This week: Food, photos, Foxes and a lot of fog

Thomas Carr of The Olive Room in Ilfracombe. Photo: Charmain Lovett Photography

Thomas Carr of The Olive Room in Ilfracombe.
Photo: Charmain Lovett Photography

Have you ever wondered what magic ingredients chefs use to enhance the flavour of their dishes? This question kept me busy this week. I have chatted with some outstanding Devon based chefs, and interestingly, every single one of them has come up with a different answer.  If you want to find out more, then you will have to get the January/February edition of Devon Life.

In the course of my conversation with chefs, I had the opportunity to discuss the Exmoor Food Fest with both Thomas Carr of The Olive Room in Ilfracombe and Mark Dodson of the Mason Arms in Knowstone.  They will both take part in the festival again which will take place in February 2016.  Both are amazing chefs:  Mark has a Michelin star, and Thomas, who only opened his own restaurant a little more than a year ago, has already received two rosettes and a mention in the 2016 Michelin guide.

We will be adding more restaurants to our website over the next few weeks.

e480f4e76a38a4e2bcd22ad8983ce332We are delighted to welcome the photographer Mark Stothard as a contributor to our Exmoor4all Facebook page and blog. Mark is a professional photographer based in Minehead.  You can check out his Exmoor photos here. Some other joint projects might also be in the pipeline  – watch this space!


A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to have dinner at the Exmoor Beastro in Dulverton.  The food was amazing as was the whole experience.  You can read all about it in this month’s Somerset Life!  In the same edition is my article about the Very Special Hotel in Minehead: Foxes is a training hotel for young people with special needs.  I was accompanied by the young photographer James A. Fenwick who took some stunning photos.

The weather has turned really autumnal this week, resulting in a high number of stunning photos on Exmoor4all showing Exmoor hugged by fog. A big thank you to all the photographers who keep posting their images and help us reach well over 7,000 followers on Facebook

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

All the best

Elke x

Fog cascading down Countisbury Hill. Photo by Caroline Cook

Fog cascading down Countisbury Hill. Photo by Caroline Cook


Exmoor Market at The Beach Hotel in Minehead

On Sunday, 18 October 2015, we are running the first Exmoor Market at The Beach Hotel in Minehead.  Traders will be offering local produce and crafts. Local authors Dawn Westcott and Victoria Eveleigh will be reading from their latest books.

Refreshments will be available from the café at The Beach Hotel. The event starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.  Admission is free.


“Arabian Nights” with Claire’s Kitchen

We are delighted to have teamed up with “Claire’s Kitchen” for a number of events which all promise great food, great fun and a great experience.

Arabian Nights” is the first themed night at The Combe, West Somerset College’s training restaurant in Minehead, which will raise funds for the initiative “Kits by Kids” set up by my 12 year old son Alexander to help refugee children.

The tasting menu of Middle Eastern dishes costs £25.00.  To book a table, please call 01643 700322 – don’t wait too long as places are limited.

Arabian Nights

Local business supports hospitality student

Rosemary Overall and Tony O'Shaughnassy from The Culbone.  Photo by Steve Quantick

Last week, West Somerset College’s hospitality student Rosemary Overall was presented with the inaugural The Culbone Scholarship for Hospitality Student of the Year.

Rosemary, who is in her last year at The Combe training restaurant in Minehead, was chosen for her commitment and keen interest, both in the kitchen and front of house.
A few months ago, Tony O’Shaughnassy, the owner of The Culbone on Porlock Hill, had contacted the The Combe to find a way to support outstanding students in the hospitality sector, to help develop young people in an industry which is so vital to Exmoor.  Finally, the idea for the scholarship was born, a suitable student found and the scholarship’s finer details developed.  We are very proud to have been involved in arranging the scholarship and sorting out Rosemary’s trip to London.
“We think that the College’s hospitality course is outstanding. The food prepared by the students is amazing.  We see The Culbone as at the heart of the community, and helping young people excel is very close to our heart,” explained Tony. “Rosemary is a very worthy recipient of our scholarship, and we look forward to catching up with Rosemary in London in September.”
Tony presented Rosemary with a certificate in The Combe in the presence of Paul Gibbs, Acting Faculty Leader, and Werner Hartholt, Chef Lecturer.  The scholarship will take her to the London School for Wine and Spirits in September to do a two-week WSET Level 3 course.  It also covers travel, accommodation, pocket money and dinner with Somerset Life’s Food Editor, Susan Clark, in one of London’s top restaurants.
Paul Gibbs commented: “We are very grateful to The Culbone for their generous support for Rosemary.  Rosemary has impressed us with her dedication and hard work, both in the kitchen and front of house. This course will be of great benefit to her future career.”
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Winning entries in the Exmoor4all Photo Competition

Here are the winning entries of the Exmoor4all Photo Competition. We don’t envy the judges who had to pick just 12 images for the calendar!

