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The Ethicurean at Barley Wood Walled Garden

As far as the eye can see, the broad landscape of Wrington Vale and the Mendip Hills stretches like a rolling green patchwork blanket to the distant horizon. I am standing under an archway in the Barley Wood Walled Garden, just south of Bristol, staring at candy coloured blossom on espalier and cordon fruit trees, growing their slender branches across […]

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“Short & Sweet” by Dan Lepard

Home bakers should thank their lucky stars they are such a well-served group of cook book consumers. Every year at least two or three major baking compendiums are published by seriously devoted authors which go on to become the trustworthy kitchen companions for the crumb, cake and crust cognoscenti. Our top three most used tomes are […]

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A visit to Barrington Pottery in Somerset

We are always looking for new artisan suppliers for The Foodie Bugle Shop, and in particular those British craftsmen and craftswomen who create functional, useful objects for everyday use. I have long been a fan of Paul Jessop’s work, and so my husband and I went to see him and his partner Marion at their workshop in the […]

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The Town Mill Bakery

If we had to nominate a firm favourite bakery-café then it would have to be The Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis. It is everything you could possibly want in a democratic, egalitarian and communal eating space. Do not come here if what you are after are starched linens, individual tables, stiff Menu sheets or armies of […]

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The Princi bakery on Wardour Street

The Princi bakery opened three and a half years ago in Wardour Street, the first London shop of the Princi Milan chain of three in the centre of Europe’s fashion capital. Do not be put off by its modern, cold, stone and slab architecture. It is probably one of the very best chain of bakeries you […]

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Recipe for Bramble Jelly

We are very fortunate to live in a house that is surrounded by fields and hedgerows filled with delicious free food. By late September and early October brambles are in full fruit, and one of the best things to make with blackberries is jelly. Foraged blackberries need to be washed and all debris-stalks-insects removed. Delicious […]

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An evening with Jose Melim of Easy Jose Coffee

We are organising a special event in our Bath grocery-tearoom with Jose Melim, a champion barista and founder of the artisan coffee company Easy Jose Coffee. Come and learn how to make the perfect dinner party cafetiere of coffee, whilst enjoying homemade sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and chocolates. Jose will be telling us all about how to select […]

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That Old Chestnut Cakes

It is a warm July afternoon and I am at a festival in Leeds, where, in a marquee two people are selling splendid looking cake. My wife and I each buy a slice, and it is only then that I pick up a business card from the stall holders: ‘That Old Chestnut’, it reads, ‘100% […]

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