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We have some very talented chefs here in Devon & my mission is to show off their foodie creations through photography. The bonus of this area of my work is that I often get to sample the dishes...the only problem is knowing when to stop! Food photography & a beach body do not marry well!
Last week I tasted & photographed the new menu at The Bedford Hotel Tavistock. Whilst part of the menu remains traditionally English with Asian chef Raoul Ketelaars there is an unique twist to many other dishes on offer.
First up were these intriguing Thai Crab Cakes with lime curd, chilli, coriander, peanut and coconut foam!
Next was the classic British winner...Sirloin Steak with triple cooked chips, confit tomato, field mushroom & onion rings!
The Bedford is somewhere you need to make sure you have room for Dessert...especially Dark Chocolate Fondant with praline, honeycomb, milk chocolate and malt ice cream!
If you want to see more of the menu click here!
The week only got better as the next day I did it all again but with Chef Mike Palmer at The Two Bridges Hotel! What a Bake Off! Hence, the weekend was mostly spent walking up Tors!
I do apologise for not updating my blog recently, my Tor climbing & photographing is suffering from a busy schedule. Maybe this is why I have decided to channel even more of my work outside on Dartmoor!
The other day I did a bridal shoot up on the moor and it really satisfied my passion for fusing landscape and portrait photography to make stunning 'Wall Art'! Here are a couple of the shots to give you a flavour!
After all this excitment is was time for some stylised indoor shots at the quintessentially English Two Bridges Hotel in the heart of Dartmoor.
Clare of Vanity Hair took a rare and sneaky behind the scenes shot of me in action!
Next we were lured outside again by the beautiful fountain.
....and off to the moor once more!
Be sure to pack up a picnic if you follow my footsteps on this next adventure as you will want to linger as soon as you see the bluebells on Holwell Lawn. In fact, you can see the bluebells from the car so if you don't feel like it or can't walk much this is a great spot that you can enjoy too!
Haytor from Holwell Lawn
There is a really straightforward, path from Holwell Lawn that beckons you towards to the infamous Hound Tor! This mysterious rock pile is said to have been the inspiration for Conan Doyle's book 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. My own 'hound' certainly seemed to pick up on the charged and eerie atmosphere!:
Just south of Hound Tor is an impressive medieval village which is worth a look before returning to the car via the impressive Greator Rocks.
Dartmoor is fab, especially when you can drive on ice free roads to the white slopes just minutes away!
Yesterday the Tavistock/Princetown road was lined with cars and the moors alive with shouts of glee as people and their pets froliced in the snow.
Joining them we climbed to the top of Hollow Tor where for the weary there was a conveniently placed snow bench! #heretodaygonetomorrow
Rolling big snow balls we made our way up to North Hessary Tor (the one with the enormous aerial at Princetown) then we built a snowman in true 'Frozen' style.
Next on the list was Rundlestone Tor where there was a great view of Little and Great Mis Tors!
Little and Great Mis Tor in the snow
Then it was back home to finish the last bottle of mulled wine left over from Christmas in front of a toasty fire!
Little Mis Tor
On one of the grandest hills in Devon, often hidden in the clouds lies the ginormous and aptly named Great Mis Tor. From the main Princetown/Tavistock road there is a lovely but long climb up to the top. This assent can be surreptitiously broken to gaze at the wonderful view and explore the dwarfed but not completely outshone Little Mis Tor. Great Mis Tor
Great Mis Tor is wonderful to scramble about on and if you get the the peak you can find a mysterious rock basin called the Mis Tor Pan or The Devil's Frying Pan. An inspiring place to make up folk stories whilst enjoying a hot chocolate! Staring into the mysterious rock basin on Great Mis Tor