Category Archives: Wine & Dine

I have dined at the Rivers Arms in Cheselbourne on several occasions since it reopened in January and the food has always been excellent. On this occasion my partner and I were lucky enough to get seats in the popular cosy bar area.

Other seating is available in the main dining area, which is the large...

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The welcome trend of rural pub re-openings close to Dorchester continues. Following on the heels of the Rivers Arms at Cheselbourne, the Gaggle of Geese at Buckland Newton, closed for three years and in danger of being converted to a dwelling, is now open for business once more.

New owners Simon and Sarah previously ran the...

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Dorchester and at least one nearby village seem to be bucking the national trend when it comes to pub closures.

Already the Convivial Rabbit micropub in Trinity Street recently celebrated its first birthday by moving to larger premises, and a new cider bar – the Cow & Apple, has opened nearby.

Now only a few miles away,...

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Two local pubs have won awards from West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Pub of the Year has been awarded to the Saxon Arms in Stratton, while Pub Garden of the Year has been won by the Spyway Inn at Askerswell.

The Saxon’s licencees, Rod and Janette Lamont, have run the pub for the past...

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A brand new cheese made from British sheep's milk by Dorset-based Ford Farm and which is so new, it hasn't yet been given a brand name, has been awarded a coveted Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards 2015.

The World Cheese Awards, which took place at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC last...

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Poet Laureate, Poundbury

If, like me, you find it increasingly hard to find good, freshly prepared food, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

Most chain restaurants and many pubs (even up-market ones) serve food that’s been pre-prepared in a factory somewhere and simply re-heated on site. It’s why the food arrives at your table 10 minutes...

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