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  • The George and Dragon

    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. A 14th Century building, with many original features, it was the perfect place to create a relaxed pub with great service and understated touches. ‘Rowde is a lovely village - ever since we opened we’ve been welcomed and supported by the locals. Our leafy walled garden is a great venue for summer bbqs and bonfire nights and we often hold quiz nights or wine and cheese evenings.’ Seafood is their specialty with daily deliveries from Cornwall. Signature dishes include Cornish lobster with garlic butter and oysters, but there’s plenty on the a la carte menu - their cheese soufflé being particularly popular. The bar is well stocked with an ever changing selection of local craft beers, and their bespoke catering service and party room means they can hold parties or weddings at the pub or come to you. Their 3 bedrooms are especially welcoming – rustic luxury with higgledy piggledly floors, exposed oak beams and modern comforts, with breakfast served in the pub in front of the old fireplace. Dogs are welcome for a drink or to stay and Caen Hill Locks is in walking distance. Hot water bottles hang off a door for punters to take to keep warm outside, while B&B guests can choose from a selection of DVDs. This place is a gem. ...»

  • The Wheatsheaf

    Masterchef semi-finalist Ollie Hunter and singer / songwriter wife Lauren bought The Wheatsheaf pub in Chilton Foliat in November 2015 to create a centre for food, drink, art and music. The potential to restore the historical thatched pub and its proximity to his parent’s farm Hungerford Park were all part of its appeal. ‘We serve upmarket peasant food – unpretentious but full of flavour. When you travel you remember the taste of simple local dishes long after you’ve left. We aim to emulate that with our food. We can confidently say we’re local, organic and sustainable - my parents are just down the road rearing lambs, pigs and geese, curing their own meats and growing fruit and veg. We feel incredibly lucky to source so much produce from them.’ The menu changes every two weeks and Ollie’s always looking to combine local ingredients in an imaginative way. Their unique and popular woodfired pizza works on the same principles. Local sourcing is everywhere from the ales through to artisan spirits and coffee. This is a pub with a difference. The shop upstairs has unique vintage furniture, accessories and village essentials and the private dining room seats up to 16. An art gallery and indoor cinema are in the plans and they regularly host quality live music. Ollie also offers cookery classes. ‘Every decision has been made with a lot of thought behind it. With our arts programme we want to give upcoming artists the wings to fly.’...»

  • The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

    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 a sad and empty pub in Little Bedwyn.  Within two months, they had sold up in London, made swift repairs and The Harrow was open for business. In 2006, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, an award it has continued to receive every year since. Sue and Roger’s original vision for The Harrow has been key to their remarkable journey:  fresh, honest food with authentic ingredients, all served beautifully, combined with a warm, genuine welcome and professional yet discrete service. For every dish, there are recommended wines. Sue has her own favourite combinations. “ We currently have a lovely Sancerre that grows on flint giving it a very mineral character, it matches beautifully the acidity of the Ceviche. The two become one, almost like soul mates.” The Harrow offers a range of tasting menus all with fresh ingredients and the same attention to detail. The Lunch Menu is 5 courses for £40, the 6 course Tasting Menu is £50 and there is an 8 course Gourmet Menu for £75. All menus come with an optional range of matched wines to complement the food perfectly....»

  • A Piece of Cake by Bev

    Beverly Hams’ love of baking has its roots in early childhood. Her mother ran a tea room from their smallholding in Cornwall, making her own butter and ice cream, and serving baked cakes to visitors to the waterfall in the beautiful wooded valley. After forty years of teaching she retired and took the bold move to pursue her love of baking setting up A Piece of Cake by Bev. Her cakes aren’t the pretty cupcakes or fondant iced cakes but tray bakes perfect for feeding family and friends or serving at events. She uses local and organic products and everything is freshly made. Available in different sizes her most popular include chocolate ganache, lemon drizzle, coffee & walnut and a gluten free range. You can order online or by phone and if in SN9 Beverley will deliver, or post so they’re with you the next day. ‘I attend a lot of local food fairs and have had extremely positive feedback. Customers love the local and organic products, the fresh bake and the personal touch of a message with your postal order. I’m adding new flavours all the time - the other day I baked a dairy and gluten free spiced orange cake and a dairy and gluten free lemon and raspberry. At Christmas I made gluten free puddings and cakes, frangipani mince pies, spiced nuts, biscotti and brittle all in pretty little bags.’ ...»

