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Scrapstore extravaganza at Gloucester Services

YOU might not associate Gloucester Services with Britain’s Got Talent. What on earth could link the super-farmshop on the M5 that has made a motorway service station a foodie destination with a glitzy finalist from the reality television show? All will be revealed on Monday 23rd April. In keeping with the environmentally committed ethos of…

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Famous cheesemakers trade truckles

TWO of the country’s most respected cheesemakers, Quicke’s of Devon and Montgomery’s of South Somerset, have revealed the  results of a pioneering experiment in which truckles of their farmhouse Cheddar cheeses traded places to be aged in each other’s stores. Cheesemongers, chefs, affineurs,  cheesemakers and buyers met Mary Quicke and James Montgomery, at The Cheese…

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A nice cup of tea and a party

TEA is our national drink, right? Well, yes, but these days it is most likely to come from a bag (not at all environmentally friendly, since many of them include plastic) rather than loose leaf tea served from a tea-pot. And then there are all those international coffee chains (equally bad on the environment with…

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Flying the flag for Devon Food and Drink

THE quality and diversity of food and drink produced in Devon is increasingly recognised, thanks in no small part to Food Drink Devon and its members, who are continually working to build this reputation and share the delights of Devon with a wider audience. Barbara King, who chairs the board of director, says: “We are…

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Arts, crafts and honey at Corfe Castle

THERE is an Easter week Arty Bazaar at the Boilerhouse Gallery, beside the old station at Corfe Castle, on Saturday 7th April, with live music, local food, a selection of arts, crafts and vintage stalls and a display by an eco-bee-keeper. The first Arty Bazaar of 2018, open from 11am to 4pm, will introduce regular…

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Frome to host Somerset’s first regular vegan market

THE success of last year’s Frome Vegan Fair has prompted support from the community and the town is now pioneering  the first regular vegan market in Somerset, on the first Saturday of the month, at the Cheese and Grain, starting on Saturday 7th April at 9am. Co-organiser Jo Harrington says: “ We’re thrilled that we…

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New restaurant at Longleat

A NEW £1.5m restaurant and coffee house has opened at Longleat. The Chameleon Tree, which gets its name from a tree-like structure in the centre of the building, will provide visitors with an entirely revamped food offering in a spacious and contemporary eating area. As well as its modern design, customers can enjoy uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling…

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Eat up with Ruby Tandoh at Bath

FOOD writer and baker Ruby Tandoh made a huge impression on the 2013 Great British Bake Off audience when she charmed millions – and impressed the judges – with her inventive and often quirky bakes. She got right through to the final, where she lost out to the exquisitely artistic Frances Quinn. Brilliantly innovative and naturally…

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