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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Homes EXETER & BEYOND ISSUE 206 / CITY SPECIAL 2017 / £3











GO WEST Why we love St Thomas, Alphington and everything else on the west bank of the Exe

Industrial relations There’s a distinctly businesslike feel about this issue of Exeter Living – and we hope that, whether you’re striking multi-million pound global deals or indulging in a bit of blue sky thinking in the bath, we can inspire you to do so with renewed vigour. We announce the finalists of the Exeter Living Awards 2017 (page 19); talk to Exeter businesswomen about role models and sexism (page 60); hunt down Exeter’s most salubrious conference/meeting rooms for all you hard-working organisers and administrators out there (page 50); and even splashed out on a few shiny new bits and pieces for our desk and work wardrobe (page 42). But first, we take a leisurely stroll around a key part of the city that few outsiders think of when they think ‘Exeter’ – the west side of the river. Join us there from page 22. Until next time! Anna Britten, Editor Follow us on Twitter: @ExeterLiving

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UPFRONT 9 Spotlight

YMCA, TEDx, Extagram, Seven Deadly Sins and more

13 Tess Read

... has no idea why her kids say the things they do


M EET T H E T EAM Editor Anna Britten Managing editor Deri Robins Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Editor’s photo Emma Solley Contributors Tess Read, Jonathan Taylor, Chris Gower, Chris Bentley, Kitty Kane

15 Jonathan Taylor

Advertising manager Joss Phillips Account manager Paula Miller Account manager Jason Coward Commercial director Steve Hawkins

Meet our brand new columnist, an Exeter-based single dad-of-two

17 My Desk Exeter Cathedral School’s James Featherstone


Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston Deputy production manager Christina West Production designer Kirstie Howe

22 West Side Story Far from being an ‘underbelly’, Exeter’s friendly, redbrick heart deserves to be celebrated

Chief executive Jane Ingham Chief executive Greg Ingham

ARTS 29 Arts intro Kris Drever at Exeter Phoenix

30 What’s On All the important dates for your cultural calendar

FOOD & DRINK 34 Restaurant Snacking Scandi-style at KuPP

38 Survival of the Tastiest Chris Gower on why we must support Exeter’s indie restuarants

SHOPPING 41 Shopping Intro



50 Meeting Of Minds

68 Property showcase

Organising a conference or meeting? We’ve scoured the city for the best places, so you don’t have to

We find our bearings at the historic Compass Cottage

60 The Female Lead

44 Seen!

It’s International Women’s Day on 8 March – we asked local businesswomen about equality in Exeter

82 Exeter Lives

The perfect accompaniment to your Pancake Day


42 Ed’s Choice

Exeter Living Awards latest, plus Step One, vlogging and more

Lego pens! A new satchel! Shop yourself happier at work

REGUL ARS The Exeter Living winter drinks party, and a launch at Lexus

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Lovely local actor (and birthday boy) Luke Newberry

65 Business Insider

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WHAT’S MAKING THE NEWS IN EXETER Exeter YMCA has helped vulnerable young people get on their feet for over 170 years


EXETER YMCA This spring, two initiatives in the city will raise money and awareness for the long-standing charity that offers a helping hand to young people with tough lives As one of the oldest of its kind in the world, YMCA Exeter has spent over 170 years supporting vulnerable young people and helping them thrive in the face of challenging circumstances such as neglect, domestic violence or family breakdown. Now huge numbers of Exeter’s population are joining in with two major campaigns that are currently underway to help the charity continue to provide over 18,000 nights of accommodation every year. The annual Sleep Easy event at Exeter Castle on 4 March – part of a national YMCA fundraising initiative with sleep-outs

happening at YMCAs all over the country – will see around 300 people spend a night sleeping outdoors, along with music from local singer Adam in the Hat, a fire pit, cardboard fortresses and more within the grounds of Exeter Castle, all to raise awareness of what life is like for young people living without a permanent roof over their heads. In addition, Changing Rooms, Changing Lives seeks to transform the “bland and unhomely” communal living space at the YMCA’s St David’s Hill accommodation centre, currently used by over 50 young people, using plans by interior designer and TV presenter

Naomi Cleaver. Work begins at the St David’s Hill accommodation centre on 3 April and the campaign is supported by Wilkinson Grant, Attention Media, Burrington Estates, Kirkham Board, Expedite and Naomi Cleaver, but to ensure the project is the success it deserves to be, the organisation is looking for more businesses to get behind it. To take part in the Sleep Easy event, or donate cash, products or services for Changing Rooms, Changing Lives, email bethan. or ring her on 01392 410530. I EXETER LIVING I 9



SPEAKING UP TEDx Exeter, back on 21 April, has announced its 2017 speakers and it’s as strong a field as any in its six-year history. US psychologist and activist Andrew Solomon, whose previous TED talks have been viewed 15 million times around the world, will talk about the future of internationalism in an increasingly isolationist world. He joins Sunday Times chief foreign correspondent and author Christina Lamb – she co-authored Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala; 16 year-old Gulalai Ismail, whose Aware Girls organisation challenges female oppression in Pakistan and around the

world; Karima Bennoune, who returns to discuss cultural heritage after her 2013 talk in Exeter clocked 1.3 million views globally; and poet Matt Harvey, among many other top thinkers and communicators. This year’s TEDx Exeter theme is ‘Hope’, and tickets for the live event at Exeter Northcott Theatre sold out in just 16 minutes earlier this year. You can watch a live stream in various public venues in central Exeter or register to organise a viewing party with friends, family or colleagues.

Local folk share their photos This issue: Exeter Pound

Beautiful photo of Exeter Quay taken by @otwexeter!

Cafe Espresso is a lovely little coffee shop tucked away by Exeter Castle!

It’s a bit of a miserable Monday in Exeter today but a slice of cake from @cafe_magdalen is guaranteed to brighten up your afternoon!

Gulalai Ismail


BRUSH WITH FAME Exeter artist Greg Mason has progressed to the semi-final stage of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist Of The Year show. The TV series, presented by TV personality and comedian Frank Skinner and presenter and journalist Joan Bakewell, sees selected artists – whittled down from hundreds of entries – paint celebrity sitters in a series of heats. Greg painted a portrait of award-winning stage and TV actor Trevor Eve. A graduate of St Martins School of Art in London, where he studied illustration, Greg works out of a studio at Hope Hall in Exeter, where he also runs Hope Hall Arts. This year, he will also exhibit at the Wallace Collection and The Other Art Fair, both in London. “I have always loved watching Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist Of The Year,” he says, “even from the first series when Nick Lord won 10 I EXETER LIVING I

the commission to paint Hilary Mantel, I was enthralled by watching the process of different artists as they struggled to capture the essence of their sitters.”,

We had a great time with the kids at the Fore Street flea market on Sunday

Winter sun shining over Exeter Cathedral #ourcity

Greg with his portrait of Trevor Eve

SEVEN DEADLY SINS Our regular Q&A with visiting or local performers – this month, comedian JOSIE LONG bares her wicked soul… LUST: What or who do you find yourself lusting after today? I’ve been away from my boyfriend for a while and I really miss him, but it’s translated into looking at pictures of Ernest Hemingway all grizzled and topless. I’m really not proud of this. GREED: What should you be cutting down on (non-food and drink)? Twitter. It’s the worst, but I can’t stop looking at it. GLUTTONY: What single thing could you happily eat or drink all day long? I could drink coconut water every single day and never get bored of it. Some people seem to really hate it. Those people are incorrect. SLOTH: What should you really be putting your back into right now? I really meant to get fit before Christmas but I’ve been taking a new approach of not doing any exercise whatsoever. WRATH: What/who makes you angry? A push button shower at the gym. It demeans us all. We can all turn a tap on and off. That and the brutality of our government towards people with the least. But also the shower thing. ENVY: Who are you jealous of? Adele, because she’s such a powerhouse and such a natural, and she smashes everything she does out of the park. PRIDE: Proudest achievement? This isn’t funny, sorry, but setting up Arts Emergency ( is the thing I’m most proud of. We help support people who don’t come from privilege to pursue the lives and careers they really want to, and it’s brilliant. Josie Long plays Exeter Phoenix on 28 February.;






Tess finds a kindred spirit. . . e and him outdoors went to the rather excellent Exeter Northcott Theatre recently to see the very funny Miles Jupp. He spent the evening studiously refusing to name the television series which made him famous: Mock The Week. No, I’m joking – it was Balamory, of course, where he played a posh inventor who lived in the pink castle. The show itself – the live comedy show, that is, not Balamory – was extremely entertaining, and not just when material of sudden and surprising offensiveness emerged from the otherwise genteel dialogue. Also entertaining

