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Pewley Down Vineyard

Back in November VantagePoint’s Jesse visited Mark Hargreaves at the home in Warren Road, Guildford, whose garden is home to Pewley Down Vineyard.  The vineyard is not widely known, as it is much smaller and not nearly as heavily promoted as many of the larger vineyards in Surrey. Having retired …

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Walled Garden Champagne Tea

  The Walled Garden, Cowdray On Sunday 11th June the Taylor clan set off for an afternoon tea at the Walled Garden, Cowdray. We arrived slightly earlier so that we could have a wander around the gardens. The gardens are in full bloom at the moment, with an array of …

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A Moonlit Dinner

Heralded as one of the first of its kind in the UK, the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden continues to exhibit contemporary sculptures in a truly magical environment. The story started thirty five years ago, when landscape designer Anthony and his wife Hannah bought some land in Surrey. Having grown up …

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Review- Traditional Christmas Dinner at The Britannia

https://www.britanniaguildford.co.uk/ The Britannia, Guildford.  There is nothing more comforting than walking into a cosy traditional pub in the winter. Stepping out from the cold into a warm, dimly lit pub, with the smell of mulled wine in the air and the sound of general chatter filling the air. On Friday …

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Smoked salmon tasting – the VantagePoint verdict! (and order our favourite before 5pm on 14th Dec for Christmas delivery)

  At a recent editorial meeting, it was our Lauren who came up with the idea of tasting various smoked salmon in the December issue and give our verdict to readers. As you can imagine, we all warmly embraced the idea. I researched the contact details for all the major …

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Bride to be afternoon tea

As cliché as it sounds, a lot of little girls do dream of their big day. Dressing up in that white dress, walking down the aisle with all of their friends and family watching, twirling and dancing into the moonlight to live happily ever after. Yes, a lot of little …

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Warming dishes for chilly days

Aromatic beef with orange and apricots Ingredients: 450g/1lb lean braising or topside steak, cubed, 5ml/1tsp fennel seeds, 5ml/1tsp ground coriander, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped, 2 small onions, peeled and sliced, 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped, 50g/2oz dried apricots, chopped, 50ml/2floz orange juice, …

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The Spice of Guildford.

The Chilli Pickle, Guildford. After many adventures all over India Dawn and Alun brought the Indian specialities they had come across, right to our doorstep and my goodness, are we glad they did. Ten years ago Dawn and Alun opened The Chilli Pickle in The Lanes in Brighton. Fast forward …

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Review: Spanish Tapas and Wine evening at The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere

Last Friday 12th October, I was invited along to the Georgian Hotel’s first Spanish Tapas and Wine evening, and a fun evening was had by all. On arrival, we had an opportunity to try four Spanish wines brought along by the local wine merchant, the Haslemere Cellar whilst listening to …

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Classic Apple Tarte Tatin

  Apple Tarte Tatin Serves 2-3 Ingredients: 3 – 4 Pink Lady apples, 100g unsalted butter, 100g caster sugar, ¼ vanilla pod, a pinch of ground cinnamon, 2 sheets puff pastry, egg wash to brush. Method: 1. Place soft butter in smaller sauce pot and spread evenly on bottom. 2. …

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