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  • 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’. ...»

  • The Farm Cookery School & Netherstreet Beef

    Gretchen Winter’s lifelong dream of a cookery school at the farm where she grew up became a reality in 2016. The impressive result can be put down to her combined experience of running restaurants & events plus teaching children to cook in schools through her company Jack & Maddie. Located at Netherstreet Farm, home to her family since 1889, it’s a beautiful space in a rural setting. ‘I want to make cookery classes affordable – a place for people rather than chefs. It’s all about demystifying cooking and using ingredients that are readily available locally.’ The spacious cookery school has 8 stations fitted with domestic appliances, so it feels like a home from home. There’s a dedicated demo room and two conference rooms with a smaller breakout room. Perfect for off-site meetings, team building or large parties. ‘We have classes focusing on global flavours like Indian, Moroccan, Spanish, Italian or Korean and ‘Cook from Scratch’ is perfect for beginners. A popular event is ‘Cook & Dine’ where people get help cooking their meal & then stay and enjoy it without needing to wash up. Holiday clubs and Birthday Parties are also in demand.’ At £25 for a demo and starting from £35 for a class including your meal it’s a steal! Gretchen and her husband Matthew are also focusing on Galloway Beef Production and the meat is now available at www.netherstreetfarm.co.uk...»

  • 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.’ ...»

  • 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.’ ...»

  • JW Fine Foods

    When James Hayward was praised for the smoked salmon he’d made for a wedding, he decided to turn it into a business. As a former chef in Michelin star restaurants, and a career in event catering and food styling, it fits perfectly with his passion for food. ‘I want to be locally based so I opened my informal tasting shop in Woodborough In December 2017. As well as my cured and smoked salmon I stock some of my favourite foods and aim to create a Southern European vibe where people can walk in, sit on the side and try a few things’. Customers can enjoy smoked salmon on crispbread with ricotta cheese and salted capers, charcuterie, fish or cheese platters accompanied with a glass of bubbly, wine or sherry. Take home smoked salmon, gravlax, pâté and various hams, salamis and condiments. ‘I buy fish fresh from Scotland and make two gravlax - beetroot and liquorice salmon with a sashimi like texture and gin infused salmon cured in a juniper liqueur with lime. Our Smoked salmon is cured, salted and cold smoked on oak and hung for 3 days minimum. I also make smoked salmon pâté and chicken liver parfait paired with our homemade crostini.’ Pop in any day of the week, for a tasting evening or on Sunday for their hot specialty. It’s perfect for meeting up with a friend for a light bite of something delicious. ...»

  • 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.’...»

  • 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. ...»

  • 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!...»

  • 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. ...»