Food & Drink in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Brewery supports Salisbury Live

Local beermakers Hop Back Brewery is sponsoring Salisbury Live during the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival fortnight. Salisbury Live is three weekends of four nights of free gigs in pubs and other venues in the city, and live music in the Market Square on... read more

Bell Inn rings in the changes

By Will Bradley South Newton’s Bell Inn has rung in the changes and been completely refurbished. New owners David and Nicky are welcoming back visitors to the 300-year-old rural pub on the A36 not far from Wilton. The couple took over the premises in July last year... read more

Performance transformed for business members

By Will Bradley Specialist business adviser Julie Hutchison was guest speaker at a special Valentine’s Wilton and District Chamber business networking event at The Queen’s Head, Broad Chalke on February 14. Julie gave an entertaining insight into ways of improving... read more

It’s a sign – not!

Wiltshire Council has rejected an application for 24 signs to advertise a new McDonald’s drive-through and restaurant on the outskirts of Salisbury. Council said the controversial signs in Salisbury created an ‘unco-ordinated cluttered visual appearance’. The signs... read more

Historic Inn transformed

By Will Bradley A family-run Inn on the outskirts of Dinton has been revamped and a new dining area added, with a menu featuring freshly-prepared, locally-sourced produce. Carly and Matt have been at The Penruddocke Arms for three years and have made huge changes to... read more

Community pub needs more local support

By Will Bradley The old traditional village pub in Great Wishford, saved by villagers just a few months ago, is now seeking more support to preserve its position. The newly-refurbished Royal Oak re-opened in May 2016, after a nine-month closure. A team of 15 villagers... read more

Festive focus on Fisherton Street

Long-known for its diverse range of independent shops and retailers, Fisherton Street has continued to expand in 2016, providing an exciting alternative to the chains that dominate our high streets, and a broad range of gift ideas for all the family this Christmas.... read more

Your guide to a super special Christmas

Don’t you just love Christmas? One of the best things about this magical time of year is gift-giving, but it doesn’t come without its stresses – and that’s why we’ve eased up the load with a special guide. So get your Christmas all wrapped up with the Valley News... read more

City curry house is hot on winner’s tail

By Vaida Tamkiene Local Indian street food restaurant Cafe Diwali beat many other entries and was ‘highly commended for the casual dining restaurant of the year’ at the annual Gala Dinner and Asian Curry Awards 2016 on October 23. Opened only in March, Cafe Diwali was... read more

Bell Inn rings in the changes

By Will Bradley Regulars have been returning to the Bell Inn, Wylye, since it re-opened on September 3, with a complete refurbishment to welcome customers back to the picturesque village pub. The Inn was closed for almost a year before Andy Fuller and his family... read more

Christmas calzones served in Dinton

Christmas calzones will be served throughout December by Nadder Valley Pizzas, Dinton. “A calzone is an oven-baked, folded pizza originating from Naples in Italy. A folded pizza allows for more ingredients to be stuffed inside,” revealed Elly, owner of Nadder Valley... read more

‘Rainbow on the Lake’ to serve up events

By Will Bradley A popular Wylye Valley pub is planning to serve up regular events to attract more customers. Deborah Anderson is the new general manager at the Rainbow on the Lake, on the A36, after her family took over the premises on July 1, from the Penny family,... read more

Christmas Market returns to heart of the city

Salisbury Christmas Market returns to Salisbury’s Guildhall Square, from November 24 to December 18. The festive family market is bigger this year – the fifth – and improvements include a new improved layout and undercover seating in Queen Street, next to catering... read more

Shaftesbury Food Assembly moves to larger venue

Shaftesbury Food Assembly-Collection has moved to the Belmont Suite at The Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury. The online site is now open until Monday at midnight. Fiona and Maggie, Food Assembly hosts, said: “Visit foodassembly.com/en/assemblies/8239, where you... read more

Local cheese choice wins global award

By Vaida Tamkiene Wilton’s Archett and Garne Delicatessen was named finalist at the Global Cheese Awards 2016 and won their first trophy as ‘Best Local Independent Cheese Counter Runner-up’, firmly propelling them onto the regional stage. The award, by the longest... read more

A touch of France

France is ‘at home’ in Salisbury with a French Market as part of the Vintage Market on Friday, September 30, and again at the Salisbury Charter Market on Saturday, October 1, in the Guildhall Square. It is open daily from 9am until 5pm and sells bread and pastries,... read more

New pizza venue in city

Zizzi Salisbury is running a Stand Up To Cancer £1 Pizza Day on August 31 to celebrate the launch of its new Castle Street restaurant. The leading Italian restaurant chain Zizzi is holding the fundraising campaign with Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. On  August 31,... read more

Champagne Charlie changes course

By Will Bradley Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm, aka Cholderton Charlie’s, is dramatically diversifying and will be a fully-operational vineyard in three years’ time. The farm has planted eight acres of vines and the first batch of English sparkling wine will be available... read more

Royal Oak sows an acorn

By David Parker Villagers in Great Wishford have taken the pledge – to help their new pub landlords keep open the old traditional village pub. They formed a working group, raised cash and commitment, and the newly-refurbished pub now has a new look in old Victorian... read more

Cocktail for more success in Business Awards

The South Wilts Business Of The Year Awards, launched in 2000, have recognised hundreds of local businesses who strive for business excellence across South Wiltshire. The winner of young entrepreneur of the year was Josh Pugh, owner and head mixologist of NJAC... read more

Agent’s job entails even haunted happenings

Enthusiasts and members of the Wilton and District Business Chamber met for the monthly breakfast networking event on June 14, at the Pelican Inn, Stapleford. The guest speaker was Jamie Mant, branch manager at Goadsby, Salisbury, who tried to deny negative... read more

End of the rainbow for the Penny family

By Will Bradley Richard and Louise Penny are leaving the Rainbow on the Lake pub after 16 years in the Wylye Valley. Richard is retiring after being a publican since 1979, and his daughter Louise is planning to explore a new career. “It was a non-existent pub before... read more

Popping up for Deepest Dorset

Discover some of the secrets of Dorset’s past when journalists Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir talk about their new book, Deepest Dorset, at a pop-up talk at the Chalke Valley History Festival, on Sunday July 3. History is written all over Dorset – from the Cursus... read more

Royal Oak blossoms

The Royal Oak in Great Wishford has opened for business after nine months of no beer. The opening was a major success for villagers who have spent months persuading the freeholder to allow them to help recruit a new landlord. The pub bar is open for drinks and work is... read more

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