Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 42)

MAR/APR 2023 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, GROOMS, HONEYMOONS, NEWS, VENUES, OFFERS AND MORE Frill seekers Ruffled and layered bridal dresses Spotlight on... East and mid Devon WED AND BREAKFAST Hot hotel venues Romantic real-life weddings Local love GET YOUR PARTY STARTED Big-day music and entertainment AN INTIMATE AFFAIR Where to host a small wedding HEAD OVER HEELS Bridal shoes and bags

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REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the (region/county) 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 56 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2023 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON... East and Mid Devon 23 WED AND BREAKFAST Hot hotel venues On the cover This issue gorgeous cover has been sponsored by historic Dartmoor wedding venue Bovey Castle ( It was captured at the wedding of Ali and Matt Bauer by Devon photographer Rockrose Photography ( 61 90 FEATURES 45 READY TO WED Check out these small but perfectly formed intimate and elopement wedding venues 53 GET YOUR PARTY STARTED Fun ways to entertain your guests 72 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 TIME OF OUR LIVES Deer’s Leap in South Molton provided the stunning backdrop for Jess and Ed’s special day 35 A FAMILY AFFAIR Jeannette and David’s wedding enjoyed the backdrop of Salcombe Yacht Club 40 RUSTIC ROMANCE Trevenna in Cornwall provided the stunning backdrop for Shannon and Josh’s two-day wedding HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites 86 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our favourite city escapes 89 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY Enjoy a break at The Runnymede on Thames GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be 80 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season FASHION & BEAUTY 59 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 67 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 70 HEAD OVER HEELS Walk down the aisle in style this season with our hand-picked edit of the best bridal shoes and bags 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 74 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 75 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 76 SOOTHING SELF-CARE How Reiki can help you remain calm in the lead-up to your wedding 82 67 80 84 86 4

With Easter almost upon us, this feels like it’s going to be an eggcellent year! Not only can we look forward to this spring break (and all the tasty treats that it offers), we have the extra bank holiday in May to look forward to for The Coronation of His Majesty The King. Why not take advantage of all of this time off and book an extended wedding weekend to enjoy a few days of celebrations, as Jess and Ed did on page 26? Alternatively, you could plan a mini-moon in Devon or Cornwall, or a pre-wedding break away. Turn to page nine to read all about the new Romance Stay package at Dittisham Hideaway and page 23 where we reveal some of the finest hotels in both regions. Until the next issue... Claire x ISSN 2397-4133 Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is published six times a year. Claire Ridley, Editor Happy Easter! cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Jess and Ed enjoyed their three-day weekend wedding celebration at the stunning venue Deer’s Leap, Exmoor’s finest retreat. Read all about it on page 26. Planning an Easter wedding? Why not serve chocolate-dipped or meringue-topped doughnuts for dessert? Be inspired by the mouthwatering selection available from Stacc and see their wedding cake on page 56. Looking for a fun wedding gift for the happy couple? Check out the new Wedding Cake Tea from Bird & Blend Tea Co, along with other exciting new launches on page nine. How stunning does the barn wedding venue Trevenna in Cornwall look here, styled with a romantic, rustic-inspired theme at the real wedding of Shannon and Josh on page 38? ADVERTISING Account Manager Tony Smith | 01376 538 562 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 6


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Nearlywed The latest news from both counties DEVON-BASED PIQI LIFE LAUNCHES HEALTHY VEGAN WATER KEFIR NOW IN 750ML SIZE PiQi Life has created a delicious range of vegan, gut-friendly Water Kefir now available in a large 750ml size. PiQi Water Kefir is available in four delicious flavours: Original Fig; Grapefruit and Cardamom; Butterfly Pea Flower and the tasty Ginger and Lemon drink. Kefir is usually associated with a probiotic gut-friendly drink based on milk. However, another kefir is completely dairy free. With many people choosing to avoid dairy for health reasons, the team at PiQi Life has created sparkling fermented Water Kefir. It has all of the great gut health benefits of traditional Kefir but without dairy. PiQi’s Water Kefir is a living fermented drink made from water, kefir culture (a mixture of bacteria and yeast known as ‘water kefir grains’) and organic sugar. The fermentation process gives the product its distinctive light tangy taste and probiotic qualities. PiQi Water Kefir is lovingly brewed in small batches at the company’s premises in North Devon where they use only the finest sustainably sourced organic ingredients and uplifting botanicals. PiQi Water Kefir is never heat treated or pasteurized, helping preserve the