Food & Drink in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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‘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,...

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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...

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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 can...

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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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 - the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tasty times for Dinton

Not many small villages can match the tastes of Dinton, eight miles West of Salisbury and the same distance East of Shaftesbury. With two business parks, and large employer M J Abbott, Dinton also has two pubs serving food, The Wyndham and The Penruddocke Arms, and a...

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Family-run gastropub celebrates big anniversary

The Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe, marked a quarter of a century in business, so Valley News asked the owner Chris Goodinge to reveal his secret of success, for a special anniversary feature, supported many local businesses. Click here to read or download the full feature...

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Fresh Pizza delivers success

By Will Bradley Nadder Valley Pizza is celebrating a successful launch as the business has established itself in the rural community. The new pizza delivery service based in Dinton opened on April 7, serving fresh pizza in an area from Hindon to Wilton, Wylye to...

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World darts champion in action at The Wyndham

The Wyndham, Dinton hosted a night of exhibition darts with Scotty Dog Mitchell BDO Darts World Champion on April 14. The event was ticket only, and was a sell-out success with more than 85 sold. Paul and Mary, proprietors at The Wyndham for the past five years,...

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Rural pizzas delivered in Dinton

A new rural pizza service in Dinton is now open. Nadder Valley Pizzas is a delivery service for local people and local businesses. The pizzas are cooked fresh to order, and the dough is made daily with homemade sauces. The service will deliver from Hindon to Wilton...

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The complete dining experience

The latest edition to the family, Koh Thai Tapas Salisbury, which opened in March, takes pride of place as one of the largest restaurants in Salisbury. With 140 covers, split level dining, and two relaxed bar areas, they cater for every occasion, including private...

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Café Diwali spices up the city

New Indian restaurant Café Diwali held a preview night for local businesses on March 20, as the new restaurant looks to spice-up Salisbury with an official opening on March 21. Guests were treated to samples dishes and drinks in the new intimate setting on Crane...

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