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Jack Ratt’s bag-in-box cider flies the Jolly Roger for Lyme Bay

DEVON-based Lyme Bay Winery has picnics, parties and festivals over a barrel this summer with the launch of its rebranded Jack Ratt cider range and a new flagship product, the three-litre bag-in-box. Drawing inspiration from Lyme’s Jurassic coastline this renowned cider takes its name from notorious 19th century smuggler, Jack Rattenbury, who hid his contraband…

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Arty Bazaar at the Boilerhouse Gallery

THE first Arty Bazaar of the year at the Boilerhouse Gallery at Corfe Castle is on Saturday 22nd April, from noon to 4pm. There will be the usual mix of stalls selling different crafts, and Trina from Java cafe in Swanage will be bringing her tasty food and coffee. Among the stallholders will be Jenny…

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Rhubarb and Custard – the cocktail!

LIBERTY Fields’ delicious Porter’s Perfection Vodka, made from the apples grown in their orchards at Halstock, plays a starring role in an original new cocktail which is sure to be one of the culinary highlights of this year’s Dorset Knob Festival at Kingston Maurward on 30th April. Inspired by his favourite childhood puddings and Dorset’s…

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Two tearooms, please!

TISBURY-based tearooms and bookshop group, Beatons, has signed up its first female franchisee, Angela Thorn of Bournemouth, whose interest was prompted by a visit to Beatons Blandford. A few days later, a second woman visited the group’s stand at The Franchise Show at London’s Excel and signed up, becoming the second female franchisee, and bringing…

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Record Seed Fund entries show appetite for innovation

THE Seed Fund, a philanthropic organisation which nurtures fledgling food and drink brands, has announced a record number of entries this year, as innovation continues to blossom within the industry. With more than 150,000 new start-ups already launched in 2017 and numbers increasing year on year (Startup Britain, 27th March 2017), The Seed Fund has…

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Let the Right One In on screen at Wincanton

GET your teeth into Let the Right One In, one of the finest vampire movies of recent years when Where West Begins brings this neighbourhood cinema project screening to Wincanton Town Hall on Easter Monday, 17th April, at 6.30pm. As always with the Where West Begins programme, there will also be additional features, including a…

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Pedal your way to great Dorset food

TWO new leaflets offering eight foodie routes for cyclists have been launched by Dorset Food & Drink, with support from Defra’s Food is GREAT campaign. The routes are divided into Northern Dorset and the Stour Valley, and Eastern Dorset and Purbeck, offering a delicious introduction into the variety and beauty of the landscape in the…

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New networking event for South Somerset

THE first meeting of a new bi-monthly networking group for local food and drink producers will be held at the Westlands Leisure Complex in Yeovil on Monday 3rd April from 10am to noon. The aim of the new group is to promote regional food and drink, supported by funding from the Championing British Food Tourism…

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Lesley judges Brimsmore’s bake-off

HOME bakers and preserve makers impressed chef and cookery writer Lesley Waters when she judged  Brimsmore Gardens’ Baking and Making Competition at the Yeovil garden centre. Lesley, who runs her own cookery school in Halstock, judged 17 breads, eight marmalades and 12 chutneys at the competition in The Apple Tree Restaurant. Part of the garden centre’s…

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