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The Woolpack review

On Friday 29th November I was invited to the newly refurbished Woolpack in Banstead. This impressive building has been stopping traffic on the main road, as people have been eagerly awaiting the big reveal and re-opening of the pub. As soon as I walked in, I was amazed at how …

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The Bear and Ragged Staff

On a recent visit to Farnham Alex and I had an enjoyable lunch at the newly refurbished Bear and Ragged Staff pub. Just outside of the town centre the pub has been most tastefully re-furbished, in a way that appeals to all ages of pub goers. It still maintains its …

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Harvest at Albury Vineyard

The harvest at Albury Vineyard started in earnest last Friday despite the heavy showers. It was time to enlist some volunteers, many of whom are wine club members or locals, who turn up every year to help with the harvest. This year is anticipated to be a good year, but …

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An interview with Francesco Bartolomei from the Talbot Hotel & Restaurant

I had the pleasure of talking to Francesco Bartolomei Talbot General Manager this week about his time at the Talbot Hotel & Restaurant and how business is generally at the moment. ‘I was previously at a very different corporate hotel in Kingston upon Thames and have been at the Talbot …

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Talbot Hotel Review

Our team at VantagePoint magazine had our press day lunch last Friday and were impressed with all aspects of our experience. The weather played it’s part and as it was such a beautiful day we dined in the garden surrounded by apple trees. The food we were served was from …

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The Wheatsheaf – Midhurst’s 17th Century Pub is Open for Business and Under New Ownership

Once upon a time, at the heart of every UK town was a pub. It was a place of celebration and solace. Communication and camaraderie. In recent years that trend has slowly disappeared. At Midhurst’s The Wheatsheaf, the new owners and management team are working to bring it back. Good …

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Turn up the Heat – Cheese and Chilli Festival 2019

The details have been agreed for the hottest UK Chilli challenge ever – a face-off between top US chilli King Johnny Scoville renowned for chasing the heat by munching his way through the hottest chillies and chilli products he can find and our very own UK Chilli Queen, Shahina Waseem. …

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Supporting Local- Handpicked for Dorking

Handpicked for Clandon Wood. This weekend I popped along to Clandon Wood to show my support to Handpicked for Dorking as well as the exhibitors that were there. As we parked up I could hear Chris and Will from ‘Forget the DJ‘ who were playing some great music which added …

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Gin Kitchen Summer Festival

Let the Summer Be-GIN at The Gin Kitchen’s Gin, Beer and Cocktail Festival! Dorking’s Gin Kitchen has announced that tickets are now on sale for their summer Gin, Beer and Cocktail festival. Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills, The Gin Kitchen is delighted to offer a colourful spectacular of artisan …

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Surrey Day – Food Float celebrates 10 years delivering local food to Dorking residents

Surrey Day this Saturday 4th May is a great day for Food Float to celebrate its tenth year offering local food to Dorking people! To commemorate, we have invited three producers: •  Honey man Paul Cleaver •  Debbie, Queen of jam and chutney •  Barry from Kingfisher Farm to tell …

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Surrey’s Peach makes The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies List three years running

The Peach Pub Company, which runs two pubs in Surrey, The Richard Onslow in Cranleigh and The Duke of Wellington in East Horsley, has been named in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list for the third year running.  Peach was crowned number 48 in the 19th annual edition of …

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A SPARKLING LAUNCH WEEKEND FOR VINEYARDS OF THE SURREY HILLS.

A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL VINEYARDS OFFERING OUTSTANDING WINES, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS AND A WARM WELCOME. A new collaboration of five multi-award winning vineyards have announced a special launch weekend on 8th 9th June 2019, to celebrate the formation of a new English wine region – ‘Vineyards of the Surrey Hills’. This collection …

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A day out at Albury Organic Vineyard with The Wood Fired Larder

Albury Estate Spring Event with pop up pizza from Wood Fired Larder managed to dodge the week-end rain on Saturday.  A great selection of pizzas were available and I sampled the Mediterranean vegetable pizza which was delicious…vegan and the all day breakfast pizzas were also poplar choices! The Wood Fired …

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