“I know I left my pink crocs here somewhere!”

were the moments when people in the audience suddenly nudged each other and loudly whispered: “I’ve just remembered what his name was – Archie!” One section that the audience especially enjoyed was the discussion of phrases that children come up with, that they can only have copied from their own parents. So from Miles’ children he hears: “It’s just so terribly wretched”, and doesn’t have to think for too long where they got it from. Another day he finds his four-year old twins wondering around the house saying “Why is the internet so s*** today?”. The audience’s favourite was the vision of his daughter kneeling before the printer shouting: “Why won’t you just print?!” Thankfully, searching through my memory of my children’s phrases, I can find nothing of mine that they have copied which is at all embarrassing. They certainly have not described certain places as likely to be “cold and miserable” to visit. Nor have I heard them remonstrate with a friend with the words, “Why don’t you just sit around and cry then?” And I did not have to cover my ears with shame recently when I heard one of them say to one of their elders, and potentially betters: “Yes, alright, we get the picture, crack on.” Luckily, because this isn’t Thought For The Day, we don’t have to now consider how we should react to the sensation of suddenly discovering how our inner selves are outwardly revealed – and how, through the mouths of babes, we see who we really are. Instead, we can just crack on to the chat I had with Miles after the show. He said the Exeter audience was “nice and giggly”, something I like to think sums up Exeter in general. And, dear reader, he recognised yours truly from this column because of his extensive reading of our very own Exeter Living. Well, he happened to read my column that day he was visiting Exeter, while waiting for a massage, but it’s nearly the same. I have persistently claimed to family members that my book, The Contented Little Husband, is about husbands in general rather than my husband in particular, and I was helped in this claim by one of Miles’ rants being very similar to that of him outdoors’ – men’s inability to find things, which is then entirely blamed on the innocent wife, who is accused of maliciously hiding them. Things in our house reached a head recently with him outdoors, almost in tears, calling in despair: “Where have you moved my coffee beans to? I left them here, I know I left them here! Where, oh where, have you hidden them now?” Needless to say I found the coffee beans, although I did confess to maliciously hiding them – they were in the jar marked ‘Coffee’. Tess Read is an Exeter-based author. Her new book The Contented Little Husband is out now on Michael O’Mara books. Twitter: @TessRead I EXETER LIVING I 13

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BRUSH OFF Our new columnist, single dad Jonathan, faces a hair-raising challenge. . .


addy, daddy, may I have a French plait today?” This is my five-year-old daughter, Holly, with just minutes to go before the school-run. “I haven’t learnt the French plait yet. One day, sweetheart.” I continue de-tangling and prepping three strands for a single plait. “How about a bun?” she asks encouragingly. “I can’t do buns.” “Mummy can do buns.” I clamp the hair brush between my teeth, to avoid saying something indelicate. My four-year old son Huck appears in an Elsa dress, adding another complication; it’s fair to say we never have a perfectly executed morning. So, here I am, a single parent now in my 40s with my two young

children who stay with me 50% of the time in our home in St Leonards. Some three years have passed, so our routine is well established; the uneasy alliance that initially influenced the early days of the ‘break-up’ with mum, has given way to cordiality. If nothing else, we are role models for our children in terms of how they see one parent treat the other. Through the gauzy veil of delirium that characterised the endless fatigue of the early days, our handover routine (aside from pram, nappy-change bag, steriliser and bottle warmer) was all about the prized expressed-milk for the night-feeds. Much of this is in the rear-view mirror; these days we have advanced to generally eating the same, broadly talking the same and no-one needs strapping in at mealtimes. Choice words can succinctly summarise the hazards of parental life, but there are calamities that exasperate to the point where no words are adequate. Take the ‘ColgateKiss’... On, and only on, school days, Huck, desperate to wipe toothpaste smears from his face will launch himself at my suit-trousered leg, rather than a towel. When he was smaller, the white smears smudged just above my knee; as he’s gotten a little taller, the toothpaste smudge just seems more difficult to explain. I made a number of resolutions when I became a single dad. Thankfully, the one that stuck was a determination that single parenting was not to be just about the periodic ‘grand gesture’ but freely subjugating my own wants and needs; my time to be exclusively their time, no request too big, no challenge out of reach, which brings me back to the plait. One summer Saturday morning, my daughter asked for plaited hair for a ballet performance that afternoon. Within an hour of a telephone call to the ever-helpful Nicky Mills of the Hair Boutique, I was receiving 1:1 instruction to the generous mirth of the other customers. That plait was near-perfect, others subsequently less so. I can now, on good days, go from bed-hair to plait inside two minutes; on bad days I may be found on my knees outside the classroom, re-doing the whole thing, the appearance of the teacher with sympathetic look, highlighting my own delusion of adequacy. And now, it seems, a French version needs to be added to the to-do list. “It’s OK,” Holly sighs, “I’ll have a pony-tail.” I EXETER LIVING I 15

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My wife Julia, our acting director of music. She’s a very good soprano – that’s her doing a concert for John Rutter who was conducting his own piece My son’s first offerings when I moved in here


That’s a snapshot of our summer holiday in France

We moved from Cambridge to be here. I drink a lot of coffee – I think most headmasters do!

I coach a bit of sports as well – netball for the girls and hockey for the boys

Nothing to do with corporal punishment! A farewell gift from my previous school – about 250 children signed it and 20 tutors This is where I keep my to do list!


I try to write notes to pupils and staff, and occasionally parents, as often as I can. This is going to become a ‘well done’ note

We nab the genial head teacher at Exeter Cathedral School mere minutes before he has to go and teach French to year 8. Mr Featherstone’s tidy, tranquil office looks out onto the playground, and the towers of the cathedral beyond, and he confesses to regularly being tempted to rotate his desk around to better enjoy the view. Rumour has it, somewhere in here there’s a trap door leading to a secret tunnel, but Mr Featherstone hasn’t investigated. Yet. “Maybe when we redo the carpet…” he says. I EXETER LIVING I 17





SIDE STORY Friendly, enterprising and full of surprises – join us on a tour from Exwick playing fields to Marsh Barton, via St Thomas and Alphington. Because Exeter doesn’t stop at the river… w Wor d s by A N NA BR I T T E N Photo s by E M M A SOL L E Y I EXETER LIVING I 23



hether it’s the Thames, the Tiber or the Exe, when a river snakes through a city, you can be sure that the two halves will feel totally different. One side, inevitably, gets the big names, big bucks and attention from tourists, guide books and glossy magazines; the other, by contrast, quietly gets on with real life, overlooked and sometimes maligned, usually by people who’ve only ever driven through it on their way somewhere else. In Exeter, there isn’t a north-south divide like in London or Rome, but an east-west divide, with the Cathedral, Princesshay, Gandy Street, RAMM and their famous friends on one side and, across the Exe Bridges, the neighbourhoods of Exwick, St Thomas, Alphington and Marsh Barton. Community and industry characterise this side of Exeter – its pretty, redbrick terraces, mainly built in the 19th century to house railway and foundry workers, today attract young families to live alongside older, Exeter natives; and its space and great access to the rest of the country offers growing businesses a no-brainer opportunity. It also has some of the best views of the city skyline. Indeed many people, like St Thomas resident, mum and businesswoman Emma, would argue the west contains the real beating heart of the city: “I think St Thomas gets a bad press sometimes. It’s frustrating when people call it the ‘underbelly’ of the city because it’s got so much to offer. It’s a great location to live; it’s got lots of young

Above: Old-fashioned confectionery at Streamers Below: Looking south-west down Cowick Street, past Ivor Doble, Cartridges and Apple Blossom Cafe

families; lots of young entrepreneurs; great links to the M5 – sometimes better than the other side of the river, as you can get out quicker from this side – and the schools in the St Thomas area are either good or outstanding.” Here, in no particular order, are Exeter Living’s own favourite things about Exeter’s wonderful West Side…


The word “community” comes up time and time again when you talk to Exonians west of the river. During our amble on a sunny afternoon, we lose track of the number of people, like the elderly couple eating their lunch in the St Thomas Parish Church car park, who want to spark up a conversation. Says Ros Davies, case worker at Cartridges Law: “At its heart is a real community which cares about St Thomas and its future. Within that community people look out for one another. You may not necessarily know people by name but you know them to pass the time of day, ask after them if you haven’t seen them around for a little while.”