  • Wiltshire Farmers Markets

    Wiltshire Farmers’ Markets Association run monthly markets across the county where local people can buy local food and drink direct from producers.  The Association has around 60 producer-members selling at the markets which vary in size and character.  Expect to find a good selection of seasonal vegetables, meats, cheeses, preserves, cakes and bread and, increasingly, cider and beers.  Also look out for: rapeseed oil and natural skin care with new products appearing all the time such as fish and locally produced charcuterie e.g. salamis, air dried ham and chorizo.  The aim is to give farmers, growers, foragers and makers a reliable outlet for their goods and, importantly, more control over the price in relation to the cost of production.  There are lots of benefits for the consumer too.  The markets have a great atmosphere and the producers are always ready to talk about what they do, to explain about production methods, where the products comes from and what makes them special.    Shopping at the farmers market can turn the chore of the weekly shopping trip into a pleasure. ...»

  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks and Stones is a stylish, lifestyle shop wrapped around a cosy and relaxed café alongside the Woodborough Garden Centre, not far from Pewsey. The owners are husband and wife team Garp and Liis Flack. Liis explains the feel of the place, “ I have such a little kitchen at home, this is perfect for me to play house. The style is French farmhouse with Scandinavian touches and very welcoming, I like to see visitors settle by the Aga in the winter and at the outdoor tables in the summer”. The shop has handpicked original and interesting gifts that work just as well in a contemporary London flat or a farmhouse kitchen. There are always new items to discover plus a selection of crockery, cutlery, glassware, linen and Garp’s unique, range of hand-made wooden products for the kitchen, dining room and home. The shop and café spill comfortably into each other so you can still browse the shelves over coffee or a light lunch. Everything on the menu is fresh and seasonal, enjoy asparagus in the spring, Chanterelle mushrooms in the autumn and delicious home made cakes all year round. ...»

  • Red Lion Freehouse

    Michelin-starred The Red Lion at East Chisenbury has been nominated The Good Pub Guide's dining pub of the year 2018. Owners, Guy and Brittany Manning, met while they were both chefs in one of New York’s top restaurants and decided to combine their considerable talents to create a relaxed pub where guests could feel at home and enjoy really good food. The Red Lion is a traditional English pub where families, children and dogs are welcome, and where the food is the best it can be. The chicken liver pate may sound simple but Guy and Brittany worked on the recipe for months before they were happy with it and, served with Madeira jelly and toasted brioche it has become something very special. “We take the same care over the burgers and sandwiches as we do with everything on the menu. We make everything we can in-house, including the bread, the butter and even the ketchup. We have our own hens and pigs, we grow our own veg and for the things we can’t do, we use the best and most local suppliers.” Their private dining room is a stunning modern rustic room - perfect for birthday or shoot parties or even meetings. ...»

  • Well Natural

    Queen Street, Salisbury has been home to Well Natural for 30 years but only under the current ownership since 2015. After an established career in a London chain of health stores, and keen to do something for himself, Sanjay Patel bought the popular Salisbury store. ‘If you want a healthy lifestyle we cover most bases and can meet most of the needs of a weekly shop either instore or online. We stock healthy foods including dairy free, gluten free and vegan options, sports nutrition items, books, skincare products and even environmentally friendly household goods. Supplements is our biggest section full of vitamins, minerals and raw food ingredients.’ With an emphasis on high quality brands and knowledgeable staff you know you’re going to get the right advice and products. Renown for being relaxed and friendly they pride themselves on offering a personalised shopping experience and are on a first name basis with most of their customers. The café serves local food suitable for all diets, nutritional juices are made to order and even the coffee comes from a local roastery. Their recycling service means pill pots and Ecover bottles can be refilled at a fraction of the cost. ‘We hold seminars and courses here and there are plans afoot to open more stores. Come and visit - browse the informational leaflets and chat to our staff, we’re here to help.’ ...»

  • The Wiltshire Liqueur Company

    From a delightful cottage just inside the Wiltshire border, Tiffinie Pride and her partner Christopher have developed a distinctive collection of delicious liqueurs. Made with far less sugar than traditional liqueurs and introducing unusual fruits such as wild strawberries from France and blood oranges from Sicily, these liqueurs really allow the fruit to dominate the flavour.  Tiffinie has set out to transform the way we think about liqueurs, encouraging new experimental ideas about how to mix and cook with them. Her current favourite ideas include pouring new blood orange liqueur over crepe suzette and adding a few glugs of wild strawberry liqueur into Eton mess – to  make a “Drunken Mess!”  These liqueurs look really stylish too. The William Morris inspired labels echo the blend of the traditional with an original twist.  And at no extra cost, the labels can be personalised with a name, phrase or event; perfect for a shooting party, wedding, house warming or birthday gift.   There are plenty of inspiring recipe and cocktail ideas on the website as well as lots more information about the range of liqueurs and how to order. Order online and postage and packaging is free.   ...»

