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Stormzy wows Exeter, Gone Wild freebies, a droolfest of new eateries and what The Bull Inn did next. It's all here! Time for your latest Muddy news fix.
STORMZY FOR EDUCATION MINISTER!
Stormzy brought his wit and eloquence to Devon last week, giving a brilliantly witty, humble and totally inspiring speech to Exeter University graduates as he himself collected an honorary degree, awarded for his “remarkable contribution to society and extraordinary talent”. The rapper congratulates the graduates for their “grit and determination”, and says, “The road you took was not easy. And this is coming from someone who tried to walk that exact same road and failed.” Do watch if you haven’t already. Instead of nagging the kids to do their homework, next time I’m just going to pop them in front of this. Thank you, Stormzy! Nothing like a cool rapper’s endorsement to stoke up a disinterested youth’s fire for learning.
BENVENUTO! EMILIA IN ASHBURTON
Mamma mia! Sleepy Ashburton is all a-kerfuffle as the owners of Soho’s Duck Soup and Little Soup eateries, Claire Lattin and Tom Hill, are opening an informal Italian-style eatery on East Street at the end of June.
The new restaurant, called Emilia, is on the ground floor of the town’s former Lloyds Bank and is a definite must-visit. I’ve been watching the refurb being teased on their instagram and we like what we see – the old high ceilings downplayed with warm yellow walls, distressed paintwork, and dogs allowed. There’s nothing much about what’s on the menu except for this: “a tiny kitchen, one large table, a scattering of bar seats, a daily menu and a few of our favourite wines.” Four glasses and whatever’s on your specials board please! Reservations now open for lunch and dinner, starting from 30 June.
GAME, SET AND WATCH
Missed out on tickets to Wimbledon? If you’d rather thrill to the Murray action outdoors and with fellow tennis fans, Plymouth’s Royal William Yard have the next best thing – Wimbledon on the Green, a big screen set up on the Yard’s Green (once home to a tennis court) complete with all the key matches, deckchairs and plenty of Pimms, naturally. From 27 June – 10 July.
HOT IN THE CITY
Cocktail al fresco anyone? Trot over to Exeter’s St Mary Arches Street for a refreshing glass at the chic new indie cocktail bar and restaurant, Exe. Their bijou covered garden is perfect for those baking-hot city days (more please!) when you want somewhere airy to chill, which was, incidentally, exactly the weather when Muddy rocked up for the launch.
We love the way the garden looks out onto some old Exeter architecture and greenery you don’t normally get to see, as well as the central bar, and the knowledgable staff who already have their delicious signature Somerset Sparkles and South West Spritzes off to a tee. Open Wednesday to Sundays for drinks, sharing boards and ethical, local-sourced fine dining.
NEW DELI & TAKE-OUT FOR DAWLISH
Le Cygne, the best cafe in Dawlish for great coffee and a delicious home-made waffle have had a bonny baby! Le Cygnerie is a lovely new deli and takeaway, right next door on The Strand. Owner Souhela, the former restaurant manager at Darts Farm, has curated a lovely range of Devon goodies, including Owens Coffee, Bar Buoy cocktails and Fresh Flour from Totnes, with homemade pastries and salads, along with interesting pantry provisions inspired by her French heritage. You can sit outside with a coffee on a bistro table, and watch the black swans (for whom the deli and cafe and named) too.
ACLEAF LAUNCHES 9-COURSE MENU
Ditch the diet and don your baggiest trews! Scott Paton, head chef at Plymouth’s only 4 AA Rosette restaurant, Àclèaf at Boringdon Hall, has just revealed his 9-course summer tasting menu. And what a drool-fest it is, including his Wagyu with tarragon and marrow (Japanese beef you won’t taste anywhere else locally), a stunning crab, grapefruit and pepper dish, and a chocolate, miso and hazelnut dessert, with influences from across the globe. All served in the eyrie of an intimate former-minstrel’s gallery, overlooking Boringdon’s Great Hall. It’s the perfect treat for a special occasion, especially when you stay the night in one of the four-posters. Tempted? It’s £100pp, book here or read on to discover more about Scott.
KIDS GO FREE AT GONE WILD FESTIVAL
In a nod to the cost of living crisis, Bear Grylls has just released a limited number of free kids’ tickets (under 18s must be accompanied) for his second Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival at Powderham Castle this August. Nab yours here.
NO BULL FISH AND TIPS
Last year, Geetie Singh-Watson owner of Totnes’ award-winning ethical hotel, The Bull Inn, bought the old fish and chip opposite, The Albatross, with a plan to apply her sustainable, organic principles to selling fish. Exciting! But while she’s busy getting that sorted, she’s using the beautiful space (a former saddlery) as an events venue for community use and workshops. The workshop list is a cornucopia of natural loveliness from local artisans, including floristry with Holly Bee, a wild wine talk and tasting, organic cocktail making, silver jewellery workshops and a print workshop with Lou Tonkin in September, which you can win in a giveaway.