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August 2017 // issue 96
e Brits just love a traditional afternoon tea, and with the summer here, and the kids off school, we could all do with a treat! This month we’ve compiled some of the best places around to tuck into a yummy finger sandwich, a slice of cake and a scone - we’ll leave you to argue over whether to add the cream or jam first though! See p23. As well as afternoon teas, our food and drink section is, as usual, bursting with ideas on great places to dine out. This month we discover more about The Red Lion in Woolverton (p38) and the Mill at Rode (p40) and still found time to speak to the chef at Homewood Park (p36). Still hungry for more?! How about our sweet recipes (p31) for dessert? There is plenty more going on in August’s edition too. For those of you willing the new rugby season to begin we’ve a great competition to win tickets to Bath Rugby, and we’ve been beavering away collecting loads of info on shows, gatherings and festivals (from p12) and have some great features on the home front too. That should be plenty to keep you going on a warm sunny day. Enjoy.
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in this issue... LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in August
LOCAL NEWS Round up of news & events Timbrell’s Yard Gathering Mid Somerset Show A Grand Tour at Lacock Abbey White Horse Festival
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FEATURES Afternoon teas
FOOD & DRINK Eat The Seasons Sweet recipes Meet the chef at Homewood Park The Red Lion at Woolverton The Mill at Rode
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HOMES & GARDENS Mendip Mowers Fairy & Dragon Grotto at Whitehall Cooking demos at Knees Just Shutters Stephen Graver Find a new home in Frome
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HEALTH & WELLBEING Help at home from Carewatch Turn back time with Face2Face Clinic
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Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES Box Office: 01225 709887 melkshamassemblyhall.com For full listings go to the website. THE BOSS BABY (Cert U) 12 August, 10.30am Tickets: Adult, £4 Child, £3 A new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator - a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE (Cert U) 19 August, 10.30am Tickets: Adult, £4 Child, £3 Best friends Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy
and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that’s filled with magical creatures. JANET DEVLIN 31 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £12.50 Janet’s quirky yet shy nature has won her a huge online following of fans that call themselves… The Devlinators, what else?
WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE
Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ Box Office: 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk For full listings go to the website. LA CLEMENZA DI TITO FROM GLYNDEBOURNE 5 August, 6pm Tickets: £15 Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, Mozart’s opera delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect. TOY STORY PYJAMA PARTY 7 August, 10.30am Tickets: £3 Come in your pyjamas and bring your favourite toy, grab a glass of milk and a cookie from the foyer and settle down to watch a screening of Toy Story! ANDRÉ RIEU (AS LIVE) 19 August, 7pm Tickets: £15 (Concs £7.50)
The Boss Baby (U), Melksham Assembly Hall
André Rieu (As Live), Wiltshire Music Centre
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POUND ARTS CENTRE Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX Box Office: 01249 701628 poundarts.org.uk For full listings go to the website.
ANCIENT LANDSCAPES: NEW LINES Until 2 September, 10am Tickets: TBC Melissa Cole and Jonathan Mansfield create works by immersing themselves in the Wiltshire landscape surrounding their studios. PAINTING WITH BUTTERFLIES WITH CAROLINE RUDGE 11 August, 10am-5pm Tickets: £45 including materials Join artist in residence Caroline for a colourful workshop celebrating the natural wonder of butterflies. Working from real specimens, you will use mixed media - including watercolour, inks and collage – to bring these wonderful creatures to life. Beginners welcome.
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Bath Rd, Frome BA11 2HG Box Office: 01373 465949 merlintheatre.co.uk For full listings go to the website. DISNEY’S ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ KIDS 11 August, 6pm Tickets: £8 (Concs £5.50) The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Tri.art’s show produced during their week long summer school.
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LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION 23, 24, 25 & 26, 7pm Tickets: £10.50 (Concs £8) Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. YERMA – NTL 31 August, 7pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £10.50) Billie Piper returns in her awardwinning role as a young woman who is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child.
Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LG Tel: 01249 730459 nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock Normal admission applies unless otherwise stated FRACTURED ARCHITECTURE Until 24 September, 10.30am FREE (normal admission applies) German photo artist, Thomas Kellner, presents an exhibition of cubist photography of the seemingly dancing architecture of famous landmarks. FAMILY CRAFTS & PAINTING 24 July-1 September, 11am FREE (normal admission applies) Lacock’s beautiful botanic garden hosts a summer of fun, family activities and watercolour painting.
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LA LA LAND (Cert 12A) 9 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £5.50 In this critically acclaimed modern musical Mia (Emma Stone) serves coffee inbetween acting auditions, whilst Sebastian’ s (Ryan Gosling) a jazz musician, scraping by playing dingy bars. As success mounts for them both they are faced with decisions threaten their love affair.
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CHEESE & GRAIN
5 The Bridge, Frome BA11 1AR Box Office: 01373 455420 cheeseandgrain.com For full listings go to the website. MIKE LOVE 10 August, 8pm Tickets: £15 Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. OYE SANTANA 18 August, 8pm Tickets: £15 Every Oye Santana performance is a show, a visual feast of lights and action.
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BRADFORD-ON-AVON FOLK CLUB at THE SWAN boafolkclub.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01380 870734 REG MEUROSS 29 August A fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as Reg sees it SINGAROUND 1, 8, 15 & 22 August FREE, 8pm
OTHERS CORSHAM CREATIVE MARKET Springfield Community Campus, Corsham SN13 9DN 5 August, 11am-3pm FREE One of Wiltshire’s best craft markets, with 30+ local stallholders selling handmade, home produced goods. BATH ARTISAN MARKET Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB Every 2nd & 3rd Sunday of the month Bath’s biggest monthly gathering of independent artists, designermakers, vintage sellers and local food producers. ACOUSTIC OAK The Royal Oak, Corsham, SN13 0HF 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August Tickets: £2 Singers and spotlight nights for more info go to www.finemusicworks.com CHARITY CREAM TEA Semington Dock, Semington BA14 6JT 5 August, 3pm Tickets: £3.50 All profits go to End Polio. Contact: email@example.com WILTSHIRE AT WAR: COMMUNITY STORIES EXHIBITION Bradford on Avon Library, Bridge Street, BA15 1BY 5-26 August, library opening hours
An exhibition telling how WWI shaped lives and landscapes across Wiltshire’s towns and villages. GIN MASTERCLASS Neston Farm Shop, Atworth 10 August, 7pm Tickets: £15pp to include a welcome G&T, 5 tastings and some nibbles An event entirely devoted to gin! Fever Tree will be sharing their bounty of knowledge and help you to maximise your gin enjoyment! SUMMER SESSIONS Hartley Farm Shop, Winsley 11 August, 7pm Tickets: £20 A glorious summer’s evening with a Greek mezze spread, and live music. Enjoy a two course meal and listen to husband and wife duo, Broken Bones Matilda, who play an acoustic blues set, combining covers and originals.
