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Spring fashion from local boutiques

Dress you up There are so many beautiful things in this issue, from incredible interiors to the most romantic wedding venues. Most of all, there’s our sixpage indie fashion special, which we bring to you with the help of impressive Exeter-based model agency Mosaic. Whatever your style, size and budget, somewhere near you there’s an independent boutique busting to dress you up. We humbly salute all our non-highstreet fashion retailers: Caramel, Casa Magnolia, Caroline Charles, Crede, Dukes, Elizabeth Ann, Kathea Boutique, Lorna Ruby, Plume, The Real McCoy, Sancho’s Dress, Siena, Velveteen, Willow Hilson Vintage Boutique and every other such outlet in Exeter, East Devon and the surrounding area. As with every indie spirit in this magazine (there are loads), please show them your appreciation. Enjoy your April! Anna Britten, Editor Follow us on Twitter: @ExeterLiving

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UPFRONT 9 Spotlight

TEDx Exeter 2017, The Boat Shed, Extagram and a crazy Viking. . .

15 Tess Read

When wedding cakes go wrong. . .

17 Jonathan Taylor

On correcting your children’s grammar in Waitrose. . . Gardener, TV presenter and author Toby Buckland

ARTS 24 What’s On

MAIN FEATURES 31 Working the Room

Chief executive Jane Ingham jane.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Chief executive Greg Ingham greg.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk

Interiors tips: easy does it with our room-by-room guide

52 A Sense Of Place

73 Shopping Intro Why scoff one Easter egg when you can have a whole box?

74 Spring Into Life We love Exeter’s independent fashion boutiques. Here’s why. . .

82 Ed’s Choice April showers? Bring ’em on!

85 Health and Beauty Why Dolled Up is not your average soulless nail bar. . .

Managing editor Deri Robins deri.robins@mediaclash.co.uk Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Editor’s photo Emma Solley Contributors Roxanne Duris,Tess Read, Jonathan Taylor, Chris Bentley, Kitty Kane

Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston sarah.kingston@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy production manager Christina West christina.west@mediaclash.co.uk Production designer Kirstie Howe kirstie.howe@mediaclash.co.uk

Boredom, begone! Mountains of world-class cultural events right here in Exeter


Editor Anna Britten anna.britten@mediaclash.co.uk

Advertising manager Joss Phillips joss.phillips@mediaclash.co.uk Account manager Paula Miller paula.miller@mediaclash.co.uk Account manager Jason Coward jason.coward@mediaclash.co.uk Commercial director Steve Hawkins steve.hawkins@mediaclash.co.uk

19 My Desk

We’ve recced local wedding venues new, old and unusual!




66 Moveable Feast

98 Property Showcase

Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink – back and scrummier than ever

We’re wooed by a pretty period home in Whimple

70 Restaurant An oldie but a goldie – back to the wonderful Rendezvous

BUSINESS 93 Business Insider Sunglasses with a heart, Energy Hair, Chiefs news and more

96 One To Watch Snows Lexus fellow James Gray

REGUL ARS 87 Seen! Check out the Exeter Living Awards gin-soaked finalists’ and sponsors’ reception

114 Exeter Lives

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Crime writer Simon Hall tells all On the cover Model: Alice, Mosaic Model Management, shot for Exeter Living by Simon Pasley; mosaicmodels.co.uk

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Nobody symbolises this year’s theme – Hope – like Syrian teenager Nujeen Mustafa


TEDx EXETER 2017 – THE MOST INSPIRING LINE-UP YET? The annual day of talks and performances will feature the teenage Syrian refugee who captured hearts around the world when featured in a BBC report, and was hailed a ‘hero’ by Malala Yousafzai A disabled teenage refugee from Syria has joined the exceptionally strong line-up at this year’s TEDx Exeter. Now aged 17, Nujeen Mustafa made the gruelling 3,500 mile journey from her home town of Kobane, which was at the centre of fierce fighting between Isis and US-backed Kurdish forces (or in her own words, “a real horror movie”), to a new life in Cologne, Germany in 2015 – despite being a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. Nujeen’s disability meant she was unable to go to school so taught herself English by watching US soap operas, and now dreams of becoming an astronaut. Her heroic

journey was first documented by the BBC’s Fergal Keane, and she has now co-authored a memoir with Sunday Times chief foreign correspondent Christina Lamb, who also appears at TEDx Exeter. 900 tickets for the sixth TEDx Exeter event at the Northcott Theatre, featuring 15 thought-provoking speakers and performers from around the world – including Pakistani youth activist Gulalai Ismail; writer, lecturer, clinical psychology professor and president of PEN American Center, Andrew Solomon; poet and lyricist Matt Harvey; Exeter GP and reproductive health pioneer Vik Mohan; Financial Times European technology

correspondent Madhumita Mugia; and hip hop performers Street Factory – sold out in an astounding 16 minutes earlier this year. Didn’t grab one? No matter. Organisers of this year’s event on 21 April, now in its sixth year, are inviting people to set up a private livestream party in their home, school or workplace – some 50 are already planned across the city. So you can watch the whole thing with your own handpicked audience. Register your interest on the website and they’ll even send you a livestream organisers’ pack. We hope it includes hankies… tedxexeter.com

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NOTHING BEATS BEING THERE! The winners have been chosen, and all will be revealed at the glittering Exeter Living Awards ceremony on Thursday 6 April at the Great Hall, University of Exeter. As we went to press, excitement was mounting ahead of the big night, with a massive surge in ticket sales and new Associates joining. “If you want to be there on what will be a very special Exeter evening, please do move fast since at this rate, tickets will sell out,” said Steph Dodd, the event manager for MediaClash, Exeter Living’s publisher. “Imagine winning an Exeter Living Award – but missing the night!” The Awards will be a terrific

Exeter’s ultimate red carpet night out

celebration of Exeter at its very best, hosted by the irrepressible Tony Hawks. Our sponsors are Princesshay, Wilkinson Grant, Energy Hair, Harry’s, Cathedral Appointments, Otter Brewery, Exeter BID, Lexus Exeter, Dana Mulligan and The Terrace. And our Associate Sponsors are Glen King PR, Exeter Street Food, Aquamarine Media, Exeter Chamber of Commerce, Mercure Southgate, Exeter Golf and Country Club, JHP Recruitment and One Voice Media. For more: exeterlivingawards.co.uk

Imagine: summer on the Quay could be even better this year. . .


In our regular mini Q&A with visiting and local performers, PETER OSWALD (aka Icelandic hero EGIL SKALLAGRIMSSON), bares his wicked soul LUST: Who or what do you find yourself lusting after today? As always, I am lusting after Nefertiti, the Queen of ancient Egypt – but it’s a total non-starter. GREED: What should you be cutting down on (non-food and drink!) I have got to stop felling ancient oaks without any kind of tree-felling licence. GLUTTONY: What one thing could you happily eat or drink until you burst? I would be happy to gargle the water of eternal life knowing that when I burst, it would only be a temporary ending.


SPARE QUAY You’ve heard about The Bike Shed Theatre’s scheme to create a major new cultural venue, The Boat Shed, at the long-abandoned, Grade II-listed Maclaines Warehouses on Exeter’s historic Quayside, right? Well, for summer 2017, the award-winning theatre is planning to whet the city’s appetite with a 16-week pop-up preview full of “creativity, culture and cocktails”. Explains Bike Shed Theatre’s director, David Lockwood: “This summer represents a vital stage of The Boat Shed’s development. We’ve been working with experts, including the Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, to develop plans for this landmark space. Now we want to invite the public in and begin practically testing how we use the building. It will be wonderful to have people in the spaces, breathing life into the old warehouses – allowing us to test what works, what doesn’t and helping us shape how The Boat Shed will be when fully developed.” Events in the temporary space are planned to run from May to August and will include theatre, comedy, art exhibitions, a music festival, a cocktail bar, an ice cream parlour and even an indoor mini-golf course. bikeshedtheatre.co.uk/the-boat-shed 10 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

SLOTH: What should you be really putting your back into right now? I should be learning a foreign language, especially Cornish, which needs all the speakers it can get. It’s a fine old language, and should not be left to just look after itself in a leaky old flooded mineshaft. WRATH: What/who makes you angry? I make myself angry when I kick myself out for no other reason than my fairly mild rages; I don’t think it’s reasonable in the slightest. ENVY: Who are you jealous of? I am jealous of punctuation marks, especially the semi-colon, which so gracefully divides one phrase from another. Could you do that? PRIDE: What’s your proudest achievement? Answering all these questions correctly and getting full marks. Peter Oswald performs Egil at St Paul’s Church, Starcross on 22 April; villagesinaction.co.uk

Local folk share their photos This issue: Exeter’s Northcott Theatre instagram.com/exeternorthcott 2017 will see us celebrate our 50th birthday. We have a lot of very exciting plans to tell you about.... soon. Here’s a photo from 1966 of our auditorium being built

Come and play in our front of house Lost Boys den! But remember to follow the rules....

Excited for a week of The Twits!

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures are in the building ready for opening tomorrow!

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NOT EXACTLY A PIECE OF CAKE Tess warns against over-planning your wedding day


e got married on a beach. Well, strictly speaking we got married in a pub next to the beach, because the registrar folk are sticklers about this sort of thing, but we had the wedding reception on the beach. In the lovely town of Islington-On-Sea, which is to say Whitstable in East Sussex. We used all local suppliers for the wedding, starting with fresh fish from the local fish market, grilled on barbecues on the beach, and vegetables from local farms, and fresh wild flowers from local growers to complete our getting-back-to-nature theme, which was summed Tess’s wedding cake looked nothing like this


up by not paying for a posh reception, or marquee, or any such. Instead, we rented a holiday cottage which fronted the beach, we had a jazz trio live on the pebbles, we had cavorting children, we had the bride and groom running into the sea for a swim, we had the mother of the bride resplendent in her finery paddling in the water, and we had fireworks and general merriment and sunshine and not a drop of rain. And the booze never ran out. And we had the pièce de résistance – the cake. I wanted a chocolate profiterole tower, of the kind that stand like skyscrapers in the windows of Patisserie Valerie looking perfect and delicious. But I wanted to use a local supplier and there’s no Patisserie Valerie in Whitstable. But I had a long conversation with the very friendly chap who owned the local bakery. “Hmm, profiterole tower,” he said, “I think I know what you mean…” When the cake arrived on the morning of the wedding, a member of my family took it in, and brought it into the house under wraps. I didn’t catch a glimpse of it until after the fabulous service, after the delicious lunch, the music, the swimming, the dancing, and just when the day was looking like being the perfect wedding dream. And then it was time for the cake. It was brought out of the house, put on top of the sea wall and then, the big reveal. . . It was utterly hideous! Genuinely astonishingly awful! One wedding guest described it as “the ugliest thing I have ever seen.” OK, that was my description. And so, you want to know, did heads roll? Did the bride have a massive tantrum and run crying from the scene shouting things like, “Call this a fairy tale wedding? Look at that monstrosity. It’s a disaster!”? I’m pleased to be able to tell you that, instead, there was a moment of stunned silence as the shocked guests took in the scene, and then there was laughter. Giggles, chuckles, and outright hoots of laughter. And so the merriment resumed. At the end of our honeymoon we returned to Whitstable for a last lunch before heading home. The mark left on the sea wall by the great chocolate blob that was our wedding cake was still there. I heard a passer-by say, “Look, that’s where they had that cake from that wedding on the beach. If you could call it a cake!” More laughter. And so we had a day of wedding bliss with a ton of laughter and memories that will last forever, not least of possibly the world’s worst wedding cake. And did it at least taste good? I wouldn’t know, I’m allergic to eggs. Tess Read is an Exeter-based author. Her new book The Contented Little Husband is out now on Michael O’Mara books; Twitter: @TessRead

