On the Menu

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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New restaurant at Longleat

A NEW £1.5m restaurant and coffee house has opened at Longleat. The Chameleon Tree, which gets its name from a tree-like structure in the centre of the building, will provide visitors with an entirely revamped food offering in a spacious and contemporary eating area. As well as its modern design, customers can enjoy uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling…

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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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