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Here are the winning entries in the Exmoor4all Photo Competition so far.  All these images will go through to the final, with the chance of featuring in the very first Exmoor4all calendar.  The voting for the September entries will close in mid October. Once we’ve got the September winners, judges will choose the 12 photos for the calendar.

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Great savings for ExmoorClub members at Kentisbury Grange

We’re delighted that Exmoor Club members now enjoy a 10% discount at hotel accommodation as well as in the restaurant at Kentisbury Grange.

A luxury boutique hotel near Barnstaple and close to the stunning beaches of North Devon, The Kentisbury Grange Hotel offers a stylish retreat on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The hotel’s Coach House Restaurant specialises in fine dining and the hotel is also the perfect venue for weddings, parties, gourmet breaks and small conferences.

Sustainability Show in Taunton

Last week we joined the Sustainability Show in Taunton with Exmoor4all.

We teamed up with a number of businesses across Exmoor.  Exmoor Zoo followed our invitation and set up their own pitch next to ours which proved very attractive.  People loved looking at the animals, admired the bio-diversity garden and learnt how to make a purse out of old cardboard packaging.

Lots of people came to chat with us about Exmoor. They filled in surveys and in return received home made biscuits and Miles Tea sample.

We’ll definitely be back next year, with an even bigger presence for Exmoor4all!  A big THANKYOU to all our sponsors without whom none of this would be possible.






Date for the Diary: ExmoorTweetUp in Lynmouth

LogoWe are looking forward to many of you joining us at our next ExmoorTweetUp on 26 February 2014 at Lynmouth Pavilion.  It will be a fabulous opportunity to catch up with neighbours and local businesses, network over coffee and biscuits and find out a bit more about the Lynmouth Pavilion Project.

When:    26 February 2014 at 11 am

Where:   Lynmouth Pavilion, Lynmouth

What:     Casual networking

PS:  For those of you unsure what a “TweetUp” is – it’s just a fancy name for meeting likeminded people. It all started a year ago when a group of us who knew each other through Twitter first met, and the name stuck. Think of it as “MeetUp” and join the fun!  See you there?

Lynmouth Harbour. Photo by Peter Duckett

Lynmouth Harbour. Photo by Peter Duckett

Are you trigger happy?

Ever since our mobile phones have been turned into cameras which you can use to make a call, we all love taking more and more photos. Of the dog, the cat, the kids and, of course, places we like and situations which appeal to us.
If you, however, have taken picture snapping to another level and would like to find out more how to ditch the “auto” button on your camera and go all manual, or how to make some money from your photographs, then this Photo Workshop might be for you.
We are delighted to have teamed up with Clayton Jane who will be giving away some of the tricks of the photo trade.

Date for the Diary: Exmoor4all PhotoMeet – 5 April 2014


Photo Workshop for everyone who likes to take photos and is interested in learning a few more tricks of the trade.

Join professional photographer Clayton Jane for workshops, tutorial and tips.

Elke Winzer, Director of CultureLine Events & Publicity, will be speaking about how best to promote your work online.

Buffet Lunch (Slow roast lamb and salads. Seasonal Pud). Self-serve table of tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Tickets from £44.00.

Limited spaces available!

btn-buynow       Early Bird* – Exmoor Club Member:  £ 44.00


btn-buynow     Early Bird*:                                             £ 49.00


btn-buynow     General** – Exmoor Club Member:     £ 54.00    


btn-buynow    General**:                                               £ 59.00


* Early Bird:   Book by 28 February 2014

** General:     From 1 March 2014

Exmoor4all Christmas Lunch

2013.12.04 TWEETUPJoin us on 4 December 2013, 1 pm, at The Culbone to celebrate our first year of Exmoor4all with a Christmas Lunch.

The Festive Buffet Menu is looking good:

Roast butternut squash soup with Devon Oke and crispy sage

Tandoori chicken skewers with cucumber raita

Pig in a blanket with sage butter

Somerset baby new potatoes with rosemary

Crediton duck pancake with cucumber and hoisin sauce

Crisp fried Somerset brie with red onion jam

The Culbone coleslaw

Thai spiced fishcakes with sweet plum sauce and fresh coriander

Traditional honey-glazed gammon

-> £20.00 per person

See you there??

PS:  It would be great if you could let us know by Friday, 29 November 2013, whether you are coming.