Producing the Goods

An authentic taste of Dorset Cider

A GROUP of young Dorset craft cider makers gathered, socially distanced of course, for a unique cider tasting in the new Hinknowle Barn venue at Rupert Best’s estate at Melplash. The Dorset Cider Apple event was a chance to taste and judge a set of single variety ciders, the culmination of a fascinating project led by…

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Rosbif of “la France profonde” in Dorset

THE French used to refer to the English as “les rosbif” – a reference to our national predilection for roast beef. It remains true that Britain – including Scotland and Northern Ireland – produces some of the world’s finest beef. But the French have some excellent beef cattle, and one of the finest breeds is…

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Not the Sturminster Cheese Festival

THERE will be a pop-up food and drink market in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 12th September, making up a little for the disappointment felt by the hundreds of people who will be missing one of the best food events of the year, Sturminster Cheese Festival. The cheese festival, which includes cookery demonstrations, cheesemakers from all…

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Festival support for new food businesses

THE organisers of Somerset’s award-winning eat:Festivals are inviting applications from new businesses for bursaries and development support to enable them to make their first steps into trading. The bursaries, sponsored by Thatchers Cider, are for food and drink producers who have not engaged in business start-ups to consider festival trading. The successful producers will have…

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New wines at Melbury Vale

MELBURY Vale, the vineyard and winery just south of Shaftesbury, has been busy during the coronavirus lockdown, producing new wines, and helping customers by offering contactless pick-up at the winery. The vineyard is run by brother and sister Glynn and Clare, Clare’s husband Joseph and Glynn’s partner Sarah. They are urging wine-lovers to follow the…

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Chutney cheers for the Cathedral

SALISBURY Cathedral celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. The celebrations began with a special service on the actual anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone on 28th April 1220 – online because of Covid-19 – and the launch of a remarkable art exhibition in the Cathedral and in the Close. They continued, the following…

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Mill grinds flour again

THE ancient mill on the Stour at Sturminster Newton is grinding flour commercially for the first time in 50 years, in response to the demand from home bakers during the Covid-19 crisis. Sturminster Mill, beloved of painters and photographers, dates back to the Domesday Book and was a working mill until 1970. Since then it…

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Easter chocolate cheer

YOU may not be able to spend Easter with your nearest and dearest this year, but you can still buy some Easter treats for your chocoholic friends and family members. Two of the region’s finest chocolatiers, Chococo at Swanage and Coco Chemistry at Lacock have some Easter items on their websites.  See the stegosaurus lolly…

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Apple trees provide habitats for wildlife

MORE than 50 apple trees have been planted at Montacute House, expanding orchards that provide vital habitat for wildlife in the south west. The trees are part of the Tidnor National Collection of more than 150 varieties, which was saved by the National Trust in 2016. Orchards have been planted at Barrington Court and Tintinhull…

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