This sign, ‘Totnes twinned with Narnia’, first appeared in 2006. I don’t know whether every so often the council change it back to the French town it’s meant to be twinned with. But apparently this version of the sign reappeared March this year – I know we saw it then.
Totnes is a fascinating place – it seems to welcome all forms of belief, encompassing traditional and alternative churches to the most whacky pseudo sciences – and loads of holistic stuff in between. No one would bat an eyelid at courses on consulting your angels, discovering your planetary soul group or healing through unicorns. Well, some might.
And it seems the range of food is just as all encompassing. The Totnes Food Market is held regularly – it was such a busy, buzzy market I assumed it must be a bit of a special occasion, but it’s on every month.
On our latest visit we bought beautiful skinny, multi-coloured carrots, the muddiest maris pipers, English saucisson sec, all manner of smoked meats, a pheasant, veal and vension. We took home a fabulous coffee flavoured vegan cake made with sweet potato, potted mackerel pate, and two types of specialist bacons – one without added nitrites – but more on that later.
There were several street food stalls – tapas with seafood, Thai dishes, a guy selling from a vat of some kind of French casserole, and endless slightly hippy forms of food. Plus the occasional waft of skunk – coming from customers – not a stall.
There were sugar-free cordials, Himalayan and Cornish salts, local cheeses, habanero peppers, handmade chocolate truffles and puffy meringues. We bought elderberry wine (14%) and Kiwi and chocolate wine – sadly there’s no corkscrew in the house so we haven’t opened those yet.
We were going to try some rabbit, but we made the mistake of leaving it until we’d looked around, and when we went back the chap had sold out. Seems people have been listening to Clarissa!
It’s well worth a visit.