Inside Jurassic Coast Farm Shop

Eric and Liz Sealey moved into Fossil Farm in 1985, it was then a mixed arable and dairy farm. In 2004 they decided to halt dairy farming and switched to raising heifer cattle for neighbouring dairy farms. During this time their son James was completing 3 years at Agricultural College and several years working in […]

Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish heads to Dorset

Weymouth Esplanade is set to be the new, picturesque location for Mitch Tonks’ restaurant group, Rockfish. Chef and CEO Mitch Tonks is bringing his award-winning seafood restaurant group, Rockfish to Dorset. Opening restaurants in Weymouth in July, with a date to be announced, and at Poole Quay in October, bringing the group to 8 restaurants […]

Rise of the ‘ginaissance’

When it comes to spirits … gin is king! Increasingly popular, gin seems to be in the running as one of our nation favourites. In fact, it’s estimated that in 2018, the UK bought over 66 million bottles of the juniper-based drink. And the total number of gin distilleries in the UK has now reached […]

Driving up the heat with Dorset Chilli Shop

Andy Guy was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. His Father was in the RNZAF and they were constantly on the move, which gave Andy plenty of opportunity to sample many different cuisines.  His first chilli recollection was when he was a boy and persuaded his Stepmother to try some chillies from a street stall in […]

Cream Teas & Thatched Cottages – Tea Clipper Tea Rooms

When Kathy and Alastair Beaven were looking for a house that also had holiday accommodation, little did they know they would end up buying one with a tearoom attached as well. Kathy originally from Essex and Alastair originally from Trowbridge, met and lived in Preston, Lancashire. In 2009 they decided it was time to move […]

Abbotsbury Food Fair Stall Holders

It’s back for 2019! Join us for another year of fabulous food and drink at Abbotsbury Food Fair! With around 30 local producers selling distinctively Dorset produce set in the stunning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. More info Abbotsbury Food Fair Facebook Event List of Stall Holders Producers Bayside Bakery Cerne Abbas Brewery Dorset Chilli Shop Dorset […]

Mixing it up with Grey Bear Bar Company

Lloyd Brown started his hospitality career at the tender age of 15 behind the bar of a local pub, not totally legal, but one that would shape his future. After that and whilst still in 6th form at school, he was managing The Victoria Hotel in Dorchester and pulling pints during his lunch breaks. Lloyd […]

New Directors Needed!

Dorset Food & Drink has come a long way in the last couple of years and we’ve enjoyed the support of some cracking directors who’ve shaped it into a relatively newly formed Community Interest Company with strong ambitions for growth and development into the future. Some of our original directors have decided now is the […]

Taste the love of Dorset with From Dorset With Love

When you start chatting to Chrissy & Karl Regler, you soon realise that they are extremely passionate about Dorset, especially its food. So much so they named their award-winning artisan preserves business “From Dorset With Love” because they really do mean it. Chrissy was training to be a Legal Executive at a local (Blandford) solicitor […]

Purbeck Ice Cream add new flavours to their range for 2019!

Award-winning Purbeck Ice Cream is made on a farm overlooking Corfe Castle, using fresh Purbeck milk, thick Dorset double cream, British sugar and an abundance of natural ingredients. They don’t use artificial additives or GMOs, no added colours nor flavours, no nuts, everything’s gluten free and they are suitable for vegetarians as well as being Halal […]