Devon Chef Thomas Carr showcases his Ilfracombe restaurant during Exmoor Food Fest

PUBLISHED: 15:23 03 February 2015

Photo by Charmain Lovett

Photo by Charmain Lovett


North Devon chef Thomas Carr is looking forward to showcasing his new restaurant during the first Exmoor Food Fest

Photo by Charmain LovettPhoto by Charmain Lovett

Exmoor is lucky to be the home of many outstanding restaurants. A group of them have now joined the first Exmoor Food Fest which is going to take place all over Exmoor during February 2015.

Participating restaurants will offer two courses for £10 and three courses for £15 which is an excellent opportunity for people to go out and enjoy amazing food without breaking the bank. From local game to beef reared on the moor to seafood caught just off the coast – restaurants will be dishing up the best the region has to offer.

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

Chef Thomas Carr, who recently opened his new restaurant The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, is excited about the Food Fest: “We are delighted to be part of the first Exmoor Food Fest. It provides us with a great opportunity to showcase our restaurant and the fantastic produce available right on our doorstep.

Photo by Charmain LovettPhoto by Charmain Lovett

“My culinary journey started in 2002 in my hometown Woolacombe. In spring 2014 I had the opportunity to set up my own restaurant in Ilfracombe with a passionate, dynamic and creative kitchen/dining environment.”

He brings with him years of experience of working as head or executive chef in highly acclaimed restaurants. Exmoor Food Fest customers will be able to taste his creations for as little as £10 for two courses.

The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange is another Devon restaurant taking part in the Exmoor Food Fest where well-known chef Michael Caines MBE and his team are providing full operational support and advice on all aspects of hotel and restaurant operations. The Exmoor Food Fest is working closely with hospitality students who are coached by chef Andrew Dixon at the The Combe training restaurant at the Skills and Enterprise Centre in the grounds of West Somerset College in Minehead.

The students will have the opportunity to work with outstanding local chefs during the Exmoor Food Fest both at outside venues and at The Combe.

A street food fest at Minehead Harbour from 27 February to 1 March will be the grand finale of the four-week festival. Locals and visitors will have the opportunity of sampling a Taste of Exmoor and watch cookery demonstrations by students and renowned chefs.

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