The dynamic, ‘anything could happen’ vibe west of the river is nothing new – rebels and outsiders have always been found here. In 1497, pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck marched right through here on his way to try and claim the throne from Henry VII. And during Word War Two, black American troops, unfairly segregated from their white brothers-in-arms who were billetted in the city centre, lived in tents in what used to be the County Ground. Military police on Exe Bridge would prevent them crossing into the city centre for dances, so naturally they made their own (better) fun on the west side. St Thomas also weathered the first Exeter Blitz, 24 I EXETER LIVING I




A reflective stroll through St Thomas Parish Church I EXETER LIVING I 25


but according to the local paper at the time, the only casualties were: “a middle-aged man who was able to walk to a first aid post, a canary which died from shock and a few chickens.” Ha! Clearly, if St Thomas was a person, it would be Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront.

Crossing the river at The Quay


Due west of the cathedral, on the far side of Millers Crossing, you’ll find Exwick and Flowerpot playing fields spreading out for the enjoyment of dog walkers, cyclists, runners, and sports teams. Then there’s the St Thomas Pleasure Ground, which was opened as the ‘People’s Park’ by the local health board in 1891. It has a play area, splashabout zone, two rare Redwood trees and is a much-loved spot for local traders and residents.


A springer spaniel, giant eyes, the fez-topped head of late magician Tommy Cooper (who lived in the city as a child)… On the Exe Bridges, along the riverside underpass, you’ll find extraordinary graffiti completed by 22 street artists last summer. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the city.


From back when Roman traders first transported their goods in and out of the city through St Thomas, and Saxon farmers took advantage of the fertile floodplains, this area has teemed with enterprise. Today, “everything you need is on one level street,” says Ros Davies. At almost a century old, jeweller Ivor Doble is one of the city’s longest-running traders. From butchers Burrow Farm to sweet-and-party-balloons purveyors Streamers (where owner Rose tells us a paper bag of bonbons remains her bestseller) to Exeter Stoves & Chimneys and Homebrew, and fiercely community-minded solicitors Cartridges, Cowick Street is the bustling, independent high street everyone wants on their doorstep. Says Burrow Farm butcher, Roger Battishill: “Since Burrow Farm took over from the established Courtneys store four years ago, we have built up a fantastic rapport with our customers, something we feel may not happen to such an extent if we were in the city centre. “There is a great mix of shops that all support one another and our customers are just brilliant!”


Two independent cafés with huge, local fanbases more than hold their own against the big chains across the river. Café@36 offers a great cup of joe from Exe coffee roasters, and food prepared with ultra-local produce – the meat and bread are from Cowick Street neighbours Burrow Farm and Hardings respectively. Says Roger: “One of our favourite places to go has to be Café@36, which is where we try to hold business meetings from time to time! We also love that there is a free car park, making it easy for 26 I EXETER LIVING I

customers and traders to make the most of local, independent stores.” Over the road is the equally fine Apple Blossom café where, this February from Mon-Fri till noon, you can get a full English with tea or coffee for £6.95, and Marsh Barton’s reliable Taste Café keeps local industrial estate workers well-fuelled.





Alphington is a gem. It looks like a picture postcard Devon village, yet is just a few minutes walk to the city centre, and has ancient thatched cottages dating as far back as the 15th century, plus a house Charles Dickens once rented for his parents, a well-regarded pub in the New Inn and a flash of 21st century cool in the RokkMedia HQ.

MARSH BARTON/ MATFORD PARK HOMES WEST OF THE RIVER First-time buyer? Young family? These three properties offer a great location in the welcoming west of the city 1. Little Johns Cross Hill, £475k; Samuels, 2. Vuefield Hill, £280k; Fraser & Wheeler, 3. Wellington Road, £270k; Connells,

What a petri dish of industry is Exeter’s largest trading estate. Showbiz names flock to the Amos Lighting showroom, and the high-end range cookers at Hearth & Cook, and there are over 500 other businesses doing brisk business (and providing jobs) in this area, from luxury car dealerships, to dentists to renewable energy experts and more.


Oh wait, what’s this? The southernmost tip of the M5! Why, we’ll just hop on and be out of the city and on our way to our meeting/wedding/holiday in no time, waving smugly at all the losers trying to get on at junctions 30 and 29 on the other side of the Exe. . .

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Fluent of guitar, soaring of voice and social of conscience, Kris Drever is best-known as one third of formidable Scottish experimental folk three-piece Lau. This solo set, his first in six years, should see him – and his acoustic guitar – in a more intimate, soul-bearing mood, tackling issues both political and autobiographical as he airs tracks from fine new album, If Wishes Were Horses. Kris Drever plays Exeter Phoenix on 9 March; I EXETER LIVING I 29

17 February – 17 March

Hang out with Lesley Garrett at the Northcott; Patrick Jones exhibits at 45 Preston Street; Catch Richard Alston Dance Company from 14-15 March


SOUTH WEST ART ACADEMY WINTER EXHIBITION New paintings, photographs, prints and ceramics from Academy artists. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton;


GET FRESH The biennial Devon Guild Show celebrating 15 new designer-makers from the South West and their furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, lighting, paper, photography, sculpture and textiles. Devon Guild, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey;

EMILY SPEED: BODY BUILDERS British artist Emily Speed explores the relationship between people and buildings through sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter;

QUEEN VICTORIA IN PARIS 44 watercolours commissioned by Queen Victoria to commemorate her 1855 trip to Paris, demonstrating how her host Napoleon III rolled out the red carpet big-style. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter;

Theatre, Comedy & Dance 21-25 FEBRUARY

THE EPISODE New show about reality TV, fashion and power. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter; 23 FEBRUARY



HIROSHIGE’S JAPAN Utagawa Hiroshige’s woodblock prints of Japan sold cheaply in their thousands in the 19th century. These 21 landscape prints from the series that made his name are sure to trigger your own wanderlust. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter;



PATRICK JONES: NO PASARAN The first significant painting exhibition in what used to be Spacex, these abstract works preoccupied with human rights and civil liberties document five decades’ work by the local artist. 45 Preston Street, Exeter;

DE NADA DANCE: HAM & PASSION Flamboyant contemporary dance outfit from Spain. Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter; 27 FEBRUARY-4 MARCH

ROALD DAHL’S THE TWITS Touring venture between The Curve and the Rose Theatre

W H AT ’ S O N


The Northcott plays host to Roald Dahl’s The Twits

Kingston, transplanting Dahl’s ghastly couple to a trailer. Expect audience participation and beard jokes... Northcott Theatre, Stocker Rd, Exeter;

Topical musical comedy tackling inequality and revolution in modern Britain. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter;



JOSIE LONG: SOMETHING BETTER See page 11. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; 1 MARCH

STUART GOLDSMITH: COMPARED TO WHAT Edinburgh-wowing stand-up tells of life as a new parent with “a pastoral existence”. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter; 6 MARCH

JAMES WILTON DANCE: LEVIATHAN The multi award-winning choreographer re-imagines Herman Melville’s Moby Dick with a cast of seven. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Rd, Exeter; 7-11 MARCH


Five pieces by the top UK contemporary dance company. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Rd, Exeter;

GARY DELANEY: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT GARY Award-winning Mock The Week regular. TCAT (Tiverton Community Arts Theatre), Tiverton High School, Bolham Road, Tiverton;

LEAVING Real-life stories of young people leaving the care system. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter;

Music & Opera 24-25 FEBRUARY


MUCH FURTHER OUT THAN YOU THOUGHT The Molino Group’s examination of the human cost of the war in Afghanistan. Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter; 14-15 MARCH

HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY Film and live performance combine in this warmly funny show about the nature of truth. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; 14-15 MARCH


DLM Acoustic trio fronted by ex-Stackridge fella Andrew Cresswell Davis, who also played guitar and sang on John Lennon’s Imagine LP. Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, Yeoford Road, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter (24 Feb); Black Dog Memorial Hall, Black Dog, nr Crediton (25 Feb); 1 MARCH

BROADSIDE BALLADS Folk artists Sam Lee, Nathaniel Mann and Lisa Knapp revisit song sheets of the 16th-19th centuries. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street,

Exeter; 2 MARCH

STORNOWAY Farewell tour from the indie folk band after 10 years together. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; 4 MARCH