originally intended benefits of kefir and making it a healthy, sustainable choice to processed and dairy-based drinks. PiQi was founded by long-time fermentation enthusiasts and vegan entrepreneurs Aksana Fitzpatrick and Nick Young who want to help people look after their gut health and wellbeing with a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. “We believe that what we consume makes a difference, not just to our health, but also to our planet and all living beings. We both love ‘living’ foods and the benefits they provide to our bodies and minds. A plant-based compassionate lifestyle has been a big part of our lives and we wanted to share it, so we created PiQiWater Kefir to make it easy to enjoy the benefits of Kefir and look after your gut in a delicious planet-friendly way.” explained Aksana. PiQi won the Nourish Gold Award in 2022 for its Butterfly Pea Flower kefir water, and the Taste of the West Gold Award in 2022 for its Grapefruit & Cardamom kefir water. All PiQi kefirs are Vegan Certified by the Vegan Society. To shop, visit NEWS LUSCOMBE LAUNCH DAMASCENE ROSE BUBBLY FOR MOTHER’S DAY Celebrate Mother’s Day this spring with the new Luscombe Damascene Rose Bubbly. The jewel in Luscombe’s crown, this delicious organic drink combines damascene rose, Muscat grape juice and Sicilian lemons with sparkling Dartmoor spring water to create a delicious champagne alternative, perfect for a springtime family gathering to celebrate Mother’s Day, or a summer wedding. Damascene Rose Bubbly is a delicately fragranced drink to be enjoyed on its own in a flute and garnished with a single strawberry but also pairs perfectly with a variety of canapés or light seafood dishes such as scallops and white fish. Luscombe is proud to be the first drinks brand to have gained organic accreditation from the Soil Association and like all of the drinks in Luscombe’s range, Damascene Rose Bubbly contains no artificial additives, sweeteners or concentrates. It’s available in a box of 12 x 27cl bottles priced at £26.50 from with free UK delivery on all orders over £60. Awarded a Royal Warrant, Luscombe has been producing beautifully crafted drinks on a farm in Devon since 1975. The range now includes organic fruit juices, crushes, tonic waters and mixers plus a traditional organic Devon cider. Founder and owner, Gabriel David has become renowned for his pursuit of perfection and a strict no-compromise approach to creating an elegant and delicious multi-award-winning range of drinks that use the very finest organic ingredients and Dartmoor spring water. EDITOR’S FAVOURITE Say I do with the perfect engagement or wedding gift – the new Wedding Cake Tea from Bird & Blend, an independent, award-winning tea company on a mission to reimagine the Great British brew. The brand now offers the country’s largest range of creative blends, using a wide selection of ingredients including herbs, flowers, fruits, caramels, and chocolate. The Wedding Cake Tea is naturally caffeine-free loose tea with rooibos, coconut and rose packaged in a multi-use, fully recyclable wedding-themed tin that not only keeps the tea leaves fresh but the tin is great for the planet. As well as online, Bird & Blend retails in 14 UK-wide stores including one in Exeter, FLAPJACKERY INTRODUCES BITE-SIZED FLAPJACKS TO ITS RANGE Devon-based luxury artisan flapjack company Flapjackery has introduced flapjack bite bags to its range, perfect as wedding favours or as an addition to a dessert table. These delicious new bite-sized, gluten-free chunks of flapjacks that are suitable for vegetarians come in an array of flavours and are handmade in Devon using the finest British ingredients. They’re suitable for freezing and have a shelf life of up to eight weeks. These affordable bags of flapjack joy are perfect for those who love their flapjacks in small doses and retail for £6.50 per bag (plus postage). Order online at, or visit one of its shops in Tavistock, Plymouth and St Ives (among others). 9 LOCAL NEWS

SALCOMBE BREWERY CO LAUNCH NEW SAISON SPICED FARMHOUSE ALE Salcombe Brewery Co has launched Saison, a new spiced farmhouse ale. It’s available in cans (330ml x 12 for £25) from retail outlets, including the brewery shop and online for nationwide delivery from It has also just been launched to trade in 9g casks. Saison (5.5% ABV) is a farmhouse ale brewed with added peppercorns, coriander seed and orange peel. The result is a very special floral, spicy ale with notes of honey and citrus, culminating in a crisp dry finish, perfect for weddings. Head brewer, Sam Beaman, comments: “We are delighted to introduce the fourth and final ale in our new small batch range. Saisonstyle ales originated in the farmhouses of Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. Traditionally they are low in alcohol, light-bodied, and highly carbonated. We have created our Saison using a farmhouse yeast strain, and have added a selection of spices to make it our own. The result is a highly drinkable, warming ale, perfect for the winter season.” DEVON CHEF AND PUB OWNER UNCORKS HIS NEW WINE SCHOOL Luke Davies, the owner of Cowick Barton gastro pub and a local wine expert, has launched Devon Local Wine School to host regular wine tastings, food and wine events and wine qualifications for those keen to learn more about wine. He’ll be hosting a range of fun, informative and affordable wine events ranging from classic cheese and wine nights, Italian and Spanish