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Single dad Jonathan tries to silence his inner pedant


t really is our winter of discontent”. I reach around a discussion between two suited men to grab a jar of Nutella. Our local is that lovely little supermarket that nudges your charity conscience with a little green token mixed in with your change. I’ve tasked the children with choosing, weighing and pricing a bunch of bananas three aisles along, in keeping with their school’s recent questionnaire about your child’s access to technology. Hitherto, technology outside the home was limited to the ATM where, with each button pressed, Holly would loudly announce my PIN to the queue behind. I loiter. The tone of these men is dispirited, exasperated, grounddown. I’m curious, are they loyal ‘Remainers’ discussing Brexit? Is it Trump, the Pound, or the rain? Occasionally I’m up for a bit of Shakespeare and the ‘picky’ part of my brain senses a misquote. “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York,” proclaims Richard III in the opening lines of the

play of the same name. People often quote the first part without understanding its context. Richard is saying the unhappy times are over – and now it’s a glorious summer. Holly and Huck return, lobbing bananas into the basket with the same indifference they kick off their shoes. I delight in their emerging language, the animated effort to get an error-strewn sentence out at any cost, the mispronunciations and the long pauses searching for elusive words. I am not a stickler for correct grammar and expression. . . And yet. “Daddy, daddy, he breaked my book!”– the total devastation of a five-year-old, with ripped page in one hand, prized fairy-tale book in the other. A part of me is thinking: “Oh, come on sweetheart, conjugate the verb.” But, I say: “He breaked your book?” That can be a problem when talking with your five-year-old – you end up sounding like a five-year-old. That’s not to say I don’t have ground rules. For example: Huck: “Daddy, where’s my shoes?” Me: “Where are your shoes?” Huck: “Yes, where’s my shoes?” I feel an explanation is necessary – it probably reflects poorly on me that I should have a personal tenseness with this particular error. “We do not say ‘Where is my shoes,’ ergo we cannot say ‘Where’s my shoes?’ it can only ever be ‘Where are my shoes?’, okay?” My children wordlessly fire back the equivalent of the eye-rolling emoji and I give myself a silent ticking-off – I have a bit of form for unnecessary Latin. A friend of mine recently lamented the decimation of his business budget. “Oh, well that’s not too bad,” I say. “That’s only 10%”. “10%!?” “Well,” I say, sensing the need for caution, “‘Deci-’, from the Latin ‘decimus’ meaning a tenth. . .” It is precisely this type of pedantry that can land me in trouble. The children, however, can land in trouble with the use of the word ‘hate’ when applied to everything from mild dislike to utterly detestable. So I have supplanted ‘hate’ for a universal ‘not terribly keen’. It’s working for now, though ‘terribly’ is proving a linguistic challenge for Huck. Back to the supermarket. “Come on children,” I say, “with me to the checkout.” The cashier holds up the bananas, looks at me, then at Huck and reads the weighing sticker. “Broccoli – really?” “I’m not ‘horribly keen’ on broccoli,” Huck shoots back. Facebook: @aol3t

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Flippers close at hand for hot days – my greenhouse is only five minutes from the beach

MY DESK I got this dragon tree on a cruise I led to the gardens of the Atlantic. It doesn’t look much now, but one day will be huge and magnificent!

My solar radio. I like listening to the cricket, football, in fact any sport when I’m gardening

TOBY BUCKLAND I’m very proud of the ‘Best in Show’ I won at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. I’m there again this summer, not building a garden but giving a talk – much easier on the back!

I love seed-sowing, especially edibles like chilli and annual flowers for the bees

Gardener, TV presenter and author Toby’s desk/ potting bench is located inside a rather delightful greenhouse that he made from scratch, with windows and wood sourced from Exeter recycling centres and local stone. All the usual gardener gubbins are present and correct but there are also some unexpected items: flippers? Right now, he’s flat-out organising this year’s Toby’s Garden Festival, a weekend of greenfingered fun at the beautiful Powderham Castle (28-29 April).

Garden Festival postcards go wherever I go. I’m always handing them out to potential exhibitors


My phones never last long before getting broken but are essential for emails, pics and tweeting

Rosemary – not for remembrance but for the BBQ. I’m a keen outdoor cook

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John Fairhurst at the Phoenix; Tiverton welcomes stand-up Reginald D Hunter; see local artist Margaret Dean’s retrospective at 45 Preston Street


PATRICK JONES: NO PASARAN Abstract works preoccupied with human rights and civil liberties by the local artist. 45 Preston Street, Exeter; patrickjonesabstractartist.co.uk UNTIL 16 APRIL

HIROSHIGE’S JAPAN 21 landscape prints from the series that made Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s name in the 19th century. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; exeter.gov.uk/ramm UNTIL 23 APRIL

QUEEN VICTORIA IN PARIS 44 watercolours commissioned

by Queen Victoria to mark her 1855 trip to Paris. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; exeter.gov.uk/ramm UNTIL 7 MAY

POUR ME A celebration of the humble jug, with exquisite examples by some of the finest makers. Devon Guild, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey; crafts.org.uk UNTIL 15 APRIL

MATTHEW DAVISON: BRIGHT SPELLS Oils and acrylics by the Dartmoor-based landscape artist. The Bracken Gallery, 6 The Square, Fore Street, Chudleigh TQ13 0HX; thebrackengallery.co.uk

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EXETER ILLUSTRATORS: BE INSPIRED Wonderful works by professional, award-wining local illustrators. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; exeter.gov.uk/ramm

45 Preston Street, Exeter; patrickjonesabstractartist.co.uk UNTIL 30 APRIL

ALFIE KUNGU Bristol painter, playfully juxtaposing modern and classical styles. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk

ELEANOR MORETON: A COLD WIND FROM THE MOUNTAINS Unsettling landscapes in this new solo show by the British artist, who studied sculpture and painting at Exeter College of Art in the 1970s before going onto Chelsea College of Art. Artist talk on 22 April. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk




MARGARET DEAN: RETROSPECTIVE Works drawn form over five decades in the career of the Devon artist.

ROGER MAYNE: BEYOND THE LENS Rarely-seen, large-scale works by one of Britain’s most important photographers, who

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rose to prominence with his street photography in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton; thelmahulbert.com

Theatre, Comedy & Dance 4-5 APRIL

ENDGAME Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece, brought to life by The Uncommon Players. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk 4-15 APRIL

TANK Breach Theatre’s new play, based on the true tale of a US scientist and the dolphin he tried to teach to speak, won a Fringe First Award last year. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter; bikeshedtheatre.co.uk 6 APRIL

INCOGNITO Authentic flamenco with guitar, by husband-and-wife duo Uri and Ester Tal, aka Mi Flamenco. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk 9 APRIL

MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG Two shows from BBC6 Music’s resident poet; Modern Cautionary Tales For Children at 2.30pm and An Evening With... – for grown-ups – at 7.30pm. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter; bikeshedtheatre.co.uk 12-15 APRIL

REMEDIES: A BALLAD OF BROKEN BRITAIN Two pharmacy staff try to cure the country’s problems. Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Rd, Exeter; barnfieldtheatre.org.uk 18-22 & 25-29 APRIL

THE CASTLE BUILDER Live music and projection enhance this tale of a Norwegian psychiatric patient who built a castle on a remote headland over five years. Ages 12+. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter; bikeshedtheatre.co.uk

Painter Alfie Kungu’s show opens on 26 April

Norway and storm-driven to England, where he fights for his life with poetry as his only weapon.” See also page 11. St Paul’s Church, Starcross, EX6 8PA; villagesinaction.co.uk 22 APRIL

MIXED GRILL Dance, theatre and cookery meet in this exploration of identity by Beyond Face. Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter; cygnettheatre.co.uk 22-23 APRIL

BABE: THE SHEEP-PIG New production based on Dick King-Smith’s enchanting children’s novel, presented by Tom O’Connell Productions and Polka Theatre. Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter; 01392 493 493; exeternorthcott.co.uk

The Strictly star hits town on his 58-date UK tour; expect “dance, singing, chatting and fun”, plus local dancers from June Bealey School of Dance. Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter; exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange 26 APRIL

REGINALD D HUNTER: SOME PEOPLE V REGINALD D HUNTER Quite simply, “stand-up comedy’s coolest customer” (Telegraph). Tiverton Community Arts Theatre, Tiverton High School, Bolham Road, Tiverton; comedyhall.co.uk

Music & Opera 8 APRIL

KID CARPET: SUPER MEGA ROCKIN’ ROCK SHOW The anarchic family entertainer presents a remix of his best bits. Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter; bikeshedtheatre.co.uk

EXETER BACH SOCIETY Vivaldi, Duruflé, Bach, Zelenda and Fauré, with the choir and orchestra joined by professional soprano Aimee Presswood. St Thomas Methodist Church, Cowick Street, Exeter; exeterbachsociety.org



22-23 & 29 APRIL


EGIL Peter Oswald is Egil Skallagrimsson, “outlawed in



Ethereal synth-pop from the Stereolab singer and new band. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk 12 APRIL

JOHN FAIRHURST Modern day blues and rock. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk 19 APRIL

EMILY SUN & JENNIFER HUGHES Rathbones Spring Concert Series continues with prizeguzzling, young violinist Sun and top concert pianist Hughes, performing Schubert, Wieniawski, Debussy and Grieg. RAMM, Queen Street, Exeter; exeter.gov.uk/ramm 23 APRIL

BIG FISH LITTLE FISH Family-friendly ‘rave’, in partnership with Camp Bestival. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk 26 APRIL

POLICE DOG HOGAN Tim ‘The Guardian’ Dowling’s spirited country/folk/bluegrass eight-piece. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk w

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Beckett’s Endgame at the Phoenix


ALABAMA THREE Brixton’s reliably catchy, The Sopranos-soundtracking electrorock fusionists. Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter; exeterphoenix.org.uk

Other Events

children’s clothes to homecooked food, to raise funds for the charity Farms For City Children. Mini house tours, too. Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 0AD; farmsforcitychildren.org 28-29 APRIL

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Local produce, family events, live music and cookery demos. Various venues, Budleigh Salterton; budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk

TOBY’S GARDEN FESTIVAL Flowers are just part of the fun at this annual event that includes celeb gardeners Pippa Greenwood and Adam Frost as well as host Toby Buckland. See also My Desk, page 19. Powderham Castle, Kenton; powderham.co.uk

12-13 APRIL



EASTER CRAFTS & CHALLENGES Spring- and Easter-themed crafts, fun family challenges. No dogs; children must be accompanied. Cranbrook Country Park, Post Coach Way, EX5 7BL (12 April); Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP (13 April); wildeastdevon.co.uk 22-23 APRIL

FLOWER FESTIVAL & FLORAL EXHIBITION Admire stunning floral displays from The Academy of Floral Arts (Exeter), in the Tudor courtyard, entrance hall, saloon and elsewhere. 10.30am-4.30pm. Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter; poltimore.org 26 APRIL

SPRING SHOPPING FAIR Stall selling everything from

HISTORY OF POLTIMORE HOUSE TALK & TOUR Learn about the history of the Bampfylde family, followed by tea and a tour of the house. Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter; poltimore.org 29 APRIL-1 MAY

EXETER FESTIVAL OF SOUTH WEST FOOD & DRINK See feature, page 66. Exeter Castle & Northernhay Gardens, Exeter; exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk 1 MAY

BLUEBELL DAY Dawn chorus walk at 6am, followed by a day of walks, activities and celebrations (you don’t have to do it all). Holyford Woods, shuttle bus from Colyford Memorial Hall; wildeastdevon.co.uk

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Now entering it’s third year in Gandy Street, Exeter, Choccie Bar continues to create with passion and a deep affection for taste, as every Chocolatiers’ favourite time of the year approaches.... “We love Easter”, says owner Katie Jones. “This is a time when we can be found beavering away above the shop, busily dreaming up and fashioning our new Easter collection - hours of fun!” If you listen closely, you’ll hear plenty of laughter and ‘YUM!!’s coming from the studio as chocolate workshops take place and people of all ages work on their own chocolate masterpieces. “What we love about being on Gandy Street is the way we continue to learn from our customers, creating the tastes, products and events that they have dreamed up and asked us to invent”, says Katie.

Pick and Mix

“Choccie Bar is pretty much born and bred in Exeter - the blueprint of its’ customers. “Chocolate workshops, Easter Egg making for children, Alchemy truffle nights, Masterclasses and now the new Masterclass Plus, bespoke gift service and parties and events - it’s all created in the chocolate studio in our own little corner of Gandy Street” she adds.

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Choccie Bar Chocolatiers, 29 Gandy Street, Exeter EX4 3LS | Tel 01392 423003 | www.chocciebar.com

SPRING INTERIORS Anthology’s new ‘Definition’ range of wall-coverings, available at various outlets locally

WORKING the ROOM From ‘broken plan’ living rooms to gender-neutral nurseries, we’ve consulted local experts to bring you all the latest design trends and tips in one simple, room-by-room guide w By A N NA BR I T T E N www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 31



‘Broken-plan’ living, as seen in a new St Leonards home designed by Gray + Gray Architects and built by Blockworks

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eldom in our lives do we have the luxury of tinkering with a whole house from top to bottom. In practice, we’re more likely to update each room at a time, often years apart. So whether you’re due a kitchen revamp, find yourselves with a nursery to decorate, or have realised your bathroom suite is really letting the side down, we’ve surveyed Exeter’s interiors specialists to pinpoint inspirational ideas that will re-energise your living space and lift your spirits every time you walk through the door.


