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.” 

WELCOME

WICKED WOLF GIN

Cocktails

CANAPÉS

ELLIS PANNELL, THE PYNE ARMS, BARNSTAPLE

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

STARTER

PAUL AND DONNA BERRY, THE SWAN, BAMPTON

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

FISH COURSE

OLIVIER CERTAIN, CLAVELSHAY BARN, NORTH PETHERTON

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

MAIN COURSE

BARRIE TUCKER, PSALTER’S RESTAURANT, AT THE LUTTRELL ARMS HOTEL

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

PRE-DESSERT

BARRIE TUCKER, PSALTER’S RESTAURANT AT THE LUTTRELL ARMS HOTEL

‘Egg and Soldiers’

DESSERT

ANDREW DIXON, THE CAFÉ AT PORLOCK WEIR,

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

All photos by Clayton Jane.

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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 www.exmoorfoodfest.com

The latest from Exmoor4all

We have been busy…

The Exmoor Food Fest preparations are gathering pace.  We have just signed off a campaign on The Breeze starting on 4 January 2016 to shout out about a month long celebration of the best our region has to offer.  

Participating restaurants will be offering two courses for £10.00/ three courses for £15.00, and we are finalising exciting events which include gin tasting, oyster and champagne feasts, evenings with local authors, dining experiences in unusual locations and so much more.

The Dunster Food Festival, which is taking over the whole of Dunster at the end of February, is going to be foodie heaven.

Fingers crossed we will be able to give you all the details about the Gourmet Trains which will be run by West Somerset Railway in February – all we can say at the moment is that award winning chefs will be cooking on these trains.

The website www.exmoorfoodfest.com will be updated regularly – please keep checking it out for the latest information.

The Exmoor Food Fest (or Exmoor4all for that matter) does not receive any official funding. Without the generous help from Arthur David –  Food with Service we would  not be able to run this food festival. 

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

PS You can subscribe to our newsletter here – that way you will not miss out on any updates.

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Here are some of our upcoming events:

1£30.00 per person (incl. two course dinner)

The Beatles and The Stones – The two bands that have defined popular music were often pitted against one another during the Sixties.
Richard Havers, who has written extensively about both bands and worked for them on various projects, delves into their enduring appeal and unravels some of the mystery as to what makes them so timeless. With music and photographs.

Tickets are available from The Culbone: Call 01643 862259

Exmoor on a Plate: Oysters & Champage

3More details coming soon…. It will be a great opportunity to taste Porlock Oysters. Make sure you don’t miss out and book your place now.

Call 01643 862259 (The Culbone)

“Barn Food” with Claire’s Kitchen

2An amazing meal in very unusual surroundings, that’s Claire’s Kitchen’s pop-up restaurant in one of the medieval barns at the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre in Allerford on 10 February. Tickets are selling fast – don’t leave it too late.  Click here to book your place.

Photo of the Week

04 Dec Bob Cowlard

Early November morning. Photo by Bob Cowlard.

Barn good food… Pop-up Restaurant & Owl Display

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Join us for an evening with a difference, a one-off experience, which involves a stunning, albeit unusual location, an owl display and, of course, fabulous Mediterranean food prepared by Claire’s Kitchen.  It will be a night to remember!
Booking is absolutely essential.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

19:00
A barn at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre,
Allerford  TA24 8HJ

Dress Code:
Please wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes (layers are a good idea!)
The barn will be heated, but we strongly recommend that you bring a blanket, just in case. It is winter, after all!        

Ticket*:                             £ 32.00 plus P&P  

Book now

Menu:

Canapés

Roasted red peppers and anchovy salad on roasted garlic toasts
Chorizo tortilla with allioli

Sharing Starters

Pea soup with a crispy serrano ham crouton and basil oil
Gambas pil pil (sizzling gambas prawns)
Piquillo rellenos de queso de cabra (goats cheese stuffed piquillo peppers)

Sharing Mains

Suckling pig cooked whole on a spit with a mediterranean herb and garlic marinate
Red pepper and halloni paella on a rich Sofrito base
Chorizo with tomato butter beans, parsley and Claire’s Kitchen Lynch cider
Poor man’s potatoes cooked with the suckling pig with onions, rosemary and garlic

Dessert

Almond cake with Crema Catalina ice cream, custard caramel and a cherry compote

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Claire Lynch of Claire’s Kitchen will be assisted by hospitality students from West Somerset College’s hospitality department.

All dietary requirements can be catered for if advised prior to the event.
Please contact us if you need any advise about allergens.
Vegetarians catered for.

Cash bar.

* Tickets will be posted at the beginning of December 2015 in time for Christmas

 

“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