Counting down to a celebration of local food


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Exmoor is lucky to be the home of many outstanding restaurants, a group of which has joined the first Exmoor Food Fest.

Participating restaurants will offer two courses for £10 and three courses for £15 so that people can sample delights from local game to beef reared on the moor and seafood caught just off the coast as part of the first Exmoor Food Fest.

Customers will be able to find an updated list of restaurants and sample menus on the website where they can also download a voucher, which will entitle them to the special deal.

The Luttrell Arms in Dunster has signed up for the Exmoor Food Fest, which is supported by Somerset Life, as have The Culbone, Cross Lane House, the Royal Oak in Luxborough, the Notley Arms, Tarr Farm Inn, The Café at Porlock Weir and The Beach Hotel in Minehead.

“We opened our new restaurant, Psalter’s, last summer,” explains Becca Ways, Manager of the Luttrell Arms. “Psalter’s offers a beautifully thought through selection of menus, showcasing a great variety of locally-sourced, fresh produce. Our ambitious team of chefs is keen to show a host of skills, serving classic dishes with a modern twist.

“Our chefs are passionate for food – our menus change with the seasons and have an emphasis on fresh local ingredients,” Becca adds.

“The Exmoor Food Fest is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about the high standards of local restaurants on Exmoor. Hopefully we will see many visitors from outside the area take advantage of the special deal available during the Exmoor Food Fest.”

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The Exmoor Food Fest is working closely with hospitality students who are coached by Chef Andrew Dixon at the The Combe training restaurant at the Skills and Enterprise Centre in the grounds of West Somerset College in Minehead. The students will have the opportunity to work with outstanding local chefs during the Exmoor Food Fest both at outside venues and at The Combe.

A street food event at Minehead Harbour will be the grand finale of the four-week-long festival from 27 February to 1 March. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity to sample a taste of Exmoor and watch cookery demonstrations by students and well-known chefs.