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The Exmoor Real Ale & Cider Trail
The Exmoor Real Ale & Cider Trail

Starting points will be Lynmouth at the Rising Sun or in Dunster at the Dunster Castle Hotel. The idea is to visit as many of the pubs in the leaflet as possible, buy a pint or half of Real Ale (or cider/ perry where available) and ask for a coloured sticker. If all are completed you will receive the Exmoor Real Ale Trail T-Shirt 2011 and a sore head in the morning, if completed in one day. All the ales in the region will be showcasing & include; St Austell, Exmoor, Cotleigh, Otter, Thatcher’s and many more. There will also be a prize draw for completed cards for extra brewery and hotel prizes, such as; brewery visits, Real Ale, cider and weekends away. More pubs than ever have joined the trail this year and it promises to be a marathon event. Not for the faint hearted.

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Exmoor tasting platters at Exmoor House
Exmoor tasting platters at Exmoor House

Lovely local ingredients combined with expert cooking. Try our delicious pâtés, terrines, flans, cured meats, Somerset cheeses, pickles and more; all served tapas style with salad and home-made bread. Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book. Can’t make lunch? Why not book dinner instead? And Exmoor House is the ideal place to stay for your festival visit. Cost: £10 per person (add pudding for only £4.50!) Booking essential.

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Local Fish Evening - Featuring Lundy Fish
Local Fish Evening - Featuring Lundy Fish

An evening to taste the delights of the sea with a variety of fish and shellfish from Lundy Fish, Barnstaple. Cooked using fresh locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our Festival accommodation package includes this menu - please contact us for more details. Cost: £40.00 per person for a 3-course meal, including tea or coffee. Booking essential.

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Game On! at Streamcombe Cookery School
Game On! at Streamcombe Cookery School

Streamcombe Cookery School and Farthings Farm Shop bring you an evening enjoying the best seasonal food. A two hour cookery demo exploring some interesting ways to cook and serve furred and feathered game and incorporating other wild and local produce along the way. With plenty of opportunity for sampling, tasting some wine matches and even a bit of hands on experience for a few lucky guests. This will be a relaxed and inspiring evening, held at Streamcombe Cookery School – a stunning converted barn, close to Dulverton. Places are limited and booking essential. Please call Ian on 01398 323775 or email ian@streamcombecookery.co.uk

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The Exmoor American brunch at Glen Lodge
The Exmoor American brunch at Glen Lodge

Come along and enjoy the Exmoor bounty at our American brunch - muffins, waffles, eggs, pancakes, coffee on tap, sausages and syrup and more! Then stroll around our 21 acres garden and woodland to recover! Cost £12.50 per person. Booking essential, last orders at 1pm.

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Lambtastic! at the Streamcombe Cookery School
Lambtastic! at the Streamcombe Cookery School

A one hour cookery demonstration and talk about one of Exmoor’s finest products - lamb. Farthings Farm Shop and Streamcombe Cookery School will lead you though the life cycle of lamb, what makes good meat and how to cook different cuts to bring out their finest qualities - with a selection of interesting dishes to sample and take inspiration from. The event will be held at Streamcombe Cookery School - a stunning converted barn, close to Dulverton. Places are limited and booking essential. Please call Ian on 01398 323775 or email ian@streamcombecookery.co.uk to book your place. Cost: £12 per person.

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Eat Out @ The Swan in Wells for £10
Eat Out @ The Swan in Wells for £10

The Best Western Swan hotel is one of only 30 hotels to appear in the original Michelin Guide in 1911 and still be in it today. Throughout October, the hotel is offering a great value 2 course lunch for £10.00 per person. This special offer is available from Monday to Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, subject to availability. Booking essential. Quote “Celebration of Food £10.00 offer”.

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The Yarn Market Hotel presents meats from the moor
The Yarn Market Hotel presents meats from the moor

An evening to taste the varied delights of Exmoor and the surrounding area with a selection of food and drink from across this beautiful countryside. A choice of many delicious items will be available for you and will be cooked using fresh locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our festival accommodation package includes this menu - please contact us for more details. Cost: £40.00 per person for a 3-course meal, including tea or coffee. Booking essential.

