Raising the bar: festive beersBeer can get consigned to the bottom of the festive booze hierarchy. Yet seasonal beers are so much more than cans of lager guzzled on a festive night out Hotel review: The Alverton, TruroOnce a convent for The Order of the Epiphany, today The Alverton is a sanctuary for those who worship at the altar of local produce and contemporary cooking Spiced chocolate fondantAlan Bird, featured chef at Padstow Christmas Festival, shares his deliciously festive spiced chocolate fondant recipe 'Like finding Selfridges in a field'This month, the award winning food hall and lifestyle emporium celebrates 25 years of "growing the passion" for the best food and drink in the South West WinFabulous foodie competitions to win and exclusive offers for you!Win a Michelin starred escapeWin festive chocolate treatsWin a gloriously rural retreatWin a festive stay in the countryOffers & win RecipesExplore our favourite recipes from the Food Insider’s Guide – we’ve got everything from starters and salads to main dishes and dessertsChestnut mushroom tagliatelle with smoked pancettaRoast chicken breast with jerusalem artichokesGingerbread caramel brownies Insider’s findGet out and explore some of our fave restaurants, cafes, bars, foodie hotels and more across the South West. The Lamb Inn at Sandford The Station Kitchen The Pumphouse Inspire MeOur collections of great places to eat, shop, stay and cook. You’ll discover something only our insiders know about!Dog friendly diningTrencherman's collection Trencherman’s – The MovieFor 25 years, this trusted guide has revealed exceptional places to dine and stay in the West Country.Extract CoffeeCoffee but better. Expert tips on brewing the perfect cup from Extract Coffee Roasters and Boston Tea Party.