You’ve heard of open plan, but here’s a new concept we love. “We are experiencing a revolution in homemaking,” says Kate Gray, interior designer at Gray + Gray Architects. “‘Broken-plan’ living has all the benefits of open plan but introduces more intimate and secluded spaces as well, detached yet connected to the main room. This is in response to changing lifestyle trends, with family members separately enjoying activities in tandem with one another. The materials, decoration and lighting we choose reinforce this.” w

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Children’s bedrooms, nurseries or playrooms are easily the most fun in the house. The biggest trend in nurseries and kids rooms right now? The gender-neutral look. And no, ‘PC gone mad’ brigade, not because it’s fashionable – but because it’s right. More and more parents are leaving behind traditional colours, patterns, princesses and superheroes – one report last year found that searches for ‘gender neutral nursery ideas’ on Pinterest were up 53% – in favour of rooms that make no outdated gender assumptions and just let kids be kids. “A child’s bedroom should reflect them and what they love,” says Leanne Jones of Devon Interiors in Exeter. “Whether it’s applying vinyl stickers that are easily changeable or going full ‘theme’, it’s got to feel like it’s theirs. Integrating storage is so important too, so there are lots of places for toys, books and clothes etc – this frees up the floor space for playing! “Themed beds with integrated storage or workspace are great as they grow with the child and adapt to what they need. And there are lots of great suppliers of fun artwork and soft furnishings, that can be swapped out for more grown-up themes, without having to completely change the room.”


You won’t regret lavishing time and cash on your bathroom. After all, this is a space that greets us at our groggiest and most vulnerable, at the beginning and end of each day, so every pound you can spend on bringing in comfort and joy will be more than worth it. No longer a space where function trumps style, it’s increasingly an expression of your personality – and a mini-spa. We turned to Topsham’s Sapphire Spaces, whose w

GOLDEN OLDIES Don’t disregard Granny’s old sideboard, urges Fred Wakefield of Exeter-based Parkhouse Restorers “Many pieces we restore are family items passed down through the generations or furniture that people just want to keep and revive. Typically, we see sofas in need of reupholstery, water/heat-affected table tops and broken/loose chair legs. Occasionally, we get a chest of drawers chewed by a puppy! “We believe in conservation, where possible, as opposed to restoration. Our approach will involve sensitivity so as not to disturb the patina and age of a piece. “Purchasing unique antique/vintage furniture is becoming more popular. You’d be amazed what bargains you can pick up at auction and, although many high street offers seem attractive, unfortunately the majority are not built to last and you’d do better buying something that will not need replacing in 10 years’ time!” parkhouserestorers.co.uk 34 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

We imagine a few adults will be eyeing up Rebel Walls’ new ‘Storytime’ range, available at various local stockists, for their own bedrooms



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SPRING INTERIORS David Aspinall is widely recognised as one of the best designers in the business. “What’s absolutely hot right now are bioethanol fire places which create a spa-like ambience in your bathroom. We love the Falper range, which can be made to order and is available in various colours, delivering a sensuous aromatherapy session on tap.” David also has a couple of excellent insider tips if you’re looking to revitalise with one simple, affordable new feature: “How about a colourful Vola tap? They come in every colour conceivable, so be as outlandish as you want! “And using LED lighting enhances the design and complements the user experience, whether they are to surround the shower tray or vanity mirrors. It’s a simple but very effective touch.”


Sick of Shaker style? Streamlined and contemporary is the motto at Exeter-based Italian kitchen experts Berloni in Princesshay. “We love the handleless and minimalist look which is so popular at the moment,” they tell us, “with a focus on greys, whites, and Sahara colours. Using a combination of textures is a current trend and we see this continuing. “Right now in the kitchen, it’s also about hightech technology and the latest wi-fi appliances, making it easy to control and monitor your appliances at anytime. The technology can even check what’s inside your fridge when you’re out shopping, and a wi-fi-enabled coffee machine will let you make your coffee from the comfort of your bed! Lastly, we love the new steam function ovens, which are fantastic for fresh, clean and healthy cooking.” And if you can’t stretch to a whole kitchen, say hello to the tried-and-tested island unit. “If space allows, an island can be a great addition

3 EASY INTERIORS HACKS FOR 2017 Be mega-cool with minimal effort… MINI S UCCULENTS

Fall prey to the houseplant fad that’s been around in trendy circles for a while, and has now gone fully mainstream. Pot your tiny cacti or aloe vera in vintage teacups, tins or sugar bowls, or group on a big gold platter on the windowsill. DIF F ERENT-COLOURED P ILLOWS

As seen at this year’s Maison et Objet show; combine half a dozen vibrant, mismatched pillowcases for attitude that says “My bedroom’s all about fun, baby”. NAVY AND GOLD

An ‘It’ colour combo at the mo, lending opulence and class to any room. Try a gold edged mirror against a navy feature wall, or splash out on navy cushions and a gold table lamp.

to your kitchen and people are often surprised as to how reasonably priced they are. As well as providing extra storage, islands create the perfect focal point for cooking, eating and socialising (preferably all three at once).”


In 2017, bedrooms are not just bedrooms – they’re more a hybrid of secret den, mindfulness retreat and olde-worlde boudoir, in which we watch Netflix, eat Cheerios, take selfies in our party dress, catch up on emails and read the papers on a Saturday afternoon. And sleep, of course. Says Leanne Jones: “Popular themes that we are seeing at the moment are mainly soft, luxurious and calming. Pastels, lots of texture and ‘pretty’ metals such as copper and gold. Generally, a boutique hotel feel.” Kate Gray adds: “For us, a bedroom has to be a sanctuary from the demands of a 21st century. Comfort is key, and we think that soft cocooning textures are essential in creating the right atmosphere, with plenty of storage and flexible lighting to create a peaceful and quiet space you can escape to and relax. “We are seeing a rise in the popularity of sustainable interior design, choosing natural materials, non-toxic, non-polluting and responsibly-sourced products. This, combined with classic furniture pieces, will be a defining look for the 21st century.” w

Below: you’re not seeing things – that really is a fireplace next to the bath. Find out more at Sapphire Spaces

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DIRECTORY Add these local experts to your contacts book

ARCHITECTS/INTERIOR DESIGNERS Ashton House Design 31 East St, Ashburton, TQ13 7AQ; ashtonhousedesign.co.uk Devon Interiors Unit 3 Basepoint, Yeoford Way, Exeter EX2 8LB; devoninteriors.com Gray + Gray Architects 20 Southernhay West Exeter EX1 1PR; grayandgray.co.uk

KITCHENS/BATHROOMS Berloni 6 Roman Walk, Princesshay, Exeter EX1 1GN; berloni.co.uk Inline Kitchens / The Loft Interiors 7 Wolborough Street/ 10 Newfoundland Way, Newton Abbot TQ12 1JR; inlinekitchens.co.uk

Intoto 3 The Venture Centre, Yeoford Way, Matford Park, Exeter EX2 8LB; intoto.co.uk Kutchenhaus 50, Finnimore Industrial Estate, Ottery Saint Mary EX11 1NR; kutchenhaus.co.uk Moorland Kitchens 40 Bampton St, Tiverton EX16 6AH; moorlandkitchens.co.uk Sapphire Spaces Dart Business Park, Topsham EX3 0QH; sapphirespaces.co.uk System Six Kitchens 4 Christow Rd, Exeter EX2 8QP; systemsixkitchens.co.uk


Bang & Olufsen 30-31 Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS; bang-olufsen.com

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Bernaville Nurseries 3 Horse Shoes, Exeter; bernaville.co.uk Hearth and Cook 14 Oaktree Place, Manaton Cl, Exeter EX2 8WA; hearthandcook.com Lewis’s Hawkins Way, Lords Meadow, Crediton EX17 1HY; 01363 773246 Naturalmat Odhams Wharf, Ebford, Exeter EX3 0PD; naturalmat.co.uk St Bridget Nurseries Sidmouth Rd, Clyst St Mary EX5 1AE; Old Rydon Lane, Exeter EX2 7JY; stbridgetnurseries.co.uk RGB Building Supplies Alphin Brook Rd, Exeter EX2 8RG; rgbltd.co.uk Toot Garook 19 Queens Street, Exeter EX4 3SH; tootgarook.co.uk


Exeter Carpet Company 92A Old Tiverton Rd, Exeter EX4 6LQ; exetercarpet.co.uk Homeoak Trading Corndonford Farm, Poundsgate, Newton Abbot TQ13 7PP; homeoak.co.uk Market Carpets 10-12 Bridford Rd, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8QX; Market St, Exeter EX1 1BW; Kennedy Way, Tiverton EX16 6RZ; Withycombe Rd, Exmouth EX8 1TG; marketcarpets.co.uk


Just Shutters 3 Ripon Close, Exeter EX4 2NF; justshutters.co.uk Parkhouse Furniture Restoration & Upholstery Unit 8, Bakers Yard, Alphinbrook Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, EX2 8RG; 01392 275338; parkhouserestorers.co.uk


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50 Years and still going strong Market Carpets celebrated this summer with a large get-together of staff and their families plus friends, suppliers and customers to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary


ike Burch opened his first shop in South Street, Exeter in 1965 before moving to Market Street which gave the company its name. The family business now includes sons Gary and Simon and daughter Claire, plus a long-serving and loyal staff also regarded as family. The company operates out of four showrooms. The main branch at Bridford Road, Marsh Barton holds the largest stock of carpet and vinyl flooring in the South West. The warehouse located there cuts and prepares orders received from the other branches. The large showroom at Bridford Road has recently been extended to include a mezzanine to display the ever growing selection of rugs. The Market Street showroom caters for customers still preferring to shop in the city centre. The Exmouth store at Withycombe Road continues to be the foremost provider in the seaside town. The busy Tiverton store at Kennedy Way has recently been completely rebuilt and re-opened with a superb showroom and mezzanine. Market Carpets have acquired an excellent reputation for being honest and a straightforward retailer. No sales or gimmicks. No inflated prices followed by ridiculous discounts.

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The capacity of the warehouse allows them to carry roll stock at unbeatable prices. There is a permanent offer of “Free Fitting� on all larger carpets and vinyl being fitted to clear and prepared areas. This offer is extremely popular as, unlike competitors, it makes it very easy to calculate costs knowing that there are no extra charges, apart from additions of underlay and fitting accessories. The bargain ends of rolls and remnants are reduced by at least a third and sold as D.I.Y products. Customer service is extremely important to this family company, which they were highly commended for at the local business awards winning the Best Family Business award in 2013 with Mike Burch winning the Lifetime Achievement Award. The website www.marketcarpets.co.uk includes a very easy-to-follow calculator where the customer can select from the entire range of stock and simply generate an inclusive fitted price of their rooms by inputting their measurements. Customers are then invited to submit their calculations to their local store where a sales assistant will ring them back and deal with the request personally. Generally the store will offer the free, no obligation measuring service.

It must be a fact that there is hardly a household in the area that has not used the services of Market Carpets in the last 50 years.

For more information please visit our website www.marketcarpets.co.uk or call: Market Street, Exeter: 01392 272580 Marsh Barton, Exeter: 01392 423007 Exmouth: 01395 267007 Tiverton: 01884 242727

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OF PLACE Old, new and unusual, there’s never been a greater choice of wedding venues in and near Exeter. Let us help you narrow it down By ROX A N N E DU R I S

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wedding without a beautiful venue is like an oil painting framed by Ikea. So whether you’re a bride, groom, or just a bit of a wedding obsessive, take a stroll through our pick of local venues – there’s something old, something new, and something wonderfully weird… w


A heavenly setting: Hayne in Zeal Monachorum

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You might not be competitive in normal life, but wedding planning can bring out the cage fighter in all of us. And there’s nothing like finding a brand new, untouched wedding venue none of your friends have heard of – let alone said their vows in – to make you feel like the world heavyweight wedding champion. Here are a handful that have caught our eye over the last year – one of them’s not even open yet!


