Review: Le Cygne Dawlish






Le Cygne is the hotly-anticipated new venture from the former manager of the Darts Farm Restaurant, Souhela Berry, and her husband Mark. Located in the heart of Dawlish on The Strand, overlooking the green where the famous Dawlish Black Swan frequents, it is the perfect location to enjoy delicious food and some people watching!

This is Souhela's first independent venture, after running the helm at Darts Farm Restaurant for 16 years. Le Cygne combines Melbournes trendy cafes scenes, French sophistication and local Devon produce. 




I spotted one of my favourite things on the menu, a Charcuterie Board! Packed with local Devon produce, ham, cheese and salad, it not only looked amazing but also tasted amazing. The perfect portion size for 1 person!

My boyfriend had a toasties with salami. It was served with a sublime salad and a few crisps, great for a light bite. The toastie was made perfectly without any soggy bread in sight!

There was a really lovely atmosphere with a traditional cafe feel. There was a selection of delicious looking cakes and treats at the font that we were drooling over. If only we had more room after our Brunch!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfasts: Meat 59





MEAT59 was created by two passionate foodies, and with lots of help from family and friends who all chipped in with truck loads of DIY, quirky ideas and attending many many tasting sessions MEAT59 was born.

They originally opened in Torquay, and have now brought their burgers to Exeter. With delicious locally sourced ingredients and initiative burger flavour combinations, I have heard great things about it. 

We heard that they offer breakfasts in their Exeter branch, so we simply had to check it out for ourselves- it's never too early for a burger for breakfast, after all!


There was plenty to choose from on the menu, from full English breakfasts to something a little different. 


We started with an iced coffee and a Latte while we perused the menu.  The venue itself looks small from the outside, but has a lovely conservatory area upstairs which is a lovely and bright location to sit in. It's cozy, and perfect for the glorious sunshine we were having when we visited. 


I went for the M59 SHAKSHUKA - Chorizo & peppers in a smoked paprika tomato sauce, crumbled feta, coriander, poached egg & Emma's bread toasted for dipping. 

It was a very generous portion that was packed with flavour. The bread was delicious and perfect to go with it. I definitely want to make something like this at home! I really really enjoyed this, and thought it was nice to have something a little different than a traditional breakfast.


My boyfriend had The hanging COW "burger" - 6oz hamburger patty, Monterrey jack, bacon, black pudding, egg, beans on the side. This really was a real treat for breakfast! You have the traditional breakfast flavours of the bacon, beans and black pudding, paired with a deliciously succulent burger and cheese. A perfect start to the day! Really really enjoyed both meals. 


The portions were very generous and enjoyed by both of us. We will definitely be back again soon, and can't wait to give their evening meals a go!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfast: Puerto Lounge


Loungers was founded in 2002 by a trio of long standing friends that spent years in the restaurant and bar trade, and decided they wanted to start their own venture. The motivation was simple and very selfish; they wanted somewhere to drink themselves. The first one opened in Bristol, and there are no branches open all over the country. 




Their website sums up the interior better than I ever could. 'Think sinking into a battered old club chair under a tremendously tassel-y lampshade, overlooked by a huge Soviet era painting and an old family photo of a smiling swimmer being smeared with lard on a crumbly wall with incredibly loud seventies wallpaper.'

We visited on a hot summers day, and it's perfect location on Exeter's historic quayside coupled with the glorious sunshine meant we felt like we were transported to another country. 


We started off with a Latte and an Iced Coffee. The iced coffee was delicious- perfect in the heat. The interior is full of colour, even down the the stripy tables. There were lots of options on the brunch menu, from egg dishes to full English breakfasts, to Avocado on toast. 


There was so many delicious sounding options on the Brunch Menu, that I really struggled to make a decision. In the end, I went for the Diner Brunch: Buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon, maple syrup, barbecue beans, mini hash browns and two fried eggs. It was super filling, but equally as delicious. The mini has browns were a real treat, and full of flavour.

The beans really were next level, with a strong BBQ flavour and rich sauce. Eggs were both cooked beautifully and weren't too runny or solid. 


My boyfriend had the Breakfast Muffin: Sausage patty, smoked back bacon and a fried egg on a toasted sourdough muffin. The sausage patty was a good size and tasted delightful. It was a good portion size and was perfect for a weekend starter. 

We also had a round of toast and jam to finish off, and the bread was tasty. My only wish there was a little more butter served with it as standard.  