THE THREE HORSESHOES Frome Rd, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LA Tel: 01225 865876 All gigs are FREE and start at 9pm
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FROME CHEESE SHOW: SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER
Be sure to put the Frome Cheese Show in your calendar for Saturday 9 September – it’s looking set to be yet another cracking day out for all the family! There are lots of exciting new attractions at this year’s show, including a live music stage featuring west country heroes The Wurzels as well as a selection of other local artists. Surrounding the stage will be a fantastic new artisan and street food area; it’ll be the perfect place for relaxing in the balmy September sun! There’s also more family fun with the Garston Vets’ Dog Show, as well as ‘have a go’ activities throughout the showground including circus skills, trials biking, laser clay shoot and butter making! Be sure to visit the newly developed Agri-Village where you’ll find livestock showing, big machine displays, Tractor Ted, sheep shearing and milking demos, farmyard animals and much more. That’s alongside the fantastic arena displays, rural showing classes, hundreds of trade stands,
It’s looking set to be yet another cracking day out for all the family!
country and lakeside pursuit area, exceptional food and drink and of course an incredible amount of cheese as the show hosts the prestigious Global Cheese Awards. Whether you’re going with friends or family, to see livestock, music, horses, shops or copious quantities of cheese you’re bound to have a
great day! Advance tickets are just £13 per adult and £5 for children aged 5-15 with under 5s admitted free. There is also a free bus service running from both Frome and Warminster town centres. For full show details and tickets visit the website. • fromecheeseshow.co.uk
NEW SEASON OF MERCERS’ LECTURES AT DAUNTSEY’S
life. Dauntsey’s look forward to Dauntsey’s School is delighted to welcoming guests to the School announce an impressive line-up for some lively discussions. of speakers for the new The autumn line up season of its renowned includes international Mercers’ Lecture yachtsman Alex series, starting Thomson on 14 in September. September, historian The programme Dr Bettany Hughes provides a wonderful in October and high opportunity to profile adventurer Steve engage with leading Backshall in November. figures from all walks of Nigel Owens MBE
Speakers to follow in 2018 include leading rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE, Green & Black’s co-founder Jo Fairley and double Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning OBE. All lectures commence at 7.30pm and will be held in the Memorial Hall at Dauntsey’s. Entry is free but by ticket only. Visit the school website for full details and to reserve your seats online. • dauntseys.org
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It’s a rare breeds show but not as you know it! Haynes Motor Museum has added an innovative twist to the concept of a show dedicated to the British love affair with rare breeds, but this time of the mechanical variety. The 10th Rare Breeds 100 Show will be held at Haynes International Motor Museum on Sunday 3 September and once again will feature a glorious display of many rare vehicles collected together specially for one day only. The show caters for those vehicles which were produced in small numbers, one offs, vehicles with unusual modifications, or perhaps
it is the only one left! If you are a motoring enthusiast who wants to see something completely different then this is the show for you. As well as the show vehicles there will be a chance for visitors to view the museum collection, which has its own share of ‘rare breeds’. Entry is free with full museum admission, and at the end of your day you can enjoy one of the museum’s famous west country cream teas served in Café 750! To find out more and to purchase tickets online visit the website or call 01963 440804. • himm.co.uk
The Rare Breeds Show showcases vehicles produced in small numbers
TROWBRIDGE MUSEUM ART AUCTION Museum’s HLF-funded ‘Onwards & Upwards’ expansion plans, a £2.6m development of the museum and mill building to create a superb regional museum.
Trowbridge Museum has grand expansion plans
Trowbridge Museum is proud to present an Art Auction on Friday 8 September (6-8 pm), that will provide a unique opportunity to purchase original, high quality, art and design. The auction will take place on the fantastic surroundings of the third floor of Salter’s Mill, a space that is an integral part of Trowbridge
The work will be selected from local artists and craftspeople and includes 2D and 3D pieces. The museum is pleased to have the support of Jerwood Prize founder, Anita Taylor, as well as the Cloth Road artists. The silent auction starts at 6pm and followed by open bidding on selected higher value items. Tickets are £10 and include refreshments and a catalogue, and are available from ticketsource. co.uk/trowbridgemuseum. • trowbridgemuseum.co.uk
AT TROWBRIDGE CIVIC CENTRE
Total Productions are proud to present The Live Aid Experience ‘Wembley On Location’, which comes to Trowbridge Civic Centre on 18 August at 7.30pm. Immerse yourself in this all new production, celebrating the works of so many artists coming together in the UK & USA for the ultimate charity concert. Performed by a full live rock band and incredible singers, paying homage to the greatest performers and greatest songs from this historical event. With music from artists such as Elton John, Dire Straits, Status Quo, David Bowie, Queen, The Beach Boys, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, The Boomtown Rats and so many more, you won’t be able to resist singing your heart out and dancing in the aisles. You won’t see a bad wigs here, it isn’t a tribute act, just a simple tribute to some of the musical legends that helped to changed the world in 1985. This is the Live Aid Experience. Tickets cost £18 and are available via the box office on 01225 765072 or the website. For more information on the show visit totalproductions.co.uk • trowbridgecivic.co.uk THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE
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165th Mid-Somerset Show
he 165th Mid-Somerset Show is being held on Sunday 20th August, and local residents are being invited to come enjoy a day at the largest free agricultural show in the country*. There really is something for everyone, with the usual favourites
remaining central to the one-day show; livestock, showjumping, vintage vehicles and the countryside ring. This year the President’s Ring, sponsored by Morris & Perry, will have two displays by Jonathan Marshall and his horses. Organisers are also excited to welcome back the entertaining and informative Sheep Show, and back by popular demand is the interactive Meerkat Display. Does your dog have a waggy tail or a scruffy coat? Why not enter the Companion Dog Show? Or if your pooch likes running there is always the terrier racing to enter. It’s chaotic but great fun.
area, as well as hosting cookery demonstrations and a cheese auction for visitors to bid for awardwinning cheeses to take home at the end of the day. And for the shoppers there will be a variety of trade stands and stalls as well as some of the tastiest food and drink from across the county. Local band The Mangledwurzels will also be performing for those who like to enjoy a cider and some music at the end of the day. Schedules are available online and from the Show Secretary. Call 01749 890344 or email secretary@ midsomersetshow.or.uk for a copy, or visit the website.