GIOISCA TRIO Local three-piece perform 16 pieces for high soprano, baroque trumpet and organ, ranging from Bach to Bernstein. Custom House, 48 The Quay, Exeter; 5 MARCH

AN AUDIENCE WITH LESLEY GARRETT Song, behind-the-scenes stories and chat from Britain’s most popular soprano. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Rd, Exeter; 9 MARCH

KRIS DREVER See page 29. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; 13 MARCH

BEN HAENOW The 2014 X Factor winner’s back to w I EXETER LIVING I 31


W H AT ’ S O N

Jonny & The Baptists are at the Bike Shed Theatre from 7-11 March

mend Exeter hearts after pulling out of the Christmas lights switch on due to a double-booking. It’s a yes from us. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; 16 MARCH

BSO: RUSSIAN FIRE Beethoven and Rachmaninov from Bournemouth’s finest. The Great Hall, University of Exeter, Streatham Drive, Exeter; 16 MARCH

SHAWN CUDDY Much-loved Irish entertainer. Heathcoat Club, 14 Wellbrook St, Tiverton;

Other Events UNTIL 28 FEBRUARY

WAR & PROSE: DEVONSHIRE LITERATURE IN THE GREAT WAR Display of historic books reflecting how Devon was depicted in wartime. Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter; exeter_central_library


SCANDIFILM Return of the smörgåsbord of Scandinavian cinema, storytelling, craft (and, erm, insect tasting) workshops, lingonberry juice, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter;


BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR Adrenaline-packed short films about action sports. Exeter Corn Exchange, Market St, Exeter; 25 FEBRUARY

WILDLIFE GARDENING FOR CHILDREN Make a bird feeder or bee box and learn how to make your garden more wildlife-friendly. 10am-2pm. Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook;

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MEN’S WALK Eight-mile sponsored walk beginning and ending at the Double Locks pub, organised by Wilkinson Grant estate agents to raise funds for Hospiscare. Entry £17 (includes pie and pasty). Double Locks, Canal Banks, Exeter; 15 MARCH

NIGHT WALK AT TRINITY HILL Experience the owls and stars of the heathland. 7.30-9.30pm. Trinity Hill Nature Reserve; 16 MARCH

FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN INFORMATION SESSION Learn more about adopting a child. 2-4pm. Kenn Centre, Kennford, Exeter;


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KuPP ANNA BRITTEN says ‘tack!’ to a slice of Scandinavian cuisine in the heart of Exeter


he nearest most of us get to Scandinavian food is meatballs at Ikea. And yes, they’re nice enough, but Bristol is a hike even if you’ve been dreaming about them all night. And, let’s be honest, they do leave you feeling mildly depraved… KuPP sees Ikea’s bland pork spheres and defrosted Daim tart, and raises them the sort of fresh, extensive and gourmet Nordic-inspired menu that makes your eyes brim as though they’re gazing upon the aurora borealis: slow cooked elk and venison Karelian hot pot; grilled native lobster and garlic butter; Atlantic prawn skagen. You can also breakfast on proper Bircher muesli, Swedish pancakes and smoked salmon; fika with coffee and cinnamon buns in the afternoon; or cry ‘Skol!’ over a Viking Blood cocktail. Relaxed indie music is playing on our visit one Monday lunchtime; our waiter is a perfect combo of attentive and low-key; there are Marimekko-style patterns everywhere, lots of pale wood, progressive light fittings, and a living wall covered in moss – all in, 6,000 square-feet of adorable folksiness spread over two floors. Were this huge unit the choice of the owners, London pub conglomerate Faucet Inn – rather than their only option as one of the last businesses to confirm their arrival in the Queen Street Dining zone – it’d certainly be in keeping with the ambitious business plan behind it all. See, while there are only two KuPPs in the UK, currently – in Paddington which opened in 2015, and this one – it’s a ‘format’ they plan to ‘roll out’. Even, with ‘coals to Newcastle’ levels of chutzpah, to Scandinavia itself. Do they deserve to be the King Cnut of the Scandi dining market? Based on what we experience, hell yes. KuPP is



hand-on-heart, slap-the-table, tell-your-friends good. We order the ‘KuPP Bord’ and it’s a portfolio of the kitchen’s in-house pickling, curing and smoking talents. There’s a slice of chorizo sausage roll the size of a scooter wheel; a jar of juicy potted rabbit to smear on thick slices of toasted sourdough; candy-pink wedges of smoked ham terrine; slices of firm, mellow, slightly salty Västerbotten cheese; strips of sweet and crunchy pickled vegetables; an unctuous potato salad over whose final chunk we violently clash forks; and hearty crispbreads. And, look, pork meatballs! Lipsmackingly oily, smoked, dressed in a moreish mustard sauce and flecked with chives. As pork meatballs go, they are truly the ABBA to Ikea’s Ace of Base. On the side, although we shouldn’t have ordered them because the aforementioned platter is more than enough for two, are bowls of tangy spidskål (Scandi slaw made with white cabbage and seeds) and skinny fries with herb salt that are so unbelievably crisp they could easily finagle their way into a packet of Chipsticks. On the next table, we see jaw-dropping open sandwiches being delivered: brick-sized slabs of toasted bread (sourdough or rye) bearing generous servings of bacon, avocado, eggs, melted cheese, wilted spinach and other gorgeous toppings – we raise approving eyebrows when our waiter explains the lunch deal involves one of these, plus fries, and a freshly-squeezed juice, for just a tenner. We finish with strong coffees, and white chocolate and pepparkakor ginger biscuit cheesecake dressed with raspberries and mint; it’s a bit small, a smidge too sweet, and squidged, to its detriment, into a Kilner jar – but these are nitpickings. In a food scene still dominated by dirty burgers and artisan pizzas, will Exeter embrace this hangar-like temple to food from the land of the midnight sun? We think it would be berserk not to.

DINING DETAILS KuPP Exeter, Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3HP 01392 531 777; Opening hours Mon-Thurs: 8am-11.30pm; Fri: 8am-1am; Sat: 9am1am; Sun 10am-10.30pm (food served till 10pm Mon-Sat, 9pm Sun) Prices Sharing boards £25 for two; individual ‘Graze & Share’ dishes from £6; mains ‘From the Grill’ and ‘From the Oven’ from £11; Lunch Deal £10 Veggie/vegan choice Brilliant – get the KuPP Veggie Bord! Disabled access Huge, level ground floor, with acres of space to manoeuvre Drinks Great beers (including Krusovice and the hard-to-find Fat Yak), cocktails and around 50 wines Service/atmosphere You feel you could linger here all day and no-one would bat an eyelid... I EXETER LIVING I 35

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The freshest seafood in foodie Topsham In the little town with a big foodie reputation, The Galley is a fantastic find for the freshest fish and shellfish, crafted into beautiful dishes, and served with estuary views 01392 876078



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SURVIVAL of the TASTIEST As big names come and go, CHRIS GOWER of local foodie blog Eating Exeter urges us to support Exeter’s independent restaurants


xeter is a good place to be a food blogger these days. The last few years have seen the transformation of our fair city into one of the South West’s top dining destinations. Through considerable investment, Exeter has positioned itself as the restaurant capital of the region, with diners now able to choose from a vast array of cuisines: burgers to Scandi, speciality pizzas and Italian to Mexican, even Tibetan street food. The list is endless. As a food blogger, I get to visit restaurants and sample food from across the spectrum; we review both chain and independent restaurants. I love meeting chefs and restaurant owners who have a passion for what they do, where every detail matters and each plate of food that leaves the kitchen is the result of often great personal journeys. Running a restaurant or café is a world of hard work and dedication. Big-chain restaurants play an important part in the culinary landscape of Exeter; driving up footfall and bringing in money which benefits not just the restaurants but the community as a whole, via all the other services and businesses

which visitors to the city use. Not all chain restaurants are bad – there are some very good offerings in Exeter at the moment. However, Exeter is full of the most exquisite independent restaurants; classic names like On The Waterfront and Harry’s Restaurant have been open for years, but with enduring reputations have survived the influx of newcomers. In the last 10 years, they’ve been joined by the likes of The Oddfellows, The Fat Pig, Urban Burger, Forn Tapas Bar & Restaurant to name a few (I couldn’t name them all!). For discerning diners, the experience of eating at a certain restaurant isn’t just about the food that comes out of the kitchen, but the greater context; where the ingredients are sourced, and whether there is a particular ethos that guides the creation of the menu. Independent restaurants have greater autonomy to change menus regularly according to season, and source ingredients locally, which benefits the local area and businesses in the region. But they can often have less fiscal freedom than big-chain restaurants, especially with online and offline marketing and buying power. Despite recent assurances from the government that the UK’s economic future is bright, the looming possibility of tumultuous economic activity in the future means that our smaller independent restaurants and cafés face numerous challenges ahead, not just from the increased competition, but from increasing costs exacerbated by high rents and the steady rise of business rates. Supporting our local businesses has never been more important, especially when we have an extensive choice between independent or otherwise. Most diners (and I’ll admit I’m the same) have a few favourite high street places we will return to regularly as the price is right, the food is good or the ethos aligns with what we hold dear personally. But why not mix it up and try somewhere new this February? Make a resolution to buy local and eat at one of Exeter’s many awesome indie restaurants.


