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The art of the kitchen garden

SCULPTURE by the Lakes is a uniquely beautiful sculpture park, set around lakes alongside the river Frome through Tincleton near Dorchester. Home to sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife Monique, it is a perfect setting for Simon’s large sculptures, but with the opening shortly of the Barn Gallery, and a winter programme of talks and…

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The art of food at Devon Guild

THE major autumn exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey is Plate Up!, co-curated with Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall, and on show from Saturday 15th September to Sunday 4th November. Michael Wignall, formerly of Gidleigh Park, has a distinctive way of using contemporary craft in the serving and display of food. Plate…

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Stylish in vintage

DUKE’s Auction House at Dorchester will be the venue for a stylish fund-raising event for the Alcohol Education Trust – a vintage fashion show on Thursday 30th August, open from 3pm, with the main ticketed event from 6pm. As well as the vintage clothes and accessories stalls, there will be cream teas provided by Yalbury…

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A medley of delights in Bristol

BRISTOL is truly a food-lover’s paradise these days. From the multi-cultural food shops across the city to the trendy restaurants in Clifton, Montpellier and around the harbourside, there is food for every taste, purse, fad or free-from requirements. For years we have loved the Thali restaurants, particularly Thali at the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster, ideally…

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A taste of Arabia at Clouds Hill

VISITORS to Lawrence of Arabia’s tiny refuge of Clouds Hill in Dorset will be able to experience traditional Arabian hospitality this summer, enjoying Arabic coffee and dates in an authentic Bedouin tent. The tent was made by the Howeitat tribe in Wadi Rum, Jordan. The Howeitat fought with Lawrence in the Arab revolt in the…

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Midsummer music and poetry at Tyntesfield

THE National Trust’s Tyntesfield is hosting a new midsummer event, an evening of music and poetry in the estate’s Victorian kitchen garden on Sunday 24th June. Tyntesfield was bought in the 1840s by the Gibbs family, who famously made their money on the trade of guano. It has been in the care of the National…

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New chef in the kitchen and the garden

IF you go to Howards House at Teffont, have a quick look around the kitchen garden, and you may well spot chef Andy Britton in his kitchen whites among the lavish growth of green vegetables, salads and herbs. The charming country house hotel’s reputation for locally sourced food is certainly enhanced by the arrival of…

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Devizes Food and Drink Festival

ONE of Wiltshire’s prettiest towns is the focus for local foodies when this year’s Devizes Food and Drink Festival opens on 5th May for two weeks of tastings, talks, trails and, of course, lots of opportunities to drink the products of historic Wadworth Brewery, the principal sponsor of the annual event. Events during the festival,…

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Where and what to eat in Singapore

Philippa Davis doesn’t just cook for clients – she also eats, adventurously and enthusiastically. She has recently returned from a working visit to Singapore and South East Asia – here are some of her recommended culinary do’s and don’ts… UNDOUBTEDLY it is as important to know what to eat as where to eat, especially if…

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