The South West Cheese Awards will • midsomersetshow.org.uk be in the cheese tent showcasing * Free entry to event. All day car parking is £10 per car some of the finest cheeses in the
Big Gathering at Timbrell’s Yard
ward-winning Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon stages their annual Big Gathering on Sunday 27 August. From 4.30pm until late there’ll be delicious street food from Tom Blake, formerly head chef of River Cottage, pop-up bars and dancing to DJ Graham S. Located on the banks of the River Avon, Timbrell’s Yard is a renovated coaching inn with 17 lovely en-suite bedrooms, a fabulous kitchen, spacious restaurant and a terrace. Renowned for its menus of, locally sourced, fabulous food and drink and its stylish and innovative interiors, Timbrell’s has enjoyed great reviews in The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. The inn was recently named one of The Telegraph’s 30 Best Summer
Pubs and also scooped a Taste of the West Gold award. Timbrell’s General Manager, Henry Gray, says, “It’s going to be a fantastic event. Tom’s created a very special menu and as well as our usual range of wines, cocktails and beers our friends from Aperol Spritz, Meantime and Kettlesmith breweries and Sandford Orchard Cider, will all be here with their own bars. Entry is free. Keep an eye on our Facebook page – we’ll be offering some lucky party-goers the chance to win an overnight stay and enjoy the full Timbrell’s experience.” For more information on the Gathering, or on dining at Timbrells Yard call 01225 869492. • timbrellsyard.com
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A Grand Tour family trail
The Talbot family lived at Lacock Abbey in the 1800s. One of their great passions was travelling, and they spent many months abroad in Europe. Can you work out which countries they are visiting on their latest trip?
© National Trust Images / Alison Jane Hoare
ack your suitcase, grab your passport and join an exciting summer adventure over at Lacock Abbey! Follow in the footsteps of William Henry Fox Talbot and his family as they travel around Europe’s glittering holiday destinations on Lacock’s very own grand tour family trail. The trail, which runs until 3 September, has also been inspired by the latest exhibition in the Fox Talbot Museum – ‘Fractured architecture’ by Thomas Kellner – with the Abbey’s own take on fractured images as part of the activities.
or call 01249 730459 for more Lacock is near Chippenham, SN15 information. 2LG and is open daily from Saturday 11 February. National Trust members and under 5s go free. Visit the website • nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock
Enjoy the White Horse Festival Live music is at the heart of the festival. Acts will start from 2pm and run until 12midnight and bands include The Leggomen (pictured), Stoned-F, The Hammervilles, Custyrd Pie, Steve Loudoun & The Saboteurs, The Rob Lear Duo and many more, making it an absolute must for the region’s live music fans.
n Sunday 27 August, White Horse Country Park is hosting its annual White Horse Festival. Starting at 12noon and running late into the night, the festival offers ten bands, local ciders and ales, a BBQ and hog roast,
Advanced tickets for the festival cost £10 for adults and on the gate tickets cost £15. Kids under 14 go free. There is also weekend camping available from Friday to Monday for £20, or £10 for one night. Tickets can be purchased directly from the White Horse Country Park website or in the club house. For more information call 01373 822323.
inflatables, stalls and free children’s entertainment, including a visit from a Frozen princess, a golf intro lesson, a session from The Creation Station and a kids’ sports day. With so much going on it promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family. • whitehorsecountrypark.co.uk
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2. LOW LIGHT & NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY As soon as the sun goes down, or you’re somewhere that’s not well lit, you may think there’s no point trying to get that stand out shot: you may be unsure if your camera will cope, or simply feel in the dark about which settings to go for. The important technical point to know is that you need to keep your ISO as low as possible, as this will give you great colours and a super sharp pic! To avoid camera shake, always use a tripod in low light conditions - carrying one around can be a bit of a pain, but it’ll be worth it when you upload those dazzling low light shots.
3. CAPTURE THE LITTLE THINGS Travel photography doesn’t have to be all about the big tourist hotspots, in fact, photographing the little things allows you to capture a more
authentic snapshot of your holiday destination. So, look out for simple and ordinary details that reflect the spirit of a place, and elevate them through photography - for example, when holidaying in Cornwall get some artistic snaps of seafood at a market or of a rusty boat; when in India photograph a street sign or beautiful traditional fabric; you get the gist! If you’re hooked on Instagram, why not try the flat lay technique: taking snaps of everything and anything from an elevated view. Make the most of that holiday feeling by taking flat lay shots of your luggage and other holiday items before you even go away! • lacockphotography.com
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YES, WE MAY BE ADDICTED TO OUR TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEAS, BUT WITH GOOD REASON, AND HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO ENJOY ONE THIS SUMMER.
Lucknam Park provides the perfect backdrop for a traditional afternoon tea
| food & drink At Beechfield House Hotel teas can be enjoyed on the lovely garden terrace
garden on the terrace on sunny days or in the winter curl up by one of their open fires. You can also opt for an afternoon tea voucher - they make the perfect gift. • thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk
Colerne, Chippenham Tel: 01225 742777 Lucknam Park Hotel is an 18th century Palladian mansion set amidst 500 glorious acres of beautiful gardens and unspoilt parkland. It provides the perfect backdrop for a traditional afternoon tea, which has always been a firm favourite at the hotel, whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a treat with friends or loved ones.
BEECHFIELD HOUSE HOTEL
Beanacre, Nr Melksham Tel: 01225 703700 At Beechfield house they always strive to use the best local seasonal produce, whether it’s from their own kitchen garden or from one of their great local suppliers. This is reflected in their new summer afternoon tea (pictured), which features a Beechfield House strawberry éclair, raspberry Bakewell tart and ‘custard cream’ and bubble gum macarons. These are accompanied by delicate finger sandwiches, warm fruit and plain scones and homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream. All this for just £22.50 per person. Over the summer, teas can be enjoyed on the lovely garden terrace or, if the weather isn’t so kind, in one of their cosy lounges.
an a la carte menu to sample, so there is plenty to see and taste on your next visit to Beechfield House. • beechfieldhouse.co.uk
67 Woolley Street, Bradford on Avon Tel: 01225 865650 The George is the perfect place to visit for local ales, top quality wines and fantastic food. As well as a lovely interior and open kitchen, it also has a fine garden that’s ideal for catching some rays on a warm summer’s day.
Afternoon tea is served 3pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Booking is essential, and for £15 per person you can expect a selection of homemade cakes, chocolates, pastries and desserts including scones and clotted cream, freshly cut sandwiches, hot crumpets with local This is just some of the lovely new and honey and unlimited tea and coffee. You could even opt to add a glass exciting produce coming from head of prosecco and some strawberries chef Mikey Bain and his team. There are also three new tasting menus and for a real summer treat. Enjoy in the
The teas are served in the library, drawing room or outside on the terrace if the weather is fine. From their salted caramel choux buns to their strawberry martini cocktail, the menu (masterminded by head pastry chef Matthew Peters) is fun, exquisitely presented and, above all, delicious. A traditional afternoon tea costs from just £27 per person, and there are several different options available. They are served Monday to Saturday from 2.30pm to 5pm and on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Reservations are recommended. • lucknampark.co.uk
The George courtyard garden is ideal for catching some rays on a warm summer’s day
The George is the perfect place to visit for local ales, top quality wines & fantastic food from our award-winning chef Alex Venables. THURSDAY SUPPER CLUB Last Thursday of the month. 4 Courses £25. Booking Essential.
