Watch: Oak grows a great atmosphere

What makes a great pub? Steve, the owner of The Royal Oak in Great Wishford has the answer. The village pub is a splendid meeting place in the Langford Valley and near Grovely Wood. To coin Steve’s words – ‘an equally great atmosphere open to anyone who wants to eat,...
Call to cakemakers

Call to cakemakers

Homemade cakes are an important part of the food range sold in the Coffee Shop at Chalke Valley Stores and they are currently short of suppliers. Anyone able to provide three or four cakes a week would be warmly welcomed. The shop is open weekdays, 8.30am to 6pm (4pm...
Café garden cultivates new friends

Café garden cultivates new friends

Try gardening to make friends and get handy hints on sowing, growing, pruning and all things horticultural. Alzheimer’s Support runs a friendly and welcoming Gardening Café for those living with dementia and their carers on the second Wednesday of each month at Heale...
Recipe of the week: Cassoulet

Recipe of the week: Cassoulet

This week from Talk Eat Laugh we have Cassoulet. An easy, filling, cheap and healthy family meal. 45 minutes cooking time, serves four. What you need:  150g streaky bacon OR 3 sausages 1 large onion, peeled and sliced 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon oil 1...
Chef wins top award

Chef wins top award

SHAFTESBURY-based chef Philippa Davis was on stage at the BBC Food & Farming Awards night in Bristol with fellow members of the Liberty Kitchen team, to receive the Street Food Award. Liberty Kitchen, based in HMP Pentonville, is a street food project set up about...
Chalkdown chalks up cider award

Chalkdown chalks up cider award

Chalkdown Cider, in Andover Down, Hampshire was awarded Gold for the Best Bottle Fermented Cider at UK’s largest cider competition, the British Cider Championships. The Championship became a prestigious and prominent annual event in the cider-making calendar,...
Ship-sails as Pub of the Year

Ship-sails as Pub of the Year

Pub of The Year 2019 is the Ship Inn, Shaftesbury. Against, as always, excellent competition. The Heart of Wessex Branch of CAMRA named the pub as their star, chosen from around 90 pubs in the branch area. The pub is now competing in the Wessex Regional Championship...
Sunday dinner on the street

Sunday dinner on the street

Street Food Sunday promises an alternative to roast Sunday dinner. Aromas will float around Salisbury Market Place on Sunday, July 28, from 11am until 4pm, when street food specialists display their menus. Food demonstrations are free as well as exciting workshops...
MasterChef winner at County Show

MasterChef winner at County Show

Jane Devonshire, winner of MasterChef UK 2016 is at the 2019 New Forest and Hampshire County Show cooking live at The Kitchen by Chewton Glen in the Local Produce Market on Wednesday, July 31, at 1.30pm. Jane will cook fresh locally sourced produce from across...
Monty and Mabel’s is back with a bark

Monty and Mabel’s is back with a bark

By Viktor Berg Wilton’s dog café Monty and Mabel’s reopened on May 18 and is a safe space for dogs to have a treat and run around, and people can come too. “We are a people-friendly dog café and we want to be one of the beats of Wilton’s heart,” new owner Sam James...
Recipe of the week: Cheese & Chilli Bites

Recipe of the week: Cheese & Chilli Bites

In the next installment of Talk Eat Laugh’s recipe of the week they present the perfect picnic snack – cheese and chilli bites, which they sometimes use as canapes for their Supper clubs. The next Supper Club at Dinghams Salisbury is on Saturday, June 15...
Cheese awards at Bath & West Show

Cheese awards at Bath & West Show

The British Cheese Awards 2019 are at the Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset on Wednesday, May 29. The awards celebrate their 26th birthday at the  new location in Exmoor Hall, opposite the Main Ring. It has a dedicated area where cheesemakers sell...

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