Seriously sepia-tinted, Vaseline-on-the-lens stuff – made for the happy ending of a Jane Austen adaptation. This painfully pretty, 17th century threshing barn in Zeal Monachorum has been carefully restored over five years by owners and musicians Tim and Milla from a state of dereliction to a wedding and events space with luxurious holiday accommodation and glamping site. Have your ceremony indoors or outdoors (you don’t have to decide until the day itself ) and enjoy the 25 south-facing acres of rolling hills, wooded groves, orchards and gasp-inducing views across an ancient valley and the River Yeo. Exclusive 48 hour hire available. We do. haynedevon.co.uk


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Upton Barn in party mode

Paschoe House

This little beauty near Crediton is so new we can’t even show you a picture yet – but due to open this coming August. Picture the quintessential Devon manor house – stone, L-shaped, grade II-listed – built in the 1800s on the 25-acre site of an older house by the same architect (John Hayward) who designed Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum. The luxury venue will seat up to 120 guests in the stunning glasshouse or 240 guests on the marquee lawn and there’ll be a restaurant, Victorian walled garden and nine en-suite bedrooms at your disposal. Their new website, with lots more info, will be live by the time you read this. paschoehouse.co.uk

Rockbeare Manor

Lord and lady it up at Rockbeare Manor

Upton Barn & Walled garden

Winner of ‘Best Countryside Wedding Venue South West’ at the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards – and highly commended in 2017. Choose from the simple but stylish, contemporary cider barn or the pretty oak arbour in the walled garden for your ceremony, before the place turns into your wedding breakfast/reception area. The garden, with its fire pit and strings of lights is especially heartstring-tugging come nightfall. Lovely grounds for your photos, too, including a small lake. Exclusive use, in-house wedding planner included. “We are extremely passionate about providing an environment where couples can feel completely relaxed and confident that their vision for their big day will be seamlessly delivered,” says owner Claire. “Winning the Wedding Industry Award in our first year, based on feedback from our couples, meant so much to us!”

Opened last year, this elegant Grade I-listed historic Devon manor house on the edge of the village of Rockbeare, which was built in around 1760, has undergone a £2million transformation to turn it into the perfect venue for special events. The Regency property’s stately dining room or pretty outdoor terrace are both stunning backdrops for a civil ceremony. You can then enjoy reception drinks and canapés, before being invited into the magnificent, spacious new ballroom, which seats 50 to 160 guests, for a lavish wedding breakfast, surrounded by more than 100 acres of parkland. Photo opps abound, as the gorgeous grounds are listed in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Pose in front of a lake, formal and informal gardens, and extensive parkland which includes a seven-metre diameter oak tree, believed to be the largest oak tree in Devon and third largest in England.

If you want to arrive by helicopter and walk up a red carpet, you can – as in, literally can – at this 350-acre golf club and hotel. Otherwise, the vibe here is traditional. With views overlooking Haldon and Dartmoor, a variety of function rooms and dining spaces to take your from ceremony to reception, from the awesome 500-seater marquee to the little Acorns Room, and various catering options from the classic three-courses to barbecues on the terrace, it’s got a plan for any couple. Best of all? The wedding golf buggy. Get in.





If you’ve been to a wedding in or around Exeter at any point, there’s a great chance it was at one of these long-running, popular choices.

Woodbury Park

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meadows, woodland walks, manicured lawns and riverside trails. Choose from made-to-measure or exclusive use weddings and do enquire about getting the new wood-fired pizza oven involved. deerparkcountryhotel.co.uk


And by weird, we mean deliciously out-there and unforgettable...


Above: The romantic gazebo at Bickleigh Castle Bottom right: Friends of yours? They will be if you get hitched at the Donkey Sanctuary


If you’re after an inexpensive, low-fuss/highimpact urban event, look no further. This medieval civic hub, with its heavy oak doors, stained glass windows, dark wooden panels and chandeliers, has served Exeter for over 800 years and you can practically smell the history. Portraits of kings, princesses, lords, MPs and other dignitaries will witness your vows. The main hall has a capacity of 75; for a smaller ceremony with up to 30 guests there’s the warm, cosy Jury Room. exeter.gov.uk/guildhall




You want history? You got it: the oldest chapel in Devon, dating back to Saxon times; a motte and bailey; an enclosed courtyard; a to-swoon-for 11th-century Great Hall; and spectacular scenery to feast your eyes upon. There’s also a beautiful outdoor weddings space incorporating a romantic Victorian-style gazebo. Reception-wise, their chef will sort you out with anything from full gourmet dining to a hog roast in the banqueting room, before you party the night away in the Orangery, Mews Sitting Room and bar. Let them plan everything, or sort it all out yourself – you’ll still have your own personal Bickleigh wedding planner to support you.

Hashtaggable as hell. Not only will you have real, adorable donkeys as wedding guests at his Sidmouth-based animal welfare charity but you also can arrange to have your guests met by one on arrival. The international animal welfare charity got its wedding license in 2013, and can cater for everything from intimate gatherings in the Russell Garden Room (capacity 20) to the larger barn (capacity 60) and yard (capacity 80), all decorated in suitably rustic chic style. They only host one wedding a day, so you won’t feel like you’re on a conveyor belt, and they have their own wedding co-ordinator. All profits go to help donkeys in need, making you the most thoughtful bride/groom in the world. thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk


Carved out of the clifftops above Westward Ho!, this utterly extraordinary and unusual venue is part of an old quarry, transformed by local stonemasons into a totally private (unless you count seagulls and nearby horses), intimate, and atmospheric grotto for your ceremony, complete with a chandelier and wood burning stove. We’re going to say Game of Thrones-meets-Poldark. After the ceremony you can then party in the glass-fronted Sunset Rooms, which accommodate up to 120 daytime guests and 130 guests for evening celebrations overlooking the Atlantic. oceankave.co.uk w



Fancy spending your wedding night in a luxury treehouse? Course you do. This charm-laden, romantic country house hotel near Honiton will host up to 60 wedding guests in the main vintage-chic house for intimate celebrations and up to 210 wedding guests in the wonderful Orangery. You can also take your vows in the secret garden, surrounded by wild flowers; explore over 80 acres of lovely grounds, featuring wild flower www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 57


The WEDDING PLANNER Your essential ‘I do’ Who’s Who…


ABode at Royal Clarence Hotel 01392 319 955; abodeexeter.co.uk Bickleigh Castle 01884 855363; bickleighcastle.com Bridwell 01884 842430; bridwell.co.uk Dartington Hall 01803 847145; dartington.org Deer Park Country Hotel 01404 41266; deerparkcountryhotel.co.uk Donkey Sanctuary 01395 578222; thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk Exeter Castle 07786 178983; exetercastle.co.uk Exeter Golf & Country Club 01392 874139; exetergcc.co.uk Exeter Guildhall 01392 665500; exeter.gov.uk/guildhall Exeter Library 01392 384218; devon.gov.uk/ exeter_central_library Haldon Belvedere 01392 833846; haldonbelvedere.co.uk Hayne 01363 82 515; haynedevon.co.uk Huntsham Court 01398 361277; huntshamcourt.co.uk Muddifords Court 01884 820023; muddifords.co.uk Ocean Kave 01237 238967; oceankave.co.uk Paschoe House 01363 84244; paschoehouse.co.uk Powderham Castle 01626 890243; powderham.co.uk Pynes House 01392 431 403; pyneshouse.co.uk Reed Hall 01392 725219; exeter.ac.uk/reedhall River Cottage 01297 630 322; rivercottage.net RHS Rosemoor 01805 626810; rhs.org.uk/ rosemoorweddings

Rockbeare Manor 01392 797444; rockbearemanor.co.uk Salutation Inn 01392 873060; salutationtopsham.co.uk Sandy Park 01392 427427; sandypark.co.uk Southgate (Mercure) Hotel 01392 412812; mercure.com/Exeter Upton Barn & Walled garden 0845 548 1233; uptonbarn.com Woodbury Park 01395 234735; woodburypark.co.uk

You’ll have a bunch of fun at Hayne


Andrew Humphries Jewellery 01392 867119; ahjewellery.com Erin Cox 01392 660836; erincox.co.uk Michael Spiers 01392 666590; michaelspiers.co.uk Mortimers 01392 279994; mortimersjewellers.co.uk Whitford 07939 057297; whitfordjewellery.co.uk


Catwalk 09 01392 274480; catwalk09.co.uk Elizabeth Ann 01392 252876 Isabelle Montagu 01392 274694; isabellemontagu.com Pirouette 01392 432643; pirouettethecollection.com Prudence Gowns 01392 495729; prudencegowns.com Rivka Jacobs Millinery 07739 469263; rivkajacobs-millinery.com Sam Cox 01752 228451; samcoxbridalwear.co.uk Sarah Treble 07944 605559; sarahtreble.co.uk Care Clean dry cleaning 01392 218270; carecleanexeter.co.uk

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Earth Gallery Flowers 01392 433526; earthgalleryflowers.com Poppys of Exeter 01392 498519; poppysofexeter.co.uk Trugs 01392 422522; trugs.co.uk


Pickle Shack 07923 986577; pickleshack.co.uk Posh Nosh 01392 444877; posh-nosh.co.uk Match Made In Devon/ Well Dressed Catering twocoastcounty.co.uk Bon Gout Deli 01392 435521; bongoutdeli.co.uk Wallace’s Farm 01823 680307; wallacesfarm.co.uk Sweetlands Country Fare 01404 871436; sweetlandscountryfare.co.uk

ENTERTAINMENT Mark Leveridge Party Magician 01392 252000; expertmagician.co.uk

Phil Smyth philsmyth.co.uk


Adam Oseland Photography 07980 851843; adamoselandphotography.com Emma Solley 01392 848500; emmasolley.com GRW Photography 07833 249117; grw.photography Matt Round 07966 226671; mattroundphotography.com Rockrose Photography 07901 918001; rockrosephotography.co.uk The Vintage Wedding Photographer 07851 746249; thevintageweddingphotographer. co.uk


Paul Barclay designs 01803 835019; paulbarclaydesigns.com Rhombus & Pineapple 01392 758599; rhombusandpineapple.net



Beautiful, historic, intimate and truly romantic… the perfect exclusive and secluded venue for your wedding, birthday party or any other celebration or occasion.

A stunning 14th Century Castle where dreams come true…

• Licensed for Civil Ceremonies • Self Arranged or use our experienced team • Blessing Services and Renewal of Vows in the 6th Century Chapel • Wonderful landscaped gardens and riverside setting • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Bickleigh, Near Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RP • Tel: 01884 855363 • Email: info@bickleighcastle.com



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“Enjoy your special day at Boveys Down Farm. A beautiful retreat with far reaching views of the Coly Valley as the backdrop, you can enjoy your special day in the perfect countryside setting of our “Secret Garden” themed “Woodland Wedding Venue”

We have been cleaning all types of wedding dresses for over 20 years from silks, beaded, sequined and vintage Most bridal shops in the area use our services and recommend their customers to us. Dresses are cleaned here on the premises. We can also pack your dress in a presentation box with acid free tissue which is good for long term preservation.

For any other enquiries please see our website or call. Care Clean, 43 Sidwell Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6NS Tel 01392 218270 info@carecleanexeter.co.uk


Liscensed and approved for Civil Ceremonies

Boveys Down Farm, Farway, Honiton EX24 6JD Telephone: 01404 871436 www.sweetlandscountryfare.co.uk www.boveysdownfarm.co.uk

PIROUETTE Set in the historic west quarter, ‘the house that moved’ is home to our beautiful collection. We are stockists of maggie sottero, sottero & midgley, rebecca ingram & lou lou bridal, and offer an intimate appointment and bespoke alteration service

01392 432 643 www.pirouettethecollection.com ‘the house that moved’ 24 west street exeter EX1 1BA

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ince the Middle Ages, kings have been received and entertained here; Lord Mayors have been elected; Members of Parliament have been chosen; Honorary Aldermen were appointed… now you too can make history.

Why not get married in the Great Hall, with high stained glass windows, dark wooden panels, a fine brass chandelier and portraits of dukes and princesses looking down on you as you say “I will”? What more could you ask from a medieval/gothic venue? If you are looking for a more intimate ceremony, you may walk down the aisle in our Jury Room, whose walls are lined with 17th-century panelling taken from St Katherine’s Priory. You will make your vows where once jurymen would deliberate the guilt or innocence of a defendant. From tying the knot to renewing your vows, you have come to the right venue. So why not add your special day to the record books, become part of the Guildhall’s history and follow the city’s motto of ‘Semper Fidelis’ – ‘Always Faithful’.

