Food & Drink in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Mexican makeover for craft bar

On Friday Salisbury residents and visitors can enjoy an authentic Mexican experience in the heart of the city at the newly-refurbished independent restaurant Tinga. Formerly known as Danny’s Craft Bar & Kitchen the restaurant has been transformed from an American...

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A taste of Turkey comes to the city

A new restaurant opened in Fisherton Street, Salisbury on Monday, November 12. More than 100 guests attended the opening of Lalahan, including special guests city councillor Atiqul Hoque, Cllr Amanda Foster and Mayor Mike Osment. The mayor cut the ribbon watched by a...

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Zizzi re-opens with a fizz

Zizzi, the restaurant at the centre of the March spy intrigue, has been completely refurbished and re-opened for the first time today, Tuesday, November 6. Diners are invited to try the new Autumn menu and pay what they think their food is worth. The payments will be...

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New-look bakery rises to the occasion

Picture courtesy of ThisIsAlfred.com By Elizabeth Kinerk Reeve The Baker in Shaftesbury is the latest of their shops to undergo a refurbishment. “Footfall has definitely increased,” manager Lisa Shortland said. "All of the customer feedback has been 100% positive. The...

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Benett is best for real beer in Camra local branch contest

Among excellent competition, The Benett Arms, Semley was chosen as Pub of The Year from around 90 pubs in the branch area. The pub now goes into the Wessex Regional Championship covering East Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel...

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Salisbury wakes up to smell the coffee! 

New, fully compostable takeaway cups, complete with a unique limited edition sketch of Salisbury Cathedral has been launched by the independent café and kitchen Real Eating Company. The caterer has been part of Salisbury life since 2016, and the proprietors claim ‘We...

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Teenage Market and Foodie Friday fun returns

Salisbury’s Teenage Market is back in the Market Place on Friday, August 10, alongside the popular Foodie Friday Market in the Guildhall Square. The markets are run by Salisbury City Council and are open from 10am to 4pm. The free Teenage Market is a unique platform...

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Under new management, and favourite river garden opened

The Ship Inn at Burcombe has reopened after a change of management. It is welcome news as it is an idyllic summer venue, with a well-tended river garden. New owner Michael Richmond recently retired as a surveyor, but has come full circle and returned to managing pubs,...

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Flavours of Wilton

People don’t think of Wilton as a place to dine out in. Wilton is a short cut to avoid the A303, or the town which is the last stop before Salisbury. Think again! Park the car and wander round, you will be surprised to see how many alternative places there are to eat...

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Artisan cooking is welcomed to Wilton

Coffee Darling has had a long overdue makeover by recent new owners Lindsay and Russell Hudson. Lindsay and Russell decided to settle in Wilton 18 Months ago, after years of nights camping and serving street food from their truck at festivals. Lindsay learnt to cook...

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King John Inn receives prestigious award

The King John Inn is in the small village of Tollard Royal on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset and home to the UK’s top premier shoot locations, including renowned Ashcombe and Rushmore estates. The village inn received top-level excellence with the title ‘Hotel Of...

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The Big Lunch comes to Wilton

The Big Lunch, a national community event, which started at the Eden Project in Cornwall, comes to Wilton on Sunday June 18, 11 - 4pm at Wilton Shopping Village. The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project: the concept being that as many people as possible...

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Taste of Istanbul in heart of the city

By Will Bradley Malik Ozbelek is welcoming customers to a new Istanbul mezze bar in Rollestone Street, Salisbury. “Visitors love the food and love the place, but they don’t know we are open,” Malik told Valley News. The large Turkish restaurant has room for 50 covers...

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Bridge re-opens with warm welcome

By Will Bradley Rural pub-restaurant The Bridge Inn, Upper Woodford, is under new management. The Woodford Valley village pub on the picturesque River Avon, will serve fresh local produce, local ales and fine wines, in a relaxed atmosphere. The family-run business has...

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New menu to celebrate a year in business

Nadder Valley Pizzas, a pizza takeaway delivery service based in Dinton, is celebrating its first year in business. The service delivers from Hindon to Wilton, Wylye to Tisbury, Broad Chalke, and everywhere in between. "After a year of making many, many pizzas, I can...

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Wheatsheaf sows its seeds in new bid for success

By Will Bradley Dan and Tia, new owners of The Wheatsheaf Wilton, are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the recently renovated pub, restaurant and B&B on the A36. The ambitious couple took over the premises in September last year and have completed...

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Boutique’s bark matches its bites – and coffee

By Will Bradley Monty & Mabel's, a new dog-friendly coffee lounge and luxury pet goods shop will open in Wilton, North Street on April 29. Wilton-based Corinne Roberts, who has 16 years’ experience as a midwife, admits the unique new venture will be a steep...

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The Dogg darts into Dinton

The Wyndham Arms, Dinton, sponsored the first-ever Darts festival at Dinton Village Hall on April 7. The event followed last year’s Wyndham Arms Darts Exhibition with Wyndham Darts team vs Scotty Dogg. A total of £689 was raised for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a charity...

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Year of spicing up Salisbury celebrated

By Will Bradley Café Diwali, in Crane Street, Salisbury, celebrated its first year on March 22 and is a now a well-established successful business. Indian-born chefs Rasheed and Bartkath have created a unique dining experience in the heart of Salisbury, as well as a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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