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A taste of mead for Valentine’s Day

THE world’s oldest alcoholic drink is the perfect accompaniment for your Valentine’s Day dinner, says Lyme Bay Winery, the West Country drinks maker which has put mead back on the off-licence shelves and the cook’s working top. Mead isn’t just a different drink; it’s a whole new drinks category. Made with honey, and believed to…

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Food and music from the detritus of war

FROME’S Cheese and Grain welcomes the London Syrian Ensem­ble for a meal and concert on Sunday 27th January, starting at  6.45pm. The musicians will also lead an afternoon workshop of Syrian music. From the detritus of war,  they create beautiful music for a wider audience, introducing the sounds of Syria through a diverse repertoire of…

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Turning the clock back

IT’s not so much a New Year’s resolution as a celebration of foodie nostalgia. Shortly before Christmas, we had a festive tea party with friends at which a range of distinctly retro treats were served alongside seasonal classics and favourites. The retro food included vol au vents – “What are vol au vents?” asked the…

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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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