CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

Dinner on Teignmouth's Saltie

PUBLISHED: 17:57 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:35 20 February 2013

Dinner on Teignmouth's Saltie

Dinner on Teignmouth's Saltie

Sandie Clark tells us about her Open for Dinner event on the Saltie at low tide.

Sometimes you don't need a cast of thousands to create an epic event. Just a maverick with a vision (take Tim Smit for example with Eden), a few really good friends who are willing to listen and help you because youre you and some adventurers who are up for something different and prepared to go along with whatever is thrown upfiguratively speaking!


I remember the cold February day when I looked out at The Salty and imagined a summer candlelit dinner attended by beautiful people against the backdrop of Dartmoor with the sun setting across the shingle and the sea in the Teign river estuary. Its a magical landscape totally governed by the tide a secret under water land that only admits you on its terms. Ive always been fascinated with tides and the power of the sea and all these things combined to arouse my curiosity on how I might achieve the ultimate dinner.


Once it had taken hold, it was obvious to me that anywhere could be OPEN for Dinner and it gave rise to my website and the idea of encouraging others to live out their fantasy meals.


2010, as far as I can see, has been a year marked by the rise in gatherings where food, people, drama and fun are all key elements. Weve simply extended our natural inclinations towards eccentricity, nostalgiaand amateur dramatics to include food and, in so doing, have created our own sets (as in the theatre and film) and this year, unlike any before, its OK.


Suddenly, weve been given permission to rediscover our imaginations and act out our own scenes; exploring and experiencing all the possibilities, setting aside doubts or embarrassment. To dress up or dress down, to be quirky and individual and.to unashamedly enjoy every single soupcon of it! In a way, you could say were created our own celebrity moments.


As for my stint on The Salty, Id often wondered how I would feel afterwards. I woke up laughing as the day replayed itself and I recalled a series of the most surreal images


As for my stint on The Salty, Id often wondered how I would feel afterwards. I woke up laughing as the day replayed itself and I recalled a series of the most surreal images; Hugo and Tony trying to row equipment across with flaying oars, the cooker getting stuck on the shingle, the chef going to the wrong beach, Toby in the inflatable going round in circles with 8 bistro chairs stacked precariously, the tent crew raising our beloved 1940s marquee in the wind but, above all, I remember the expressions, the laughter and the enjoyment of the guests and how they all looked. Amazing!


We got our sunset and candlelit dinner, our champagne and the beautiful people. For those few brief hours, the world was at bay and we were the stars in our own glamorous production.


And, whilst we definitely werent a cast of thousands, I would like to thank (in true Oscar winning style) Stephen, Toby, Hugo, Tony, Bruce, Brian, Giselle, Helena, Lesley, Jan, Emily, Anne-Marie, Chris and Rob. WE DID IT!


Who wouldn't want to be amaverick when you have friends like these.........


Plusa big thank you to the RNLI who were on standby. Well, that is everyoneexcept the chief helmsman who was dining! A donation is on its way


Sandie Clark


www.openfordinner.co.uk

0 comments

More from Out & About

Tue, 16:33

With breathtaking beaches, rolling countryside, stately homes and unique villages, it’s no wonder high-profile film productions flock to Devon - how well do you know the movies that have set up camp here however?

Read more
Tue, 15:17

Whether it’s on our beautiful beaches, in our magnificent moors or within our stunning stately homes, film productions are constantly setting up in Devon. Here are 16 that you might not know used the county as a filming location

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

From angry spirits to headless horses and ghoulish monks, Devon has more than a few supernatural stories to get your skin crawling. We have picked 11 haunted places in the county

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October is the perfect time to discover the joys of Exmoor. Jennette Baxter of Visit Exmoor suggests five great ways to enjoy autumn on the moor

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wild camping can be one of the best ways to escape the crowds for a night or two and lose yourself in the landscape - SOPHIE PAVELLE chooses her five favourite places to ‘wild-life’ camp in Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the Devon coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick 10 of the prettiest routes to take

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Take our quiz to find out how well you really know Devon

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As the weather starts to warm up and the Devon countryside beckons, LIZZIE JANE of the National Trust in the South West offers plenty of walk ideas for you to try. Whether you want a relaxed Sunday stroll or a more strenuous hike, here are 10 walks across Devon (and beyond) to help you escape the crowds and head off the beaten track

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The South West Coast Path is celebrating 40 years by calling on people to help raise £40,000. To show their support, teams from Devon’s top tourist attractions are preparing to take to the trail. CHRISSY HARRIS finds out more

Read more
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Away from the hustle of places like Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, North Devon is peppered with tiny coves, empty beaches and wooded walks leading to secluded bays that feel a million miles away from the tourist trail. BECKY DICKINSON reveals her pick of the best kept secrets on the North Devon coast

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

As part of her regular series where she visits Devon’s best places for 24 hours, Lydia Tewkesbury has this time been to Sidmouth

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ranging from rocky and windy walkways along the South West Coast Path to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, the district of North Devon is one of the prettiest coastal areas in the South West of England. In no particular order, here are 10 of the prettiest villages in the district of North Devon

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In Devon’s towns and cities there’s an awful lot you can do in just 24 hours. For her regular feature, Lydia Tewkesbury travels to see what you can do in a day in Kingsbridge

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Villages in Devon are some of the prettiest in the South West. From beautiful little hamlets on the outskirts of the moors to seaside communities, we pick 10 villages in Devon you need to visit

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search