Food and Drink

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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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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Seasonal socials at the Wild Carrot

Spring has sprung in Hampshire and as everyone looks ahead to an exciting new season, the team at https://www.fourseasons.com/hampshire/ is delighted to announce the return of its famous Wild Carrot Seasonal Socials. Presenting a dining event with a difference, the Wild Carrot team of food and drink experts takes guests on …

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Maldivian memories made

It has become a way of life now. We spend hours a day scrolling through social media and looking at the most amazing destinations in the world. Looking longingly at these images and thinking, how amazing it would be to go and visit them and experience the beauty in person. …

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Cheap but tasty eats

So it is January and you have no money and need to limit your calorie intake after Christmas. Try these cheap but tasty ideas, all using our favourite vegetable, the humble potato! Recipes taken from http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk. North African Spiced Baked Eggs with Potato Ingredients: 2 large pre-boiled fluffy potatoes (such as …

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Restaurant review: Pho, Guildford

It’s not often you get the chance to try a completely different culinary experience close to your home which rather blows you away. Happily Pho in Guildford provided that at lunchtime today, which made me very happy. Pho is a family-run business serving great value, healthy Vietnamese street food that …

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Pewley Down Vineyard

Back in November, VantagePoint’s Jesse Boon visited Mark Hargreaves at the home in Warren Road, Guildford where Pewley Down Vineyard is located.  The vineyard is not widely known, as it is much smaller and not nearly as heavily-promoted as many of the larger ones in Surrey. Having retired after working …

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