Fresh hope this year’s Lymington Seafood Festival will still be held

THERE are fresh hopes that the Lymington Seafood Festival can return this summer after town councillors agreed use of the Bath Road site for an extra day to allow social distancing. However, speaking on behalf...
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‘Fairy dust in buckets’ transforms unhappy pub into cosy tearoom

IT has stood forlornly by the side of the road. A once thriving New Forest pub that seemed to have lost its way. But after new owner Rachel Rabbetts took over the Hobler Inn and...

How Vicky caught a break when the chips were down

LIKE many business owners Vicky Webster feared lockdown would prove disastrous. But with a loyal clientele and by embracing the digital world, her Christchurch chip shop – Captain Cod – has been busier than...

Plea for shoppers to ‘stay loyal and stay local’ after lockdown

A RALLYING cry has been issued for people to “stay local” and continue shopping with their community’s independent producers they have discovered during the pandemic. Many customers have been praising the small, regional businesses they...

Tasty ways to boost the immune system and beat the lockdown blues

AS the lockdown slowly eases, some of us may be feeling the effects of being cooped up with too little exercise and too many takeaways. But there are delicious ways both to get back to...

Website brewed up for craft beer customers and suppliers

A NEW website has been launched by a New Forest entrepreneur with the aim of helping small craft beer producers and customers come together during the lockdown. James Gardener, who is chief executive of Fritham-based...

Town seafood festival could still proceed – with safety measures

THE Lymington Seafood Festival could still take place this year as a scaled-back event with safety its highest priority, say organisers. Richard Nowell says he believes that rather than banning all outdoor events because of...

The firms wetting whistles with special lockdown deliveries

TOP of many people’s lists of most-missed pleasures during the lockdown is savouring a glass of something chilled with friends at a local pub. But with the watering holes shut by the coronavirus, hostelries, off-licences...

Keeping wheels moving at local food outlets during the lockdown

ONE of the biggest business casualties of the coronavirus lockdown has been the closure of cafes, restaurants and pubs. But thanks to a veritable army of workers determined to keep outlets going, many people are...

New Cadland Estate farm shop keeping locals fed

SUMPTUOUS sausages made from game reared on a New Forest estate are one of the offerings at its newly created farm shop. The venison used is of the highest quality and can also be enjoyed...
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