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Tapas ‘Y’ Guitar at Minehead EYE
Tapas ‘Y’ Guitar at Minehead EYE

Minehead EYE invites you to our authentic Tapas night by critically acclaimed and Spanish-trained chef Todd Studley. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Rioja or a Agua de Valenica (a Valencian cocktail!) and a tapas taster on arrival. Then relax into an evening of Flamenco and classical guitar; choosing further tapas from the menu. Booking in advance by table with a minimum of 4 people per table. Individuals or couples booking can be seated at the fully licensed bar. Cost: Entry and tapas taster £3 per person (with further tapas at cost from menu).

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The 3 C’s - Cider, Cheese & Chutney
The 3 C’s - Cider, Cheese & Chutney

Scrumptious selection of cider from the Sandford Orchard, delectable chutneys and fruit cheese from Brendon Hill Crafts and a varied selection of West Country cheeses. Talks and tastings, through the evening, by all the local producers. Food Heaven! Cost: £9.50 per person. Booking advised.

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Breakfast in the Heart of Exmoor
Breakfast in the Heart of Exmoor

Join us for an Exmoor Breakfast before taking a self guided walk to enjoy the feast of views from the highest point on Exmoor - Dunkery Beacon. Cost: Adults £6.25 Children £4. Vegetarian Option. No booking required.

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Exmoor Ale Pie & Quiz Night
Exmoor Ale Pie & Quiz Night

Get together with friends in teams of four to compete in the quiz. Great food to get your brain working, as we will serve Steak and Cotleigh Ale pie, mash and peas. A free pint of Cotleigh’s Old Steamer or Buzzard included. Great local food and drink prizes on offer. Cost: £8.50 per person. Booking advised.

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Victorian Exmoor tea at Lorna Doone Hotel
Victorian Exmoor tea at Lorna Doone Hotel

A traditional old-fashioned Victorian tea, served by appropriately dressed maidens, in a traditional setting. Cost £7.50 per person.

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A Chocolate Supper
A Chocolate Supper

Join us for a simple supper which will show how chocolate and cocoa can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Bring your own bottle(s)... Cost: £15 per person, booking essential. Throughout the festival, we will be serving Chocolate Cream Teas alongside our usual cream teas and cakes. There will be chocolate making at the shop on and off throughout the festival and chocolate samples available every day. (Shop Closed Mondays)

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Taste and menu creation cookery workshop
Taste and menu creation cookery workshop

A one-day cookery workshop to develop your understanding of taste so that you can create stunning food, from snacks to dinner parties, The day will be spent exploring flavour combinations, structuring menus and creating individual dishes from seasonal produce and wild foods (and a little foraging if weather permits!). Learn how to handle particular foods and cook them to best develop their flavour - and then produce your own lunch! - with a selection of the delicacies to take home. The course is held at Streamcombe Cookery School, close to Dulverton. Places are limited and booking essential. Please see visit our website for further details and contact Ian on 01398 323775 or email ian@streamcombecookery.co.uk to book your place. Price: £95 per person.

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Foxes Academy & Hotel present ‘Local Game’
Foxes Academy & Hotel present ‘Local Game’

Foxes Hotel would like to invite you to join us and enjoy a meal celebrating the game available on Exmoor. The Hotel, situated on the sea-front in Minehead, is part of a specialist catering academy for young adults with learning difficulties. Cost: £19.95 per person. Booking essential

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It’s Not All Nuts!
It’s Not All Nuts!

Drop into the shop and cafe to sample lots of delicious veggie food, meet local suppliers, take a look at our great value organic Fruit & Veg boxes - and lots more! Special Exmoor Food Festival menu on the day!

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Masterclass in cooking game with Master Butchers Gerald David and Family
Masterclass in cooking game with Master Butchers Gerald David and Family

Join master butchers Gerald David and Family for a masterclass in preparing and cooking game. As well as tasting some of this autumn’s most delicious game, customers will be able to watch a master butcher at work expertly cutting the meat before providing tips and tricks on getting the best out of it during cooking. You will leave inspired and raring to try out the ideas in your own kitchen! Book by phone on 07792287252.

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Fish & the Blues at Dunster Castle Hotel
Fish & the Blues at Dunster Castle Hotel

A sumptuous evening of the best the West Country has to offer from the seas. Why not try such favourites as Lyme Bay Scallops, Cornish Sardines, River Fowey Clams/Mussels or our catch of the day. Listen to Blues / Rock legends - The Jam Factory, who are back by popular demand. Cost: £20 for 2 courses, including entertainment. Booking advised.