food and wine pairing evenings, an exclusive six-course wine and food ‘lock-in’ taster nights and specialist wine training for those seeking a qualification in wine. Luke brings with him a wealth of experience in the food and drink industry and before taking over the Cowick Barton, was an awardwinning professional food and drink trainer. He has 15 years of experience in training thousands of hospitality managers and employees across the country about food and wine from national companies such as Spirit Group; Punch Taverns; Star Pubs and Bars; and Heineken UK. Since taking over The Cowick Barton in 2017, the Grade 11 listed, 500-year-old Tudor pub has built a loyal base of foodie customers who are attracted to his delicious cook-from-scratch menu. Luke commented: “I’m looking forward to bringing fun and highly energetic wine-tasting events and welcoming people from all backgrounds whatever their knowledge of wine may be. Opening a wine school is a long-held ambition and I can’t wait to get started.” He added: “As a chef and a wine educator, I just love making the perfect food and wine pairings and experience on the palette how you bring out the best of both with a faultless match, I look forward to specialising in food and wine experiences available to wine lovers and foodies across Exeter and Devon.” All classes will be held at Cowick Barton, 121 Cowick Lane, Exeter, EX2 9HF. All events can be seen at DITTISHAM HIDEAWAY OFFER A NEW ROMANCE STAY PACKAGE Dittisham Hideaway in Devon is a collection of four treehouses, five new luxury Shepherds Huts and an original American Airstream 1234 located in the heart of the south Devonshire countryside in a nine-acre private wooded valley with a stream. Dittisham Hideaway is situated just one mile from the beautiful River Dart and the historic village of Dittisham, and only four miles from the scenic port of Dartmouth and nearby beaches. A stay at the secluded and peaceful Dittisham Hideaway offers backto-nature relaxation for couples and even four-legged friends. As with each of Peter de Savary’s hotels, these self-catered accommodations benefit from a high level of design and carefully considered amenities; from the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen, and a generous welcome hamper of West Country produce and a bottle of wine, to private decks with a traditional wood-fired cedar hot tub, hammock, outdoor chess set, outdoor table football, sun loungers, and Weber BBQ with dining area. Each accommodation also has access to the eco-car charging points, electric wheelbarrows for use during the stay, a dog welcome pack, and a dog and boot wash area. Romance is in the air with a three-night break for two people in luxury accommodation, perfect for couples and newlyweds. A romantic hamper of pink champagne, strawberries and cream plus fresh flowers will greet guests on arrival and on the first morning, a lazy day indulgent continental breakfast basket will be delivered. One complimentary dinner reservation at a local restaurant is included plus a couples retreat massage. The Romance Stay package costs £995 for three nights (off-peak, mid-week) in a shepherd’s hut (weekends and peak times cost more.) To book, visit ST AUSTELL BREWERY RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS St Austell Brewery has renewed its partnership with the popular local Cornish ‘buoy band’ group, Fisherman’s Friends, for another year. Tribute – St Austell Brewery’s iconic Pale Ale – continues to be the official beer brand of Fisherman’s Friends. With more than 10 years working together, the two are both deeply rooted in what it means to be Cornish. Laura McKay, head of marketing for St Austell Brewery’s Beers and Brands says: “Continuing our partnership with Fisherman’s Friends was an easy decision, they truly encapsulate the energy of Cornwall, so it seemed only right to continue our longstanding relationship. St Austell Brewery is delighted to continue our journey together. Jon Cleave, Fisherman’s Friends singer adds: “The partnership with St Austell Brewery and Tribute is something Fisherman’s Friends are proud to continue into 2023.” To find out more, visit 10

SANDRIDGE BARTON’S DART VALLEY RESERVE 2021 IS RECOGNISED IN WINE COMPETITION One of the region’s leading vineyards, Sandridge Barton, the home of Sharpham Wine, has won a prestigious award for its white wine in a major competition. ‘Dart Valley Reserve 2021’ was voted the region’s ‘Best Dry White Wine’ at the WineGB West Awards. This year’s awards were judged at the winery’s very own new visitor centre and the judges said they were impressed by the winery, which is tucked into rolling hills between Torbay and the River Dart. Winemakers from the famous Sharpham Estate completed their move across the Dart to the new state-of-the-art winery at Sandridge Barton last year and this is the first major award to be won by the team since the 40-year-old Sharpham Wine brand was relocated. “It was a real pleasure to welcome the prestigious team of judges to our new winery and to be able to offer them hospitality at our amazing restaurant which is already earning wonderful plaudits for its food and service,” commented Duncan Schwab, CEO and head winemaker. More than 100 wines were judged on the day - both sparkling and still - and samples from all over the region included white, rosé, red, oaked, and non-oaked and both dry and medium wines. “The team has done fantastically well to gain this