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Two tearooms, please!

TISBURY-based tearooms and bookshop group, Beatons, has signed up its first female franchisee, Angela Thorn of Bournemouth, whose interest was prompted by a visit to Beatons Blandford. A few days later, a second woman visited the group’s stand at The Franchise Show at London’s Excel and signed up, becoming the second female franchisee, and bringing…

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A passion for all things fishy

by Simone Sekers WHEN we first moved here to Somerset, 15 years ago, we bought our fish from Dick the Fish, who called round the village with his van once a week, and who sold the freshest mackerel we’d ever seen, stiff with recent death, silver darts of deliciousness. When Dick signalled his retirement, he…

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Food and music fund-raising evening at Bruton

TELEVISION’s Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and comedian and writer Viv Groskop, both local residents, will be at Bruton’s At The Chapel on 26th March for a fund-raising evening of local food, drink and music. The celebrity guests will host an auction and the evening will end with a performance by Reef, a big-name band…

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Oranges are the only fruit

FRIENDS who have come to visit have twice recently brought pots of their own newly-made marmalade – quite the nicest present. What prat suggested marmalade was no longer a popular taste? Shaftesbury-based chef and cookery writer Philippa Davis bought her Seville oranges when they came into the shops in January and then got busy catching…

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Dinner and Three Cane Whale on the menu

MULTI-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale comes to Sladers Yard in West Bay on Saturday 18th February for a dinner concert. The members of the Bristol-based Three Cane Whale have also played with Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. Food will be served from 6.30, followed by the music which starts at 8pm….

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Dogs are welcome at the Cheese & Grain

THE Grain Café Bar at Frome’s Cheese and Grain venue, is the first café in the town to be given the status of Dog Friendly from new website Hounds Welcome. The idea came to Frome resident Kayleigh Spring, who wanted an easy guide for dog owners to check where they can take their dog. She…

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A spicy cake for foggy February nights

TRAVELLING chef Philippa Davis has been back in Dorset for the first few weeks of 2017 – back to freezing fog and other seasonal delights. So here’s a totally delicious cake from her festive and New Year baking, to enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate (perhaps with a little something extra to keep the…

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