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The West Somerset Community College Farm Open & Fun Day
The West Somerset Community College Farm Open & Fun Day

The College Farm is opening its gates and inviting everyone to come and have look around. Meet our Pedigree prize winning herd of Red Devon Cattle, Exmoor Mule and Llyen sheep plus pigs, poultry and ponies. Relax in the Farm gardens and take a gardening masterclass or spend time at the West Somerset Farmers Market who will be on site with their usual amazing spread of local produce for sale. Enjoy a hog roast, learn more about the Young Farmers Clubs, watch falconry displays, have a go at archery or meet members of the College’s exotic animal collection. A great day for the whole family to enjoy, relax and get involved! Adults £1 & Kids free.

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Wibbly Wobbly Jelly
Wibbly Wobbly Jelly

Kids of all ages are invited to enter our Wibbly Wobbly Jelly eating competition and food fight; how much jelly can you eat in 1 minute? The wobbly winner gets a year’s free membership for their whole family @ the EYE and kicks off the food fight. Two teams compete and the team least covered in food after the 2 minute round wins a free skate session each. Please wear protective clothing and shoes – goggles also recommended!

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Exmoor Food Fair
Exmoor Food Fair

Browse, taste and buy from the busy local produce hall. Judging will also be taking place for the Exmoor Savoury Pie Competition and the Best Of Exmoor Food Photographic Competition; ask Porlock Visitor Centre for more info 01643 863 150.

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Sunday lunch at the Best Western Swan Hotel
Sunday lunch at the Best Western Swan Hotel

The Best Western Swan Hotel in Wells has built a reputation for serving superb cuisine. Recognised by 2 prestigious AA Rosettes, head chef, Leigh Say endeavours to use the finest locally sourced ingredients. The hotels’ Restaurant is called “15c A.D.” and this reflects the extraordinary history of the premises, which date back to 1422. On Sunday 9 October 2011, you can enjoy a 3 course Sunday lunch for just £14.22 by quoting “15c A.D. – Celebration of Food”. Booking essential.

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Bishop’s Palace celebrates British baking
Bishop’s Palace celebrates British baking

Get your fill of oven-baked nostalgia as The Bishop’s Palace invites you to nibble on delicious, quintessentially British cakes, just like your granny used to make. Enjoy Eccles cakes, jammie dodgers, rock cakes, lemon drizzle, pikelets, Bath buns, traditional oatmeal parkin and bara brith. We’ll even bring you the classic Victoria sandwich. Show off your fairy cake decorating skills, then enjoy making your favourite cakes at home with free recipe cards that also reveal the origins of their memorable names.

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Spanish wine dinner at the Best Western Swan Hotel
Spanish wine dinner at the Best Western Swan Hotel

The Best Western Swan Hotel has teamed up with Chris Piper of award-winning Christopher Piper wines, to offer lovers of Spanish food and wine an evening to savour. The hotel’s head chef, Leigh Say, will serve a carefully selected 3 course dinner menu to complement a range of ‘new’ Spanish wines hand-picked by oenologist Chris Piper. Tickets are priced at £38.00 per person.

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Sensational supplier day at The Bishop’s Palace
Sensational supplier day at The Bishop’s Palace

Winter’s all wrapped up at Bishop’s Palace with the first of its season-led Supplier Days, where local producers come together to give visitors the opportunity to try before they buy. Somerset cider and pressed apple juice producer Orchard Pig will be tempting visitors to a tipple of their award-winning drinks, while Longman Cheese showcases its delicious local Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, butter and cream direct from milk produced by large herds that are grazed on only the richest pastures.

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Festival of apples at The Bishop’s Palace
Festival of apples at The Bishop’s Palace

This October, Bishop’s Palace is apple mad. Apple bobbing, ‘Pin the maggot’ and apple-and-spoon races kick-start the launch of a new range of homemade chutneys and jams. While the kids play, mums and dads can tuck into a selection of apple-themed winter warmers in the Palace café, such as sausage and apple plait, apple pie with a cheddar crust, Somerset apple and cider cake, apple scones, apple sorbet, toffee apples, all washed down with flights of cider. Free take-home recipe cards.

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