accolade,” he added. “The exciting thing for us is that it allows us to invite the wider public to come and sample this wonderful wine at our new home just outside Stoke Gabriel. We are very proud of our new winery and visitor centre, with its fabulous restaurant run by the Circa team. For many of our visitors this year, it has been a culinary treat to see these talented chefs representing the Devon countryside by creating amazing dishes using local ingredients. One example of this is our highly popular Sunday roasts, which feature the delicious South Devon beef raised on the wider Sandridge Barton estate, close to the vineyards.” Panel chair for the WineGB West Awards was West Country-based consultant sommelier Rebecca Mitchell who commented: “Sandridge Barton was a wonderful setting for this year’s competition and the team looked after us. We were treated to delicious, locally sourced food at Circa, their on-site restaurant. I speak on behalf of all the judges in saying how impressed we were by the overall very high standard of wine creativity on display for us to judge.” This year, visitors can expect the launch of the winery’s new ‘Vine to Wine’ tours, which will cover the winemaking process from grape to bottle, as well as new wines to come from this year’s bumper harvest. Bookings for Sandridge Barton’s three self-catering properties are also being taken. The 12-person Sandridge Barton House is perfect for larger groups, the secluded four-person Boathouse is ideal for rural retreats, and the newly-renovated six-person Lower Well Farmhouse is also available. To find out more please visit SOUTH WEST WINE SCHOOL INTRODUCES NEW WSET LEVEL 3 AWARD IN WINES COURSE AT DARTS FARM The region’s leading wine educator, South West Wine School is hosting its first Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 course at Darts Farm. Taking place from 13th March for six days for three consecutive weeks, the course is an internationally recognised qualification suited to wine connoisseurs and those in the drinks and hospitality industries in a supervisory capacity. The course costs £875 and is available to book at In addition, the next Level 1 (a one-day course, £210) is on Friday 3rd March 2023 and the next Level 2 (a three-day course on consecutive Fridays, £495) starts on Friday 21st April 2023. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is the leader in providing globally recognised education and qualifications in wines and spirits for both professionals and enthusiasts. Founded by Jonathan and Hayley Reynolds, South West Wine School provides first-rate wine education across the region. Jonathan Reynolds, the co-founder of South West Wine School, says: ‘Whether you’re in the hospitality trade, are a wine enthusiast or need to increase your wine knowledge to give you more confidence when entertaining clients at work, the WSET courses are absolutely brilliant. Each level greatly expands and enriches your understanding of the subject in a comprehensive and structured way. On the courses, people will learn everything from the key grape varieties, viticultural and vinification practices, the principles of food and wine matching and how to correctly serve and store wine to how to describe wine and its characteristics.” Jonathan continues: “Here at South West Wine School we work with WSET-certified educators to ensure the best possible delivery of courses, giving the highest level of wine education.” The Estuary Room at Darts Farm, where the courses take place, is the perfect place to learn about wine. Many of the wines tasted are available to buy at the extensive on-site wine shop which sells a carefully selected range of wines from around the world, as well as an excellent selection of both wines and spirits produced locally. Commenting on the wine school, George Dart says: “I recently attended the South West Wine School WSET Level 2 course. I have always had a strong interest in wine and the course was first-rate. It opened my eyes to how much there is to discover and learn about this fascinating topic. I would recommend this course to everyone.” WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginner’s introduction to wine suitable for those starting a wine career or pursuing an interest in wine. For individuals new to wine study, this qualification provides a handson introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings. No prior knowledge is required. WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the beginner to intermediate qualification exploring wines for those working in the industry - or pure wine and spirit enthusiasts. For those seeking a core understanding of wines, this qualification explores the major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown. You’ll learn about the styles of wines produced from these grapes as well as key classifications and labelling terminology. During the classroom-based Level 3 course you will learn about wines in a thorough and structured manner and acquire in-depth knowledge enabling you to advise about wine selection with authority. For further information about South West Wine School or to book a WSET course visit MILLBROOK COTTAGE & ESTATE WIN EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE BADGE The talented team at Millbrook Cottages have won an inaugural Exceptional Service badge, as part of the Feefo Trusted Service Awards and they’re the only business in hospitality to receive this. The award is in recognition of the team’s sustained progress in consistent service performance, customer interaction and engagement over the past year. It shows that they’re delivering time and again for their customers and placing customer service at the heart of what they do. To book a stay, visit Turn to our intimate wedding feature on page 47 to find out more! 11 LOCAL NEWS

