Gingernut’s Free From Goodies

From an early age Steph Lowe learnt how to bake from her Mother and after leaving school she enrolled on the Chef Scholarship course at Bournemouth & Poole University. But this was cut short due to Steph’s growing intolerance to dairy products. Then gradually over time she also grew intolerant to wheat & gluten, which […]

Chilled Tomato Soup – In Season with The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach prides itself on its kitchen garden, supplying simple British produce for their restaurant.   Currently being harvested at The Pig on the Beach: – Tomatoes in the Polytunnel (7 different varieties). The Pig’s favourite is Sungold, due to the great texture and acidity. – Chillies in the Greenhouse (around 10 […]

Dorset’s Answer To Herbs and Essences

I get to meet a lot of passionate people developing their food businesses across Dorset, no more than Yordan and Justin Frampton, who have created in March 2018 Dorset Herbs and Essences Ltd. I met them on one of the hottest days of the year, they were hot, dusty and covered in sticky marigold oil, […]

Raise a Glass with Morrish & Banham

In the autumn of 2015 Morrish & Banham wine merchant and tasting room opened its doors in Brewery Square Dorchester, it is owned by Mark and Caroline Banham (Caroline’s maiden name is Morrish, so hence the name). Mark started life in the wine trade in 1990 working in Luckins Wine Store, Great Dunmow. He also […]

Purbeck Ice Cream turns 30

30 years ago Peter and Hazel Hartle ran a 60 Friesian dairy herd on 126 acres directly opposite the historic remains of Corfe Castle in the heart of Dorset, along with the variable ‘help’ from their three boys of 6 months, 1 & 2 years of age. However, with the introduction of milk quotas they […]

Clucking In The Piddle Valley

I’m really enjoying going out to meet the Members of Dorset Food & Drink; they are usually small family businesses that have matured slowly over the years, most with a dash of serendipity along the way. The Piddle Valley Chicken is one of these; it is owned and run by Kevin (Kev) and Jenna Froud […]

A Real Cure For Dorset

The Real Cure charcuterie was formed in 2013 by James Smart & Lucy Hagan, it was a one room, one fridge experiment in his Father’s old workshop. It is now a multiple award winning business and going from strength to strength, also it has a lot more rooms. James was brought up on his family’s […]

A Great Dorset Bakery

The Wobbly Cottage bakery is named after the wobbly walls of Richard and Danielle Wright’s 200-year-old cottage. Richard had been working as a chef for twenty years and was becoming more interested in his obsession of baking bread especially sourdough. Danielle was working as front of house in a large hotel in Cambridge, where she […]

Hello, Hari Hari

One of my favourite food quotes comes from Rick Stein in his TV series India. “When you are hungry deciding on what to eat and the thought of a curry comes into your head, that’s it, it just has to be a curry” So I apologise in advance, because you will be on the hunt […]

All Things Cherries

For friends Laurie and Hayley it was their move to Milborne St Andrew in the depths of rural Dorset that prompted them to launch a business, inspired by a shared love of their county, its surroundings, and of course its food. Wines from nearby vineyards, beers and ciders from Dorset brewers, delectable cheeses direct from […]