Ice cream made of buffalo milk? I was certainly intrigued to find out more after West Dorset Foodie had been lucky to try some this summer. So I crossed over to Somerset to visit West Country Water Buffalo farm to learn more about their recently launched Buffalicious range of ice creams.
Shopping online for locally produced food, sounds great doesn’t it? That’s what the Food Assemblies are all about and last week Shaftesbury Food Assembly was launched. I attended the launch night at the Half Moon pub in Shaftesbury and met ladies behind the Shaftesbury Food Assembly, Maggie & Fiona, along with the producers who sell via the Food Assembly.
In a village of Charlton Horethorne is a lovely pub called Kings Arms. It’s near enough to Sherborne and not too far from the A303 if you are travelling and fancy a pub lunch or dinner (they do have rooms too!) in the Dorset – Somerset borders. We have been there plenty of times and have often taken visiting friends there for long lunches too. We had lunch there recently and I thought it was time to write about it!
Located in the North Dorset countryside is a hidden gem of apple orchards, home to Copse House Cider. I first visited the farm in late April and returned there again this week to meet Bob Chaplin, founder of Copse House Cider. I was taken for a tour around the apple orchards on a beautiful sunny day.
If you follow us on Instagram you know we like our coffees and little cafes. We were invited to create a travel guide for Townske sharing some of our favourite spots in North Dorset. We started with few (and have promised to expand) so here’s what we have shared so far:
On a beautiful but cold Saturday morning we decided to pop over to visit recently opened cafe at Goldhill Organic Farm in Child Okeford. Sharon opened the cafe after successfully running pop up cafes at the farm for various events. She prepares all the cakes and food herself, mainly using ingredients from the farm shop next door – that’s pretty local and we like that! The cafe is located in the centre of the farm life overlooking the courtyard with few tables outside too.
Is there anything better on a gray January Sunday than finding that good British pub with open log fire? The White Lion Inn in Bourton, tucked away from the main road offers just that in the furthest northern corner of Dorset. Stepping inside the pub there’s the open fire almost by the bar and then further seating on the other side. We had booked our table as we knew the pub is quite popular. We were shown to our table and had drinks brought to us.
Walking into the Ship Inn at lunch time in the week you get a feeling of that warm and nice village pub. There are men sitting at the bar and by the open log fire with their ales and further into the pub there are people sitting down for food. We popped in last week for a quick midweek lunch in the Ship Inn in West Stour. The pub is very easy to find as it is located along the A30 between Shaftesbury and Sherborne. We had been there before but at weekends rather than midweek. The menu is extensive with plenty to choose form and there is also a smaller menu for lunch times. We both chose from the lunch menu this time.
In a household where my husband always cooks curries from scratch and the rest of us stay out of the way the roles were reversed today. I accepted a challenge to see how I would get on preparing a curry for us. Ilana from Hari Hari curry had given me a packet of authentic Sri Lankas spices when we met her at one of the Christmas markets earlier in December.