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Herbal heritage at Lytes Cary

MUGWORT doesn’t have the most appealing name in English, but its scientific name “artemisia” will be familiar to anyone interested in the history of herbs. Its medical uses included preventing weariness on a journey, according to a 16th-century medical text that is the inspiration behind a herbal border at the National Trust’s Lytes Cary Manor…

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Support independent retailers and producers

THE Guild of Fine Food, organisers of Great Taste, Shop of the Year and the World Cheese Awards, is calling for consumers across the UK and Ireland to get behind their local independents. The Dorset-based Guild has added an online resource to its website, to assist retailers and producers following the government’s latest Covid-19 guidelines….

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Food award schemes on hold

THE country’s leading food awards scheme, Great Taste, run by the Guild of Fine Food based in Gillingham, Dorset, has been suspended due to the Covid19 crisis, and the regional scheme, Taste of the West, is delaying judging. Judging of this year’s 12,000-plus Great Taste entries began as planned on Monday, 16th March, and was…

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Quicke’s lead food delivery system

DEVON-based Quicke’s, the traditional clothbound Cheddar maker near Crediton, is at the forefront of a scheme to provide high quality local food to people who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The company is also offering free delivery to NHS staff and all vulnerable groups affected by the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK,…

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Shop of the year win for Bristol deli

BRISTOL delicatessen Papadeli, in Alma Road, Clifton, has won the Delicatessen and Grocer category of the Guild of Fine Food’s Shop of the Year 2020 competition. The judges were charmed with its “general ambience” and range of homemade cakes. The winners were announced at the Fodder Farm Shop and Café in Harrogate. The awards are…

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Great West Way launches food and drink map

THE Great West Way, running from London to Bristol, roughly along the line of the A4 trunk road, is the world’s first multi-modal touring route, with road, rail and water links between the two cities, a direct distance of 125 miles. If you include the off-the-beaten walking and bike trails and other detours, there are…

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Pirates of the courthouse

THERE is an invitation to get in touch with your inner Long John Silver or Captain Jack Sparrow at an evening celebrating the heritage of rum, at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester on 13th March from 7pm. Master mixologists Lloyd Brown and David Smith from Dark Bear Co will be mix up some…

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Michael Eavis opens Frome’s Milk Station

DAIRY farmer and founder of Glastonbury Festival Michael Eavis, who is a supporter and friend of Frome’s Cheese & Grain, visited the venue to launch the new milk vending machine in the foyer. The venture is the initiative of dairy farmer Andy Salmon at Tytherington Milk Station, at Bullsbridge Farm in the village of Tytherington…

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