Food & Drink in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Free speech café launched

The first Bemerton Heath Democracy Café is in St Michael’s Community Centre on Saturday, June 1. The event is the latest venture by Salisbury Democracy Alliance after the launch nearly two years ago of Salisbury Democracy Café, which, the organisers say, continues to...

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Councillors object to Snooty Fox plan

Changing the use of The Snooty Fox, Brook Street, Warminster, from a public house to a dwelling has been criticised by Warminster Town Council’s Planning Advisory Committee.

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Cheesy event pays homage to fromage

In celebration of Eurovision, said to be the cheesiest event in the world, SpareRoom is launching a unique free pizza topped with 41 different cheeses from the 41 nations competing in this year’s song contest. The ‘Quarantuno Formaggi’ is topped with a cheese sourced...

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Watch: How to make the perfect cup of coffee

Tisbury's own artisan coffee makers Geniuscoffea roast the best beans from all over the world to produce the perfect brew. Holger and Lale Mauch roast the beans at the chapel in Tuckingmill, then take...

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New café restaurant

A new on-site café serving fresh coffees and lunches to all its tenants and members has opened at Heywood House. The café is in the stunning Victorian Palm House in the vast grounds of the house on the classic country estate 1.5 miles north of Westbury, with its...

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Pick up a pint of science in the pub

Head down to your local pub to hear scientists discussing everything from vaccines to disease outbreaks. Pint of Science Salisbury is a scheme drawing expert scientists down their local to answer the biggest question: what next? Public Health England scientists...

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Lucky Horseshoe

The Horseshoe at Ebbesbourne Wake has been voted Country Pub of the Year by members of Salisbury & South Wilts Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The Horseshoe is a traditional inn run by the same family for almost half a century. Branch Chairman Ian Turner...

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A Celebration of Summer Bounty

Curators of gastronomic adventures, Sorn, have teamed up with Roth Bar & Grill to present an exclusive outdoor feast in the woods of the Fonthill Estate. A Celebration of Summer Bounty from Field, Forest and Fire is a summer lunch celebrating seasonal and...

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Pub pulls another prize award

For the fourth time in a decade, The Wyndham Arms, Salisbury, was voted Pub of the Year by members of Salisbury & South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Landlady Lisa Saberton was presented with the winner’s certificate by Ian Turner, chairman of...

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Recipe of the week: roast lamb with a twist

By Becky Dowst and Rachel Muse Talk Eat Laugh Roast lamb has been the traditional meal of Easter Sunday since before Christ was around, let alone crucified. The roast lamb meal has its roots in early Passover observances before the birth of Christianity. When Egypt...

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