27th July All Things Spanish 31st August French Bistro Classics SET LUNCH 2 Courses £15.95 Tuesday to Saturday SUNDAY LUNCH Whole roasted chicken for 4 with all the trimmings £40 The George is open from 9.30am for coffee and breakfasts. Enjoy in our gorgeous mature garden and terrace.
Book your table today on 01225 865650 67 Woolley St, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1AQ | thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk
During the summer months why not enjoy a celebration or traditional full afternoon tea on our beautiful terrace situated in the walled garden, overlooking the pool? From £22.50pp Beechfield House Hotel, Beanacre, Nr Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 7PU 01225 703700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.beechfieldhouse.co.uk
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THE METHUEN ARMS
A selection of delicious homemade biscuits, cakes, scones and pastries are available at the Methuen Arms
2 High Street, Corsham Tel: 01249 717060 After running and working in pubs in the local area for a number of years Ashley and Abi have taken the helm at The Methuen Arms, an awardwinning inn where hospitality meets fabulous food & drink at a relaxed pace. They are joined by Head Chef Leigh Evans, formerly of Combe Grove Manor, The Chequers and The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. Set immediately beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court, food is served every day of the week. Whilst their a la carte menu is always an option, you might prefer to opt for a gourmet sandwich (served Monday to Saturday from 12-pm) and a selection of delicious homemade biscuits, cakes, scones and pastries. • themethuenarms.com
PICKLEBERRY COFFEE & GIFT SHOP
Fitzroy Farm, Bratton Tel: 01380 831242 If you’re passing through Bratton,
“PICKLEBERRY SELLS A GREAT SELECTION OF LOCAL PICKLES, JAMS AND HONEY, GREETING CARDS AND OTHER WONDERFUL GIFTS!” why not visit Pickleberry Coffee & Gift Shop? It’s a delightful little shop in a beautiful spot, Fitzroy Farm. A family run business it sells a fabulous, scrummy selection of homemade light lunches, snacks, cakes and scones to be washed down with a cup of Brian Wogan
At Sign of the Angel they believe food and drink should be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere
coffee, delicious tea or lovely hot chocolate… You really will be spoilt for choice! Pickleberry also sells a great selection of local pickles, jams and honey, greeting cards and other wonderful gifts! • Find them on Facebook
SIGN OF THE ANGEL
Church Street, Lacock Tel: 01249 730230 This is a modern-rustic 15th Century coaching inn with a focus on providing a special experience for guests. They have brought the traditional inn up-to-date with some more modern touches, all the while highlighting the natural beauty of the original building. At the Sign of the Angel they believe great food and drink should be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere either inside or even better - in summer - under an apple tree in the cottage garden. Located in the National Trust village of Lacock, the inn is a perfect destination for an afternoon out wandering the village before sitting down to an Afternoon Cream Tea. Expect high quality loose-leaf tea, fine sandwiches and homemade scones and cakes...and if you feel like really relaxing...add a glass of champagne too! • signoftheangel.co.uk
Pickleberry Coffee & Gift Shop Fitzroy Farm, Bratton, BA13 4RP Open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm Tel 01380 831242
A scrummy selection of homemade light lunches, snacks, cakes & scones plus fabulous Brian Wogan coffee, delicious teas and delightful hot chocolate! We also sell a great selection of cards and lots of wonderful gifts & homewares for every occasion!
An award-winning coaching inn, set in a historic Wiltshire market town, immediately beside the stately home and gardens of Corsham Cour t, and just 8 miles from Bath. Serving food every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and open all day for tea, coffee and delicious homemade biscuits & pastriesâ€Ś Tel: 01249 717060
2 High Street, Corsham SN13 0HB
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WHATLEY MANOR HOTEL & SPA
Easton Grey, Malmesbury Tel: 01666 822888 Celebrate a special occasion, treat a loved one or simply enjoy one of life’s little luxuries with a deliciously indulgent afternoon tea for two at Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa. Afternoon teas and Wiltshire cream teas are served every day from 3pm to 5.30pm. Head pastry chef Lee Bamforth has created a delicious selection of pastries including mango and ginger mousse on a coconut tuile; chocolate and orange macaroon; blackcurrant tartlet with lemon meringue; coffee and white chocolate choux pastry bun; lemon
macaroon, scones with homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream;
“IN WARM AND SUNNY WEATHER, AFTERNOON TEA IS SERVED ON ONE OF THE TERRACES OVERLOOKING THE BEAUTIFUL ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDENS” in addition, there’s a choice of sandwiches and mini-sausage rolls. All freshly made at the hotel.
with a glass of Champagne Deutz is £40 per person, or with a Bellini £40 per person.
The full afternoon tea includes these pastries, sandwiches and scones with a choice of tea or coffee and costs £26 per person. A simpler Wiltshire cream tea includes two freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam with a choice of tea or coffee and costs £14 per person.
In warm and sunny weather, afternoon tea is served on one of the terraces overlooking the beautiful English country gardens, or alternatively, if the weather isn’t so kind, in the comfort of either ‘The Sitting Room’, ‘Reception Hall’ or ‘The Drawing Room’. • whatleymanor.com
Enjoy one of life’s little luxuries with a deliciously indulgent afternoon tea for two at Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa
Alternatively, for a special occasion a traditional afternoon tea served
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Keeping you in the know as to what is coming into season each month is NEIL MORTIMER from Lovejoys Wholesale...
ugust has always been a good month of local produce. There are plenty of local vegetables, fruit and salads grown right here in Wiltshire! We have the most fantastic organic watercress, which comes from John Hurd near Warminster. John runs his
school kitchens and are always willing to come and talk to children to explain where their local food comes from. As I mentioned, we have an abundance of local vegetables, including runner beans, beetroot,
“We have the most fantastic organic watercress, which comes from John Hurd near Warminster” farm with his son Simon. We have recently taken some children from a local nursery school for a visit. John loves showing young people how watercress grows from the crystal clear water running from the chalk streams. We supply plenty of local
potatoes, cabbage, rainbow chard and carrots to name a few. If you grow some veg of your own it is not too late to sow some late carrots, radish or lettuce. You can also plant some overwinter onions or garlic. If you don’t have a garden you can always grow some in a pot or a grobag.
Something that is getting more popular every year is the candy and golden beetroot. This can be cooked, used raw in a salad or as a garnish (shaved thinly).It gives colour and texture as well as flavour. @lovejoysuk Find out more at www.lovejoyswholesale.com
COMPETITION WINNERS Mr and Mrs Power from Warminster were the winners of the veg box competition from the June edition of the magazine. Ann Power said, “I am overwhelmed by the amount, selection and quality of the wonderful prize box. Very many thanks to Neil and to The West Wilts Magazine for making it possible!” Be sure to look out for the next vegbox competition in an upcoming edition!
Make the most of the glut of seasonal berries with these delicious sweet recipe ideas from Waitrose.
