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Jazzing it up at Fisherton Mill

FISHERTON Mill’s popular Jazz Brunch makes a special appearance this Christmas, with a festive feast on Christmas Eve morning, after you’ve done your shopping among the colourful crafts and gifts by some of the region’s finest makers. The Victorian mill off Fisherton Street at Salisbury, includes a gallery and studios, with work by contemporary artists…

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A five star seasonal feast at Summer Lodge

SOMETIMES you just need a treat. There are people who claim that they only “eat to live” and others whose attitude is more “live to eat.” Most of us, fortunately, come somewhere in between. But sometimes you need a treat and on those days there are few destinations that offer more than Summer Lodge, the…

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Family connections at La Fosse

MANY restaurants have recognised the multiple benefits of putting produce that is local to their area on the menu – but not many chefs have an historic family tie to the food they serve. Mark Hartstone, chef-proprietor of La Fosse restaurant with rooms at Cranborne, grows many of his own salads, herbs and vegetables on…

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The height of cream tea style

FOUR Wiltshire army cadets enjoyed a quintessential English cream tea in the most English of surroundings – Salisbury Cathedral close. But this was an Extreme Cream Tea, and it was very close to the Cathedral spire – on scaffolding above the Trinity Chapel. The event marked the launch of an awareness campaign for ABF The…

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BBC Award for Philippa’s prison project

SHAFTESBURY-based chef Philippa Davis was part of the Liberty Kitchen team who won the Street Food Award in this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards, which were announced in Bristol. Liberty Kitchen is a street food project which was set up about 18 months ago to help reduce reoffending rates and provide a chance for…

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Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park is back

AWARD-winning chef and food writer Tom Kerridge brings his food and music festival, Pub in the Park, to Bath’s Royal Victoria Park over the weekend 21st to 23rd June. Following last year’s success, Pub in the Park returns with an array of pop-up pubs including Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers as well as The…

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Madrid to Tyntesfield – the Spanish connection

A NEW theme at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield, house near Bristol running through 2019 and 2020 will give visitors the chance to discover more of the estate’s historic Spanish connections. “From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy” reveals the life of Tyntesfield’s founder, William Gibbs, who was born in Madrid, the…

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Invitation to join Xavier at his kitchen table

A DISTINCTIVE one-man show, POST, comes to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 27th April. Performer Xavier de Sousa invites the audience to join him at his kitchen table for an evening of traditional Portuguese and an exploration of ideas of national identity. The audience is served with traditional Portuguese food and potent Cachaça, creating…

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A Sunday (nut) roast

WHEN did you last have a nut roast? If you are a life-long vegetarian, you might say maybe 20 years ago. The best nut roasts were served at Cranks restaurant in Covent Garden, and the most reliable recipes were in the two Cranks cookbooks, which still deserve a place on the shelves of any keen…

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