Harry’s, Forn and On The Waterfront are among Exeter’s finest restaurants – and are proudly independent





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Tuesday 28 February is Pancake Day and we can’t think of anything nicer to slap on our stack than this lemon and white chocolate Gloop! dessert sauce by Broadhembury-based sugar wizards Frandie Macaron. If there’s any left (yeah, right) you can also fill or top cakes with it, or drizzle the stuff, gently warmed, over pretty much any pudding you want. You can also get salted caramel, chocolate fudge and gingerbread varieties. Oh no – did we just wreck your Lent? Lemon & White Chocolate Gloop!, £3.95 from Darts Farm and Quickes Farm Shop or direct from Frandie Macaron; I EXETER LIVING I 41












Dear Prudence jotters, £6 Beautifully illustrated, whimsical stationery for all your deepest thinks... From Georgie & Flo, 1 Upper Paul Street, Exeter;

‘Devon’ messenger bag, £980 Divine, handcrafted luxury bag made with leather from an East Devon tannery that’s powered by a water wheel. Big enough for your laptop, files, chargers and KitKats From Tanner Bates;

Forever Cuban everlasting pencil, £35.95 Styled after a Cuban cigar and made by hand in Italy from FSC-certified maple wood. No, you can’t borrow it From Cult Pens, Tiverton;

Portmeirion ‘Wrendale’ mug, £9.99 You can get giraffes, elephants and hares too. Be sure to hide it in your desk drawer at the end of the day! From The Cooks Shop, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter;

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‘Star’ cotton dress, £595 and ‘Admiral’ belt, £125 Boardroom to bar-stool elegance, nailed From Caroline Charles, Roman Walk, Princesshay, Exeter;

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The Upstarts by Brad Stone (Penguin), £20 How Uber and Airbnb rewrote the traditional business rules From Blackwells, The Great Hall, University of Exeter, Exeter;

Energising Room Spray, £10.95 Squirt all-natural lemon scent round the office for positivity and clear thinking From Aromatika, 86 Queen St, Exeter;

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RAMM PACKED! Freezing fog did not deter special guests from the professional, business and arts worlds in Exeter and the surrounding area from packing into Exeter Living’s winter drinks party at RAMM recently. The Exeter Living team revealed their vision for 2017 – including the second Exeter Living Awards on 6 April – and light work was made of Exeter Cookery School’s excellent canapés, lashings of wine and drinks from Luscombe. James Coyle, Dan Kortland and Ivar Mountbatten

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Helen and Nathan Plumridge Fiona McNulty and Roger Wilkinson


Alana Carroll, Kathy Hopton, Samantha Penberthy and Michael Jones

Louise Todd and Gemma Smith

Oliver Rose and Filipe Alves


Exeter Cookery School

Nick Hook, Harry Wild, John Herald, Sue McQueenie and Rob Mulholland

Annette Miller and Matt Young

Janis Biernis and Laura Cornick

Clare Dumbleton-Taylor, Lisa Hocking and Mattie Richardson

Abigail Leighton-Boyce and Lisa Vanstone



Dana Mulligan, Sarah Short and Ingrid Oram

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Jessica King, David Greensmith and Glen King

Kathryn Wright and John Laramy

Brenda Ball and Vinita Chandra

Olivia Stevens and Shoana Lambe Megan King, Daisy Otton and Lily Otton

Samantha Taylor, Tess Read and Daniel Davies



STEERING GROUP Luxury car dealers Lexus Exeter invited regular clients and local businesses to the official launch of its stylish, new, state-of-the-art showroom on Matford Way. Photos by Matt Round

Ewan Shepherd, Stephen Snow, Phil Maddison and Mark Roden

Steph Lapener and Laura Daniel Colin Johnson and Marcus Drysdale

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FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE INJURED Andrew Wendon is an experienced personal injury solicitor, recently appointed partner and head of the personal injury team at Ford Simey Solicitors in Exeter.


ndrew has specialised in handling serious, high value claims for the past 19 years with particular expertise working with people who have suffered psychologically traumatic and life-changing injuries, complex spinal trauma and brain injury. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is regarded as a leading personal injury specialist, consistently achieving the best results for his clients. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been? I originally wanted to be a concert pianist and completed my training at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Thankfully, music remains a central part of my life and I still play the occasional concert. What attracted you to a career in law? I was drawn to law as I wanted a literacybased role which constantly challenged me and sharpened my reasoning skills. I found the skilled aspect of legal argument, and how to align legal principles to particular facts, deeply interested me. Each case is uniquely complex. Why did you specialise in personal injury? Having personally suffered a serious back injury as a child, I fully appreciate the importance of fighting for the rights of injured people. I realised from an early stage the need for strong, independent legal representation, to stand up to powerful insurance companies and to provide a level playing field wherever possible.

What are the best things about your job? Helping people and their families rebuild their lives after trauma, co-ordinating the support and treatment they need and guiding them through the often complex litigation process. I like to feel I’m making a positive difference to people’s lives. What are the toughest things about your job? The uncertainty of the lengthy litigation process and continually working to strict court deadlines is pretty stressful. Also, witnessing the difficult lives people have to lead after severe injury can be really hard. What makes Ford Simey special? I am delighted to join Ford Simey, as the firm’s reputation holds true as one of the most trusted providers of legal services in Devon. I like their genuine approach, which is always to put the client’s needs first, with the importance of having a single point of contact. They give excellent legal advice and are a fair, progressive, well-respected company that people can trust. What are your passions? Aside from my most obvious passion – music – I also love to travel. Weekend breaks to European cities (whenever possible) and far-flung places like Thailand are my current favourites. Favourite places to visit in Devon? Closer to home I often catch the ferry from Teignmouth to picturesque Shaldon, lunch at the Café Ode and after, on for a walk to Smuggler’s Cove beach. Other favourites are Dartington and Killerton House and gardens.

How do you like to relax? I really enjoy a large glass of fine wine or a pint of ale at the end of a long day. Swimming, walking and spending time with family and friends helps me relax too and I love to escape into a good book or film. Tell us a secret… I have a Steinway piano at home that was played by Vladimir Ashkenazy (who recorded his famous Decca Chopin albums on it in the 1970s) – and the one and only Freddie Mercury!

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MEETING of MINDS Important conference to arrange? Here’s our pick of Exeter’s plushest spaces-for-hire By ROX A N N E DU R I S

Warning: attendees might refuse to leave this gorgeous conference room at Dean Clarke House 50 I EXETER LIVING I



hether it’s a networking breakfast, the company AGM, or a top-tier client presentation, finding conference space in Exeter that ticks all your boxes – convenient location, budget-friendly price and that je ne sais quoi that means delegates actually enjoy themselves rather than spend the day doodling – involves much stress, legwork and 6am texts reading “Did u remember the whiteboard pens?!” Let us lighten your load – we’ve scrutinised the city’s corporate event offerings and are pleased to present these absolute corkers. Cut this out and keep it in your desk diary… 



What: Sink-into armchairs and sofas, an Elle Deco-worthy paint scheme, macarons… Need we go on? This iconic Southernhay red brick building was originally built in 1742 as one of England’s first general hospitals and within it you can choose from The Creswell (capacity: 8) and The Club Room (capacity: 35 theatre-style but 50 for a networking event). “We’re really aiming to try and take things to another level in Exeter,” says your host Louise Todd, “with a luxurious private space and discreet, impeccable service.” Rates: The Creswell meeting room: from £40 per hour, £120 half day and £200 full day (includes tea, coffee and water). The Clubroom: priced on an individual basis depending on the requirements. Bespoke catering also available. USP: It’s probably the only conference space you’ll want your own home to look like… Dean Clarke House, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1AP; 03333 445757; events@;


