Raise a glass to local wine

Dorset’s largest independent wine merchant, Templar Wines, has signed a new contract with the Dorchester-based Langham Wine Estate and will now be supplying their prestigious products to hospitality trade customers throughout the county. Templar Wines was established in 2008 and since then they have imported wines from all over Europe to supply independent restaurants, hotels, […]

Simply Safer supports food businesses to keep serving, even during the Corona crisis

Simply Safer, experts in Food Safety, have been offering Hampshire & Dorset food businesses free advice and documents, for those that wish to remain open during the lockdown. As council resources are stretched, Simply Safer have been helping any food business that requires Food Safety advice or guidance at a time when it is most […]

Hall and Woodhouse help make NHS workers’ Easter

Local brewer, Hall and Woodhouse teamed up with Dorset Council to deliver free hot meals to five community hospitals and three local hubs in Dorset to help NHS staff who were working throughout the Easter Bank Holiday. Over 200 meals were set to staff at Shaftesbury Westminster Memorial Hospital, St Leonard’s Community Hospital, Wareham Community […]

Pour a brew for National Tea Day!

This year marks the 5th anniversary of National Tea Day and with everything that is going on in the world right now, the organisers feel like it has never been more important to use the power of team to bring people together in solidari-tea. This year, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the usual celebrations […]

Rhubarb gin

Never tried this seasonal take on the traditional g and t? Well, now you can! The addition of rhubarb makes this drink even more refreshing and summery! Ingredients 1 kg pink rhubarb stalks 400g caster sugar 800ml gin Dorset is one of the best producers of gin in the UK, find a range of delicious […]

Some very special offers for DF&D members from Clipper

We have teamed up with one of our platinum members Clipper as they have four exceptional offers for you so you can add a high quality locally made Fairtrade tea, coffee and hot chocolate offering to your retail and/or home delivery service that you are currently operating to the residents of Dorset. As the public […]

Try these gin cocktails inspired by Olives Et Al Estia Botanical Gin

We recently had the pleasure of trying the Estia Botanical Gin from Olives Et Al and thought it was only fair to share some delicious gin recipes that you can do at home featuring some fantastic Olives Et Al ingredients.   Elderflower Gin Fizz Ingredients:  25ml Olives Et Al Estia Botanical Gin 1tbs Fresh Lemon […]

Fordington Gin Wins Silver at World Gin Awards

Congratulations to Fordington Gin, a Dorchester based gin business, who are celebrating a win after being awarded a silver medal at the 2020 World Gin Awards! The team at Fordington Gin faced stiff competition from more than 600 other gins, to go home with the coveted prize. The prestigious awards ceremony took place at Glaziers […]

Dorset: A brief history of cider

The West Country has long been synonymous with the production of cider and according to history books, Dorset was the first of the counties in the south west to create the drink that is now known and loved across the world. According to an article published in 1938 by PTH Pickford, the Cider Orcharding Advisor […]

Save the environment – drink Pothecary gin!

Pothecary Gin have come up with a fab way for you to enjoy their gin without feeling guilty about constantly having to throw away the waste – by setting up a gin refill station! The Pothecary Gin Refill Station can be found at the Christchurch Confectioner on Christchurch High Street. The initiative is simple, a […]