Food & Drink in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

4 Reasons Salisbury is the Best Place in the UK to Live

4 Reasons Salisbury is the Best Place in the UK to Live

The city of Salisbury has been in the news quite a bit recently as the Sunday Times recently chose it as the best place to live in the UK. Known as quintessentially English, the city was praised for remaining “a divinely attractive and welcoming place". But why? Here,...

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Organic farm launches muesli online

Organic farm launches muesli online

An organic farm is following its commitment to promote and sustain a healthy environment. Pertwood Organic Farm near Hindon has launched a 100% organic muesli online. Packaged in a recyclable box and biodegradable inner bag, the team said it is catering for the mass...

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Local travel advice Andante Travels

Local travel advice Andante Travels

One of the best things about living in this part of the country is our proximity to sprawling forests, rolling countryside and wonderful coastlines. Not only do these landscapes provide fantastic walking trails, they also lend themselves to amazing local produce,...

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Review: Quintessentially English

Review: Quintessentially English

By Valley News ‘undercover’ What finer way of enjoying the glorious Indian Summer of the past week or two than to go for a proper pint and a bite to eat in a country pub? Well, Netherhampton is sort of in the country, and it most certainly was when the thatched roof...

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Baking gets a lift

Baking gets a lift

Cookery classes run by Shaftesbury & District Carers Association supporting vulnerable residents for more than 10 years. Co-operative Funeralcare staff in Shaftesbury donated £300 to support Hope 2 Bake, one of several projects run by the charity working for the...

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City pub makes beer guide

City pub makes beer guide

Local members of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) with personal experience of pubs in South Wiltshire have chosen 15 pubs in Salisbury and South Wiltshire for the latest edition of the Good Beer tomorrow, September 12. They include Deacons in Fisherton Street Salisbury -...

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City is in for a feast

City is in for a feast

A wide selection of local food producers and suppliers are in the Market Place and Guildhall Square with food demos, talks and samples galore. Three celebrities will appear in the Demo Marquee on the Guildhall Square – Nick Nairn, Paul Rankin and Coronations Streets...

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Baker rises to the top

Baker rises to the top

Wilton-based fresh food specialists Reeve the Baker were crowned best UK Craft Bakery 2019 at the Baking Industry Awards yesterday, Wednesday, September 4 in London. Reeve the baker were finalist in two categories; The Craft Bakery Business Award & Speciality...

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Review: Barnetts Barn, Bowerchalke

Review: Barnetts Barn, Bowerchalke

By Dominic Parkes Food miles and the drive to reduce the gap between source and plate seem to be the hot topic of conversation at the moment and few can beat the newly-opened Barnetts Barn in Bowerchalke. Owner Max has the ‘aim to provide excellent food to customers...

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Review: Boot solves the formula

Review: Boot solves the formula

By Valley News 'undercover' We seem to live in a world where pubs are increasingly becoming creches that serve food, and have ‘comedy’ pictures of animals with cheesy witticisms on the wall that instruct the customer to have a pudding as it ‘makes you more difficult...

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Festival adds cider and gin to the mix

Festival adds cider and gin to the mix

This year is the 20th Langford Beer, Gin and Cider Festival at Steeple Langford Cricket Ground. The festival opens at 7pm on Friday, September 13 and 12 noon on Saturday, September 14. A selection of real ales from hoppy summer brews and session ales, to stronger...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 at 7pm. Book...

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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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Rising above and beyond

Rising above and beyond

It seemed like a good idea at the time. “Let’s meet up next week and walk up Melbury Hill to the beacon – the views are superb.” Well, yes, I am sure the views are superb, but as we arrive, the fog has enveloped the fields and the eerie cloaked hush would not be out...

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