On the Menu

Eating well in the festive season

– the first in a new series by nutritionist Daisy Ilchovska DAISY Ilchovska is an MSc level educated and registered nutritional therapist and founder of Optimal Health Nutrition (www.optimalhealthnutrition.co.uk) She re-trained as a nutritional therapist after her own health quickly deteriorated in her mid-20s when she was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune condition. Nutrition and…

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Something to celebrate? Have a cup of tea!

THIS is Afternoon Tea Week – a chance to celebrate a great British institution. Other nations have coffee culture or tea ceremonies, but we have a unique cultural culinary tradition of tea and cake, so between now and 16th August you should make the most of it! If you are lucky enough to live near…

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All set for a picnic

WHILE our friend Joanna was working on a newspaper in a godforsaken, drought-stricken mining town in Queensland, she sent us a postcard of people doing a rain-dance. The message read: “Can Fanny come and organise a picnic, please?” My reputation for ensuring wet and/or cold weather if I so much as say the word is…

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Dinner at the Roth Bar with Elly Pear

BRISTOL-based chef, restaurateur and food writer Elly Pear is coming to the Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, on Thursday 19th March, for a dinner featuring recipes from her latest book, Green: Veggie and vegan meals for no-fuss weeks and relaxed weekends. The event will celebrate Elly’s vibrant cooking style with dishes…

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National Trust opens new restaurant at Avebury

THE National Trust opened a new restaurant at Avebury in time for Christmas, following a complete reconstruction of the old cafe, which was damaged by severe winter weather. In February 2018 much of the South West was plunged into a frozen world of snow and ice as sub-zero temperatures hit. The so-called “Beast from the…

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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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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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