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Making a tasty Mess of it

MESSUMS Wiltshire, the contemporary arts centre at Tisbury, has now opened a cafe, called The Mess, in the Long Barn gallery next to the 700 year old tithe barn. Inspired by cafe life in Australia and with a nod to the flavours and warmth of Thai cooking, The Mess is a warm social venue with…

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Dinner and jazz at The HIX Academy

THERE is a delicious evening of good food and jazz at Weymouth College on 17th March, raising funds for the Dorset-based charity, the Alcohol Education Trust. Restaurateur and food columnist Mark Hix, who has restaurants in Lyme Regis and London, is the professional partner at the college’s HIX Academy where culinary students not only gain…

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New head chef at Howard’s House​ ​

HOWARD’s House, one of the West Country’s hidden gems, a hotel and restaurant in the beautiful Teffont valley west of Salisbury, has a new chef, the first change since 2002. Andy Britton is an award-winning chef who has worked with Albert Roux and Michael Caines, and locally has been making a name for himself at…

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Contemporary Craft Festival is top tourism winner

THE Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, the home of the Devon Craft Guild, was the overall winner in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, announced at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. More than 450 attended the region’s biggest tourism event, when 123 awards were presented, following judging of a record 647 entries….

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Piping in the Blue Vinny at Dorset’s Barnes night

DORSET’s rural touring arts organisation, Artsreach, is celebrating the county’s dialect poet with the second William Barnes Supper, this year at Portesham village hall on Friday 24th February. William Barnes relished the country dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings. The…

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A seductive cocktail for the New Year

WHEN she isn’t cooking for clients as far apart as the extreme north of Scotland and Singapore, Boston and Provence, Shaftesbury-based private chef Philippa Davis writes a regular column for The Field magazine and is constantly exploring new tastes and new products. Her travels may take her around the world, but her heart is firmly in…

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Cakes fit for a king

IF you think Austrian cakes are just about Viennoiserie (which, frankly, can be pretty boring), you haven’t been to some of the country’s great old coffee houses, particularly in Salzburg or Innsbruck – Esterhazyschnitt, Cremeschnitte, Kaisertorte, Linzertorte, Nusstorte … the litany of names is as mellifluous as the cakes are delicious. We spent a few…

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New chef joins Sladers Yard kitchen

SLADERS Yard, the gallery and arts venue at West Bay, has a new chef, who has joined the venue’s popular and acclaimed head chef, Jackie Spendlow. With Christmas just around the corner, they have launched a new lunch menu in the cafe. Luciano Da Silva trained in London and New York at famous restaurants including…

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Cocktails at Sladers Yard

VIRTUOSO jazz pianist Mike Hatchard brings his acclaimed one-man play, The Cocktail Pianist, to Sladers Yard, the gallery and arts venue at West Bay, on Friday 29th December at 7pm. Hatchard performs in the guise of Bernard Halfpen – a man who might have been a great concert pianist if only… The Cocktail Pianist premiered…

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