Raspberry Meringue Cake
Ingredients 100g butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing 300g golden caster sugar 4 medium eggs, separated 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp milk 150g self-raising flour ½ tsp table salt 50g flaked almonds 300ml whipping cream 200g fresh raspberries Icing sugar, for dusting
Method Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease and line 2 x 20-22cm non-stick cake tins. Whisk the butter and 100g of sugar together in a bowl until pale and creamy, then add the egg yolks, vanilla and milk. Sift over the flour and gently fold in. Divide equally between the prepared tins. Using clean beaters, whisk the egg whites in a bowl until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the salt and remaining 200g sugar to make
a glossy meringue. Spread over the sponge mixture then scatter over the flaked almonds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and set. Leave to cool in the tins. When ready to assemble, remove the cakes from the tins. In a bowl, whisk the cream to form soft peaks. Spoon over one of the cakes and scatter over the raspberries. Top with the second cake and dust lightly with icing sugar before slicing and serving. THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE
Raspberry & Rose´ Wine Jellies Serves 4
Ingredients 5 gelatine leaves 400ml rosé wine 100g golden caster sugar Large pinch Bart Dried Lavender 200g raspberries Method Place the gelatine leaves in a small bowl and cover with cold water.
Baked Blackberry & Lemon Curd Cheesecake Serves 12
Ingredients 200g pack Waitrose All Butter Biscuits, crushed 60g butter, melted 300g soft cheese 300ml half fat soured cream 150g golden caster sugar ¼ tsp Ndali Fairtrade Organic Vanilla 6 Powder 2 large free range eggs, beaten 225g blackberries 4 tbsp lemon curd 2 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting
vanilla powder in a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add the beaten eggs and whisk again until well blended. Arrange the blackberries on the biscuit base and dot with the lemon curd. Spoon over the cheesecake mixture. Sit the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 40–45 minutes until set and golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin then chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before dusting with icing sugar and serving.
Gently heat together the wine and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves but do not allow to boil. Stir in the dried lavender. Lift the gelatine from the water, squeezing the leaves to remove any excess liquid. Add to the warm wine, stirring until the gelatine dissolves, then leave to cool to room temperature. Divide the raspberries between 4 small glasses then pour over the jelly. Leave to cool completely then chill overnight until set.
Method Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Mix together the crushed biscuits and butter until well combined then tip into the base of a deep, 23cm loosebottomed cake tin. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon and place in the fridge to chill.
Meanwhile, place the soft cheese, soured cream, caster sugar and
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Catching rays at The Organ Inn The Organ Inn has a lovely courtyard where you can enjoy a beer in the sunshine
fter a day out shopping in Warminster, what could be better than a cosy old fashioned bar where you can rest weary limbs and get some refreshment? The Organ Inn on Warminster High Street has been run by landlord Dan Keene for the last 11 years and is open Monday to
4%. There’s also a selection of fizzy ciders, real ciders and perrys. With a sun trap of a - recently refurbished - courtyard (pictured) it makes for a great spot to catch some rays and enjoy some good conversation. Pop over on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September and you’ll also be able to enjoy the fun of their annual beer festival. This is the tenth event of its kind and this year promises 16 different real ales as well as 10 ciders and perrys to sample. New for 2017, there will also be 2 craft Friday from 4pm to Midnight, on beers from keg to enjoy too. And Saturday from Midday to Midnight did we mention it’s free entry? Just and on Sundays 4pm to 11pm. pay for your beers! To find out more call 01985 211777, or keep up with This place is a proper treat for real ale things via social media: just search fans; the pub has the Cask Marque for The Organ Inn on Facebook and serves three everchanging beers and Instagram. of various strength and styles and their own beer ‘Organ Bitter’ at • theorganinn.co.uk
It’s BBQ time at The Barge Inn!
ituated on the picturesque Kennet & Avon Canal, The Barge Inn offers excellent food, great Wadworth beers, an extensive wine list and a beautiful setting. Over the summer, why not combine a visit with a walk or bike ride along the towpath?
The Barge is highly regarded for its food, which is served from 2.30pm to 5pm in the afternoon and from 6pm to 9pm in the evening. For a bargain head over every Wednesday to make the most of the great fish and chip offer – two fish and chips for only £18.95! Alternatively, the garden menu boasts all your pub classic staples as well as sharing boards, including antipasti, a mezze board and a traditional ploughman’s option. There is also a great selection of ciabatta sandwich options to choose from.
A real favourite with regulars and visitors are The Barge’s summer barbecues, which run - weather permitting - from 3pm on Fridays and all day Saturday and Sundays. Hear the sizzle and smell the beautiful aroma as they offer a fantastic range of food using meat
from award-winning butchers Walter Rose; enjoy the likes of glazed chicken leg in honey, mustard and lemon, or whole sardines with garlic and chilli butter – delicious! • bargeinnseend.co.uk
The barbecue will be fired up every weekend over the summer at The Barge, weather permitting
From leather jackets to suits, work boots to shiny shoes and mohicans to combovers, youâ€™ll get a warm friendly welcome at The Three Horseshoes.
Live Music with Friday & Saturday night bands, and Sunday afternoon acoustic sessions. Good selection of Real Ales available too Beer Garden | Pub Games | Real Log Fires | Parking Next to Bradford on Avon Train Station Frome Road, Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LA
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The Organ Inn After a long day what could be better than a warm welcome, a convivial atmosphere and a glass of something you fancy?
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At least 16 different real ales, 10 ciders and perrys showcasing the best of local and national breweries. NEW FOR 2017 2 Craft Beers from keg. FREE ENTRY
CAMRA Rural Pub of the Year 2014!
Tel: 01985 211777 | OVER 21s | www.theorganinn.co.uk 49 high st, warminster, wiltshire ba12 9aq (just a 5 minute walk from the railway station) OPEN 4pm-12midnight monday to friday, 12noon-12midnight saturday, 4pm-11pm sunday
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Meet the Chef
This month we spoke to SCOTT GALLOWAY, head chef at Homewood Park, about moving from front to back of house, mastering pasta and Irn Bru. favourite season is winter though as there are fewer ingredients to work with so it’s more challenging to come up with new dishes. Which local pubs and restaurants do you like visiting? My new favourite is Bare Grills Burger Bar in Larkhall on the edge of Bath. It has only recently opened but serves one of the best burgers around.