CHEF ADAM HANDLING PUBLISHES LUXURY BOOK COLLECTION Michelin-starred chef and owner of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group including Ugly Butterfly in Cornwall, Adam Handling, has launched his stunning boxset, a definitive collection of three recipe books that tell his story, the journey of his restaurant group, the road to his first Michelin star, and the ethos of sustainability that underpins it all. Ten years in the making, this pioneering trilogy is “the book I’ve always wanted to publish,” says Adam. It shares his and his team’s deeply personal story, memories from Adam’s childhood and early career, recipes from every version of his flagship restaurant, alongside the lessons they’ve learned on the journey to becoming zero-waste, plus Adam’s favourite cocktail recipes. The three books, ‘Frog by Adam Handling’; ‘Why Waste?’ and ‘Perfect, Three Cherries’ encompass everything that Adam and his restaurant and bar teams have learned and developed over the years. From recipes and ingredients to their approach to sustainability, as well as forewords and contributions from some of the most respected leaders of the food and drink industry. In Adam’s words, “This book is designed for my younger self. It’s everything I would have wanted to know when I was starting my career. This collection is something I would have loved to have had when I was learning more about my field. It only started as one book, showcasing Frog, but the more we dove into it, the waste book and cocktail books became clear. It’s the stuff that people don’t see behind the scenes – the research, the training, the things we had to do to make Frog what it is today. To understand what Frog is, you need to understand the waste element, the foraging, the sustainability, the provenance of ingredients, everything. It became clear that there was no Frog book without the other two.” Alongside recipes and personal memories, the books are filled with stunning imagery and ingredient and produce maps of Britain plus every aspect of the books has been thoughtfully designed by Adam himself. He says: “I’m unbelievably proud of these books, not just because of what they represent, but because of the team that’s helped me to write them. My chefs, the front of house, back of house, bartenders, my operations team - people that have dedicated years of their lives to me and my restaurant group, they’ve all contributed to these books. Education, inspiration, motivation, that’s what we do as a team and that’s what I want these books to do. They’re designed for people that want to learn and do something different”, says Adam. The books are available to purchase now individually (from £30 to £70), or as a luxury, limited-edition boxset containing all three books (£160), To book a table at Ugly Butterfly, visit NEW FOOD BRAND WILD CORNWALL WINS AWARD The new wild food brand Wild Cornwall took the Taste of The West awards by storm as they were crowned champion in class for their latest hero product, Rose and Strawberry Red Wine Vinegar. Born out of a passion for foraging and introducing people to unusual, heritage plants, Wild Cornwall is on a mission to prove that many of the ingredients commonly imported to the UK are surplus to the requirement if you look a little deeper into the hedgerows. Trading for just six months Wild Cornwall distinguishes itself from other brands with new and exciting flavour combinations plus the packaging is chic and sophisticated. Wild Cornwall entered four products into the Taste of the West Awards this year and was judged Gold and Silver for every entry, however, it was the Rose and Strawberry Red Wine Vinegar that stole the show. Described as, “Unusual, but an incredibly delicious accompaniment, it’s delicate and versatile with a clear ingredient shining through…it’s also the prettiest colour of pink.” “We are delighted to be given this recognition so soon after launching,” Says Anna Pardoe, managing director of Wild Cornwall. “It’s wonderful that so many other people are behind us and our brand. Our only regret is not entering more products for judging!” The Wild Cornwall range includes sauces, oils, vinegar and condiments as well as liqueurs, herbal infusions and seasonings all curated from wild and foraged ingredients on the Cornish Roseland. Based on the picturesque Trelonk Farm, Wild Cornwall has access to 160 acres of biodiverse landscape to forage and farm. Growing seed oil crops using the best and newest farming technologies and using them not only for award-winning food products but combining them with other natural, Cornish ingredients such as wildflowers and honey for a luxurious skincare range. To shop, visit 2023 FOOD DRINK DEVON AWARDS ARE OPEN FOR ENTRIES Following on from the hugely successful awards’ celebration last autumn, entries are now open for the prestigious 2023 Food Drink Devon Awards, supported by platinum sponsor Partners&. The gold standard industry accolades celebrate the very best Devon has to offer, recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments. Entries close on Monday 17th April, with