Devon

Like Soho House in the country – but marginally less hateful: The Pig at Combe reviewed

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The Pig at Combe is a restaurant in a country house hotel in a valley in Devon. I actually went…

A lament for the best pub in Devon

11 November 2017 9:00 am

We had a hyperbole competition, the taxi driver and I, over the climbing full moon, clearer and brighter than either…

My grandson has come to Provence

12 August 2017 9:00 am

My grandson and I are reprising the 1968 film The Swimmer. Burt Lancaster is an advertising executive at a pool…

Be careful what you wish for: in the country, no one can hear you scream

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I’ve diagnosed myself with early onset cottage-itis. It’s not supposed to happen for another decade, but at 29 I dream…

A Narna for the New Age

17 June 2017 9:00 am

What makes the Devon town of Totnes such a magnet for mystics, activists and ‘cranks in edible footwear’?

My dad, Operation Julie and a hashish bonfire

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The guests at my brother-in-law Rick’s 70th birthday lunch party were distinguished, silver-haired, well heeled. Long before Rick rescued the…

I don’t mind nudity but this was a step too far

3 September 2016 9:00 am

A new footpath from the village down to the beach opened earlier this year to a great fanfare. It was…

The best way to shag a sheep

6 August 2016 9:00 am

After the death by boredom of the slow traffic jam, the agricultural-show field was an assault on the senses. The…

Tessa Hadley's masterful new novel of missed opportunities

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In The Past (set chiefly in the present) four middle-aged siblings spend an eventful summer holiday in the Devon country…

Tristram Hunt’s diary: The rainy glories of Devon – and a cold political climate

5 September 2015 9:00 am

‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon…

From conspiracy to childhood secrets: a choice of recent crime fiction

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The act of reading always involves identification: with the story, the characters, the author’s intentions. Renée Knight takes this concept…

To Land’s End and beyond: footsore but bravely coasting along

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s a real skill, writing about a journey where nothing ever happens. We shouldn’t be surprised that Simon Armitage is…

That’s another year gone and, against the odds, I’m still here

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A fruity voice on the train’s announcement system said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, make sure you have all your belongings, family…

A road trip in the company of Long John Silver and an exciting pair of thighs

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I live in south Devon. Last week I went up to north Devon, to visit a friend who was renting…

I am walking to the Spectator party — sober, clean and in all my finery

19 July 2014 9:00 am

They do love a party at The Spectator. I was invited to four in ten days last week: the Apollo…