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 […]

Delicious, Delicious Deli

St. Alban Street in Weymouth is a quintessential English seaside thoroughfare, but amongst the buckets & spades and objet d’art, there is an oasis of wonderful Dorset produce. Delicious is a delicatessen championing great Dorset food, sourced from local farms & producers. Delicious was created by Carl MacShilton and his brother-in-law Mark MacCormack both passionate [...]