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    The Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn opened in December 1998 following a chance remark from friends which led Sue and Roger Jones to view ...»

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    After a long career at Soho House, Chippy Day craved a better life in the country so bought the George and Dragon in Rowde in 2004....»

  • Marlborough Literature Festival

    Founded in 2010 by volunteers keen to celebrate fine writing, Marlborough Literature festival is held annually in the last week of September...»

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Christmas recipes with a twist

Sam Bertram

6 October 2016

We spoke to The Wiltshire Liqueur Company’s Tiffinie Pride about her favourite recipes & cocktails using her liqueurs, and why we should be stocking up for Christmas. Why should we be buying your liqueurs? ‘They are incredibly versatile – they are great on their own but also brilliant as a basis for cocktails and in cooking. We have lots of cocktail and recipe ideas on our website - they’re perfect to keep drinks and food interesting through the festive season. My favourite cocktail is one I conceived after a hard day’s slog in the office. It’s still my go to drink after a long day.  ‘Damson in Distress’ has Damson Vodka, Ginger Ale and Ice and if I’m feeling flush I add a mint leaf. My favourite recipe is a bit summery but it’s just so delicious I have to share. At a fair someone once told me they mix Blood Orange with Olive Oil and mustard to make a salad dressing. We’ve eaten it with fresh peas, mozzarella and Parma ham and it is so yummy.  Perfect for dinner parties as a light starter. Craft is a bar in Greenwich in London that stock our liqueurs. They make a delicious cocktail called SE10 made up of our Wild Strawberry, Gin, honey and black pepper. It is amazing!’ What should we be cooking up for Christmas? ‘Christmas cake soaked in Blood Orange rather than brandy is so good. People are starting to make their Christmas cakes at this time of year so if you’re looking to do something different this could be the answer. You just feed your cake with Blood Orange in the same way you would with brandy. We’ve also got a great Nigel Slater recipe on the website.  Pheasant and Sloe Gin – really good and perfect with the shooting season upon us, and lots of winter entertaining to be done. On Christmas day serve any of our liqueurs with Champagne.  We have a name for every combination – Sloepagne, Damshame, Bloodyfizz & Chamberry. And it doesn’t just have to be Christmas day it could be Christmas Eve or Boxing Day or indeed any time you’re drinking during the festive season! Another Christmassy treat is Sloe Gin or Blood Orange chocolate truffles. Really yummy and they make great homemade presents to thank someone for their hospitality or serve with coffee. I’m thinking of having a gift box at fairs which has some small liqueur bottles and truffles. So if you see me at any fairs please do ask about them and tell me what you think.  Everything else is available to buy online so you can get it anytime and even better the price includes postage and packaging. There’s no excuse for not getting creative in the kitchen this season!’ And Christmas Gifts? ‘All our full size bottles can be ordered online and have personalised labels at no extra cost. We’ve had some funny requests for labels. The one that sticks in my mind the most is ‘Kevin loves pink ponies’. I didn’t like to delve too deep about what that was about! Most people put a name and there are lots of puns on the word sloe ‘for your Sloe investment’ or ‘Drink it Sloe-ly’.  Our gift packs of smaller bottles are only available at fairs. We can be found at Marlborough Feast of Food, Beaufort Hunt, Highclere Castle and a couple of school Christmas fairs like Pinewood and St Francis in Pewsey. Check our website to see where else we’ll be. Our liqueurs are also extremely popular for corporate gifts. You could give every employee a bottle with their name on the label – we’ve done that in the past and it went down a storm. Or give them to clients with your company name on the label or a cracking phrase to show your creativity! http://www.wiltshireliqueur.com/  

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Full Flavour Behaviour

Sam Bertram

6 September 2018

Recently voted UK’s most authentic pub by Alastair Sawday, it’s fitting that The Three Tuns Great Bedwyn chef & owner James Wilsey along with good friend Tamara have just set-up a catering arm ‘Full Flavour Behaviour” serving upmarket but casual food. We spoke to business partner Tamara Spencer to hear all about it.   Love the name, tell us a bit about it ‘It’s all about family style feasting and Full Flavour Behaviour reflects the fact that there are lots of different elements to the sharing meal.  We wanted to set-up a different style of catering company, something much more casual. It’s all about sharing plates and minimal service as everyone just tucks in. It’s a much more social way of eating - getting a caterer doesn’t have to mean everything is formal.  The inspiration comes from community eating where everyone chats and laughs and there’s an easier atmosphere. It’s taking what people enjoy in the pub to people’s houses and is most suited to gathering of up to 30 people’.   What sort of food do you serve? ‘We can do anything but as an example we’ve done an event where a beautiful plate of slow cooked smoked lamb shoulder took pride of place in the middle of the table. It was served with peas a la francaise (peas cooked in bacon and onions) along with the most delicious garlic aioli and gremolata. It was absolutely delicious with a lovely jus and exploded with flavour. We’ve also done a table filled with lots of smoked meats and fish and James’ homemade pickled cucumber, slaws and cornichons. For one event our puddings were meringues and strawberries, raspberries, mint and pistachio. It’s a more rustic style of catering – an upmarket street food.’   How do you work? ‘When a client wants to work with us we come up with a whole solution of things that might be suitable. We can also do as much or as little service as the client wants us to. Our first job in June was for a 70th birthday.  Everyone loved it and there were empty plates and smiles all round!    And plans for the future? ‘James’ ultimate goal is to have a food truck so watch this space…. But in the meantime, please do get in touch – we’d love to make your party one that your friends will remember.’   Please call Tamara on 07900 788440 or email fullflavour@tunsfreehouse.com  

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Instagram Giveway

Instagram giveaway

We ran a loop giveway on Instagram with some of our lovely members who gave some fabulous prizes worth over £250. Thank you to all those who entered. We now have one lucky winner.

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