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfasts: Review Harry's Exeter




One of my favourite weekend pastimes is enjoying a lazy weekend breakfast/brunch, where my boyfriend and I can chill with delicious food and reflect on the week that's passed. 
We used to visit the same place every week, but realised that we were missing out on some really delicious dishes in and around the City. This is when we decided that we would start a mission to find Exeter's Best Breakfast!
There are lot's of places on offer, and I put a shout out on Social Media for recommendations. One of the most popular suggestions was Harry's Exeter. We have visited there a few times for delicious dinners, so couldn't wait to give their breakfast a go!


There are lot's of choices on offer, from the traditional Full English Breakfast to Steak & Eggs! The Orange juice is Luscombe Drinks freshly squeezed and the bread tastes freshly baked. 


We always love to have some toast and jam with our breakfast, and it was awesome to have a variety of white and brown bread, with proper butter and local jam. Often you have to chose between which type of bread you prefer to have, but it was nice to see a generous selection. 


The Full English was a decent portion, with the meat being locally sourced. The sausage was full of flavour, one of the best we've had. It was nice to see black pudding offered. The hash brown looked to be home made and were delicious!


I went for something a little less traditionally English, with a waffle, smoky streaky bacon and maple syrup. It was truly delicious, with just the right amount of syrup. The bacon was crispy, but my only criticism was that it was almost a little too well done and a bit chewy- but tasted yummy!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Slimming Friendly Philly Cheesesteak Fries!






Scroll down for full ingredients and instructions!

"A cheesesteak, also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak, cheesesteak sandwich, cheese steak, or steak and cheese, is a sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll."

Not the healthiest of dishes, as you can imagine! With my Slimming World friendly recipe you get all the flavour of this incredible sandwich- but without the all of the syns (if you don't use the cheese as your healthy extra, add only 6 syns!)

Instead of bread I served on top of some tasty chips. You could use actifry chips, or low syn oven chips.

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Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 


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You will need:-

Slimming World chips or low syn oven chips
Minute steaks, thinly sliced with all visible fat removed (1 for each person you are cooking for)
Low calorie cooking spray
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
large handful of mushrooms
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 large red onion
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
40g extra light cheddar

Optional: Few sliced jalapenos to top
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Method:

Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C Fan/Gas 9.

Prepare Slimming World friendly chips, or oven chips as per instructions (syn accordingly)

Dice the onions and peppers. Add to a heated fryingpan and stir. After a minute, add paprika and continue to stir.

Add the steak, salt & pepper, Worcester sauce, pinch of cayenne pepper.  Fry off and mix everything together for 1 minute for rare steak or 2 mins for well done.

Add chips in an oven proof bowl and top with the steak and veg mixture and then the cheese, remembering that you are allowed 40g per person as a healthy extra. Put in the oven for 3-4 mins until the cheese has melted

I served some Kraft extra light thousand island dressing for dipping, 1/2 a syn per tablespoon!

L x

How to Refresh Your Kitchen Without A Remodelling

This post is in partnership with PermaLeaf® 

A well-crafted kitchen decor when complemented with the modern and rustic style makes it feel homey and warm. Even a bright colourful wall makes it appear practical and heartwarming. Modern fixtures with charming and rustic touches light up the kitchen atmosphere and give it a casual, simple yet elegant makeover. A lovable and interestingly decorated kitchen is a place where we love to spend some intimate time with our family and closest ones. Here are some wonderful ideas for redesigning the kitchen area without having to remodel.


1. Redesigning with artificial plants: Residences that lack proper lighting can be redesigned with artificial plants. We can place planters with refreshed green plants on the kitchen shelves or maybe on top of the refrigerator. Artificial wreaths consisting of amazing flowers can decorate the kitchen without draining our bank account. If we buy some season-friendly floral wreaths all equally consisting of silk plants, rotation of the floral designs can give our kitchen a refreshing look every season. It can even work as a superb kitchen door design. Arrangements with artificial plants can make the kitchen look colourful and luxurious giving it a polished, smart appearance and is also is low-maintenance. With a small budget, we can always mix and match the real plants with their faux counterparts. If we combine artificial flowers with amazing real plants it can create an outstanding floral decoration.



2. New colourful kitchen look: A new, interesting kitchen needs nothing but a bit of creativity, patience and artistic ideas. When the cabinets are a bit dated in style or look, there is no need to replace them. A few coats of colour can give it a quick, refreshed looks. Paint is a generally quick, inexpensive yet calming way of transforming an old cooking space into a new kitchen area. High-quality paint can reassure a super durable finish. Any artwork or a soft and polished furnishing with a high quality finishing touch can give it a warm and an inviting look.

