soon able to also offer prints of David’s paintings.

David Jessup sold his first picture – a small scraperboard drawing – aged 14.

Years later, David took time out from his job as a production controller at the Clarks factory in Minehead – unable to stand or walk after an operation, he picked up his oil paints once more. When the factory closed in 1982, David and his family moved to a remote miners cottage where they established the family business Brendon Hill Crafts, combining his wife Lizs preserves and his own artwork.

David prefers to produce large oil paintings on medium grain stretched canvas, making use of sheer magnitude to transport the viewer to the scene.  Referring to compositional sketches captured on site, David works in his home studio.

In his alter ego as an illustrator, David also turns to nature as a subject, producing watercolours and drawings for postcards and prints for clients like the National Trust and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. 

The Exmoor Store is an online platform for local artists, crafters, photographers and producers.  It was only opened at the end of November 2016 and has already proven to be very popular.  Go to to find out more.

Here are all the paintings David Jessup made available to Exmoor Store:

Exmoor Food Fest celebrates the Taste of Exmoor

In February, the third Exmoor Food Fest will tempt foodies to eat their way across Exmoor when participating restaurants offer two courses for £10/ 3 courses for £15.00.  There will also be markets and food related events during this time, celebrating the best our region has to offer.

A special dinner will launch the 2017 festival at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on 26 January: Six award winning chefs are going to join Head Chef Barrie Tucker to cook seven courses for some very lucky diners.  The menu is still a secret, but will focus on local produce and seasonal fare.

Exmoor is home to many outstanding local products such as Porlock Oysters and Exmoor Caviar.

Diners at the Exmoor Food Fest launch will be able to taste Wicked Wolf Gin which is handcrafted by husband and wife team Pat Patel and Julie Heap on their property on Exmoor on the banks of the river Lyn.  Nettlecombe based award winning Secret Orchard Cider and Madrigal Ales (brewed in Lynmouth) are two more outstanding local products which are available to sample at some of the Exmoor Markets which will take place in February. 

The Exmoor Food Fest runs through the whole month of February.  Originally the idea of local chef Andrew Dixon, the event is now organised by Elke Winzer who is also behind Exmoor4all (an online platform for all things Exmoor, including an online shop) and the Exmoor Markets which take place regularly at Tesco’s Minehead and other locations around Exmoor.  The Dunster Food Festival will be the grand finale on the Exmoor Food Fest on the last weekend in February.

“The Exmoor Food Fest helps local businesses in the hospitality sector to show off their skills. The festival deal of 2 courses for £10 tempts many people into restaurants at a time of year when business tends to be slow,” explains Elke Winzer.

For the first time, all participating restaurants will take part in the Taste of Exmoor Awards.  Customers will be able to vote online for their best dining experience – the winners will be crowned at the Awards Ceremony at Butlins at the end of March.  Tearooms and village shops are also encouraged to sign up for the Exmoor Food Fest.

Information about all the restaurants signed up for the Exmoor Food Fest as well as tearooms and village shops will be available on the website

Local producers get regular market outside Tesco’s in Minehead

Local producers will be selling their products regularly outside Tesco’s supermarket in Minehead. The next “Exmoor Market” will take place on Wednesday, 14 December 2016, from 11am till 5pm, featuring street food and locally produced meat as well as arts and crafts.  Children from Old Cleeve School will perform Christmas carols from 1pm. Exmoor Ponies will be in residence as will Father Christmas.

Exmoor Market has been set up by Elke Winzer to help promote local businesses.  “We are very grateful to Tesco’s in Minehead to welcome our stalls onto their premises.  It provides our traders with a great opportunity to showcase their products to a wide range of customers, including visitors to the area, who might not always have the chance to buy locally made products.”

Tesco store manager Lisa Buss commented: “We love supporting local suppliers and our community.  The traders offer complementary products to our own range which is a bonus for our customers.”

The stalls are set up outside the store entrance. Amongst them are Little Oak Farm who offer meat and sausages from their rare breed Middle White pigs raised in Timberscombe. Marion’s Deli uses Little Oak Farm pork belly in the street food they sell at the market.  White Post Bakery will attend the market for the first time on 14 December with their sourdough bread and pastries.  Local arts and crafts are available from JinKs, Gaea, Midges Treasures, Exmoor Engravings and Rupert Smith Wildlife Photography.

Local author and pony whisperer Dawn Westcott will bring Exmoor Ponies to the market on 14 December.  It will be a great opportunity to see these ponies close up, and find out more about the ancient breed.

In 2017, the Exmoor Market will be at Tesco’s in Minehead twice a month, usually on a Wednesday and a Sunday.  Dates are available from

Dunster Food Festival starts tomorrow 

Over 40 producers and street food traders will be at the Dunster Tithe Barn from 10.30am till 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, while a number of restaurants and local traders have also got into the spirit offering Exmoor Food Fest deals in the village.
Please note that there are no parking facilities at the Dunster Tithe Barn.