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The guildhall has served as the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years and has now opened its large oak doors for weddings and civil partnerships.

www.exeter.gov.uk/guildhallweddings guildhall.weddings@exeter.gov.uk Tel: 01392 265525 High Street, Exeter EX4 3EB

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Do you like your food? We sure do. Crumbs are all you’ll have left on your plate after each delicious issue… BRIGHT AND STICKY, STICKY , fresh-smelling and sinus-searingly hot, wasabi remained well off the Western radar for hundreds of years, but has recently, with the rise of sushi, become near ubiquitous – even if few of us are actually eating wasabi itself. (And certainly not in a lunchtime supermarket sushi set.) Let us explain. You see, the problem with wasabi – the stem (and not actually root or rhizome, though it’s often referred to as such) of a Japanese Brassica plant – is that it’s a very sensitive thing, and a right pain to both cultivate and prepare. Indeed, as it’s impossible for even experienced Japanese farmers to keep up with demand, most ‘wasabi’ you’ll find is actually a mixture of horseradish, mustard (both close cousins) and green food colouring. Okay, so anyone who’s taken too large a smear of wasabi may scoff at the idea that it’s a delicate plant, but it’s certainly a demanding one, with the best versions requiring all sorts of very specific climactic conditions (cool temperatures, the close proximity of a mountain stream, stuff like that) to flourish. Indeed, though strains of wasabi can be grown in fields, the top-notch stuff – known as ‘sawa-wasabi’ – is actually semi-aquatic, the ‘sawa’ bit referring to its love of well-shaded, nutrient-rich running water. Legend has it, when the first farmer to discover and grow wasabi – initially, it’s thought, for use with raw trout and venison, though it soon expanded its culinary range to include, notably, sushi and sashimi – got around to showing it to his local warlord, the warlord fell so hard for it he declared it a treasure, and only to be grown in his province. This was well over 1,000 years ago, and probably in the area now known as Shizuoka – still a major centre of wasabi production – but, though always wellknown and valuable, wasabi has never been common. Indeed, for the diva-ish reasons already detailed, but a handful of prefectures have ever farmed it much, and only the rich could ever afford it.



THE RAW WASABI stem is not actually very hot at all – chew on it, and it tastes more bitter than anything – but the grating process boosts this quality hugely, as cells are broken to release the volatile compound allyl isothiocyanate. As a result, clean, pungent, potent vapours are keen to shoot right up your nasal passages – wasabi affects the nose rather than the

A right feisty little condiment, wasabi’s potent green globs add delicious waves of fire and sweetness to Japanese dishes, but it can be a real pain to cultivate, too… 8


tongue – meaning the impact is always short lived, if potentially rather painful. (Contrast this with the punch of chilli peppers, which work on the mouth, and are much harder to wash away.) With genuine wasabi, peak hotness tails off soon after grating too, so for optimum flavour you need to grate and eat immediately. Though too much wasabi may set your brain on fire – not long ago, a Japanese sushi chain was accused of ‘racist wasabi terrorism’ when its Osaka restaurant was discovered to be adding twice the normal amount to foreigners’ food – it’s actually rather good for you, heaving in the likes of vitamins B6 and C, calcium, and magnesium, and featuring strong antibacterial properties that do everything from support the liver to killing off some forms of E-Coli. And it wants to help in other ways, too. Scientists have long experimented with using wasabi vapour as a spray to wake the deaf in event of fire, and one breakthrough in this even won a Japanese team the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. BECAUSE GROWING AND preparing it is a fussy business, people have been trying to work out how to provide the authentic wasabi experience more easily for decades now, with the development of new breeds of easier-to-grow wasabi – Misawa is one, Mitsuki another – ongoing. For most purposes, however, European horseradish – considerably less picky – makes a handy substitute. (Think the Japan-only wasabi-flavoured KitKat uses the real stuff? Think again.) Though horseradish and wasabi look like very different plants, the chemical compounds that help generate their distinctive flavours are essentially the same. Indeed, the average horseradish is actually considerably hotter than most wasabi, and even in authentic Japanese wasabi products it’s used as a flavour-enhancer. It’s these substitutes that we largely have to thank for the near-universal popularity of wasabi these days, though – this said – there is authentic wasabi to be found growing outside Japan, not least by The Wasabi Company of nearby Dorset (thewasabicompany.co.uk). Tending towards a paler green than the ampedup ‘fake’ versions, and more like a pile of sticky gratings (think minced carrot) than a paste, it has a milder, more nuanced, more herbal flavour. C’mon, don’t you owe it to yourself to try it…?




For the salmon: 2 large dinner-plate sized circles of baking paper 2 salmon fillets (about 150g each) 8 asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed 2 sprigs lemon thyme 2 tsp white wine a drizzle of olive oil For the beurre blanc: 125ml white wine 1 shallot, very finely chopped 1 bay leaf ½ tsp whole black peppercorns 100g cold unsalted butter cut in 1cm cubes freshly grated wasabi, to taste (about 10g, or a couple of teaspoons) METHOD

– Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Lay a salmon fillet in the centre of each baking paper circle. Arrange 4 spears of asparagus and a thyme sprig on top of each piece of fish. Sprinkle over 1 tsp of wine and a drizzle of olive oil. Season well. – Fold and crimp the two sides of paper together as if you are making a pasty. Repeat with the other parcel. Lay both on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 15 minutes. – While the fish is cooking, make the beurre blanc. Add the wine, shallot, bay leaf and peppercorns to a small, heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer slowly for 5-7 minutes, until you are left with about 3 tbsp of liquid. – Turn the reduction off and grate wasabi. Set aside. – Bring the reduction up the boil again before reducing the heat to low. Add the cold butter, a cube at a time, whisking constantly until it melts and emulsifies into the wine. Strain the sauce through a sieve into a warmed bowl – it should be the consistency of single cream. Using a fork, stir through fresh wasabi to taste, and season. – Serve the fish, still in its bag but opened up, on a plate. Drizzle a little beurre blanc on top of each and serve the rest on the side. Serve with new potatoes.

✱ thewasabicompany.co.uk

Quick add these contacts to your address book! Suppliers and restaurants buying their wasabi fresh and local The Holt, 178 High Street, Honiton EX14 1LA; theholt-honiton.com The Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Plympton PL7 5DD; thetrebyarms.co.uk Gidleigh Park, Chagford TQ13 8HH; gidleigh.co.uk Total produce, Newton Abbot TQ12 6RY; totalproducelocal.co.uk



picture a long, open space lined either side with banquette seating and simple wooden tables. The ceiling is boarded and beamed, and the thick stone walls painted a warm, natural hue. Obligatory oversized bulbs, bare so their filaments glow through, hang low on single wires. It’s cool and comfy, rather than try-hard. And that’s what I like so much about this area – the Barbican and around. The recent regeneration means that, these days, it really has everything most of us could wish for – the history, the waterfront living, the creative hubs and the good food

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WELCOME TO CRUMBS, the most inspirational, practical and spectacular free food and drink magazine you’ve ever seen. We open the doors to Devon’s most incredible restaurants and gastropubs, cafés and bars. We showcase the chefs and menus, venues and innovations that make the region’s ‘going out’ scene so vibrant – even as we celebrate the recipes and ingredients that make ‘staying in’ such a treat too. Like you, we know that eating well isn’t a luxury, it’s a must – however you do it!

THE BARBICAN KITCHEN The regeneration of Sutton Harbour and its environs are bringing new people to this old favourite, says Charlie Lyon


here’s a tough crowd in The Barbican Kitchen tonight, but the FOH heroes are nailing it. I’m in early at 6pm (they’ve just opened the doors for dinner service) with my usual barrage

of questions on provenance, pairings, and where in the restaurant has the best lighting to take photos of my food, but they’re taking it all in their stride. Tripping on my heels are a trio of American businessmen, eager to assimilate UK

dining habits as they go. They begin by deliberating over wines. Slowly, with the help of a junior but very composed waiter, they whittle down the choice to New World (turn to page 36 to see what local celeb chef John Burton Race would have to say about that), then down again to the Malbec. When it comes, however, they’re dismayed to find it has a screw top. They want a cork. The deliberation resumes, and I consciously tune out. I kick off with a Plymouth Gin and Fever Tree tonic (no one wants brands like Schwepps any more, it seems), which is a no-brainer seeing as this restaurant is actually housed in Plymouth Gin’s magnificent 15th century distillery. For those of you who’ve not been (and, if not, you’ve been taking your time – the restaurant’s been open for 11 years now),



– but has yet to attract the seriously rich set to go with it. Ev Everyone’s friendly and relaxed, with not a stereotypical hipster in sight. The menu’s the same: simple and understated. Tonight there’s a set menu – good value at £16.95. The slow-cooked ox-tongue with celeriac and beer-pickled onions to start, and the caramelised cauliflower risotto with mascarpone and toasted hazelnuts for mains, sound like winners – but I’m keen on a light starter, so jump to the a la carte. A bowl of chorizo (£3.95), sticky with blossom honey, helps settle the hunger pangs as I pick. In my opinion, salt-baking vegetables is totally worth the effort (unless I’m the one in the kitchen), so I plump for salt-baked heritage beets, which come with Vulscombe goats’ cheese that’s whipped to perfection. The plate is topped with pickled beetroot, a beetroot purée, and a drizzle of truffle honey, which stays with me long after my plate’s been cleared. A micro-thin linseed crisp is the perfect pal for the cheese. Torn between the seared calves’ liver, Creedy Carver duck breast (both served good and pink, my able server explains, before I have chance to provoke the chef by asking to have it well done –




LeeKING GOOD! This scrumptious tart from Riverford looks absolutely divine, and tastes even better

It's time to celebrate the mighty leek, and thank it for seeing us through the winter! This verdant veg is at its best during the cold months, adding a beautiful splash of green to plates normally heavy with more sedate root veg. It grows strong in March but fades back in later spring, so be quick to market to gather a bunch of these beauts for this quick and easy mid-week meal. The secret of this recipe lies in cooking the leeks long and slow, so that they become sweetly caramelised. The rest takes no time at all, and you can exercise your imagination adding extra toppings.


– Heat the oven to 200C/400F/ gas mark 6. – Heat the oil or butter in a heavybottomed saucepan and add the leeks and thyme. Slow-fry the leeks until they are very soft and starting to brown, a good 10-15 minutes. – Cover the pan initially to help them sweat, then take off the lid halfway through so the liquid evaporates. Stir at intervals to stop them catching. Season with salt and pepper, then cool. – Meanwhile, lay out your pastry flat on a lightly greased, non-stick baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until it has completely puffed up and is golden brown. (Check that the bottom of the pastry is cooked, too.) – Flatten the pastry back down by covering it evenly with the leek mixture, leaving 5mm around the edge. – Sprinkle with the Parmesan and any other toppings (perhaps anchovies, olives or different cheesess), and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve warm.


3-4 tbsp olive oil, or 50g butter 6 large leeks, washed, dried and thinly sliced bunch of thyme, tied with string 1 x 300g ready-rolled sheet all-butter puff pastry 25g Parmesan (or vegetarian equivalent), finely grated salt and black pepper

Put a twist on it – Onions work as a replacement for, or combined with, the leeks. ✱ Find more tasty recipes, and other inspiration, at riverford.co.uk/recipes





as if I’d ever dream of it) and the glazed ox cheek, I leave it up to chef to decide. (They’re all priced at £18.95.) My dish comes, loaded with two huge pieces of ox cheek, proud on a bed of ‘bourguignon garnish’. Except it’s less of a garnish, more of a glut – great! Greedy me likes a sizeable portion, through it was wrong to order the extra Chantenay carrots – as earthy-good as they were. There are green beans tucked under the cheek too, and a huge dollop of smoked creamed potato. Indeed, the rich potatoes are just about the end of me. (Looking around, the restaurant patrons are about 80% male tonight. Is that why the portions are so generous?) Pudding is pleasingly girly, though. My clotted cream parfait (£7.50) is smooth and light, and the ultimate soother to the tart rhubarb served three-ways – poached, puréed, and as dehydrated snaps. At about 7.30pm, the restaurant starts to fill up. A couple next to me order bubbly. “Is it a special occasion?” my genial waitress asks, happily. “No,” comes the flat response. Her smile doesn’t waver, and I hope as I leave that the tips are big here, for a lot of my enjoyment of the night was down to FOH’s wonderful nature. ✱ THE BARBICAN KITCHEN, Plymouth Gin Distillery, 60 Southside Street, Plymouth PL1 2LQ; 01752 604448; barbicankitchen.com

Crumbs comes out 10 times a year, always on a Friday – ‘Crumbs Friday’, we’re calling it – and the next issue is out on 21 April. You can grab your copy free at many fine establishments across the county, including: restaurants, cafés, delis, coffee shops, pubs, hotels, farm shops, farmers’ markets, butchers, bakers – and if you can find a candlestick maker, check them out, too! Check out our website, www. crumbsmag.com, for full stockist and subscription details (plus lots of other extra delicious Crumbs content, too!)