What: Exeter’s hippest hotel has five spaces for corporate gatherings, for groups ranging from eight in The Circle, a chic, private space in the restaurant, up to 14 in the Chapter 1 room with its luxurious drapes, high ceiling and art. Expect

Bagsy the pink one: a tea break with a difference at Dean Clarke House

all the latest tech and facilities, like media hubs, 50-inch flatscreen TVs, etc. And there’s a pretty cool bar and lounge for networking afterwards. Rates: Prices are dependent on the time of year. However, a day delegate rate would be from £35, while room hire for the Potting Shed would be from £120 and the Chapter 1 from £150. USP: For blue-sky brainstorming, it’s hard to think of a quirkier, more private space than The Potting Shed. Hotel du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter EX2 4HY; 01392 79012,


Impress visiting delegates at Hotel Du Vin


What: Stylish 4-star hotel in Exeter’s financial/legal district, the city’s largest hotelbased conference and banqueting facility. Accommodating up to 150, the hotel’s seven conference suites are superbly designed in a contemporary style, and feature multimedia presentation and communications facilities. Rates: All packages are fully bespoke for your meeting needs. Spring offers: day delegate rates from £32, and 24-hour from £135 – quote ‘university spring offer’. USP: Conveniently placed for Southernhay businesses, who want to nip back at lunchtime. Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1QF; 01392 412812,


Italianate elegance at Reed Hall



What: Make a real statement of intent at this stunning Exeter landmark, combining Victorian splendour with contemporary, flexible spaces, from the intimate Garden Room for a 16-strong meeting, up to Gallery 20 which can hold a gathering of up to 200. Rates: Room hire from £200. USP: You can go for a wander through the exhibits during your coffee break. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; 01392 265858;;


What: Home-baked cookies and access to a gym are among the attractions of this elegant, 1867 Italianate mansion on the University of Exeter campus. Six spaces available, and whether your gathering calls for a small room for four or a larger one for 100, you can expect high ceilings, lots of light pouring in through big windows, and the rather good on-site Woodbridge Restaurant. Rates: From half-day delegate packages for £12.25, up to £111.05 for a 24-hour bells-andwhistles stay. New offers, whereby delegates can ‘choose their own perk’, are in the offing. See website for details. USP: Being surrounded by academics and students, there’s braininess in the air. Reed Hall, Streatham Drive, Exeter EX4 4QR 0300 555 0214;




What: Home to Exeter Chiefs, of course, Sandy Park can handle everything from large exhibitions to small meetings, and your delegates from the Big Smoke will appreciate its convenient location by junction 30 of the M5. The Exeter Suite (three state of the art data projectors, six plasma screens and internal PA system, two bars) can seat over 800 people and there are 18 seminar suites with River Exe views, plus four further executive suites. Delegate packages include a comprehensive range of equipment and catering options and each suite offers the latest in audiovisual technology, ensuring all bases are covered. Rates: Day delegate rates start from £38. USP: Gaze through the window and you might just see a Chief. Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN 01392 427427;


What: Exeter City Football Club’s impressive corporate facilities, just five minutes from the city centre, and able to cater for up to 250 people with a variety of suites and ‘breakout’ rooms (some overlooking the pitch!). Home-cooked food and a dedicated conferencing team. If you fancy sitting next to ECFC’s trophy cabinet, be sure to book the Tribute Room... Rates: Half a day from £50 for room hire; full day from £100; £19.95 delegate rate (min 20 w I EXETER LIVING I 53


delegates); bespoke packages available. USP: “The unrivalled buzz of a venue that has extensive history and roots in the world of professional football.” St James Park, Exeter EX4 6PX; 01392 413 954;


What: Several unique, high-end spaces to choose from at this country house hotel. If your delegation includes petrolheads, the brand new Motor House, which seats 60 (theatre-style) and is home to the hotel’s classic car collection, will put a smile on their faces. Rates: Day delegate rate for the Motor House is usually charged at £50pp; introductory offer for new businesses of £40pp. 24-hour delegate rate from £175 (introductory residential delegate offer for Exeter Living readers). USP: You’re surrounded on all sides by beautiful gardens and countryside.

Getting down to business at Deer Park Hotel

Deer Park Country House Hotel, Weston, Honiton EX14 3PG; 01404 41266;;


What: Ideal for smaller businesses on a smaller budget – and, frankly, who’d feel a bit uncomfortable in a big, swanky boardroom – this function room in a 16th century coaching inn, one of our favourite country pubs offers a great, homely alternative. Rates: Basic rates are £49 for a half-day and £99 for a full day (includes the room hire, tables and digital projector) “but it very much depends on the event”. USP: Special rates on the very superior, onsite pub grub. The Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW; 01363 773676;

ACTION POINTS Other fine venues with conference spaces... EXETER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Tee off your team gathering; top onsite restaurant. Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE; WOODBURY PARK Five conference and meeting rooms (plus golf and spa) in stunning countryside close to Junction 30. Woodbury, Exeter;


Escape to The Lamb Inn, Sandford

HANNAHS AT SEALE-HAYNE Lovely, period spaces for parties, conference or meetings plus overnight accommodation. Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ;

SIDMOUTH HARBOUR HOTEL Conference by the coast? Two beautiful, competitively-priced spaces to choose from. The Westcliff, Manor Rd, Devon EX10 8RU;

RHS ROSEMOOR A new events building for up to 500 people is scheduled to open in early April 2017 for corporate events. Great Torrington;

LANGSTONE CLIFF HOTEL Sweeping views and nine unique conference venues to accommodate anything from two to 450 delegates. 4 Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish EX7 0NA;

PADBROOK PARK HOTEL Golf and country club offering six function rooms. Cullompton EX15 1RU;

FRESHA A selection of adaptable rooms with great, professional onsite catering. 23 Bittern Rd, Exeter EX2 7LW;

Conferences at The Lamb Inn

Large function room with digital projector only ÂŁ55.00, half day. Private dining room/bar (up to 16) free of charge. Perfect for meetings, functions, weddings and parties.

The Lamb Inn, Sandford, Crediton | 01363 773676 |


Bike Shed Theatre – director of strategy and communication

Who are your female role models: one famous and one non-famous? Famous: Osa Johnson. One of the first women to learn how to fly, she was a filmmaker who documented her travels around the world. I love her sense of adventure, her ‘why not? ‘ attitude and the fact that she rocked a glamorous 1930s look whilst in a jungle in Borneo. Not famous: it has to be my mum. She’s always been an independent woman with her own business, but more than that she’s always been there, interested and supportive. There’s massive value in the often under-rated acts that women make every day – listening, guiding quietly and with kindness. What’s the most sexist thing anyone’s ever said to you, or someone you know? When I worked for a different theatre, a prospective donor said he’d give more money if I wore more make-up and a shorter skirt!

THE FEMALE LEAD Wednesday 8 March marks International Women’s Day across the world; we asked seven Exeter businesswomen about striving, success and everyday sexism


rom national newspapers, the streets of Washington DC and the Houses of Parliament all the way to your local café, conversations about women’s roles in an ever-changing world are happening everywhere this year. We decided to tap into the opinions and experiences of seven women who work within the Exeter (BID) Business Improvement District… 60 I EXETER LIVING I

Above: Kelly Johnson Right: Lucy Evans

What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? I’ve been in quite a few networking events that have been mostly men in attendance and the imbalance is really noticeable. However, I think this is changing and new networks are emerging. Representation at the top, as ever, is key.


Exeter Dental Centre – general manager

Who are your female role models: one famous and one non-famous? Journalist Kate Adie really paved the way for women in journalism and as a young girl watching


ABM Facilities Services Ltd – security officer at Princesshay Shopping Centre Who are your female role models: famous and non-famous? Our Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy; also Sylvia Plath. Michaela Smith, my housemate, is the most inspiring non-famous woman I know. She makes race cars and puts most engineers I’ve met to shame. I’d also like to mention some women that should have been famous but were written out of history: Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin and Helen Sharman.

her reports from war zones, she showed me that women could do anything. My non-famous role model is tough, but I really admire Lucy Kennaway of the Escot Estate. She and her husband inherited the estate and have worked hard to diversify and make it a thriving business.