What was your first job in catering? Long before I became a chef I worked front of house as a waiter; I worked my way up to restaurant manager before deciding to drop back down the ranks to pursue a career as a chef. Where have you worked previously? My first full time chef’s role was working for Michael Caines at his Glasgow restaurant. I moved to Bath in 2010 as a sous chef at the Royal Crescent Hotel. I’ve also worked at Chequers and the King William in Bath. What was the first dish you mastered? I started working for Michael Caines as a commis chef on the larder section. We made tortellini fresh every day. At first it was tricky but once you get the feel for the pasta it starts to get easier. It was a very satisfying skill to master. Do you have any favourite local suppliers? We work closely with local suppliers to make sure we have the best quality produce to offer our customers. As an
amateur forager it’s also rewarding to collect ingredients from the forests or fields and take them into the kitchen and put ideas together with the team on how we should use them. What is your favourite dish on the menu? Our honey glazed lamb sweetbreads, charred hispi cabbage and blue cheese. It’s a great combination of the charred bitter flavour of the cabbage complemented by the sweetness of the sweetbreads. What is the most memorable event you have cooked for? That would have to have been my mum’s 50th birthday. I hadn’t been cooking for long then and put on a buffet for the whole family. I can remember it being a bit stressful but rewarding. Do you have a favourite season for cooking and if so why? At Homewood Park we make sure our dishes are seasonal all year round. My
When you cook for friends, what’s on the menu? If I’m cooking for friends or family a Sunday roast is my favourite thing to cook. It’s always good to have friends round for lunch and a couple of drinks and catch up on the week. What’s your favourite kitchen gadget? It has to be my knife set; I couldn’t get through the day without it. And your guilty pleasure? A chilled can of Irn Bru and a packet of pickled onion Space Invaders. Not much else you can say about that! Call 01225 723731 to make a reservation at Homewood Park. • homewoodpark.co.uk Honey glazed lamb sweetbreads, charred hispi cabbage and blue cheese
Weddings Are you organising a small intimate wedding or a large family affair? Situated on the picturesque Kennet & Avon Canal The Barge Inn offers excellent food, great Wadworth beers, an extensive wine list and much more. It really is a pub for all seasons.
Homewood Park Hotel & Spa is the ideal venue. Set in ten acres of wonderful gardens and parklands, we have the perfect setting for your special day. Contact our wedding planner on 01225 723731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a personal viewing.
Every Wednesday, lunch and evening enjoy 2 main course fish & chips for only £18.95!
BEERS, BEERS, BEERS! If you can’t decide which great Wadworth beer to drink, we offer 3rd of a pint tasting. Bar Open Mon - Sat 11.30am - 11pm Sun 11.30am - 10:30pm Food Served Mon - Thurs 12pm - 2.30pm & 6pm - 9pm Fri - Sun 12pm - 5pm & 6pm - 9.30pm Sign up to our mailing list and get £5 off your food bill when you spend £20! Details on our website.
Tel 01380 828230 www.bargeinnseend.co.uk Seend Cleeve, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6QB
Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7TB www.homewoodpark.co.uk
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The Red Lion
Situated on the A36 between Bath and Warminster, The Red Lion in Woolverton is a great place to stop off this summer...
he Red Lion is a traditional pub, and over the last 10 years has been extended to offer a larger seating area and become more family friendly. The main bar forms part of the old building complete with a small cosy snug; during cold winter months it is an ideal spot for enjoying food and drink by the open fire. Etched into the fireplace is a wonderful statement “Drink down all unkindness”. Over the summertime, the recent extensions to the pub’s outside spaces are best appreciated. There are three garden areas on offer in all, including a children’s play area (a must for the summer holidays!) and a patio in front of the pub that really catches the sun. Dogs are welcome at the pub too, and there are always treats available for them to snaffle down eagerly.
The Red Lion is managed by Andy and Lesley Walters who have been at the pub for nearly two years. Andy was a chef in the Royal Navy for 22 years and Lesley worked in administration and accounts. They have been in the industry for some 17 years now, and have brought all their expertise with them to The Red Lion to ensure it is a thriving part of the community in Woolverton. Lesley says, “We love the Red Lion, we are part of a fantastic community who made us so welcome when we first arrived – we live in a wonderful area – what’s not too like!!” As a Wadworth-owned pub, good beers are a given. The Red Lion holds the Cask Marque and serves three Wadworth cask ales 6x, Bishops Tipple and IPA, along with a seasonal guest ale. There is also a comprehensive wine list as well as
the usual array of spirits, mixers and soft drinks. It is also the ‘Summer of Cider’, so, as the weather hots up, be sure to cool yourself down with a refreshing pint of cider or beer! The food is homecooked by Andy and his brigade, with choices to suit all appetites. As well as a traditional Sunday lunch every week – book in advance to guarantee a spot they also have a summer menu and dedicated gluten free menu. Highlights on the summer menu include pan-seared sea bass with stir-fried chilli, ginger & spring onion and a classic caesar salad with cos lettuce, anchovies, parmesan and croutons. Another great summer dining option are the series of sharing boards and salads – perfect for sunny days spent dining outside, hopefully at The Red Lion. • redlionwoolverton.co.uk
The Red Lion
“An ideal stop off on the A36 between Warminster & Bath”
W O O L V E R T O N
• Homecooked food served every lunchtime & evening. We also offer a dedicated gluten free menu. • Enjoy great Wadworth beers – unsure what you like? We offer a third of a pint taster.
• We serve a traditional Sunday roast with a choice of meats for only £10.95 • Sign up to our mailing list and get £5 OFF YOUR FOOD BILL when you spend £20. Further details can be found on our website.
We look forward to welcoming you on your first visit and each one after that... 01373 830350 | www.redlionwoolverton.co.uk | Bath Road, Woolverton, Somerset BA2 7QS
NEW SUMMER MENU Serving wonderful food with fantastic ales in beautiful surroundings, we are open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch & dinner, our seasonal menu offering a twist on traditional country fare.
STEAK NIGHT WEDNESDAY Tuesday lunch special £10 OFF your bill when you order 2 steaks from the main menu
Every Tuesday enjoy 2 courses for only £10.00
Traditional roast served every Sunday. Booking advised!