MOVEABLE FEAST Now it’s shifted to the early May Bank Holiday weekend, this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink will be busier than ever, says ROXANNE DURIS


here was a time when, if you wanted to enjoy the exceptional Exeter Food Fest in all its three-day glory, you had to bunk off work on the Friday. Not any more! This year, the 14th Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink runs from Saturday 29 April to Monday 1 May – that’s the first of May’s two bank holidays – and while there will be many festival die-hards who miss the quieter vibe of opening Fridays of yore, we suspect many more have always preferred the bustling nature of the festival’s weekend days. While the dates have changed, you can rely on pretty much everything else being the same. The location, for starters: lovely Northernhay Gardens and Exeter Castle, slap-bang in the city centre. Also, the exhaustive spread of high quality, hand picked regional food and drink producers, some 90 in total: including Exeter’s own Good Game, Tom’s Pies, Bread of Devon, Shillingford Organics, Gourmet Street Kitchen, The Oddfellows, Maison Cheri, Kenniford Farm, Exeter and Emal Breweries; regional exhibitors from as far away as Bath and Truro; and a clutch of intriguing, new-to-us names like Creber’s Rock Cider from Dartmoor and Grandpa Frank’s hot dogs. We feel an overwhelming greediness coming on already. Look out, too, for our gorgeous sister magazine Crumbs Devon, who’ll be handing out copies of what’s in our completely unbiased view the most fun food mag in the country. Once again, celebrity chefs will be flocking to give demonstrations in the Festival Cookery Theatre, including festival founder Michael Caines, plus Tom Kerridge, Mitch Tonks and Josh Eggleton, as well as local stars such as Michael Wignall of Gidleigh Park, Daniel Gavriilidis of The Pig at Combe (one of the industry’s next big stars, in our opinion) and Matt Mason of the Jack In The Green. You’ll also find hands-on workshops and family food-themed activities. And, unless you’ve eaten so much you can’t move, a feast of performers are poised to end each day of the festival with a party in the Exeter 66 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

From fresh snacks to raw produce to lovely local libations, it’s all there for the taking at Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

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Castle Courtyard. The popular After Dark Music Festivals, across the three evenings of the May Bank Holiday weekend, offer live music, local beers, wines and ciders, and loads of street food. Friday’s After Dark Music Festival will be headlined by Exeter-based jazz band The Locked Horns, supported by the Stephens Scown Choir and Loose Cannons Band. On Saturday 29 April, it’s the brilliant Leigh Coleman Band, supported by Yazzy, Joanna Cooke and Celine Dos Santos. Finally, on Sunday 30 April, Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers will bring Exeter Castle Courtyard alive. Supporting is Roger Styles, performing popular covers with his acoustic guitar and Alex Dobson, a folk/rock acoustic singer songwriter from South Devon. Says Adam Moran, aka Adam in the Hat, and one of the singers with Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers: “The After Dark Music Festival is a really special and unique event in our city and I’m really excited about headlining there. There is a great line-up of local musicians and bands performing across the weekend and we are looking forward to playing to the crowds in Exeter”. What else? It’s still a not-for-profit event. Which, we think, gives even more cause to raise a glass. Of exactly what, that’s up to you – and you’ll be spoiled for choice. For more: exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

OPENING HOURS: Festival by day Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm Monday 10am – 5pm Festival After Dark Party Nights: Friday 6:30pm – 11pm Saturday 6pm – 11pm Sunday 6pm – 10.30pm


Festival Day Pass (not including Festival After Dark Party) Adults (Saturday) - £8.00 Adults (Sunday/Monday) £6.00 Children (5-15 years inclusive) - £1.00 Child (under 5 years) - Free Group day tickets (10+) Adults - buy 9 tickets and get the 10th free Festival After Dark Party Nights - Exeter Castle (not including entry to the Festival by day or the producer pavilions) - £8 Twitter: @ExeterFoodFest Facebook: facebook.com/ exeterfoodfest Instagram: exeterfoodfestival



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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

www.galleyrestaurant.co.uk 01392 876078

Gluten Free? No Problem Church Rd, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JT Telephone: 01395 222156


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Rendezvous ANNA BRITTEN revisits the much-loved Southernhay institution


veryone loves Rendezvous. Everyone recommends Rendezvous to their friends. In short, everyone knows Rendezvous is great, thanks. And that’s why we wanted to remind you about Rendezvous. Because like anything universally considered to be at the zenith of its field – think the Porsche 911, Roger Federer, or the Adidas Stan Smith – it risks being taken for granted, overlooked in favour of shouty upstarts. And with huge pressure being exerted on the local, independent restaurant industry from all angles right now, that can’t be allowed to happen. So revisit the place again in your mind: walk in and there’s genial guv’nor Jemma already pouring you a large rioja because she knows what you like; recall the original red stone walls, flagstoned floor, black beams, wooden furniture, the little yellow lamps whose colours are echoed in vases of daffodils. It’s a perfect balance of cosy but not cramped, grown-up but not stuffed-shirty, as suitable for a business lunch as for a boozy birthday. And look again at head chef Tim Andrews’s locally-focused menu, which changes twice a day so over-familiarity is never an issue. Think on this and sigh. Every minute of our (real) visit one Wednesday lunchtime is a delight. The bread, baked on site, is as squidgy and warm as an expensive, goose-down pillow after a blissful night’s sleep. Our starters sing off the plate – a glossy, gutsy stew of spicy Toulouse sausage and sweet red peppers is rich and layered, a dumpling and blob of aioli both lovely sideshows. The beetroot and gin-cured



salmon turns out to be a generous and succulent wedge of fish, with a delicate kick of mother’s ruin, plenty of horseradish remoulade and aioli to swipe it through, and a scattering of crunchy, pickled things. We agonise over mains – there’s not a single dish we don’t want to face-plant into – but settle on pork belly, slow-roasted so that it collapses at the touch of a fork, served with three plump, juicy, lightly charred scallops, black pudding, a cloud of celeriac puree, baby corn and asparagus, and a deep brown, slightly sweet jus. The pumpkin and sage ravioli looks like a plate of yellow suns, and is bathed in garlic butter, soft and silky with just enough bite, covered in a confetti of parmesan, leaves, peas and spring onions. It’s one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten. As for desserts... you know how, often in these reviews, we bleat words to the effect of “We were too full for dessert, but forced ourselves to share the…”. Not this time. Those puddings stand no chance. It’s a fast farewell to a warm, squishy mini loaf of chocolate chip banana bread with nut crumb, juicy jelly pearls, white chocolate and honeycomb ice cream, as well as shiny shards of actual honeycomb, plus meringue and raspberries – a brilliant balancing act, and a work of art to boot. And toodle-pip to a perfectly crafted dark chocolate and orange fondant – a nicely hard exterior yielding to release a lusciously melty inside that oozes all over the plate – served with vanilla ice cream. To close, it’s a truly excellent coffee, and fudgy cubes of chocolate truffle that disappear on your tongue with cruel velocity. For the first time in ages, we want to eat the entire feast all over again. Instead, replete, we listen in on a trio of elderly gents at the next table, who are having the world’s most polite Brexit conversation: “John’s a leaver.” “I know, but let’s not gang up on him.” It compounds the feeling that we might just be in an alternative, better universe. You could be right here, too. Tonight, maybe. The Rendezvous – it’s hiding in plain sight.

DINING DETAILS Rendezvous, 38-40 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1PE; 01392 270222; winebar10.co.uk Opening hours Monday to Saturday 12noon - 12midnight (food served 12-2.15pm and 6.30-9.15pm) Prices Set menu (Mon-Sat lunchtimes and Mon-Thurs 6.30-7.30pm): two courses for £16.90; starters from £5.90, mains from £13.90, puddings from £6.90 Veggie/vegan choice Two fantastic starters and mains when we visit Disabled access Main entrance is down basement steps so a tad awkward, but access easier round the back, too, and staff eager to help Drinks It’s also a wine bar, so the list is painstakingly curated by Jemma and, subsequently, tip-top Service/atmosphere Friendly but not self-consciously so, with smiley, knowledgeable, efficient long-term staff who’ve been nurtured by their boss

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The best thing about these hand-wrapped chocolate Easter treats from Chococo on Gandy Street? The six ethically-sourced milk or (vegan-friendly) dark chocolate, filled with either mini eggs or dark chocolate buttons respectively, come in traditional cardboard egg boxes. So you can buy yourself some, take them home, and pretend to the rest of the family they’re just omelette material. Genius! Half-dozen milk or dark chocolate eggs, £9.95/150g; Chococo, 22 Gandy St, Exeter; chocciebar.com

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Jodie wears top £330 and skirt £249 (out of shot) by Moschino at Dukes, and harness/shrug, £24, from Velveteen Location: Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

SPRING TO LIFE Stride into spring, Exeter-fashion, with our pick of SS17’s most gorgeous pieces – no chain stores here, just plenty of indie spirit… Wor d s by A N NA BR I T T E N Photo s by SI MON E PA SL E Y 74 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk


Erin wears Rino + Pelle jacket/poncho, £160, and Baum und Pferdgarten shirt, £139, and shorts, £99 – all from Dukes Location: Princesshay, Exeter


wo things. One: anyone who doesn’t think Exeter ‘does’ fashion is an idiot. Two: independent boutiques are the places to shop if you want time, space and advice, and not to look like everyone else. We’ve teamed up with Exeter-based Mosaic Model Management, local independent fashion boutiques, beautiful local venues and hair and make-up experts to bring you a unique glimpse at key looks from SS17, all available to buy right here in the city. Shop, dress, slay. w www.mediaclash.co.uk I EXETER LIVING I 75


George wears suit, £690, and shirt, £149, both by Paul Smith at Dukes. Location: Deer Park Country Park House and Hotel


Ellie wears Stella Nova top, £89, and skirt, £79, from Lorna Ruby Location: Deer Park Country House and Hotel

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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Jodie wears jacket by Baum und Pferdgarten, £279, and dress by Moschino, £525, both at Dukes. Location: Exeter Cathedral

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Emma wears dress by D.Exterior, £410 at Dukes and jacket from Shrine at Velveteen, £149 in sale Location: Bicton Park Botanical Gardens 78 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk


Models Jodie, George, Ellie, Erin and Emma at Mosaic Model Management, Exeter; mosaicmodels. co.uk (simone@ mosaicmodels. co.uk) Photographers Simone Pasley and Laura Dempster (p76 bottom) Makeup Laura Elizabeth Avery MUA / LauraElisabethmua. co.uk. Hair Sophie Thomas of Melissa’s, Chudleigh Knighton and Kirsty Dare KD Hair Design


Dukes Harlequins, Paul St, Exeter EX4 3TT; dukesclothing.co.uk Velveteen 151/152, Fore St, Exeter EX4 3AT; velveteen.co.uk Lorna Ruby 17 Catherine Street, Exeter EX1 1EU; lornarubyclothing. com


Emma wears dress by Diane Von Furstenberg, £499, and George wears suit, £690, and top, £100, by Paul Smith – all from Dukes Location: Deer Park Country House and Hotel

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BE THE CREAM OF THE CROP Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) is holding a grand cream tea event this June and would like to invite YOU!


he charity is looking for people to hold a cream tea event at home, in a public space, or at work, and raise money for ELF. All money generated from the event will enable ELF to support families throughout Devon whose lives have been turned upside down following the diagnosis of a blood cancer or blood disorder. To take part, it couldn’t be easier. Simply visit elfcharity.org.uk/creamtea; email creamtea@elfcharity.org.uk or call 01392 247725 to register for your free event pack which will have everything you need including balloons, ideas, easy to follow instructions, posters and Michael Caines’ favourite scone recipe.Then all you need to do is get baking (or shopping) and put the kettle on!

Michael Caines MBE is heading up the ELF Cream Tea and says: “ELF is an inspirational charity helping people in their communities across Devon. So get together with your friends and family this June, hold a cream tea and raise money so that it can continue its great work.”


ELF’s vision is that every family affected by a blood cancer or blood disorder across the South West receives compassionate, tailored support. Dealing with a blood cancer or disorder is life-changing and scary. Treatment often requires lengthy procedures meaning days, weeks or months at a time in hospital and possibly months or years of follow up. ELF lightens the load supporting families affected by blood disorders and cancers across the South West. Every year ELF: l Takes around 2,500 patients from East, North and Mid Devon to and from their hospital appointments at the Yarty Ward in Exeter; and to Derriford and Bristol for other treatments l Welcomes families to stay at its flat opposite the hospital enabling them to stay close to loved ones in hospital. l Enables around 75 patients to access grants, welfare benefits and debt management services in partnership with CAB. l Funds a counsellor who supports patients and their families.

l F  unds a Clinical Nurse Specialist who provides a vital link between the patient and the medical team. l Funds a General Therapist to help patients keep active through treatment and return to life as normal. l Funds equipment within the hospital such exercise bikes, e-readers and medical equipment. In 2017, we are launching our new ‘ELF at Home’ service to support patients in their homes who feel isolated because of their condition.

