Event of the weekend looks like  the village’s first apple pressing day, far as we know, at the Leaping Salmon  on Saturday (21/9/2019).

Landlord Fred Andrews has hired in a proper serious press, from the other end of the county, as well as mustering some smaller devices. And a pasteurising unit, so the juice will keep for some time  as fresh apple juice.

However, it could be turned back into a cider fermentation with the addition of fresh yeast, which is what a lot of the juicing tradition is about.

It’s a no-profit experiment. Juice will be free to anyone lending a hand or just passing by. A 30p payment for a bottle if needed will satisfy licensing law as long as the juice itself is not sold. Take your own apples if you can. Starts noon.

Horrabridge never was big orchard territory far as we can we find out, but 50 years ago there were still a few  plantations worthy of the name and the main one was on the hillside just above the Salmon.


Serious event of the week is a drop-in session run by Dartmoor National Park Authority in the parish hall on Tuesday, to discuss their latest draft plan. Looks like they are still fixed on the New Park end of Horrabridge, opposite the allotments on the Walkhampton Road out, as the best site for new housing. But there is still local interest in other possibilities and the planners are probably in for a bit of grilling on why not. The Dartmoor Prison opportunity  is  deferred with a call for a “Masterplan” to be produced by further consultation. 4-7 pm.


Buckland Abbey is having an Elizabethan Weekend, with fancy dress, falconry and so on.


The Appledore Book Festival, starting this weekend and running all week, has a good line-up of guest authors, including historian Robert Harris, Jeremy Wade the big fish hunter, Jeremy Vine off the radio and chef Greg Wallace with latest wife . Budleigh Salterton also has a lit fest with some of the same names on different days.


Chagford Film Festival is running all week, with mainly music documentaries. Teignmouth Shanty Festival is next weekend.


Heads up for Pam Ayres, touring with new collection of poems, getting to Palace Theatre at Paignton on December 1.


Doggy politics gossip of the week – cabinet minister Therese Coffey has been caught using, and praising to friends, an electric shock collar which tamed a dog she could not train. Trouble is, she was part of Michael Gove’s team when he made a crowd-pleasing promise to ban them soon. She has not yet commented and he is busy for a bit, of course. But it will be interesting to hear her on the subject when it comes up again?


Latest edition of a foodie magazine called Crumbs, produced by a Bath-based publisher,   is running Leaping Salmon chef Reuben Johnson’s recipe for grilled mackerel with horseradish …


On the subject of local cooking …

The online news service run by Reach PLC, the latest owners of the Plymouth and Exeter papers, has allowed an Oggy Oggy in Exeter to claim the title of “Devon’s favourite pasty shop“.

On the basis of numbers, fair enough maybe.

But round this way, we prefer the advice of one of the Western Morning News’s star columnists …

“Last week I had one of the best,

if not THE best,

pasties I have ever had …

baked by Mr Honey, a Debbun man of Cornish stock,

in a 200-year-old oven.

Hand-chopped chuck steak from Tavistock

and the shortest shortcrust possible

with a final flourish of salt and pepper.

“I had to go back for more.”

Plymouth Herald columnist Judi Spiers, after a visit to Horrabridge, May 2019

allfornow …

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