The George Inn, Sandy Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2XP • t 01380 850403
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The Mill at Rode With its stunning waterside setting, The Mill is a wonderful venue for drinking and dining with friends this summer. The Mill is a mecca for locals and visitors alike
he Mill at Rode is set on a stunning riverside site, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with a fabulous deck area overlooking the water. This former textile mill is one of the few surviving that once put Rode on the map as a key trading centre
“Renowned for its great food and convivial atmosphere, the Mill at Rode is a perfect location for all occasions.” and market town on the Somerset/ Wiltshire border. The Mill was part of a consortium that won a competition to make a dress for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and invented the dye colour Royal Blue. The Mill is part of the Liberation and Butcombe Brewery group of pubs
and through sensitive restoration still connects with its industrial past, including the historic waterwheel, viewed from the newly opened downstairs Water Wheel Bar. This bar services the outside lower terrace area in the garden and is proving particularly popular over sunny weekends, alongside The Mill’s BBQs. Renowned for its great food and convivial atmosphere, the Mill at Rode is a perfect location for all occasions. There is plenty of parking for diners and private function bookings, as well as a grassed area along the riverbank ideal for relaxing on a summer’s day. Close to Bath, the Mill is a mecca for locals and visitors alike who are looking for a relaxing time. The chefs, led by head chef James Griffith, pride themselves on using only the best ingredients, with as many as possible being supplied locally. On the new
summer menu are some classic British dishes such as Butcombe beer battered fish and chips and some international favourites such as spatchcock buttermilk chicken with chipotle marinade. There is a set lunch menu on weekdays and James creates daily specials with his creative kitchen team. And of course there is a fantastic selection of ales from Butcombe Brewery and a wide range of wines to suit all tastes and palates. • butcombe.com/pubs/the-mill/
Rode, Frome, Somerset BA11 6AG
t 01373 831100
• Daily food specials • Sun soaked terraces • Fine country dining • Function rooms • Weekend BBQs • Legendary Sunday roasts • Warm welcome & efficient service
Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2EE
tel 01380 850418
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Summer offers at Mendip Mowers
ummer is in full swing and so is the weekly mowing routine! Is your lawn mower fit for purpose or is it finding the going a little tough?! If your mower is struggling take it in for a service
at Mendip Mowers – they can even collect it and deliver it back for you if that’s easier. Or is it time for a change of machine? Mendip Mowers is a family run business based in Chapmanslade, and it’s also your
local authorized Honda dealer. Right now they have some great offers available including up to 23% off Honda machines. They don’t just supply petrol driven lawnmowers at Mendip Mowers either, you’ll find a full range of strimmers, brushcutters and lawn trimmers, tillers, ride-on mowers and lawn tractors, electric mowers, leaf blowers, cordless hedge trimmers and many other garden power tools. They even offer part exchange! Be sure to pop into their showroom to find out more, where you’ll also find Honda’s Versatool, the engine with seven attachments. Call 01373 832965 or go to the website for further details. • mendipmowers.co.uk
Fairies & dragons at Whitehall
amilies in search of adventure will find it at Whitehall’s garden centre in Lacock this summer as they welcome a Fairy & Dragon Grotto until Sunday 24 September. Summer has long been a popular time to visit Whitehall, and 2017 will be no different with their wonderful Fairy & Dragon Grotto. Open now, buy a ticket and your family experience will include a journey through the world of fairies and dragons. Look out for the giant dragon and magical waterfalls, find the fairy door and gardens and make a wish in the wishing well. Take your photo with a knight in shining armour or take a seat on the unicorn. The grotto is open 10am until 4pm daily. Tickets are £3.99 per person (children under 1 go free).
As well as the grotto, look out for a range of fairy and dragon themed events taking place all summer long, including children’s parties, children’s afternoon teas, crown and tiara decorating, dragon glider and wand decorating and fairy wings and helmet mask decorating. For more information on these events, and to book, please visit the website. Away from fairies and dragons also look out for Whitehall’s Artisan Fayre, which is taking place over the weekend of 18 & 19 August. There’ll be a range of artisan stalls from 10.30am through until 4pm showcasing a variety of amazing talent including jewellery, wooden art, ceramics, cards and much more. • whitehallgardencentre.co.uk
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Get cooking with Knees! With their great range of cookers and kitchen equipment and great line up of demonstrations, Knees is the place for cooks to head this summer! Come to one of Knees’ cooking demonstrations this summer
ooking demonstrations are a regular feature at Knees. They support the company’s ethos of being an active part of the community, help customers better understand the products available, and liven up the weekend with a bit of culinary inspiration. Not only that but there are always special deals available at each event too.
“Never underestimate the power of a good oven. Good pans, good ingredients, good oven good results.” Here are the fun and informative events planned for the next few months at the Knees store in Trowbridge; why not pop in to see what you can learn - and taste?!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 5 August
Neff appliances are the focus of this demo as Neff Home Economist Alison Haigh shares the low down on Neff Ovens and Induction Cooking. Alison will be explaining more about her view that you should, “Never underestimate the power of a good oven. Good pans, good ingredients, good oven – good results.” This demo is perfect if you are looking for a new built-in oven and need help to find out which appliances would suit your kitchen for the best cooking results.
Saturday 30 September
To round off the summer, foodie superstar in waiting MasterChef Finalist Juanita Hennessey will be at Knees for Country Food with a Twist. Juanita will be cooking some of her
favourite country inspired dishes using Wiltshire’s best seasonal and foraged ingredients. She has also promised to share what really goes on behind the scenes of MasterChef and to give customers some tasty ideas to try at home. Juanita was a MasterChef Finalist in 2016 and won everyone over with her warmth, passion for food and scrumptious recipes. For details of these events and more, check knees.co.uk/events. • knees.co.uk Juanita Hennessey
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Curtains, blinds or shutters? MARK WILLIAMS, Just Shutters’ Wiltshire MD, gives us his expert opinion on how to choose the ideal covering for your windows...
et’s be straight from the beginning, when it comes to the finest window coverings, I am totally biased, it has to be shutters any day! But it is not just my opinion, shutters are the fastest
Shutters let the sunshine in and keep prying eyes out!
allow yourself to imagine these in your home. Where would you have them? What colour or style? See some of these lovely pictures and be inspired!
PRIVACY WITHOUT NETS Although net curtains should be banished to the 1970s many of us still resort to them as most curtain and blind solutions do not offer light and privacy at the same time. Not so with shutters though - you can let the sunshine in whilst keeping prying eyes out!
PRACTICALITY “shutters are the fastest Now, as we know, beauty is in growing product in the eye of the beholder, so if just the window coverings their looks has not convinced you, sector and it’s clear to how about looking at the practical benefits of shutters over curtains and BYE BYE ALLERGENS see why” blinds? growing product in the window coverings sector and it’s clear to see why. If you have not experienced their benefits for yourself, here are my top reasons to choose shutters for your home…
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Shutters do not hold dust, mites, mildews, spores and allergens the way fabrics and untreated woods do so they are perfect for those with allergies and asthma who are trying to reduce the pollutants held in fabrics.
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et in the picturesque heart of rural Wiltshire, Stephen Graver Ltd specialises in creating bespoke projects for each individual client. From original kitchens and handmade bathrooms to commissioned pieces of furniture, they offer a solution for every aspect of your home including a building renovation service. Sometimes creating a perfect room requires an alteration of an existing
space - they personally visit every client for an initial consultation. Stephen Graver is unlike any other kitchen, bathroom or furniture design company. You are involved in the process at every stage and they make sure they not only meet, but far exceed your expectations. The design is the starting point and the foundation from which the
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“The design is the starting point and the foundation from which the project grows” separates them and makes them stand out is the journey the client goes on to reach that end result. The experience you get with Stephen Graver is one you will not have enjoyed anywhere else. Not only will they spend time advising on the most appropriate designs and appliances, you will be able to see how your design progresses by visiting their onsite workshop.