Above: Claire Burnett Below: Lucie Simic

What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? I have a very specific role in Exeter, but it does bring me into contact with business managers and owners and there seems to be as many female success stories in Exeter as there are nationwide. What’s the most sexist thing anyone has ever said to you? As a feminist, I accept I have a lower threshold for it than some, as I often see the assumption underpinning a throwaway remark. I can wax lyrical about the micro- and macro-aggressions I’ve had to put up with over the years – but many of them are completely unprintable. w

What’s the most sexist thing anyone’s ever said to you, or someone you know? I have been asked in a job interview about my childcare provision, something my husband has never been asked, and whether I planned on having more children. I didn’t take the job. What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? I think it is really positive. I love Exeter for its eclectic mix of people who are all striving for their perfect work-life balance.

CLAIRE BURNETT Chococo – co-founder

Who are your female role models: one famous and one non-famous? Famous: Ellen Macarthur, the round-the-world solo sailor – she is so inspiring as I have also sailed around the world but in a crew of 14 and I take my hat off to her for coping with all the challenges she faced on her own. Non-famous: my mum. She instilled in me a love of food and interesting flavours. As a child, she used to send me to school with a thermos of leftover risotto for my lunch and was feeding us polenta and blinis before anyone had heard of such things! What’s the most sexist thing anyone’s ever said to you, or someone you know? There were a few instances in our early years of people putting the phone down on me when they asked to speak to the owner. What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? As a relative newcomer to Exeter, all I can say is how welcome we have been made to feel by the other businesses on Gandy Street and the Exeter BID team.






ELK Salon – owner and director

Who are your female role models: one famous and one non-famous? My famous role model within my industry is Alli Webb. Seven years ago she set up a blow-dry business from the back of her car in the USA and now she has 57 blow-dry salons and a $70 million business. My non-famous role model is my friend Marie. Over the years, she has demonstrated an abundance of positivity and mental strength through huge personal life and health challenges. What’s the most sexist thing anyone’s ever said to you, or someone you know? A guy said to my colleague that she is not as clever as men because she is a girl and was therefore born without a brain. About as sexist as it gets. What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? I would say it is very much like the business scene is for men. You have to work very hard and be determined to achieve what you need to.

Sara Paleschi

straight, all religions creeds and colours, and who ultimately seems to be incredibly kind, which I believe has become very under-rated.


What’s the most sexist thing anyone’s ever said to you, or someone you know? I was once told I was very intelligent for a woman!

Sara Paleschi Hair Design – Owner

Who are your female role models: one famous and one non-famous? My non-famous role model is my daughter, she achieves everything she aims for without fail and is also the most amazing mother I know. My famous one would be Ellen DeGeneres, a strong, funny, intelligent woman who is a strong supporter of everyone, male, female, gay, Abi Williamson

What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? The Exeter business scene, as far as women are concerned, is getting better. There are definitely more female business owners than ever before and some great support networks, but, as always, there is still room for improvement.


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Who are your female role models: one famous and one non-famous? There have been many famous female role models throughout history, and in present times, who have helped women today to achieve what they want to do, and proven that women can do the jobs they never thought they could. My mum would be at the top of my non-famous list, as she’s always told me to be myself and do the best I can in whatever I choose to do. What’s the most sexist thing anyone’s ever said to you, or someone you know? “You will never be a tattooist, it’s a man’s job” – and that was from a careers advisor! What’s the Exeter business scene like for women? I feel female business owners are now equal to male business owners.

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EXETER LIVING AWARDS: FINALISTS! Nominations close, and finalists are revealed, for the Exeter Living Awards 2017


he long-awaited, all-important list of finalists for the Exeter Living Awards 2017 has been unveiled – see pages 19-21 – and excitement is mounting ahead of Exeter’s biggest-ever business awards. A massive – and late! – surge saw the nominations tally soar above 250, which is a huge endorsement of the Awards. And two new sponsors have now signed up: Lexus Exeter and Dana Mulligan Consulting. Tickets are available now for the big night (6 April, the Great Hall, University of Exeter), which will be hosted by TV and radio comedian, bestselling author and local resident Tony Hawks, a favourite of BBC Radio 4 listeners due to his regular appearances on The News Quiz, Would I Lie To You, Just A Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He tells us: “Since moving to Devon from the big smoke of London, I’ve become more relaxed and more tuned in to nature. I’m keen to host the Exeter Living Awards and to meet some of Exeter and Devon’s influential figures. It should be a fun night.”

All finalists and sponsors are also invited to a new Exeter Living Awards reception event at Exeter Cathedral on 8 March. “We are absolutely thrilled with the level of support we’re having for this year’s Awards,” said Steph Dodd, event manager of Exeter Living’s publisher MediaClash. “Once again, the businesses, charities and organisations of Exeter have astonished us with their nominations – and once more, we aim to deliver an amazing event. We just can’t wait for Awards night! Nothing beats being there…” First sponsors are Wilkinson Grant, Princesshay, Otter Brewery, Lexus Exeter, Energy Hair, Cathedral Appointments, Aquamarine Media and Dana Mulligan Consulting. For sponsorship enquiries, please contact: Or to be involved on the night, it’s For more: and Twitter @ExeterLivingAwd

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RAISING THE BAR Exeter has been singled out by a national award scheme promoting partnerships between the pub and bar trade, the police and local authorities to tackle alcohol related crime, anti-social behaviour and customer health and safety. Best Bar None is supported by the Home Office, the Scottish Government, the police and the on-licensed trade, and at the scheme’s annual awards on 31 January, Exeter Best Bar None picked up the award for Most Innovative Scheme, beating fellow finalists Central Bedfordshire and Nottinghamshire. Among other features, judges admired Exeter’s innovative Queue Tracker (QT) which looks to minimise flare points outside clubs and bars through informing customers of wait times. The award was presented to scheme co-ordinator Jenny Sexton. “This year Exeter has really upped the game,” says Best Bar None chairman, Robert Humphreys, “by looking to tackle the better management of people, hand-in-hand with club and bar operators, to make an evening out a safer experience for all.”

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All change!

THE NAME GAME Exeter-based charity St Loye’s Foundation and its subsidiary Community Care Trust (CCT) have now rebranded with a new name – Step One. The 150-strong organisation has helped 2,386 people through its employment, mental health and supported living services in the past year. Says CEO Eilis Rainsford: “Adopting one name represents a desire by staff and the management team to be considered a united entity. Working under two names was not only impractical and confusing for those interacting with our services, but also an unnecessary barrier for staff across both organisations.

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“Since the merger, St Loyes and CCT have been working together to look at common language, shared values, vision and culture. “We selected ‘Step One’ as our new name because we felt this had positive connotations concerning people taking back control and starting their journey towards fulfilling their potential.” Step One’s head office remains in Exeter’s city centre, with residential and community based services, a Crisis House and mental health hospital located in Torbay. For more:

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THE 500

Support and training organisation Exeter PA Network, which has seen its membership increase by 25 per cent in the last year, has launched its programme of activities for the coming 12 months. The network, which is run by Kim Glover now boasts more than 500 members, and offers support, networking and development opportunities for personal and executive assistants, admin workers, secretaries and office staff across the city. Says Kim: “We hear all the time about the lack of budget for training administration staff. We recognise how important their roles are, and how vital it is that they stay up-to-date, well connected and enthusiastic about their careers; this is an area where we believe the PA Network can play a vital role.” Events this year include its monthly breakfast meetings with speakers presenting on a wide range of business and community topics, ad hoc social events and seminars, and the group will be holding its annual conference in October. For more: 66 I EXETER LIVING I



Nick and Jim in the studio


In line with the explosion in vlogging, and the high tech/media upsurge in Exeter, the UK’s first video creators academy has launched in the city. Tubers – dreamed up by Devon tech entrepreneurs Nick Ellison and Jim Rowe – gives young people aged 11-18 tuition and hands-on access to dedicated technology and studios on Mary Arches Road, enabling them to make their own videos for YouTube and potentially follow in the footsteps of YouTube sensations such as Zoella and DanTDM . Tubers provides structured workshops and supervised access to

studios with two two-hour sessions a week over an eight-week course. There is also a progression ladder, so young people can keep learning and developing their skills. Due to huge demand from parents, there is also Mini-Tubers for 7-10 year-olds to start learning about being online and using video in a fun Saturday morning club. Companies and adult vloggers can hire the space to make their own videos or work with Nick and the team to produce video materials for online channels. For more:

Sam Simmonds in full flight

The Chiefs bandwagon is marching on in fine form as a pair of bonus point wins in the Anglo Welsh Cup saw Rob Baxter’s charges secure a home semi-final against Harlequins. With the final of the competition due to be played at the Twickenham Stoop (home of the Quins) there will be a lot on the line as the Chiefs look to make their third consecutive final... On the international front, Tomas Francis, Michele Campagnaro and Jack Nowell have been flying the flag for the club in the Six Nations – two of the guys took a win for their respective nations (Francis with Wales and Nowell with England). With a crucial league period about to commence, the international scene’s loss is certainly the gain of the Chiefs as a spot in the top two, and a home semifinal, loom on the horizon. It was a pleasure to start last month paying credit to a veritable Chiefs legend, as 400 of the great and good from Exeter attended Exeter Cathedral for the Tom Johnson Testimonial musical gala supper. With amazing live music from Simon Greenhill Entertainment, the guests were treated to operatic sopranos, violin virtuosos and the genius of the singing waiters. As the international trailblazer at the club, and still very much a mainstay of the first team,


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Johnno’s night was a complete success And finally, it was a pleasure to host over 100 of the club’s past players at the Wasps game in the Anglo Welsh Cup. Celebrating the club motto Semper Fidelis (Always Loyal), we had former Chiefs venture from as far afield as Africa and Australia to enjoy Gold Card hospitality while trustee John Locker held court.

