On the Menu

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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The Brekky Prize at Hay

PHILIPPA Davis, the private chef from Shaftesbury, visited the world’s greatest literary festival for the first time this year, cooking for a group attending the Hay Festival … SOME readers may think I am well behind, as this event took place at the end of May, but I think you will find I am helping…

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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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Salisbury Taste Trail returns to the city

SALISBURY Taste Trail returns in 2017, back by popular demand, offering a 10-day tasting tour of the city in July. The event is organised by the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival and sponsored by Salisbury BID. It’s a chance to try some of Salisbury’s delicious food and drink – whether you’re looking to try a…

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The best thing since sliced bread?

by David Perry   THE  other day I had to stand up and talk about what we sell. It was impromptu so I didn’t have time to think about it much at the time so I used the theme of making informed choices about food but washing it down with an uninformed choice of wine….

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It’s raining……nothing

Philippa Davis’s clients have a frustrating but very well-fed week in Scotland SKIING, when snowfall has been poor, gets rather tricky. Beach holidays without the sun are pretty miserable. Camping in torrential rain is not much fun (well actually camping in any weather is not my idea of fun) and fishing weeks without water are…

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Tastes of the South West at the Queens Arms

THE Queens Arms at Corton Denham has launched a new menu, featuring selected produce from across the region, to mark the owners’ eighth anniversary at the helm. Reflecting changing tastes and evolving approach to eating out, the menu is a collaboration between owners Gordon and Jeanette Reid, and new head chef, Steven Mesher. Many of…

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