Food and Drink

Barbecue and a bread

Jerk pork & shallot skewers with pineapple salsa Ingredients: 650g pork steaks, cut into 2.5cm cubes (leg or shoulder), 12 shallots, peeled and cut in half, 3 tbsp jerk rub, 3 tbsp olive oil. For the Salsa: ½ fresh pineapple, chopped into 1cm cubes, 3 shallots, finely chopped, a handful …

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A light summer lunch

Chicken Caesar Salad Cups These cute Little Gem lettuce cups make perfect bite sized scoops for a delicious cheat’s version of the classic Caesar salad. Ingredients: 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 clove garlic, crushed, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 20g parmesan, finely grated plus a little extra for decoration, 4 radishes, cut …

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Summer berry recipes

Mixed Berry Cheesecake This beautiful cheesecake is the perfect centrepiece to impress guests. With its pale pink colour and a bounty of berries on top it’s delicious too. Add edible flowers for an extra touch. Ingredients: 125g digestive biscuits, 75g ginger biscuits, 100g melted butter, 300g strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, …

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Some summer salads…

It’s almost summer which means it is time for salads. There are masses of fabulous ingredients out there which will help you to create some terrific combinations. Use them as lighter starters or side dishes or go large and make them your main meal. The first three salads come courtesy …

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A Foraged Meal for Early Summer

June is a time when many wild foods are at their best; combine these with some of the cultivated foods in season now and you can create some wonderful dishes. Here are a few seasonal suggestions from our friend Peter Sibley… Sea Trout with Samphire Sea Trout is in season …

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Local Craft Gin Distilleries

Phil Kemp visits three of our local artisan distilleries to get a taste of the craft gin explosion The gin industry throughout the country is reportedly experiencing a booming demand for one of the nation’s favourite tipples. And with total sales of almost £2 billion across the sector last year …

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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 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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