Salisbury Charter Market – perfect for foodies and gardeners

If you love a traditional English market, then Salisbury Charter Market is definitely worth a visit. It’s not huge – and it is outdoors so sometimes you have to brave the elements, but it has the feel of markets as they used to be. Every Tuesday and Saturday for the best part of the day, it’s busy and bustling, there are the smells of hog … Continue reading Salisbury Charter Market – perfect for foodies and gardeners

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Sir Ian Botham wines and menu at The Ageas Bowl

The cricket legend that is Sir Ian Botham recently launched a new venture Botham Wines, a collection of Australian and New Zealand wines that he has personally created and which you can now sample at Beefy’s Restaurant at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The collection was put together as he travelled across Australia and New Zealand, visiting many of what he calls “the wine making … Continue reading Sir Ian Botham wines and menu at The Ageas Bowl

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Selsey crab and much more

In a quiet spot in the West Sussex countryside, sits a little gem of a foodie country pub with rooms, which is, without doubt, worth seeking out. The Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham on the Manhood Peninsular (yes really) nestles on the banks of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, and you can smell the salty sea air as you walk from your car to the inn, … Continue reading Selsey crab and much more

The Montagu Arms has afternoons off to a tea

Alongside a traditional Sunday roast, Wimbledon, fish and chips, and our quirky sense of humour, a nice pot of tea with dainty sandwiches, warm scones and as many pastries as I can eat is very close to the top of my ‘things that make me glad to be British’ list. Whether you say scon or scoan, and whether you’re cream first or jam first (it … Continue reading The Montagu Arms has afternoons off to a tea

A local challenge for World Gin Day

Our patch has some amazing gin producers and World Gin Day has prompted an idea. We’re going to run an ongoing review from the counties we cover. Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. The South Sensation Ginspiration Collection! We’ve ordered a taster sample box from Master or Malt which will arrive in a couple of days. Their’s is a brilliant idea … Continue reading A local challenge for World Gin Day

Fields of lavender, gardens and homemade cake

If a homemade savoury cheese scone with bacon drizzled in maple syrup, or lavender and coconut macaroons, sound like your sort of daytime indulgence then the New Forest Lavender Tearooms just off the main A36 at Plaitford is a place to head to. If you’re a keen gardener, as well as a cake lover, then this is a destination which is a must. The gardens … Continue reading Fields of lavender, gardens and homemade cake

Superb tasting menu in the New Forest

Stanwell House, a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant in the High Street in Lymington sits in an enviable position in the New Forest with both coast and country right on its doorstep, an ideal spot for a short break to this spectacular corner of the British Isles. A classic yachty town, with a marina and historic cobbled streets, it has more than its fair share … Continue reading Superb tasting menu in the New Forest

100 years of glory at Exbury

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the spectacular 200-acre Exbury Gardens near Beaulieu in the New Forest. World famous for its Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs, Exbury is celebrating its big birthday with some impressive new projects and a series of special events. A new ‘secret centenary garden’ and ‘stream’ of spring bulbs opened to the public in … Continue reading 100 years of glory at Exbury