ELF would love to hear from you. Please pop into the office on the Yarty Ward at the RD&E or to Unit 4, Manaton Court, Manaton Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter, EX2 8PF; call 01392 247725 or email enquire@elfcharity.org.uk

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Country Matters brolly, £15.99 You definitely don’t want to leave this on the train. . . From Bernaville Nurseries, 3 Horse Shoes, Exeter; bernaville.co.uk

Tulip Bloom bicycle seat cover, £5 Rainy day saviour for every Exeter cyclist From St Bridget Nurseries, Old Rydon Lane, Exeter & Sidmouth Road, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter; stbridgetnurseries.co.uk

Children’s fleece-lined rain mac, £35 One of several different, cute ’n’ colourful designs From Toot Garook, 19 Queen Street, Exeter; tootgarook.co.uk

Joules ‘Oystercatcher’ wellies, £44.95 Now you can pull your silly spaniel out of the pond without getting your feet wet From Otter Garden Centre, Gosford Rd, Ottery St Mary; ottergardencentres.com

Waterproof dog coat, £12.99 Heaven forbid little Rocky should get rained on From Bernaville Nurseries, 3 Horse Shoes, Exeter; bernaville.co.uk

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Esschert Design shoe scraper, £19.99 Cast iron and deer-shaped, this will help keep your hallway squeaky-clean From Darts Farm, Topsham; dartsfarm.co.uk

Elvis the Elephant child’s umbrella, £9 Won’t stop them jumping in every. Single. Puddle. From St Bridget Nurseries, Old Rydon Lane, Exeter & Sidmouth Road, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter; stbridgetnurseries.co.uk

Rain by Melissa Harrison (Faber), £8.99 Exquisitely-expressed thoughts on English weather by the brilliant nature writer From Crediton Community Bookshop, 21 High Street, Crediton; crediton communitybookshop.co.uk

Lazy Jacks raincoat, £59.99 If this was ours, we’d want it to drizzle every day From Otter Garden Centre, Gosford Rd, Ottery St Mary; ottergardencentres.com

Beaufort wind force scale print, £14.95 Love the Shipping Forecast? Then you’ll love this beautifully illustrated weather chart by artist Lizzie Spikes From Leela, 69 Magdalen Road, Exeter EX2 4TA; leela-uk.com

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CHIROPRACTIC FOR YOU Our Chiropractic understanding of pain is that it’s the tip of an iceberg. Of course we want to relieve you of pain, but once that urgency has passed, the cause of the pain is actually more important. You may not be aware that pain is actually a very poor indicator of health, and only appears once the underlying cause has become quite advanced. Sufferers of poor spinal health will know all too well the toll it can take on your overall wellbeing. You may experience breathing difficulties, reduced movement or lack of strength. Chiropractic recognises the importance of spinal health as an essential component of you and your family’s health. While receiving corrective care, you’ll benefit from our unique multi-disciplinary approach to long-term spinal correction. This may involve hands-on treatments, nutrition and exercise advice, as well as posture and lifestyle changes and Sports Therapy. ROCK health is our program for your own personalised health maintenance routine. Just as you would follow a diet or exercise regimen, we use our Chiropractic skills and knowledge to keep your mind and body strong, flexible, and in a good, healthy condition. ROCK health is built on proven methods of preventative healthcare that we believe should be available to all, regardless of age and medical history.



The glam interior: erm, no, you can’t get a cab to Timepiece

Now this is how you smarten up a street corner

NAILING IT ANNA BRITTEN flips for Exeter’s feelgood, 1950s-flavoured nail-bar


onjure a contemporary nail salon in your mind and we bet it’s a grimly sterile, functional space. Somewhere that, if you could make actual contact with them you’d see the staff’s eyes brim with zero-hours despair. A place that’s nothing, then, like Exeter’s most welcome new beauty business: the rather divine Dolled Up which, last autumn, rose from the unpromising ashes of a former minicab office in the shadow of the Clock Tower. Aesthetically, Dolled Up hearkens back to a much more glamorous era, thanks to the inspired vision of local company Ashton House Design. The black painted exterior with its 1950s-style, circular Dolled Up logo is chic and inviting, and just a hint of what lies inside. Wonders have been worked in the


tight space, turning it into a sophisticated, old-style, beauty parlour with modern twists – textured fuschia pink walls, lots of silver and grey, mirrored tiles, stylish retromodern furniture (we wanted to steal the wing-backed pedicure ‘throne’), white and pink parasols suspended from the ceiling, a cool concave mirror, framed, vintage make-up adverts and fresh flowers. Mistress of this establishment is the lovely Pauline, whose mini-beehive and warm welcome are equally on-brand. Nail trends follow the seasons, she explains – blingy chromes were huge over Christmas, but currently everyone’s rocking nude shades, ahead of the juicy, jewel tones that will come into vogue as sandals weather approaches. I’m booked in for an express gel manicure. After a thorough cuticle tidy, Pauline files my nails giving them slightly rounded tips (the completely square nail shape is over, in case you didn’t get the memo) and, from her extensive range of OPI varnishes, we select ‘Rich Girls & Po-Boys’, a pretty Mediterranean blue that not only matches my outfit but makes my hands look lightly suntanned. She applies a base coat, two layers of colour, and a top coat, with spells under the state-of-the-art LED dryer

between each. I’m a little late to the gel party, I’ll admit – my fingernails look like they belong to a child and tend to see a slick of colour only when I’m off on holiday. But, I must say, I’m tempted to become a whole lot more high-maintenance: the colour is vibrant, the surface diamond-tough; and it dries so quickly I don’t need to do the postmanicure ‘claw’ hand to avoid smudges. As a bonus, explains Pauline, I’m more likely to be able to grow my nails now their new coating is making them harder to nibble. I get to take the big nail file home with me. Three weeks on, my nails are still flawless. With a pre-party hair-up service due to start – and Pauline also hopes to start offering pre-party make-up – we can see Dolled Up becoming everybody’s go-to for a big night out. And when they do, it won’t be dog-eared loyalty cards in our purses but chunky, branded casino-style chips (also available as gift vouchers). Coolsville. We applaud them – and not just so that we can show off our new nails. An express gel manicure costs £25. Dolled Up, 54 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SR; 01392 422 345; dolledupexeter.co.uk

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Philip Kingslan John (Four of Swords) Erin Cox (Erin Cox) and David Treharne (Phonic FM)

Exeter Living Awards finalists and sponsors mingled at Exeter Castle ahead of the big night on 6 April. The invite-only drinks reception was fuelled by a brilliant pop-up bar from Exeter gastropub (and finalist!) The Oddfellows. Photos by Matt Round

Midge Mullin (Substance & Shadow Theatre), Tracey Barriball (Hospiscare), Steve Barriball (Citizens Advice) and Rosie Mullin (Substance & Shadow Theatre)

Owen Richards (Air Marketing), Alison Upton (ELF) and Oliver Kernick (Air Marketing) Rob Bosworth and Mike Blakely (Exeter College)

Rob Graves (Smart) and Paul Gray (Gray + Gray Architects)

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Mattie Richardson (Bunyip Craft), Daisy Otton and Megan King (Morgan Pope) and Lily Otton (Bunyip Craft)

Rebecca Alford (No1 Polsloe) and George Goodwin

Will Hockin, Helen Bartlett (System 6 Kitchens) Fiona Spear and Eleanor Taylor (EDDC Countryside Service)

Azadeh Sattar and Reza Einollahi (Al Farid)

Naomi Ryan, Vanessa Johnson (both Naomi J Ryan), Donna Hart and Rachel Buckley (both Family Law Company)

Faye and Yvan Williams (Oddfellows) with their pop-up bar

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Emma Perrett (Bluebird Care), Justin Powlesland and Lydia Powlesland (both JHP Recruitment)

Jonathon Parson and Phil Johnson (Chime)

Glen King (Glen King PR) and Ronnie Halden (Big Wave Media)

Francesca Green and Sophie Baggott (Mortimers Jewellers)

Steven Fox, Rachel O’Conner (St Leonards Flowers) and Graham Higgins (Griffin Chartered Accountants)

Greg Ingham (MediaClash) and Dana Mulligan (Dana Mulligan Consulting) Neil Archibald and Caileigh Weise (Kupp)

Ken Woodier and Rachel Whitson (Absolute PR)

Lisa Vanstone, Jo Holdom (One Voice) and Ali Shorer (Articulacy)

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Buy new sunnies and help send solar lights to Africa



LET THERE BE LIGHT How wearing Exeter-made sunglasses can help people without electricity in Africa


new Exeter-based sunglasses company launches in April with a strong philanthropic mission. Bird Sunglasses, which crafts its stylish sunnies from hand-finished bamboo, beech, sandalwood, plywood and aluminium, and its accessories from cork and leather, won Crowdfunder UK’s ‘Best Fashion Start-up Idea’, winning funding support from website provider 123 Reg to boost a recent crowdfunding campaign. For every purchase of their sunglasses, the company will distribute a solar light to families in Malawi, Zambia and Uganda through a ‘Share Your Sun’ partnership with international charity Solar Aid. 598 million people in Africa alone have no access to electricity, relying on expensive and dangerous alternatives to light their homes. Solar lamps are safe, clean and affordable and give off hours of light in the evening so recipients can earn, learn and feel safe after dark, transforming the fortunes of entire families. Bird Sunglasses founder Ed Bird explains: “I wanted to design high quality, sustainable sunglasses that look great and feel good. But more

than that, I was looking for a way to combine business, design and social purpose. Share Your Sun is a way to connect with the bigger picture and contribute to a more sustainable world. Not only that, but research is showing that ‘responsible consumption’ brands have now overtaken ‘conventional’ brands in terms of growth rate. So increasingly it makes good business sense to take an approach that works from a triple bottom line – social, environmental and financial.” Adds Dr Jeremy Leggett, founder of SolarAid: “At SolarAid, we see first-hand the incredible power of a single solar light to transform lives among some of the poorest families in the world – money saved, food added to the table, seeds for the fields, on and on. People wearing Bird’s amazing sunglasses will now know that they are adding fuel to this transformation in a big way: keeping sunlight out of their eyes while adding it to the African night, via the solar cells and batteries in the lights.” The sunglasses will be available online from the beginning of April. For more: birdsunglasses.com

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FANTASTIC FOUR Our pick of the most exciting, intriguing or important local business stories right now

The new-look Energy Hair salon

CUTTING EDGE This might just be the most beautiful hair salon we’ve ever laid eyes on… Energy Hair has celebrated its five years at Darts Farm near Topsham with a substantial makeover. Owner Nathan Plumridge has invested over £100,000 into the redesign, giving the salon a fresh, clean and luxurious new look. Many of the redesign ideas came via feedback from a customer forum last year, part of Energy Hair’s 18th birthday celebrations. “Over the years we have built a loyal following of clients,” says Nathan. “So

it’s incredibly important that the space they step into is somewhere they feel they can relax and unwind. That’s why I went to my clients to find out what they wanted to see from the redesign and I used this to form the basis. I am absolutely delighted with the result and I can’t wait to receive further feedback on the new look.” With a big demand for barbers in the area, Energy Hair have also tripled the number of barbers working for them. For more: energyhair.com

SAFE AND SOUND A multi-million-pound national security solutions company has established its head office in Marsh Barton, Exeter. UK Protection offers a range of security solutions to their clients from luxury retail guarding to key-holding. Says MD Andy Fairbanks, originally from Devon and now back in Exeter after many years working in London: “Seeing the incredible transformation and investment in Exeter over the past few years from major companies just confirmed to me that the time was right to move our head office from London to Exeter. “With great transport links to the city from Exeter Airport, I truly feel more companies will be making the move to the South West to enjoy the Devon lifestyle yet progressing with London-based business. “I look forward to supplying many South West-based clients with new services and look forward to working with them in our long-term aspirations.” Find out more at a bubbly-filled open evening at The Venture Centre, Matford Park on 27 April. For more: ukprotectionltd.co.uk 94 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

The UK Protection team

MOVERS, SHAKERS, ETC The board of Exeter Science Park has announced the appointment of Sally Basker as its new chief executive officer. . . Stagecoach South West has a new operations director in Paul Clark, currently general manager at Stagecoach in Hull. . . Exeter PR consultancy One Voice has welcomed new account manager Rachael Sharpe and account assistant Josie Roberts…. Beverley Harrison has joined Wollen Michelmore LLP in Newton Abbot as chartered legal executive. . . Exeter-based ski, snowboard, surf agency Ticket To Ride have appointed Rebecca Haywood as bookings manager. . . Edward Tallack joins Savills residential sales team in Exeter as director, having previously worked at Jackson Stops & Staff. . . Exeter Business Improvement District (BID) has welcomed two new board members: Lucie Simic and Anthony Thomas (pictured) who represent Area 3 (High Street North/ West and Castle Street) and Area 6 (North Street, South Street, Mary Arches and Guinea Street) respectively.




