On the Menu

Soil Association campaigns for healthier children’s food

FOOD campaigner and writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has joined the Soil Association in its Out To Lunch campaign for healthier food for children at Britain’s restaurant chains. Hugh joined Rob Percival of the Soil Association to reveal the best and worst children’s menus in a new league table ranking children’s food in 25 of…

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Double treat from Manna from Devon

THIS is both Chocolate Week and National Curry Week, and the award-winning Manna from Devon Cooking School has recipes for both. Both recipes come from the cookery school’s new book, Wood-Fired Fish & Seafood, due out in spring 2018, Manna from Devon owners Holly and David Jones have taken inspiration from a recipe from Madhur…

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Meet Fanny Cradock – the original celebrity chef

SCREEN Bites Food Film Festival gets together with Bristol’s Show of Strength Theatre Company and Orchard Park Garden Centre at Gillingham to stage Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook on Friday 13th October. It’s a typically quirky and flamboyant event to launch Screen Bites’ Bakers Dozen Festival, running from 13th to 28th…

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Wedding gatecrashing with dinner!

THE latest theatre dining experience at Poole’s Lighthouse will be The Wedding Reception, in the Terrace Cafe from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September. Will and Kate’s dream was for a small intimate wedding. So they tied the knot with  only a couple of witnesses at a secluded registry office. Next on their schedule was…

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Pop-up restaurant at Melbury Vale Winery

CELEBRATED television chef and cookery teacher Lesley Waters is joined by local caterer and chef Steve James to host a pop-up restaurant at Melbury Vale Winery near Shaftesbury on Friday 1st September. Lesley, who runs her cookery school near Halstock in West Dorset, says: “We will be presenting an evening of delicious street food and…

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Tuck into Quicke’s Fireside Canteen

ONE of the country’s most famous cheese-makers, the multi-award-winning Devon-based Quicke’s, is collaborating with Cornish chef Ben Quinn of Woodfired Canteen, to create an exclusive collection of recipes. With all dishes featuring a generous wedge of Quicke’s cheese, now made using Cornish Sea Salt, the partnership aims to encourage a new generation to embrace outdoor…

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Tastes of the seaside on the Jurassic coast

A RESTAURANT with rooms that welcomes sandy feet, windswept dogs and weather-beaten walkers who have worked up an appetite is now tempting visitors and locals with a new cliff-top ice cream bar. The Seaside Boarding House in Burton Bradstock is a foodie destination with a timeless feel, and an amazing location with the dramatic panorama…

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Flower power at The Queens Arms,

FROM pansies to parsley, roses to rosemary, the summer menu at the award-winning Queens Arms in Corton Denham, near Wincanton, is blooming with fresh flavours and floral flourishes from the pub’s kitchen garden. New head chef, Steven Mesher, is working closely with the gardening team, visiting the plot on a weekly basis with owners, Jeanette…

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Tastes of summer at Summer Lodge

DORSET is blessed with great food, gorgeous scenery and some wonderful hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy the best of both. There are few that can compare with Summer Lodge at Evershot, an 18th country house which is one of the region’s finest hotels, set in one of the loveliest parts of West Dorset,…

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Ten years at La Fosse

TEN years have just flown since Mark and Emmanuelle Hartstone moved to the long-established La Fosse restaurant at Cranborne in 2007 and this week they celebrated their anniversary with a special tasting menu. Mark and Emmanuelle met when both were working at the famous Chewton Glen Hotel on the edge of the New Forest at…

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