16 year-old Exmoor Young Chef cooks at Knowle Manor

Our guests at the Media Launch on 12 October at Knowle Manor are in for a special treat: Exmoor Young Chef Perran Clarke – with the support of his mentor Carla Jones – will be preparing a pre-dessert!

Perran won the Exmoor Young Chef competition earlier this year, and this is what judge Miguel Tenreiro, head chef at the Porlock Weir Hotel, had to say:

“Perran’s dish of chicken supreme, fondant potato and tarragon sauce showcasing Beech Ridge chicken particularly impressed me.”

Perran is now an apprentice at Seacliff Restaurant (Sandy Cove Hotel) where he works with head chef Carla Jones. By the way, we are delighted that the Seacliff Restaurant have signed up for the 2023 Exmoor Food Fest for the first time!

Carla Jones has been a chef for many years. She started in kitchens at the age of 14 working her way from potwash, moving to London at the age of 20 to complete a scholarship under Piere Koffman.

Carla loves a challenge and competed in Masterchef in 2018.

After settling in Devon 2 years ago and taking over Seacliff, Carla and her team have achieved 3 Rosettes and have gotten into the Michelin guide.

Perran Clarke is 16 years old and has been passionate about food for a long time.

He has competed in future chef competition and came second. And he won Exmoor Young Chef of the year. This September Perran competed in the Young Chef of the South West: “I enjoy working under Carla in Seacliff and have just started my apprenticeship with Petroc collage. I have a huge passion for food and am very lucky as a chef to work with amazing produce surrounding us.”

PS We have a handful of tickets left!

Exmoor Gin for starters

Our guests at next week’s Media Launch of the 2023 Exmoor Food Fest at Knowle Manor will be welcomed by a glass of gin or rum by
Exmoor Distillery :

Founded in 2017 Exmoor Distillery is a lifelong ambition of the founders John & Nicola. Sharing a taste for high-end spirits and with combined expertise in engineering and business. John and Nicola have established a distillery that has won some of the highest accolades in the industry.

John say’s “After sampling many of the world’s gins and rums on our travels, there was nothing that quite hit the spot, so we decided to produce our own. Our clients love our sprits and never fail to be impressed with the bursting natural flavour and unexpectedly smooth textures”.

The historic location of Dulverton, mentioned in the doomsday book, is the perfect setting to distil some of the world’s finest spirits. Due in part to the unique water source drawn by bore hole from the Exmoor Aquifer which is used in the fermentation, distillation and proofing of our spirits thus making our spirits truly unique.

The dinner on 12 October at Knowle Manor starts at 7 for 7.30pm. Here is the line-up of the award-winning chefs who will look after our guests:

Welcome Drinks

Exmoor Distillery

Amuse Bouche

Butlins Academy (Werner Hartholt with two of his students)

Starter

Anita-Clare Field (La Petite Bouchée, Witheridge)
supported by Nathan, Exmoor Young Chef runner-up

Fish

Miguel Tenreiro (Porlock Weir Hotel)

Meat

Martin Bayliss (New Coast Kitchen)

Pre-Dessert

Exmoor Young Chef competition winner Perran Clark with his mentor Carla Jones (Sandy Cove Hotel)

Dessert

Jade Shorney (Rising Sun, West Bagborough)

Tickets are £70.00 per person.

7 for 7.30 pm.

There are only a limited number of tickets available.





An Evening with Singer/Songwriter Barry Walsh

An evening with folk musician Barry Walsh

We’re excited to be hosting a night with Somerset based Barry Walsh who will entertain us with folk music and story telling.

Somerset based Barry Walsh is an acoustic/roots songwriter and has been around quite a while. His backlog includes Porlock Hill, Bring Her Home, the Matthew, the Curzon and the Strawberry Line to name a few, and his current song the ‘Willow Man’ is being played out on BBC Radio whilst supporting the plight of the old fella on the M5!
Oh, did you know he was also responsible in naming ‘Castle Bridge’ in Bristol…

Date: 8 October 2022

Doors open at 7.30pm

Bar will be open.

Venue: Allerford Village Hall


Exmoor Supper Club: Join us for a Bavarian Feast

Join us for a fabulous Bavarian Feast on Friday, 30 September, at Allerford Village Hall as part of the Exmoor Supper Club.