applications welcome from both Food Drink Devon members and nonmembers. This year’s winners will be announced in October. Categories for this year’s esteemed awards include the Producer Awards with the Food Product of the Year, Drink Product of the Year and Best New Product of the Year. The Retail Awards include categories for Best Retailer and Best Online Retailer while the sought-after Hospitality Awards cover Chef of the Year, Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Restaurant, Best Pub, Best Café and Best Takeaway or Street Food as well as the hugely popular, Sustainability Pioneer Award. In addition, every entrant will have the chance to win a silver, gold or platinum award which represent a perfect score of 100%, gold awards recognise scores of 9099% and silver, 85-89%. Greg Parsons, chair of Food Drink Devon, says: “Our annual awards have gone from strength to strength over the past 11 years with their success a testament to the region’s passion for creating outstanding food and drink. Devon boasts a great deal of dynamic and innovative producers and purveyors and hosting the Food Drink Devon Awards allows us to recognise their success and contributions to the food and drink industry.” Greg, continues: “We’re thrilled for the awards to once again be supported by our platinum sponsor, Partners&. With offices across Devon, Partners& is an insurance advisory business with specialist knowledge in the food and beverage industry.” To enter the awards visit or email For more information on Food Drink Devon, visit For more information on Partners&, please visit 12

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURDEVONCORNWALL.WEDDING CLASSIC ENGLISH ELEGANCE Take advantage of these great giveaways The historic, family-run Royal Glen Hotel Sidmouth has recently re-opened. It’s an attractive 18th-century building, boasting a combination of Regency and Gothic architectural features, that’s home to a selection of stylish bedrooms, a luxurious drawing room plus a garden, sundeck and verandah. Couples looking to book a Devonshire mini-moon, or a honeymoon in the region can indulge in fine dining in the restaurant, enjoy their favourite tipple at the bar and make use of the indoor swimming pool and a well-equipped gymnasium. This hotel, part of the Bespoke Hotels group, is perfectly placed for exploring both the South Devon coast and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are sea views to be admired from various points inside the property, and Sidmouth’s picturesque sand and shingle beach is just a few metres walk away. This area of South Devon is one of England’s most popular holiday and short-break destinations offering something for everyone – whether visitors want to get active, or kick back and relax. Guests can enjoy a four-night stay available from Sunday to Friday throughout March including dinner, bed and a full English breakfast at Royal Glen Hotel Sidmouth for just £159 per room per night. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding can exclusively reveal further April offers! To find out more and to book, call 01395 513221 or visit WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

Where Wedding Dreams Do Come True! An English Historical Landmark Bickleigh Castle Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RP | 01884 855 363 | BC_Devon_Cornwall_Wedding_mag_July2019.indd 1 20/07/2019 10:16 Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RP | 01884 855 363 | • Exclusive use • Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony Space • Welcome Drinks • Evening Food • Table Decorations • Honeymoon Suite • Bottle of Prosecco • Garden Games • Cake stand and Knife • Table Linen • Wedding Co-ordinator • Special Offers from Selected Wedding Suppliers Contact us now to book your private viewing call: 01271 446333 or email: Tawstock Court | Tawstock Barnstaple | Devon | EX31 3HY When you choose Tawstock Court you are booking your own country estate for your special day. Contact us now for a brochure. Are you looking for a fabulous wedding offer? Look no further! This is a great midweek package if you just want to say ‘I Do’ and then PARTY!!! Complete with welcome drinks and evening food for 60 people! Freeformimages Photography Dimpsy Weddings at Tawstock Court 2023 and 2024 £3,500 Additional guests can be added for £30pp

EAST AND MID DEVON Spotlight on... LYMPSTONE MANOR, EXMOUTH Part of the Michael Caines Collection of properties, Lympstone Manor country house hotel is situated in 28 stunning acres on the foreshore of the tranquil Exe estuary with breathtaking views and a 10-acre vineyard. Check Michael Caines MBE heads up the Michelin-starred kitchen and focuses on using local produce. Ceremonies can be held in the stylish Berryhead dining room for up to 60 guests while intimate gatherings of just 25 loved ones can be hosted in the Mamhead suite. Couples can book exclusive use of the property and guests can enjoy the hotel’s selection of luxury rooms including the estuary suites and shepherd’s huts. