We jumped at the chance when we were invited to attend the opening of Langham Wine Estate’s Tasting Room! Langham sparkling wines have been top of our list whenever there is family celebration and it is grown & produced just up the road!!
Top female Dorset food producers have come together to launch the Dorset Food & Drink Calendar 2017, in aid of local Dorset charities Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Julia’s House. The calendar highlights up-and-coming foodie females making waves in the UK food producer scene. With UK artisanal produce and Dorset brands becoming increasingly popular, the calendar offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about the dynamic women behind these popular brands.
Pennsylvania Castle was built in 1797 and has been through many guises through it’s history, starting life as a home for John Penn Governor of Portland, then in the 1950’s into a hotel. Since then it was a private home and now as a holiday home, also catering for weddings, private and corporate functions and other events. Part of the estate is the next door caravan park and this is where you will find the new Hayloft Cafe.
A brand new artisan gelato being handmade in Bridport?! – when John and I were invited for a tour of Baboo Gelato’s base we didn’t need asking twice. Sam and Annie launched Baboo Gelato in March this year, following a 2 month kitchen fit out and 10 months of recipe, packaging and brand development. Annie trained in Bolognia and all of the recipes are her own.
When we were invited to attend a Murder Mystery Evening at West Compton Manor, I must admit it is not really my idea of fun, but Vicky loves things like this, so we accepted. West Compton Manor is nestled in real deepest West Dorset and is the perfect place to hold a murder mystery, “in Compton Valley no one can hear you scream!”
The Brewery Square, Dorchester has brought many restaurants, bars & cafes to the area. Mostly they are nationals, but scattered close by are a few wonderful independent establishments and Yalbury & Yvon’s is one of these gems.
Billy Winters (locally caught Weymouth Bay prawns) Diner Bar is the brain child of Nigel Bloxham, the owner and chef of the Crab House Cafe. Billy Winters is a place we have been meaning to visit since it opened last year, but never got round to it until today.
After mentioning on Twitter that I had never tasted snails, David Walker (Sales Director for Dorset Snails) invited me along to their processing unit to try them for myself!! After checking with East Dorset Foodie (on her patch!) I headed over to Holton Heath to investigate the production of these molluscs!
Amongst the buckets & spades and objet d’art in the quintessential English seaside thoroughfare, St. Alban Street in Weymouth, there is an oasis of wonderful Dorset produce!! Delicious is a delicatessen dedicated to serving great Dorset food sourced from local farms & producers.
Since its inception with the purchase of a small farm in 1971, the family business at Washingpool has always been ahead of its time. Long before diversification was a buzz word the family saw that in order to survive and prosper, income was needed beyond the small dairy herd and so Washingpool Farm Shop was born. Initially it was an informal affair in the old chicken house, a way to market the fruit and vegetables grown on the farm; then with the addition of two shops in town and two market stalls, they ventured into self-service. The infiltration of the supermarkets hit sales and so in 2000 they opened their significantly larger out of town store as it exists today. The Bridport greengrocery stores are long gone but Washingpool retain a town centre presence with a market stall outside no.21 West Street every Saturday.