and increase employee participation in social activities, all whilst raising money for local charitable causes and having fun!” Since their inception eight years ago, The Business Games have raised more than £32,000, and continue to work closely with The Exeter Foundation, raising money for some great causes in the city and the surrounding areas. The three-hour-long weekly events run across May and June at local venues including Exeter City football ground and the University. Are you up for the challenge? If so, move fast – registration closes on 12 April. For more: bigwavebusinessgames.co.uk


Last year’s champs, Nexus

It’s time to demolish your business rivals – in the nicest possible way. The Bigwave Business Games – formerly known as the Exeter Business Games – are back and open for registration now. Started by local firm Bigwave Media in 2009, the Business Games have seen some of the most influential businesses in the city battle it out for bragging rights across eight fun events including ‘clip ’n’ climb’, bell boat racing and a pub quiz. “There is something to suit everyone,” they say. “And, what’s more, The Business Games are open to any Exeter-based business – big or small. The Games are a great way promote your business, network with other local business

EXETER CHIEFS NEWS Chris Bentley brings you the latest from inside Sandy Park The Chiefs are continuing to make their presence felt in the elite tier of domestic rugby union. A landmark 34-15 bonus point win at Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers, was followed up with an equally impressive four try 24-7 win over Harlequins in the Anglo Welsh Cup semi final. As fate would have it, this led to a final at Harlequins’ Twickenham Stoop ground, but against Leicester! Not many teams celebrate beating Leicester at Leicester, and the Tigers brought a very strong team to contest the first silverware of the season and avenge their earlier defeat. With eight academy products in the Chiefs 23, hope was high the feats of two seasons ago could be repeated, but a fortuitous intercept from Tom Brady followed by a couple of Freddie Burns kicks gave Leicester a buffer to protect. Battle as they could (with tries for James Short and Sam Simmonds), the Tigers held firm and took the spoils 16-12. Scant solace for the guys came in the fact this was their

Sam Simmonds scoring in the Anglo Welsh final

third consecutive final appearance, and this was further boosted with the news that Sam Simmonds and Stu Townsend made the shortlist for the Breakthrough Player award. On the subject of awards, James Short took the gong for Aviva Premiership Player of the Month in February on the back of his freescoring form, in the month that has seen him head to second on the top try scorer league, and hone in on a title he won at the beginning of his career! Following the signing of England international Matt Kvesic, the club have announced four further new signings. Top of the list is 22-cap Australian international Nic White from Montpellier. He is joined by Jersey captain, backrower James Freeman,

lock Toby Salmon from Championship side Rotherham Titans, and winger Tom O’Flaherty from Ospreys. And finally, the Six Nations drew to a close in spectacular fashion with Jack Nowell competing with England but missing out on a consecutive Grand Slam following a herculean Irish performance. Joining him on the rostrum of internationals through spring were Tomas Francis (Wales), Michele Campagnaro (Italy) and Henry Slade (England). Next up for the Chiefs at Sandy Park: 8 April – Bristol 29 April – Northampton For more: exeterchiefs.co.uk

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JAMES GRAY Business centre manager, Snows Lexus Exeter What was your first-ever paid job? I worked at a silkscreen printing company at the age of 15. I made badges, packed orders, helped stack freshly printed posters and T-shirts. My boss was a spitting image of the late Steve Jobs and dressed just like him too. A very laid-back, chilled character but extremely intelligent. How did you find your way to Lexus, and what is your role there? I first found my way to Lexus in 2013 where my passion for the brand began. I moved away from the brand for four years but have come back as business centre manager this year. My role is to build relationships with businesses who run company cars and offer a complete fleet funding solution. A one-stop shop for businesses. Who have been your biggest influences and role models throughout your career? My first-ever car sales manager, who trained me up from scratch, has been a massive influence on my career in the motor industry and put me in good stead for where I am today. I have a great admiration for the late Zig Ziglar, a great salesperson in America who has written lots of motivational sales books. What’s the best bit of career advice you’ve ever been given? Wake up, turn up, never give up. What do you enjoy most about your work? Meeting new people and developing ongoing relationships. What has been your greatest professional achievement to date? Probably the previous two years – I developed a sales team from scratch at a run-down dealership which underwent a million-pound refurbishment and turned into a high performing operation. The dealership remained open during refurbishment, which was a huge challenge. What are some of the oddest matters you’ve ever had to resolve at work? Probably when a couple had a full-blown domestic over what car to buy. What are Exeter’s strengths as a place to work? It’s a lovely vibrant city with lots going on and has some great businesses I’d love to work with. And its weaknesses, or things that could be better? Parking seems to be an issue. 96 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

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What are your favourite stress-busting strategies? Usually a nice bottle of chilled wine at the end of the day seems to do the trick. What’s the one item in your workplace you can’t live without (not including computer or phone)? It has to be the fantastic product we get to sell. Lexus is an exceptional quality product and it’s a pleasure to talk to potential customers about the brand and get them driving it so they can really experience the cars. What’s the best bit of advice you could give a young person wondering what to do with their life? Find something you are passionate about and follow your dreams. Life’s too short to be stuck in a job you are not passionate about. What’s your motto for life? See you at the top! For more: snowsgroup.co.uk

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imply saying the word ‘Whimple’ puts a smile on your face. Imagine living there and getting to say it almost every day. Imagine, also, having two great village pubs to choose from (The Thirsty Farmer and The New Fountain Inn), a railway station on the London line, a well-regarded primary school, a strong wassailing tradition, lashings of music (folk star Jim Causley lives there) and being a convenient 10 miles from Exeter. But most of all, imagine living here – in the dreamy Dince Hill House. This former rectory down a sweeping gravel drive off a peaceful lane on the edge of Whimple – you can understand why olden days chaps were so keen to don the dog collar when gaffs like this were up for grabs – was built in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and is one of the village’s prettiest, most historic and important properties. Today, it’s Grade II-listed, so there are restrictions on how much you can tinker about with, but we’re not sure you’d even want to. The period features, including a classical portico and lion’s head guttering, high ceilings, working fireplaces, original panelling and cornicing, and several windows containing the original glass, are spectacular – and bear in mind that the current owners, who’ve called this place home for about 19 years, have carried out plenty of refurbishment, including complete re-wiring and re-plumbing. Outside, it’s the sort of telegenic beauty you can imagine popping up as Penelope Wilton’s house in a Sunday night period drama. Inside, the vibe is distinctly period, and quintessentially 100 I EXETER LIVING I www.mediaclash.co.uk

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English – thick carpets, polished wood, traditional wallpapers and light fittings, and many of the vendor’s beautiful antiques. There’s no end of spaces in which to take a seat and soak up the genteel atmosphere: take your pick from the supremely elegant dining room, drawing room, study and sitting room, each with fulllength windows. The largest living space, however, is the fabulous conservatory – all 31-feet-six-inches by 14-feet of it – a bright, slate-floored space in which you could comfortably hold the village’s post-wassail party, we reckon. Completing the ground floor, you’ve also got a sizeable farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room, utility, downstairs loo and boiler room. Climb the classy staircase and upstairs are four generous double bedrooms – the master suite is downright palatial, with a marble fireplace, dressing room and en-suite with bath and shower – along with a family bathroom and shower room. Down in the basement you’ll find a cellar, wine store and room for several bikes etc. Large, landscaped, mature gardens wrap around the side of the property and to the front. Among the impressive foliage you’ll notice a 272-year-old Cedar of Lebanon, an oak tree believed to be 200 years old, camellias, roses, 30-foot rhododendrons and an ‘Exmouth’ magnolia. There are also two single, but conjoined, garages made of cedar wood, fully insulated and wired up. Frankly, they has us at ‘Whimple’. . .




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HEAVITREE - £350,000 3 Bed – 2 Bath A fantastic opportunity to acquire this 1930’s three Bedroom semi detached property situated in the highly sought after residential area of Heavitree. The property is presented throughout to an exacting standard and comprises Entrance Hall, bay fronted Living Room, open plan Kitchen/Dining Room, Wet Room and Utility to the ground floor. Three bedrooms and a modern fitted family Bathroom can be found to the first floor. Outside the property benefits from well-maintained front and rear gardens, the rear being south facing, a shared driveway and single garage. The property is conveniently located on a bus route and is well situated for access to major road links including the M5 and A30. Well regarded primary schools are within easy access of the property. Internal viewing is highly recommended to appreciate all this property has to offer

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EXETER - £325,000 3 Bed – 2 Bath A beautifully presented and individually built three bedroom detached house with superb views to the front across Exeter. The property occupies a generous size plot with gardens to the front, side and rear, and has off road parking for several vehicles in front of the single garage. Internally the property has spacious and versatile accommodation comprising of entrance porch, hallway, open plan living/dining room, kitchen, utility room, ground floor cloakroom, dining room/3rd bedroom, two first floor double bedrooms, ensuite shower room and family bathroom. Early internal viewing is highly recommended.

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Where do you call home and what makes it special? On the quayside. Everything is special here. The river is the lifeblood of the city, always flowing with its different moods, from summer sparkles to a muddy winter flood. On the quay, there’s history and modernity, peace and bustle, cafés and bars, cooking and art, all you could want. Tell us a bit about your new book… The Justice Mirror is a mix of whodunit and thriller, full of distorted reflections of revenge and recrimination, based around a murderous spiral of vengeance ignited by a dreadful failure of justice. Can you see yourself ever turning vigilante? It’s a frequent fantasy. What would your desert island book be? Great Expectations, Charles Dickens. A complete story of life by a master storyteller. What piece of music would you put on at the end of a trying day? Cloudbusting, Kate Bush. The strings, the melodies, the emotions. What has been your proudest moment? All the students at Exeter University and College, and Devon schools, that I’ve helped into careers and lives they might never otherwise have known, and the writers I’ve helped to get published. What’s your earliest childhood memory? Our Alsatian, Sam, and playing with him in the garden. I reincarnated Sam in my books as Rutherford, to give me a fantasy dog to love, and my hero Dan someone to talk to. If your nearest and dearest had to describe you, what would they say? Peculiar, but means well.

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hen he’s not reporting for the BBC on things like manslaughter and prison disturbances in the South West, Exeterbased crime expert Simon Hall unleashes his imagination in crime novels. His new revengeand-murder-packed thriller The Justice Mirror is out on 20 April and is the sixth book in his series starring crime fighting television reporter Dan Groves – nope, we simply cannot imagine who he’s based on...


You’ll find the crime writer and BBC correspondent in the Hourglass or on Dartmoor. . . When did you last cry? Last week, when I finished the edits on my new novel. I always cry at the end of a book. It’s such a long journey, you fall in love with the characters and story, it’s a part of your life for several years, and then one day it’s all over and done. It’s like the ending of a relationship. What’s your most treasured possession? Life. When people ask “So what’s Exeter like?” what do you say? Imagine what you want from life and it’s here. Who would play you in a film about your life? Daniel Craig, if I’m feeling optimistic. Mr Bean if more realistic. Your favourite places to eat, drink and shop in Exeter? To eat and drink, The Hourglass pub. The food is terrific, as is the ale. There’s no piped music or fruit machines, and I can sit, read, think, write and enjoy the atmosphere. I also love the Samuel Jones, because I can sit and watch the river flow by. It’s a fine place for slow thinking. To shop, Gandy Street, or Fore Street. I like quirks and character. Where in the nearby countryside do you like to go to escape the hustle and bustle of town life? Dartmoor. The coast can get too busy. The moor is just as beautiful, with more tranquility in solitude, and space to breathe, think and feel. It

also boasts a wonderful range of moods, from sullen to smiles. I often take Rutherford for walks there. If you had a time machine, which era would you return to and why? The 1960s, for the music and fashions. I’ve always been a mod at heart. Who was your last text from? My daughter, Niamh. She needs to “have a chat”, which, as every parent knows, means trouble. It’s either boys or money, or more likely both. Do you have any hidden interests? I’m very fond of wildlife. I love feeding the River Exe goose gang, they’re a wonderful bunch of chattering clowns. And I’m a member of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. I try to get a mention of hedgehogs and geese into every book. What’s your favourite indulgence? Thinking. If you had a superpower, what would it be? A happiness ray. We’d better let you get on… What are you doing right after this? Working out what to say in the talks that are being arranged to celebrate the launch of The Justice Mirror. I haven’t told the story of what to do when you really need a dead otter for a while, so I think that will have to go in. thetvdetective.com

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Exeter Living - Issue 208  

Exeter Living - Issue 208