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner, starting with Bavarian cold meats & cheese platters, served with locally made pretzels; followed by beef cooked in red wine, pork cooked in beer, Bavarian creamy wild mushrooms, served with red cabbage, sauerkraut, mixed veg and roast potatoes/mash/German pasta; and finished with caramelised almonds, Bavarian cream and apple tart.

We treat you to a welcome drink, German beer with your meal and, at the end, a German schnapps.

*Please advise us of allergies and dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Elke Koessling-Winzer, who is a German cookbook author, is cooking for you tonight. The recipes are authentic as are some of the items on the menu (such as Bavarian cold meats and cheese specialities), but where possible we use locally sourced produce.

Pizza & Cream Tea today in Allerford

Today we are back for a small, but fun Exmoor Fair in Allerford: Enjoy Pizza (Exmoor Pizza Pod) and Cream Tea (Daisy’s Cream Teas), stock up with beautiful cards, locally made soap, crafts and art, made by Latitude 50 Landscapes, The Wilds of Exmoor and local artist Mo Scott.

At 11 am and 1pm you can try out Yoga with Terry Bruce.

We look forward to seeing you!

From 10am till 4pm today at Allerford Village Hall. TA24 8HL

An evening with folk musician Barry Walsh

We’re excited to be hosting a night with Somerset based Barry Walsh who will entertain us with folk music and story telling.

Somerset based Barry Walsh is an acoustic/roots songwriter and has been around quite a while. His backlog includes Porlock Hill, Bring Her Home, the Matthew, the Curzon and the Strawberry Line to name a few, and his current song the ‘Willow Man’ is being played out on BBC Radio whilst supporting the plight of the old fella on the M5!
Oh, did you know he was also responsible in naming ‘Castle Bridge’ in Bristol…

Date: 8 October 2022

Doors open at 7.30pm

Bar will be open.

Venue: Allerford Village Hall

Award-winning Devon restaurant pops up in Somerset

La Petite Bouchée kicks off new Exmoor Supper Club in Porlock Vale

Allerford, Porlock.– Award-winning Devon restaurant La Petite Bouchée will serve up a Mediterranean Feast on Friday, 15 July 2022, at the launch of the Exmoor Supper Club in Allerford near Porlock.

Exmoor4all, who also organise the Exmoor Food Fest, have set up the Exmoor Supper Club to create special occasions for the celebration of Exmoor’s outstanding hospitality and food scene. 

“La Petite Bouchée have been a firm favourite of Exmoor Food Fest followers for many years,” said Elke Winzer, the owner of Exmoor4all, Exmoor’s largest online community platform. “With petrol prices soaring, we decided to bring Anita-Clare Field and her La Petite Bouchée from Witheridge in Devon to Allerford on the other side of Exmoor to save her West Somerset based fans the 3-hour-round trip for a beautiful meal out.”

“We have chosen Allerford Village Hall as the location for the Mediterranean Feast,” Elke Winzer continued. “Our dinner guests will not only be able to enjoy a fabulous meal, but also stunning views towards Hurlstone Point and hopefully a beautiful Exmoor sunset.”

The first Exmoor Supper Club offers a five-course-menu featuring a taste of Morocco. Guests will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival with a chance to admire an exhibition of paintings by local artist Maureen Scott.

Details:

15 July 2022, 7pm for 7.30pm

Mediterranean Feast (5 courses plus Welcome Drink)

Tickets cost £70.00 and are available online via www.exmoor4all.com/exmoor-supper-club

Allerford Village Hall, TA24 8HL


Notes to the Editor:

1. Menu

Welcome Drink
Mezze ( A selection of sharing Tapas plates)
( Baba Ganoush, Turkish Salad, Hummus with Parsley, Za’atar bread, Pickled cauliflower, Red cabbage salad, Falafel, Pickled Chilli, Tahini Garlic Sauce) 

Amuse

Salads
Tomato salad ( with cumin and mint )
Fattoush Salad  ( with lemon and flatbread croutons )
Tabouleh
Tanoreen Salad ( with pomegranate and walnut)

Mains

Slow cooked Moroccan – Spiced Lamb on a bed of Jewelled Couscous Vegetable Tagine with Jewelled CousCous
(Both dishes served with Garlic sauce and Harissa Sauce and flatbreads )

Desserts
Baked Figs with honey and pistachio
A selection of Baklava 

2. Exmoor4all was founded in 2012 to help connect the local community and visitors. It is now Exmoor’s largest online platform, reaching one million people per year on Facebook alone. 