3. A new style of lighting: Most of the kitchens use basic, functional lights that don't do a lot to decorate the space. But lighting is one of the most important factors that affect the kitchen. An old lighting system can make it look boring and tired. We can remove the old light fixtures with the new, modern, updated ones to give it a brand new and attractive look. Any extra lighting can also give the space a brighter appearance. Our old kitchens may have only a single light system. Therefore, if we include some pendant lights in the kitchen, it can add some character and brightness to the area.

4. A white open-shelf makeover: To give the kitchen an old-world charm and merge it with a fresh updated feel we can consider the pattern of open-shelving. When all-white dishes or even some multi-coloured functional accessories fill up the open-shelves of an old kitchen it looks beautiful. An open-shelf containing colourful new dishes can work as a consistent, amazing, bright and amazing colour palette display. A splash of white here and there can give a kitchen an elegant makeover. We can always store the mismatched and random ones inside the closed cabinet. Open-shelving can even make our guests comfortable to help themselves when invited to dinner parties. It makes the kitchen look warm and welcoming to our family and friends.

5. Curtains for the kitchen windows: The curtains have a tremendous impact on our favourite kitchen windows. We can always choose colourful curtains that express our lifestyle, choice of texture or even colour. Application of different style of curtains enhances the shape and size of our windows. We can even consider adding design, print, fashion to liven things up. If the kitchen has a small light, soft colours can make it look really big providing a clean and crisp look. Bold, dark and warm colour can make an oversized kitchen look amazingly balanced and welcoming. Beautiful curtains can also manage our privacy concerns in a fashionable way. It can help us to have a makeover of the large windows dealing with its odd shapes. Fabric valances are like accent marks not only over the windows but also for the kitchen space. Curtains, when chosen properly, can have a tremendous effect on the cooking space increasing the personality of the room.

6. Showing off the art pieces: We can free up the cabinet space to create a witty and clever space for collectables. An above-window shelf is beautiful and is a proper place to arrange the cookbooks alphabetically. It gives the kitchen an extra warmth and beauty. Even gorgeous wallpapers on the opposite side of the cooking space give it a special look.

This article especially emphasises on redesigning the kitchen even without remodelling. When we are too tired to look at the cooking space of our house, a small budget-friendly makeover can revitalise the kitchen decor.

Review The Stable, Exeter

The Stable in Exeter opened just over a year ago in the new Guildhall Dining Quarter, and has proven itself as one of the most popular venues there. It boasts a fabulous rooftop terrace in the centre of the city, with pizza, pies and cider.

They take pride in fine food and locally crafted cider and set this within an alluring atmosphere- with over 15 locations in the UK. Every Stable has a different menu, depending on the ingredients and cider available locally. This is a great touch, and means no 2 Stable menus are the same.

A new menu was recently launched, and The Stable kindly invited me down to try it out for myself. Set in candlelight above the hustle and bustle of the Guildhall down below, it is the prefect setting.


We ordered a starter to share, the Pot of Gold!




A dipping pot of West Country cider, melted cheese, rosemary and garlic, served with sliced sourdough. It was literally heaven in a pot! The cheese sauce was so rich and delicious, and the cider wasn't too overpowering as a flavour. There was just the right amount for 2 people to share, an excellent starter! 

For my main I chose, The Steak Out Pie with beef, mushroom, stout & horseradish served with rosemary & thyme potato wedges, slaw and tomato chutney. The filling was packed with meat and a delicious sauce. I was a little disappointed that gravy wasn't an option on the menu, as it meant the pasty was left a little dry, and the chutney wasn't enough to balance this.The overall flavour of the dish was delicious, though!

My boyfriend had the Longhorn Jim Pizza which is marinated Longhorn ground beef, chorizo, field mushroom, mozzarella and red onions topped with smoked ham. The base was light and crispy and topped with plenty of flavour and toppings.

We were super full for the delicious starter and main, but wanted to have a little something for pudding. This Vanilla clotted cream ice cream was a heavenly, and the perfect pallet cleanser to a delicious meal.


We really enjoyed our evening and our time at The Stable, with the highlight being the pot of gold!

Atmosphere ***** Food ***** Service *****

Review: The Hen House Restaurant, Exeter

Towards the end of 2017, news broke of a new restuarant opening in the old Tiger Bills plot. The Hen House restaurant was founded in 2017, and the owners long stading dreams of being able to share their good food with friends. They believe in freshly prepared, tasty, healthy and convenient food.

One of the best things about them is that they are a small and independent family restaurant, something we seem to be running out of in Exeter thanks to big chains. They promise freshly cooked food with recipes passed down through generations and created with locally sourced produce.

One thing we loved from the moment we walked inside was the lush smell of wood and rustic feel throughout. We sat on haybails in candlelight and enjoyed the relaxing and friendly atmosphere from the moment we walked in. It feels super homely, somewhere to relax and eat.