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01395 202 040, We reveal where to wed Scan to view video THE CORN BARN, CULLOMPTON This rustic-inspired venue has benefitted from sympathetic restoration revealing original features such as a highvaulted ceiling, hefty oak beams, exposed stonework and natural cob walls creating a relaxed feel. Large windows flood the barn with natural daylight and offer a pleasant vista over the courtyard. This walled, sunny, south-facing and landscaped courtyard, where ceremonies can be held enjoys a seating area and generous terraces, oozing a Mediterranean vibe. It’s also home to a cider orchard, where couples can get married or have their photographs taken. Ceremonies can also take place at the end of the main barn with its chapel-like feel, and in the loft while receptions enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the barn. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01884 32107, KENNAWAY HOUSE, SIDMOUTH Kennaway House is a beautiful Grade II listed Regency mansion dating back to 1805 flanked by a large pretty garden filled with ancient chestnut trees, shrubs and flowers. A lamp post-lined driveway borders the lawn with a small car park at one end and access to the seafront that's just a five-minute walk away. There's a stone staircase leading up to a beautiful set of period doors welcoming guests inside and the house boasts a unique curving façade and original Georgian sash windows plus other period features including a Regency double staircase. The interior has been lovingly decorated throughout and the expert team pride itself on the high standard of care given to each wedding couple. Ceremonies take place in the beautifully restored Hatton Wood room with its wooden floor for up to 80 guests. Alternatively, the Amyatt Room boasting garden vistas can host an intimate 30 loved ones. The Cellar Bar is the largest space with a capacity for up to 100 guests that has recently been fitted with a new wooden floor and is equipped with a sound system. There's a large, fully fitted professional kitchen with a connecting door into the function room. Receptions take place in all of these rooms and marquees can be hired for the garden, or a champagne reception can take place outdoors on the lawn. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01395 515551, 17 LOCAL VENUES

HIGHER HOLCOMBE, OTTERY ST MARY This enchanting venue that’s set in 30 acres of pasture has been transformed into woodland glades and wildflower meadows, revealing the Silver Birch ‘church’ which is an avenue of silver birch trees providing shade for al fresco ceremonies of up to 60 guests with a secluded, romantic feel. This space also lends itself to an outdoor picnic as an alternative to the wedding breakfast. Ceremonies take place outside in The Willow ‘cathedral’ - a specially planted area that features three outdoor ‘chapels’ at the end of the walkway aisle for up to 80 guests. There’s also a stretch tent in the ‘posh paddock’ for outdoor ceremonies (if the weather is unpredictable) or a drinks reception, plus there’s a firepit for use when the sun goes down. From the orchard, there’s a bridge over the brook that leads to the sandstone terrace located in front of the wooden Old Dairy party barn nestled in the heart of the site where receptions take place. This is a beautifully renovated old milking parlour boasting a rustic neutral colour palette for couples to decorate as they wish and south-facing views of the Devonshire countryside across the length of one wall. The handmade wooden trestle tables can seat up to 80 loved ones on benches or chairs and at dusk, the ambience lighting adds a special touch. The farmhouse Mediterranean courtyard can be enjoyed for intimate pre-wedding dinners and a morning-after brunch. The spacious modern farmhouse accommodates the main wedding party while other guests can stay in the unique Lotus Belle glamping tents and cute shepherd’s huts with all accommodations included in the venue hire. There’s also the quirky, self-contained Hobbit House honeymoon suite nestled deep in the heart of the stunning grounds. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07740 978 408, HAREFIELD BARN, CREDITON A large oak-framed porch welcomes guests to Harefield Barn that’s situated on a family-run farm, just a 10-minute drive from Exeter enjoying views of the surrounding Devonshire countryside. It’s a wedding photographer’s dream, being light and airy thanks to the gable end window and with a modern and spacious yet homely feel. Glass walling is used extensively to showcase the fabulous views. Three sets of large bi-fold doors open out on to the spacious paved terrace from both the Sawpit Bar and Main Hall, with crisp horizontal boarding finishing the exterior, and the terrace flows seamlessly on to extensive lawn areas and the field beyond. On the terrace, The Clock House provides the perfect location for an al fresco ceremony, and steps lined with ornamental grasses lead to the special horseshoe sculpture. There’s also a wildflower meadow with pathways, perfect for photographs. Inside ceremonies can take place in The Tallet, a dedicated ceremony room where the vaulted ceiling and flexible lighting provide a calm, chapel-like atmosphere. Licensed for up to 100 people, The Tallet can be used alongside the spacious bar and gallery areas. There’s also the Main Hall, a large licensed area for 150 guests seated and up to 200 loved ones standing. In contrast, The Leveret Suite is perfect for an intimate marriage before a larger ceremony, licensed for up to 10 people. The reception meal for up to 140 guests and the evening party for up to 200 people usually take place in the Main Hall, although intimate gatherings are possible in The Bar area. Use of Harefield Barn and its grounds is exclusive and the extended hire period gives them the entire day beforehand to decorate and prepare. Couples can choose their suppliers (including caterers) to create a celebration personal to them. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07541 121 404, 18

