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More egg producers needed, say Dan and Briony Woods

DEMAND for its multi-award-winning free range eggs is at an all-time high, so The Traditional Free Range Egg Company is looking to expand its network of small independent family-run farms across the south west to produce hen, duck, goose and quail eggs for the Somerset-based free range egg producer and supplier. Owners Dan and Briony…

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Making a tasty Mess of it

MESSUMS Wiltshire, the contemporary arts centre at Tisbury, has now opened a cafe, called The Mess, in the Long Barn gallery next to the 700 year old tithe barn. Inspired by cafe life in Australia and with a nod to the flavours and warmth of Thai cooking, The Mess is a warm social venue with…

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The market that changed a town

FROME Independent is not a political party, it is a monthly market, but its impact on Frome has been more benign than any political movement! The team who run this remarkable project are coming to Denman and Gould, the design studio and arts venue in the Old Chapel at Haydon near Sherborne, on Saturday 24th…

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The Seed Fund 2018 opens for entry

THE Seed Fund, the organisation that helps food and drink start-ups turn their big ideas into big business, is now open for entry, in partnership with Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards. With 12 places up for grabs in its annual Academy, the philanthropic organisation is calling for fledgling food businesses from across…

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New head chef at Howard’s House​ ​

HOWARD’s House, one of the West Country’s hidden gems, a hotel and restaurant in the beautiful Teffont valley west of Salisbury, has a new chef, the first change since 2002. Andy Britton is an award-winning chef who has worked with Albert Roux and Michael Caines, and locally has been making a name for himself at…

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Piping in the Blue Vinny at Dorset’s Barnes night

DORSET’s rural touring arts organisation, Artsreach, is celebrating the county’s dialect poet with the second William Barnes Supper, this year at Portesham village hall on Friday 24th February. William Barnes relished the country dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings. The…

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New cookbook celebrates Devon food and drink

A NEW cookery book celebrates the food and drink being produced, made, sold and served in Devon. Produced by Meze Publishing, and created in collaboration with Food & Drink Devon, it showcases the culinary community of Devon and features more than 40 regionally-sourced recipes. Lavishly illustrated, with 224 pages of information, recipes and a directory…

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The end of an era at The Eastbury

ONE of Dorset’s best-known hotels, The Eastbury at Sherborne, is changing hands. After 18 years, Nicky and Paul King have sold the beautiful building in Long Street to Lana and Peter de Savary, who have decades of experience in the international luxury hospitality industry. With a long list of awards, accolades, personal achievements and successes,…

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Cream of the crop!

POPULAR Dorchester gelateria Creams Dorchester has teamed up with the town’s arts organisation to support family theatre for a second year. Famous for its ice cream, bubble pop waffles and flamboyant desserts, Creams will support four Dorchester Arts productions in February, March and April. ‘We are delighted that our relationship with Creams is to continue…

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The Dorset Foodie’s guide to flour

DORSET food writer and cookery school owner Christine McFadden – also known as The Dorset Foodie – has spent the past couple of years research and experimenting with a world of flours, from cassava to coffee, quinoa to crickets (yes, crickets … read on!) The result is Flour: A Comprehensive Guide, which is being published in…

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