On the Menu

A seductive cocktail for the New Year

WHEN she isn’t cooking for clients as far apart as the extreme north of Scotland and Singapore, Boston and Provence, Shaftesbury-based private chef Philippa Davis writes a regular column for The Field magazine and is constantly exploring new tastes and new products. Her travels may take her around the world, but her heart is firmly in…

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Cakes fit for a king

IF you think Austrian cakes are just about Viennoiserie (which, frankly, can be pretty boring), you haven’t been to some of the country’s great old coffee houses, particularly in Salzburg or Innsbruck – Esterhazyschnitt, Cremeschnitte, Kaisertorte, Linzertorte, Nusstorte … the litany of names is as mellifluous as the cakes are delicious. We spent a few…

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Memories of warmer climes

THE weather this week has been so grim – cold, wet, windy, November going out like a grumpy hippo – so we thought we could dig into our archives and find something bright and sunny to cheer us all up. What better than a late summer visit to Provence with our friend, chef Philippa Davis from…

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A class act with Foraging Free quail egg

SOMERSET free range egg producer and supplier, The Traditional Free Range Egg Company, has teamed up with The Devilled Egg, a new online cookery school, to create 10 elegant and easy-to-follow canapé recipes using its Great Taste Award-winning Foraging Free quail eggs. Designed to make the most of the delicate and dainty quail eggs, which…

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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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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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