  • The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn

    The death knell had sounded for Great Bedwyn’s village pub when James and Ashley Wilsey saved it from closure. After years of cooking in London and USA James was keen to have his own pub; and a long 3 year hunt brought them to The Three Tuns. 6 months after closing, the doors re-opened in September 2012. “We put our heart and soul into giving it new life and respecting its heritage as a village pub. It’s important it feels like home and has high quality food while being affordable.” Customers have responded well to the relaxed atmosphere and food is homemade and full of flavour. The menu and wine list are deliberately tight with an emphasis on local sourcing. There’s an a la carte for more sophisticated dishes and a bar menu – the sea bream with Mexican twist is an explosion of flavours, you can always get a good burger and their pulled pork with jalapeno coleslaw is pretty spectacular. And with their eldest being born a month after opening it’s child-friendly, with a kids menu, and they always welcome furry friends. There are BBQs and Jazz in the garden in summer and plenty more in the pipeline. ...»

  • The Swan

    Head chef Pete and his wife Emma lived in Enford for 12 years before the run down, village-owned pub came up for tenancy. With a move closer to their jobs in Hampshire on the cards, they were stopped in their tracks. This was their dream come true. Following extensive refurbishment they opened in July 2014 as a proper community pub. “We’re not trying to be a gastro pub. We just want to be a pub that serves tasty homemade local food where people go if they don’t want to cook themselves, or just fancy an inexpensive meal out with family or friends.” From all accounts they’re doing something right. Regulars love their favourites board with Chilli, proper pie, The Swan’s Burger and cheesecake amongst others – their chips are legendary. Their menu is dictated by their customers and a specials board features dishes such as wild sea bass with parsley cream, poached samphire and new potatoes. They’re busy 7 days a week. It’s a cosy beamed pub with a roaring fire from autumn through to late spring. They do outside catering, there’s a shop facility where locals can order groceries and Hub in the Pub on Thursdays means villagers can get together over coffee and cake with all proceeds going to charity. Their dogs Digger & Pickle welcome other pooches and there are toy baskets for children of all ages. They’ve recently opened a beer garden, held their first beer festival and have plans for a B&B. ...»

  • Love Food

    Lucinda Bevan is a nutritional therapist & chef with a keen interest in the brain. She provides one to one consultation, advises businesses & restaurants on nutrition and can come to your home to run lively and informative nutritional cookery demonstrations with your friends. Her latest venture is 'Love Food at home' making home cooked food for people local to Marlborough. Her popular Christmas hampers are a treat - beautiful seagrass hampers filled with delicious homemade goodies. As a nutritionist, the real difference with Lucinda’s approach is that she understands the link between eating well and feeling good. “At my cooking demonstrations some people come to learn recipes that will help them with depression or anxiety whilst others may have seen ingredients in the shops in the “healthy eating” aisle, such as spelt, quinoa or buckwheat but they don’t know what to do with them. Quinoa can end up as revolting mess or wonderfully delicious depending on how it’s cooked. I show how to do it well while explaining about the ingredients and the benefits for a healthy lifestyle.” Those who've attended Lucinda's nutrition workshops or cooking demonstrations comment on how friendly and sociable those events are. Those who've tried her food love it - it always disappears very quickly!...»

  • Taste Wiltshire

    The idea of an annual food festival in Urchfont came about when the local community group were brainstorming ideas to benefit their lovely village in 2012. There had been a food festival there some years before, so it seemed only right to re-establish it. In a team, led by local resident Jenny Holt, Taste Wiltshire launched with the aim of showcasing the best food and drink in Wiltshire while creating an affordable day out. The first festival saw 20 Wiltshire producers & a cooking demonstration from Masterchef champion Natalie Coleman. Growing annually the festival now has around 35 producers with a wide range of produce from goat meat through to ice cream and craft beer. Set around the picturesque village with background music it’s a lovely way to while away a day. Wander around, sample, buy local food and drink and meet producers. Watch a cooking demonstration from a Masterchef contestant or local Michelin starred chef. Buy some street food for lunch – try Burmese, Indian or Turkish cuisine. ‘The festival is on the same Sunday every year in September and it’s a fun and festive atmosphere with both producers and visitors returning year after year. There’s no need to wait until you get home to dig into the culinary delights. There are hay bales for sitting on and tables and chairs so sit back, relax, eat and enjoy’. ...»