SCAN TO VIEW VIDEO      An enchanting 16th century barn, with an abundance of authentic rustic features, nestled amongst some of Mid Devon’s most beautiful scenery. 07770 997134 • 01278 555107 Your dream countryside wedding ...come true ENQUIRE NOW FOR 2023 DATES Thorne Farm • Stoodleigh • Tiverton • Devon EX16 9QG Hawke Barn is a fully inclusive venue and welcomes everyone • Selection of packages from 2-7 nights • Secluded countryside location • Luxury accomodation for 18 on-site • Barn or lakeside ceremony options • Wonderful photo opportunities • Fully equipped kitchens • Dogs and horses positively encouraged • Camping and glamping options • 15 minutes to mainline railway • Parking not a problem! E: T: 01884 32107 SUTTON BARTON | CULLOMPTON | DEVON | EX15 1NF

VALLEYSIDE BARN, BICKLEIGH This traditional, rustic-inspired barn finished with a sleek black steel framework is located in the stunning Exe Valley. It’s accessed via a hedge-lined driveway that passes by a picturesque pond and beautifully manicured gardens home to a weeping willow tree covering a jetty providing many big-day photo opportunities. Inside, the spacious barn where ceremonies and receptions for up to 150 guests take place provides the wow factor with its handmade chandeliers and bespoke glazed bar leading to a terrace adjoining the paddocks where ceremonies can also take place for up to 150 guests overlooking the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. An al fresco ceremony option for up to 90 loved ones is in the Mediterranean-style courtyard that’s tucked away and draped in sweet honeysuckle and magnolia, also a great spot for a summer drinks reception. Couples can enjoy the stylish honeymoon suite while their nearest and dearest can stay in the three luxury glamping safari tents sleeping up to 20 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01884 855 538, UPTON BARN &WALLED GARDEN, CULLOMPTON, DEVON This award-winning, exclusive-use wedding venue offers an indoor and outdoor ceremony space in the beautiful Walled Garden under the Oak Arbour, and in the Cider Barn for year-round celebrations. The venue incorporates as many eco-friendly elements as possible, from biomass heating and hot water to a borehole used for water supply. A recent addition is The Paddock, a stylish light-filled space providing the bridal party with a spa-worthy environment to get ready in, overlooking the rolling hills and patchwork fields of the Devonshire countryside through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows. The carefully considered interior design details and colour schemes have created ultra-luxe spaces equipped with everything the bridal party will need to get ready on the morning of the wedding including a hair-washing basin and hair and make-up stations. There are also showers, fluffy towels, premium toiletries and plenty of little luxuries creating a home-from-home feel. This additional space is available to hire from 7 am until the ceremony begins when the wedding coordinator will accompany everyone down to the main venue for the wedding entrance. The Stalls are located just behind The Paddock and offer guests somewhere seriously stylish to stay on the night of the wedding in new accommodation pods set within a woodland glade. These rustic retreats with Hygge-inspired décor have been designed in a minimalist Scandistyle. The Stalls can host up to eight people (two per pod) and are automatically booked for the night of the wedding to retain exclusivity. The venue marries the rustic charm of a Devon farm with a modern finish. Included in the wedding packages are the hire of trestle tables and chairs, a large oak barrel to display the cake, all glassware, a wood-burning stove and logs, a firepit plus outdoor tables, chairs and parasols. The venue’s hand-picked collection of local caterers includes Pickle Shack and Mulberry Catering Co, both family-run businesses using independent suppliers and seasonal produce. Both work hard to ensure minimal food wastage. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01884 38302, Images of Upton Barn courtesy of HAWKE BARN, TIVERTON This beautiful 16th-century building oozes rustic charm. It's home to exposed oak beams, a high open-vaulted ceiling, exposed stonework, flagstone floors and contemporary full-height windows that flood the venue with natural light. The main doors open out on to the sheltered and landscaped south-facing private courtyard complete with seating and a terrace, revealing views sweeping across the rolling countryside. An impressive cluster of mature beech trees creates a wonderful photographic backdrop and extra guests will be horses looking on from their stable windows! The timeless and natural aesthetic of the barn lends itself to many different wedding themes. This impressive, intimate space hosts ceremonies and receptions for up to 60 guests and ceremonies can also take place anywhere in the grounds while the reception party can spill out on to the courtyard. There's a new, top-of-the-range, fully-fitted catering kitchen on-site available for use by the chosen caterer and a bespoke gift from the owners of Hawke Barn is offered to the happy couple. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01278 555107, 21 LOCAL VENUES