In 2015, Exmoor4all launched the Exmoor Food Fest, an industry-driven month-long celebration of Exmoor’s finest hospitality, which helps local restaurants to attract diners throughout February, a notoriously quiet time on Exmoor.

Exmoor4all has been promoting #TasteExmoor through a series of pop-ups and fairs, with the Exmoor Supper Club being the latest initiative.  

The Exmoor Supper Club aims at offering new experiences and ‘relocates’ popular restaurants and chefs for pop-up events.

3. Websites:

www.exmoor4all.com

www.exmoorfoodfest.com

www.exmoorevents.com

4. Elke Koessling Winzer is a PR, Communications & Business Development Consultant and Coach with over 35 years experience. Originally from Bonn, Germany, Elke has lived and worked in the UK for over 20 years.

Elke Koessling Winzer helps  small business owners to get clear on their story and increase their reach & income through social & traditional media. She has an academic background and has worked for the Australian government, the German entertainment industry, British local authorities and UK based hospitality businesses. Over the years Elke has also worked as a travel journalist and had three books published, including two cookbooks.

www.elkekoessling.com

5. La Petite Bouchee: 

www.lapetiteboucheebrasserie.co.uk

6. Paintings by Maureen Scott 

www.moscottartist.co.uk

Exmoor Supper Club: Mediterranean Feast

The first Exmoor Supper Club will take place on 15 July 2022 when Anita-Clare Field, Chef/Patron of La Petite Bouchée in Witheridge, Devon, and her team come to cook a five-course Mediterranean feast in Allerford, Somerset.

La Petite Bouchée has been a firm favourite with Exmoor Food Fest diners over the past years, and now the popular restaurant with a zero-waste policy is hosting a pop-up dinner at the recently refurbished Allerford Community Hall which has the most stunning views across Porlock Vale towards Hurlstone Point and the sea. The sunsets tend to be spectacular!

Tickets are limited to 30 diners who will be greeted with a welcome drink at arrival.


The menu:

Welcome Drink

Mezze ( A selection of sharing Tapas plates) 

( Baba Ganoush, Turkish Salad, Hummus with Parsley, Za’atar bread, Pickled cauliflower, Red cabbage salad, Falafel, Pickled Chilli, Tahini Garlic Sauce)  

Amuse

Salads 

Tomato salad ( with cumin and mint ) 

Fattoush Salad  ( with lemon and flatbread croutons ) 

Tabouleh 

Tanoreen Salad ( with pomegranate and walnut) 

Mains

Slow cooked Moroccan – Spiced Lamb on a bed of Jewelled Couscous 

Vegetable Tagine with Jewelled CousCous

( Both dishes served with Garlic sauce and Harissa Sauce and flatbreads ) 

Desserts

Baked Figs with honey and pistachio 

A selection of Baklava 

£70.00 per person.

15 July 2022, Allerford Community Hall, Hare Park, TA24 8HL
7pm for 7.30pm

You will be able to buy drinks from our well-stocked bar.


Exmoor Fair @ Allerford is looking for traders

Join us at the first Exmoor Fair at Allerford Village Hall & Grounds!

Sunday, 22 May 2022
10 am till 4pm
Food * Arts * Crafts * Wellness

We’ve been planning a Taste Exmoor event in Porlock Vale for the past 2 years, but Covid thought otherwise. This year we are back – we had to scale down to 1 day (rather than 3), but we’re going to add arts, crafts and wellness into the mix.

There is limited space for tables indoors, but lots of space for marquees on the grounds. 

Looking forward to having you on board!

If you are offering

  • Hot Food
  • Food & drink products
  • Arts
  • Crafts
  • Wellbeing (Yoga etc)

then we’d love to hear from you.

Sign up here or send us an email.

The Exmoor Food Fest returns in 2022

We are delighted that the Exmoor Food Fest will be back in February 2022 – once again, visitors and locals will be able to eat their way across Exmoor!

Are you a restaurant on or around Exmoor? Then join us for a celebration of the best hospitality and outstanding chefs.

The Exmoor Food Fest starts on 1 February and runs throughout the month.

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