The rustic feel with hay bail seats.

Even the menus were rustic!

We even got to sit on chicken cushions!

I love the lay out of the place!

We looked at the menu and were pleasantly surprised at the massive range and variety on offer. You would be forgiven for thinking it was a chicken only restaurant, but there were also steaks, burgers, rotisserie chicken and other meats on offer. We started off with some appetisers.




This was the wonderful croquet, which is minced pork and cabbage wrapped in a pancake, breaded and fried, served with beetroot soup. The croquet itself was really tasty, and something very different from what I have tried before. The meat and cabbage mixture had the right amounts of each, and the croquet was stuffed.  I am not usually a fan of beetroot, but this soup was something else. It tasted really rich and meaty, without what I call 'The beetroot dirt taste'.  It was delicious and went so well with the starter. It is there to be drank, rather than poured over the food. 


Liver Pâté  with red onion relish and grilled brioche. The Pâté was so creamy and went well with the sweat relish.

We had an amazing selection of items to try, for our mains!


This is the Hen House Chicken Kebab, served on a naan bread with plenty of salad.  The chicken was wonderful, so full of flavour. The sauces and salad complimented everything perfectly. You forget how truly wonderful a simple kebab can be, until you try this. 


One of the lovely owners who served us for the evening, recommended we try the steak Tartare, which is raw beef mixed with diced onions, cornichons, parsley and anchovies served with olives and fresh bread. It is not something I have tried before, and knew it would be an acquired taste. I have it on good authority that this is one of the best that you will be able to find in Exeter!


This is their famous grilled chicken strips topped with melted brie, served with chutney. You can choose 2 sides to accompany this dish. The chicken was so succulent and tasted incredible with the melted brie.


The 2 sides were roast potatoes and gravy, and we also added some creamy mash. They have a rotisserie in the kitchen, and cook whole chickens,  with the chicken juices used to cook the potatoes and make the gravy- so we had to try some! Hands down, the best gravy I have ever tasted!

This is easily our new favourite restaurant in Exeter and we can't wait to go back and try out some more of the items on the menu that we were just too full for!

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

Syn Free Fully Loaded Hash Brown Waffles



There's nothing better than a proper hearty weekend breakfast! I was lucky enough to get a waffle iron for Christmas, and I wanted one for the sole purpose of potato waffles. This recipe is what I came up with after trying it out a few times. 

The hash brown waffles are topped with bacon, tomatoes, cheese and a poached egg. I served it with some beans and syn free coleslaw as well. 

Why not mix it up and try out different toppings? They make the perfect breakfast base!


Serves 2

Extra Easy Syn Value: Syn Free

Healthy Extras: None

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You will need:
2 large potatoes
1 tsp minced garlic
pinch salt & pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 egg lightly beaten
4 Bacon medallions
2 Eggs, for poaching
40g extra light cheese per person
Chopped cherry tomatoes

Method:

Preheat waffle iron as per manufacturer's instructions.

Peel the potatoes and grate until they are all shredded. Place the shredded potatoes in a tea towel, then wrap the tea towel around. Squeeze out all the excess moisture in the potatoes over the sink through the tea towel.

Transfer to a bowl and add the 1 beaten egg,salt, pepper, garlic and smoked paprika and mix well.  Divide the mixture into 2, then place 1 half in the waffle iron.  Cook for approx 8 mins, until crispy and golden.

Meanwhile, chop the bacon into slices and fry off in a pan sprayed with frylight. Poach the eggs just before serving.  Check out my Youtube video to find out how to perfectly poach eggs every time!

Top the hash brown waffles with the bacon, eggs, tomatoes and cheese!

L x

Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

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Slimming World Friendly Baked Oats Recipe


One thing that really helps me survive Slimming World, is to set myself up with a hearty breakfast. I usually use my healthy extra so that I can have some form of oats in the morning, whether that's in overnight form or baked. 

This is a super basic baked oats recipe, and you can really experiment with different syn free flavours. Serve it with plenty of fruit to make it extra filling! I love serving it with banana and custard flavour Muller Light as it is like eating a yummy sponge and proper custard, but without the syns!


Extra Easy Syn Value: Syn Free

Healthy Extras: B

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You will need:

40g of porridge oats
1 large egg
½ tsp of vanilla extract
½ tsp of baking powder
1 Vanilla Muller light
1 tbsp Sweetener

Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and a custard muller light to serve.

Method:

Preheat oven to 200c

Spray foil container with fry light.

Add all the ingredients, and mix together combine.

Bake in the oven for 30  mins until golden.

Add the fruit to serve

L x


Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 

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