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Something for everyone

EATING out is the answer to eating in as one gets older. As my confidence in my own cooking wanes, and as it takes me longer to organise, invite, shop and cook for an entertainment which lasts only a very few hours, I look with gratitude at all the eating-out possibilities we have around us….

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Cars, Coffee and Cake at The Queens Arms

FANS of classic cars and delicious cake should head for Corton Denham on bank holiday Monday, 1st May, to admire a convoy of vintage cars, sports cars and supercars organised by the village’s award-winning pub, The Queens Arms, The special day of automobile appreciation is open to everyone from classic car aficionados to young enthusiasts,…

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Top chef returns to Christchurch

POPULAR star chef Dean Edwards returns to the Christchurch Food Festival this year, on Saturday 6th May, to headline a gala dinner at the marquee on the Quay. Christchurch Food Festival has teamed up with Bournemouth and Poole College students ‘Pop up Restaurant’  hosted by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by…

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Two tearooms, please!

TISBURY-based tearooms and bookshop group, Beatons, has signed up its first female franchisee, Angela Thorn of Bournemouth, whose interest was prompted by a visit to Beatons Blandford. A few days later, a second woman visited the group’s stand at The Franchise Show at London’s Excel and signed up, becoming the second female franchisee, and bringing…

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A passion for all things fishy

by Simone Sekers WHEN we first moved here to Somerset, 15 years ago, we bought our fish from Dick the Fish, who called round the village with his van once a week, and who sold the freshest mackerel we’d ever seen, stiff with recent death, silver darts of deliciousness. When Dick signalled his retirement, he…

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Food and music fund-raising evening at Bruton

TELEVISION’s Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and comedian and writer Viv Groskop, both local residents, will be at Bruton’s At The Chapel on 26th March for a fund-raising evening of local food, drink and music. The celebrity guests will host an auction and the evening will end with a performance by Reef, a big-name band…

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Oranges are the only fruit

FRIENDS who have come to visit have twice recently brought pots of their own newly-made marmalade – quite the nicest present. What prat suggested marmalade was no longer a popular taste? Shaftesbury-based chef and cookery writer Philippa Davis bought her Seville oranges when they came into the shops in January and then got busy catching…

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