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English Wine Week at Somerset Wine Company

We have a lot to thank the Romans for - sewage systems, aqueducts, cement and yes, grape vines! It is long believed that the Romans planted vines around Somerset and made wine. Roman billhooks used for vineyard work were discovered near Glastonbury and amphorae, clay...

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An Insight into Tree Care

An insight into tree care by Oliver Dowding With the UK frozen and snowed under, I’ve been using the opportunity while the apple trees are “dormant” to prune them and more. The “new” trees are now heading into their third year. Many have grown strongly, but these...

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La Primavera

La Primavera by Rob Davies, Vida Comida at The Swan So, despite the worst snow storm in 10 years, spring is well and truly on the way.  In the kitchen this means a world of new, fresh and tasty products that we can source locally and prepare daily.  One of the most...

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Dowdings Apple Juice and Cider

Welcome, from Shepton Montague! If you have never been here, you’ll find us betwixt Castle Cary, Wincanton and Bruton. For 26 years I have farmed organically, and longer overall. A century ago there were two orchards here. One faded to nothing, the other still has...

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Vida Comida: Papas a lo Pobre

I want to open my account here with you lovely people by talking about a Spanish dish which encapsulates everything I love about Spanish food and the approach we take to our tapas here at Vida Comida. My “amorio” with Spanish food started in the mid1990s when I moved...

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The Stag’s Head Inn: Spoil Mum with a truffle or two! 

The Stag’s Head Inn always uses some of the very best produce the local lands have to offer. This currently includes purple sprouting broccoli, pheasant, venison, spring greens, beetroot and leeks. We use fantastic local cider to steam River Fowey mussels and then...

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de Savary purchases The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne

Lana de Savary, wife of Peter de Savary, has exchanged contracts for the much acclaimed Eastbury Hotel in the historic town of Sherborne, Dorset, with completion on 13th February 2018. The de Savarys have forty years experience of owning and operating,...

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Local wine club seeks members

A local club that caters for people who love wine is looking for some new members. The Wine Hunters club is aimed at people (based within a 10 mile radius of Yeovil) who enjoy drinking wine, but more importantly also those who share an interest in learning more about...

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Talking Potatoes

Talking Potatoes It’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to that delicious, warming, and most versatile of vegetables, the humble potato! The Conduit was intrigued by the aptly named “Somerset Potato Day” and decided to find out more from...

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