Food & Drink

The Semley Grocers Determined To Recover ‘The Lost Art Of Retailing’

The two entrepreneurs behind Compton McRae grocers have fused culinary and retail experience from both sides of the planet to create their ambitious new Semley business. Alfred heard their story and learned about their future goals.

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Why Bakers Home and Abroad Are Buying Flour Milled Near Shaftesbury

Mills have operated in Cann, near Shaftesbury, for over 900 years. Alfred learned how Stoate and Sons’ traditional approach has made their award-winning flour the toast of artisan bakers at home and abroad.

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Beer Will Be Flowing Again Next Summer At Shaftesbury’s Fountain Inn

If you are a Shaftesbury resident who has missed popping out for a pint in Enmore Green, since the Fountain Inn closed in 2017, here’s some good news. The pub will reopen next year.

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New Wine And Dorset Produce Shop For Shaftesbury High Street

A new wine shop offering tastings and gift packs of Dorset products is opening in Shaftesbury’s empty Gilyard Scarth offices. Alfred caught up with former Town councillor Joe Pestell, from Melbury Vale Vineyard, to hear about his vision to return the unused High Street shop to its historic use.

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Best In The West Award For Shaftesbury’s BV Dairy

BV Dairy has been named ‘Producer of the Year’ at the Taste of the West Awards.

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How Olive Tins Are Helping Semley Eco Coffee Roaster’s Recycling Revolution

Back in 2009, Justin and Chanel Cornelius launched their 918 Coffee Company. The business has developed the world’s first eco-roasting technology, that uses coffee waste as fuel when roasting the beans

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Buongiorno San Tonino! New Shaftesbury Restaurant Opens Soon

Shaftesbury’s newest restaurant opens in a few days. San Tonino will operate from the premises of Amore, which closed recently. The venue is under new ownership and features different menus and an interior makeover.

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Shaftesbury Historic Café Reopens As Tearoom And Tapas Bar

An iconic Shaftesbury town centre tearoom will open under new management in time for Shaftesbury Fringe weekend.

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Gold Hill Cheese Runner Beats Own Record At Packed Shaftesbury Festival

Shaftesbury is famous for its hilltop setting and our steep slopes were at the centre of the action on Sunday.

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Food, Views And A Unique Tradition – Why You Should Visit Shaftesbury Food Festival

Final preparations are underway for the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival on Sunday, 12th May. James Thrift is one of the event’s organisers and he’s promising a full range of fun activities, starting at 10am.

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