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Dinner is served! 20th Christchurch Food Festival set to be ‘the best yet’

A CABARET night featuring a delicious dinner you can enjoy while being serenaded by wonderful singers Jax Hall and Lea Martin will be kicking off the Christchurch Food Festival at a special party night. Held...

Vegans and vegetarians to serve up square of meals at Christchurch Food Festival

I ONCE spent a whole day fruitlessly struggling my way through the crowds at the Christchurch Food Festival trying to find a vegan or vegetarian stall. There was only one on that occasion – and...
Robbie Mclean

New Forest chef just fails to crack national Scotch egg challenge

A NEW FOREST pub narrowly failed to crack a national competition in London to find the best Scotch egg. Monty’s Inn at Beaulieu was pipped to the post to take second prize in the annual...

New cafe owners have Bijou designs on good coffee

A NEW café owner has combined her passions for really good coffee and interior design to create the beautiful Bijou in Barton. Anyone entering the premises on Cliff Terrace, Marine Drive, will be struck by its...

New-look Gins Club House open for the summer season

THE Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s bar and restaurant in Beaulieu has re-opened after a major revamp. Gins Club House, which sits alongside Beaulieu River, underwent the makeover during its usual winter closure. A new glass...

The Oak Inn: cosy atmosphere, quality food and community spirit

TUCKED away in the tiny hamlet of Bank about a mile south-west of Lyndhurst, the picturesque Oak Inn has a reputation for first class food inspired by local produce. The pub, which is owned by...

Hordle dairy installs raw milk vending machine

A DAIRY run by the same family for more than 100 years has installed a raw milk vending machine so the public can serve themselves. Hordle Manor Farm is owned by Matthew and Sarah Cobb,...

The Woolpack Inn: picturesque 17th century pub offers warm welcome

FAMED for its Sunday roasts and fish and chips served wrapped in the A&T, the picturesque Woolpack Inn is the most prominent landmark in the small village of Sopley which neighbours Bransgore. The chocolate box...
Basil on the beach in Newquay

Have pet, will travel: Basil the labradoodle’s top 10 dog friendly hotels in southern...

MOST Brits enjoy four holidays a year – three of which will be staycations in the UK. So wouldn't a top 10 list of dog friendly hotels in the south of England be handy...
The Wheel Inn has been refurbished

Cheers to first year of The Wheel Inn community pub

RE-OPENED by the community a year ago this month, The Wheel Inn at Bowling Green Pennington has been completely refurbished, and is once again a thriving local pub, writes Chris Chester. As there is with...
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