All the latest Muddy goss on new bars and eateries around the county, and a new women's networking group for Exeter that sounds the business.
HALULU – ALOHA!
Cocktails ahoy! Teignmouth seafront has a fab new beach bar, Halulu – cafe by day and cocktails by night, where you can nip in for a cappuccino with your pooch, then return for a Hula Bird with your bezzies in the pm. It’s from those creative people who brought us the quirky Victoriana snake-oil styling of Dr Inks on Exeter Quay. This is Hawaian surfer dude style, with two outdoors terraces full of beanbags, board-shaped swing seats, grafitti art and a shaka mosaic on the bar (that’s the symbol for hang loose for the uninitiated). I popped in for a Sweet Ass’d Tea and it didn’t disappoint – check out my Muddy review here.
EATS ON THE BEACH
Woolcombe’s South Street has a new street food to go, which I stumbled on while swooning over Noel Corston’s insta, with the inspired name of Gobblebox. Noel is an amazing Woolacombe chef so if he rates it, it’s gonna be good. It opened just last Saturday by chef Tom Moore who owns wedding and event caterer The Game Chef, and who tells me he was looking for a good excuse to spend his summers by the beach. Expect chicken katsu wraps, veggie katsu aubergine burgers, spiced pulled pork dogs with slathering of slaw, garlic mayo and chilli on the side, and whole spit-roasted rotisserie chicken. It makes a welcome change from pasties and fish and chips. Time for a beach trip!
THIS LOOKS THE BUSINESS
Life shouldn’t be all work, work, work, sometimes it should be about drinking fizz and shooting the breeze with other exhausted, overworked women. Exeter has a new private members women’s group Six Degrees set up by three bizzie dynamos, including PR Sarah Jepson of Attention Media, Linda Horner who founded Exeter’s go-to gin bar Crocketts and property whizz Louise Glanville. They’ll be hosting regular networking events and if you’ve a business idea, get in touch – they already have set up an angel investment circle. Pretty impressive. And I know because *puffs out chest* I’m going to be one of their first speakers on Weds 25 September (deets coming soon). If you fancy joining up, come and say hello!
SWAN INTO SPELT
The talented chefs at The Swan at Bampton are opening a second restaurant called Spelt in the old town bakery on Brook Street. Expect a tapas-style sharing menu and top-notch scoff and quaff if past performance from husband and wife team Donna and Paul is anything to go by (The Swan polled at number 20 in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs this spring). With three open-plan areas each with a different vibe, a mix of funky and fresh, clean and modern, and one painted in reds and purple with a cosy fireplace. Can’t find a designated driver? You can dine at Spelt and stay over at The Swan just down the road – it’s just bagged AA Inn of the Year. Spelt opens at the end of the month and are takings booking now for dates from 12 September on 01398 331044.
TUNING UP FOR 2020
The summer festival season is drawing to a close *boooo* but early bird tickets for 2020 are already on sale *yay* for Devon’s best beach-fest at Blackpool Sands near Dartmouth, Tunes on the Sands. Next year’s line-up is yet to announced but this year’s stage rocked to UB40, The Proclaimers, Wet,Wet, Wet and KT Tunstall. If you’re a fan of sand dunes and salty air, get the dates in your diary – 10-12 July 2020. A Super Earlybird Weekend ticket costs £68.90.
NEW ORGANIC PUB OPENING IN TOTNES THIS AUTUMN
And last but very not least, Totnes will soon have a new pub: the old Bull Inn on Rotherfold Square in Totnes has been snapped up by organic pub entrepreneur Geetie Singh Watson who opened the first ever organic pub The Duke of Cambridge in Islington, North London. I had a peek in through the windows recently and it’s looking good, the boring old white exterior has been swapped for a warm clotted cream, and plans are to re-open in October as a nine-bedroom inn selling organic, local and sustainable drinks and eats. I’m there!