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Some picnic food ideas

Easy Coronation chicken pies Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil; 1 onion; 2 tbsp medium curry powder; 3 tbsp mango chutney; 1 large cooked chicken breast; diced into chunks; 140g double cream; knob of butter; 500g pack shortcrust pastry; flour for dusting; 1 beaten egg; 2 tbsp flaked almonds (optional). Makes …

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Gin cocktails

We have three cocktail ideas from our friends at Silent Pool Distillery. BEE’S KNEES Bees harvest nectar from nearby flowers, so honey is a direct reflection of the area in which it is made. That’s why local honey is not only a key ingredient in Silent Pool gin but also …

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Sunfower Seed Plait from Bake with Jack

Here is a recipe from our good friend Jack Sturgess, who runs Bake with Jack. Visit www.bakewithjack.co.uk for more information       Ingredients: 200g wholemeal flour 175g strong white bread flour 7g salt 7g sachet of dry yeast, or 12g fresh yeast 250g room temperature water 20g soft butter …

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Bank Holiday Recipes

British Asparagus Spring Pasta A super quick and easy dish for those mid-week meals that requires little preparation time. Ingredients: 400g British asparagus; 170g frozen peas; 350g pappardelle pasta; 2 knobs of butter; 1tbsp olive oil; 4 shallots, finely chopped; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 200ml crème fraiche; handful of chopped …

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The Kings Arms, Dorking

Last week myself and Sarah decided to take some rather handsome fellas out to lunch.  Lee from The Britannia, Guildford, and Tim from The Kings Arms, Dorking. I have been lucky enough to have known these two for over a decade, we have also been on many holidays together, one …

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The Goldfinch Kitchen The Surrey based cake-designer Esther Bullock founder of The Goldfinch Kitchen, has just learned that she is a Finalist in the prestigious The Family Network Recognition National Business Awards in the category New Business/Start Up of the Year! “Made with love and delivered as absolute perfection” – …

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Come to the 44th Farnham Beerex – Apr 23-25th

Apr 23-25th Thurs-Saturday – 44th Farnham Beerex The 44th Farnham Beerex will take place on April 23-25th. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening sessions are from 6-11pm. The Saturday lunchtime session from 11am-3pm. The ticket cost is £12 which includes cost of entry, a commemorative glass tankard and a souvenir …

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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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