Next up for the Chiefs at Sandy Park: 12 March – Harlequins (Anglo Welsh Semi Final) 25 March – Sale Sharks

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COMPASS COTTAGE KITTY KANE admires an 18th century, six-bedroom villa to the north of the city







n Roman times, Stoke Hill served as a signal station, on account of it’s being so high above sea level. In 2017, a Greco-Roman nude statue in the garden of this gorgeous property a mile north of the city harks back to this era. And it doesn’t require a huge leap of imagination to imagine yourself as a general in tunic and sandals gazing out over the stunning views to the Exe Estuary and thinking you’d secured a pretty good posting indeed. Built a tad later, in 1780 to be precise, Compass Cottage used to be part of the Stoke Hill Estate and is such a delightful period piece it should be wearing a bonnet. Perfectly symmetrical features, with pale blue shutters against white render, a full-length verandah begging to be flounced along, brick-paved pathway, manicured garden… Talk about kerb appeal. Inside, it’s a textbook example of how to refurbish, and modernise, a centuries-old building. The wide, somewhat dazzling hall sets a great first impression – and its crisp, white base colour is carried on throughout the house. Add in the period, multi-pane windows allowing tsunamis of sunlight to gush in, and the place feels as bright and airy as something built yesterday. As splashes of colour go, the glossy, tomato-red kitchen by German kitchen brand Alno – think straight lines, designer taps, polished concrete work surfaces and so on – is a bold statement. And we love it. Up a couple of steps from here and you’re in an open-plan dining room (note the handy built-in wine cooler) with doors that open onto a decked area outside. 70 I EXETER LIVING I

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The snug – bit of a misnomer, as it’s bigger than many people’s living rooms – boasts original parquet flooring, a wood-burner and access to the front patio, garden and decked area. Our favourite room, however, is the main drawing room, 26-or-so-feet in length and edged with a trio of fullheight, glass double doors looking, and opening, onto the landscaped gardens. Joining all these on the ground floor is a utility room, cloakroom and a cool, mirrored gym. On the upper floor, meanwhile, you’ll find a vast master bedroom that incorporates a large en-suite bathroom with super-stylish freestanding bath and double sinks, a dressing room and a Juliet balcony. There are three further double bedrooms on this floor, and two showstopper shower rooms (one of these has a sauna); finally, under the eaves, you’ll find another two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Compass Cottage’s garden is no less fabulous: approximately half-an-acre in size, it’s been beautifully landscaped with a flat lawn area, patio, raised flower beds, an impressive raised deck and a koi carp pond with slate surrounding. Even the garage and an external store is tastefully done, for heaven’s sake. Just as well there’s masses of parking – we’ve a feeling you’ll be throwing a fair few Roman-style banquets over the years. Knight Frank, 19 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1QD; 01392 423111,

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Pennsylvania - £895,000 5 Bed – 3 Bath A truly exceptional period five bedroom detached family residence situated in the heart of “old” Pennsylvania commanding spectacular panoramic views across the city, to the estuary and beyond. Offering superbly presented and versatile accommodation this property is perfectly suited to modern family living and could be easily adapted to purchasers requiring an annexe or facilities to work from home. Beautifully presented and having undergone considerable improvement by the current owners, the property offers spacious and versatile living space throughout and comprises entrance hall, superb modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room with bi-fold doors out to the rear garden, living room with panoramic bay window, family room, music room, gym, office, utility room, two ground floor cloakrooms, five first floor bedrooms (two ensuite), family bathroom, shower room, gas central heating and double glazing where stated. Outside the property has a delightful enclosed rear garden with a raised patio providing a generous seating area. In addition to the extensive driveway parking there is a versatile garage/store with studio above providing flexible home office/games room potential.

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aybe you saw local lad Luke here starring as teen zombie Kieren Walker in BBC3’s In The Flesh a few years ago? He’s also appeared in TV shows including Suspects, Into Darkness and Banana, onstage at the National, Donmar Warehouse and other top London theatres, and we can’t wait for his sweet new Britcom Dusty & Me to get a UK release. He’ll turn 27 just as this magazine hits the streets. Happy birthday, Luke! Whereabouts in Exeter are you from, and what makes it special? Broadclyst. I’ve lived there since I was three years old. When London becomes too intense, I jump on the train to Exeter and it’s a breath of fresh air. Exeter College is excellent, isn’t it? Yes! I’m still in touch with some of my teachers there, and I think it’s a good stepping stone to university. I remember feeling very grown up going to Boston Tea Party between classes! I studied practical filmmaking, which as an actor helped me understand how everything works on a film set. We last saw you on TV at Christmas, playing Charlotte Bronte’s publisher in To Walk Invisible… What are your favourite memories of that shoot? Getting to work with Sally Wainwright was the highlight. She’s doing really exciting work and making truly original television drama. And I also enjoyed the period costume! What’s up next for you, work-wise? I have a film coming out at some point called Dusty & Me. It’s a feelgood comedy set in Leeds in 1977. I play Derek (nicknamed Dusty), who finds an unlikely friend in a greyhound dog and hopes to win the girl of his dreams and get into university. It’s doing the film festival circuit in the US at the moment and hopefully will be released here soon. Imagine if you could pick any play to perform in Exeter. What and where? That’s a tricky one... Maybe I’d like to write a play set in Devon and stage it at the Northcott? I’d love to do an Ibsen, or an O’Neill play like Long Day’s Journey Into Night. What would your desert island book be? Anything by Grayson Perry. His intelligence and outlook on life is truly inspiring. What piece of music would you put on at the end of a trying day? Ben Howard or Lianne La Havas. I’m also quite into Air at the moment and Future Islands.



From Broadclyst to the BAFTAs – and beyond. . . What has been your proudest moment? Collecting a BAFTA Award for Best MiniSeries with the cast and crew of In The Flesh, and having my family in the audience to see it. It was a real team effort.

When people ask “So what’s Exeter like?”, what do you say? I’d give them a list of recommendations followed by: “You have to see The House That Moved! The Blue Boy! The Underground Passages!”

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? I’m struggling to choose. When I was five, my dad and I ran for rain shelter underneath the old post office in Exeter. We slipped and fell over in front of a huge crowd and I was nearly crushed.

Favourite places to eat, drink and shop in Exeter and the surrounding area? Gandy Street, and The Quay during the summer. Fore Street has some interesting new independent shops popping up. The RAMM is a great place to spend an afternoon. And Timepiece to catch up with old friends!

What’s your earliest childhood memory? Moving house with my nan in her red Mini from Ottery St Mary, aged three. I think we had a bird flapping about in the car as well.

Where in the nearby countryside do you like to go to escape the hustle and bustle? There’s an excellent cycle path that goes from my door all the way to Killerton House.

When did you last cry? I think I shed a tear watching Manchester By The Sea at the cinema recently. I find crying really difficult! For some reason it’s not socially acceptable for men to cry, which leads me to my soapbox... What issue, more than any other, makes you want to get up on a soapbox? I frequently get into arguments about feminism. Many people don’t understand the meaning of the word – that it literally means ‘men and women should be equal’.

Who was your last text/Snapchat from? Two very good mates from drama school. Organising a cinema trip tomorrow afternoon. What’s your favourite indulgence? Eating in restaurants I can’t afford. We’d better let you get on… What are you doing right after this? Getting off the train. Back to London! Twitter: @lukenewberry Watch the Dusty & Me trailer here:

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