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It's been a while (no prizes as to why!) but at last I bring you new eating experiences, bubbles, a party in a car park (better than it sounds) and Devon's first vegan deli. Tuck in!

NEW VEGAN DELI, AHOY!

Plant-based foodie fans, listen up! A new family-run vegan deli – the first in Devon – How on Earth, has just opened on South Street after a delayed start due to you know what. Owned by the Howarth family, namely Daniel and Heidi, with son Ben and daughter Chloe, expect artisan vegan cheeses, an artisan oat butter and their very own handmade range of artisan plant-based meat alternatives. Once Covid legislation lets up, they’ll be letting people bring their own packaging too.

In this, their launch week, they’re offering a range of deli sandwiches and wraps, adding more lunch options and some delicious sweet treats as they get into their stride. It’s just take-out for now but once Covid rules relax, there’ll be some seating but they’re insisting they are not a cafe, but “a completely new plant-based experience”. I’ll be reporting back my findings soon! *wipes crumbs*

DON’T BURST MY BUBBLE!

In other Covid-related news (but then what isn’t?), the Muddy fave Glazebrook House in South Brent have installed rather novel plastic igloos for diners to eat outdoors, a bit like having a whole Eden Project biome to yourself but with gastronomic delights and Picpoul being served to you by waiters. Perfect for four (and English summer), for afternoon tea, sunsets and cocktails. Open Weds to Sunday, book you and yours in pronto!

AND MORE BUBBLES, ONLINE

And let’s not forget bubbles of a drinkable kind *the nice but not naughty variety*. You can now shop Dartmoor’s Luscombe Drinks organic drinks range online for a range of summery tipples, perfect for the designated driver. I’ve got my eye on their Damascene Rose Bubbly (above) made with rose petals, Muscat grapes and Sicilian lemon juice. All the joy of your favourite rosé but without the hangover. Make mine a double!

BEEP BEEP YEAH!

The drive-in is back this summer, with Powderham Castle hosting two nights of Car Park Party on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August. Billed as a safe, socially-distanced entertainment weekend of theatre, karaoke and comedy, with Horrible Histories live on stage, in partnership with the award-winning Birmingham Stage Company performing their hit show ‘Barmy Britain’, and sing-a-long sensations, Massaoke, featuring a full live band on stage with lyrics projected on a gigantic screen. For Car Park Comedy book Friday and for Theatre and Karaoke book Saturday 15 August. Early bird tickets are already sold out, so don’t delay if you fancy a sing-song and a laugh.

DIG INTO DARTMOUTH DOLCE VITA

The dining room at seafood chef Mitch Tonks’ Seahorse Restaurant may be closed *sob* but look what’s opened up! A stunning new al mare experience meets cool beach club-style restaurant, outdoors on the South Embankment overlooking the gorgeous River Dart. The twitter response when it was announced last weekend was, ‘Dartmouth. Really?’ Yes, really! Call in for drinks at lunchtime or book for starters and a simple three-course menu cooked over an open grill in the evening. It’s a beaut and naturally, it’s already fully booked for July so get in like Flynn if you want to get your mitts on that alfresco seafood, madam.

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