Everything is designed and manufactured at the site in Steeple Ashton, and whilst the craftsmen operate from the workshops you can arrange a time to come and see your project taking shape. The studio, open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, is the perfect way to see examples of their work. This space details the exquisite level of finish you can expect and even
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Find a beautiful new home in Frome
The Old Nurseries development, from award-winning Newland Homes, is really hitting the spot with local homebuyers.
ousebuyers looking for their new home in Frome have been wowed by Newland Homes’ The Old Nurseries development. With new house types launching soon, there is now even more reason to take a look at this collection of carefully designed homes on Oakfield Road. With an easy walk into the town centre and excellent schools right on the doorstep, The Old Nurseries
offers a selection of homes suitable for those looking to get their first steps on the housing market, as well as those looking to upsize – or even downsize – into a hassle-free family home. Currently available are threebedroom Tetbury style homes, with two-bedroom Sandridge and four-bedroom Kingsmead properties coming soon. Homes have been designed by architects to make the most of light and space, as well as
a number of styles featuring local stone from Somerset’s Hadspen Quarry. The next release of homes are also located around the development’s open green space. Visitors to The Old Nurseries can take a look around the showhome, a three-bedroom, three-storey Tetbury style home. This home has been designed and styled to provide comfortable and considered family living space with traditional designs so that the homes blend
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“The showhome showcases the many high quality fixtures and fittings that come as standard, including polished chrome ironmongery and five burner hobs.”
into the existing properties on Oakfield Road. The showhome also showcases the many high quality fixtures and fittings that come as standard, including polished chrome ironmongery, turfed gardens and five burner hobs. The two-bedroom stone fronted Sandridge is a very attractive property; in particular its clever use of space makes the property a great starter home for first time buyers. Boasting four double bedrooms,
the Kingsmead’s large bay window in the kichen/dining area allows light to flood into the room and the large living room, with direct access to the garden, is ideal for family time or entertaining. Gail Remnant, Associate Sales Director for Newland Homes, said: “The Old Nurseries has proved very popular with homebuyers and the next release of homes is being eagerly awaited by savvy buyers looking for a great location.
The town centre, with the vibrant Catherine Hill is within easy walking reach as well as local idylls like Vallis Vale just an easy stroll away too.” Three bedroom Tetbury homes are currently available from £290,000. The Old Nurseries showhome and sales office is open daily from 11am until 5pm. For more information visit the development website or call 01373 229294. • newlandhomes.co.uk/frome THEWESTWILTSMAGAZINE
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aving a health condition or becoming older can make it difficult to carry out usual daily living routines. Carewatch provides a reliable and compassionate help at home service with a flexible approach, ensuring you get the right amount of help as and when you want it. With a person-centred approach to care and support, they ensure you’re at the heart of everything they do. Carewatch’s Home Care Workers support adults and the elderly with a range of health conditions, short or long term, helping them to remain within the comfort of their own homes. Their highly trained, compassionate carers have a passion for making a real difference, choosing care as a vocation and not just a job. Most carers have already cared for a member of their own family and took
Care Workers are also supported by an office team who are just a call away if you need them. Supporting with a range of care needs such as; elderly care, home from hospital support, end of life care, dementia care, live in care, and support for long or short term health conditions, our Care Workers have in-depth training, and varied experience. We will be able to provide a Carer with the experience or training you need to ensure that your support is second to none. a career in care to provide the best care and support to others. Carewatch enjoys a reputation for providing high quality, personalised home care services in the local communities of Wiltshire.
HOW THEY HELP PRACTICAL HELP AROUND THE HOME: • Preparing and cooking meals • Grocery shopping • Tidying and cleaning • Laundry and ironing • Vacuuming • Managing bills • Making and changing the bed • Organising social activities PERSONAL CARE: • Getting dressed or undressed • Washing, bathing and showering
ARE YOU CARING FOR A LOVED ONE? Carewatch also do our best to support local family carers by working in partnership with Carer Support Wiltshire to provide free regular training such as: manual handling, First Aid, food and safety hygiene and dementia care training. If you’re the main carer for your loved one, they can provide respite care so you can take a well-earned break, or go on holiday.
ARRANGE A HOME CARE ASSESSMENT If you would like to arrange your home assessment, or to find out more please call the friendly team on 01225 719 333. • carewatch-wiltshire.co.uk
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s we age many of us, men and women, lose selfconfidence. Whilst many are happy to embrace the changes that inevitably come to us all as we get older some struggle to adapt
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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO BATH v NEWCASTLE Get to a cracking early season game at The Rec by entering our competition to win a pair of tickets to Bath v Newcastle Falcons on Saturday 23 September.
fter being in the top four almost all season, Bath were desperately disappointed to see miss out on the premiership play offs at the end of last season. A last gasp defeat in the European Challenge Cup semi final also ensured Bath finished another season without a trophy. However, with the coaching team now fully bedded in, and having had the benefit of a full pre season to work with their players, Bath fans have cause for optimism looking forward to the new season. With unsettled George Ford having returned to Leicester, Bath welcome back local boy Freddie Burns to take his place at fly half, and new signing Sam Underhill, who impressed on England’s summer tour to Argentina, looks a very exciting prospect.
See Nathan Catt and co take on Newcastle Falcons
against Newcastle Falcons. Bath recorded a handsome victory against Newcastle at home last season, but the team were beaten in the fixture at Kingston Park and the Falcons have Bath need a strong start to the season reinforced their squad with the likes as a tricky fixture list sees them drawn of Toby Flood and Josh Matavesi. against three of last season’s top four teams inside the opening five weeks For your chance to win, all you have to do is email your answer to of the season. this easy question to email@example.com, Bath Rugby have been kind enough to offer us TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS subject BR comp, and please include your name with your entry. to what should be a cracking match
NEW SIGNING SAM UNDERHILL PLAYS IN WHAT POSITION? a) Fly Half b) Back Row c) Prop Email your answers now. Good luck! Closing date for entries is 31.08.17. Entrants must be over 18. Prize is as stated and is non-transferable. No cash alternative will be offered. We add entrants to our mailing list to receive an online edition of the magazine each month. If you would prefer your details were not used in this way please state NO INFO on your entry.
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Life’s a beach
e have just arrived back from our summer holiday. This year we headed for Spain, at the end of June, taking advantage of our last opportunity for a decent value foreign break before our daughter starts school in September (I know, how time’s flown!). It was blissful to be honest – lovely villa, stunning weather, and no one else around (is it just me or is this
So, one morning we packed up our kit and headed over, stopping en route to pick up the necessary beach tat from a seafront shop (bucket and spade, fishing net etc). Next we had to try and locate a suitable spot on a beach already heaving with bronzed (some leathery), scantily clad (some far too scantily clad) bodies. It seems we weren’t the only ones who’d read the reviews. Our daughter’s face had already lit up and following our purchases she was so giddy with
“Next we had to try and locate a suitable spot on a beach already heaving with bronzed (some leathery), scantily clad (some far too scantily clad) bodies.” a prerequisite for most people to enjoy their holidays?!). Yes, getting away from the hoi polloi (with a decent WiFi connection natch) is an absolute must on the Rockliffe holiday checklist.
excitement we couldn’t very well bail on the whole thing . Instead we ploughed on, and stationed ourselves between some of the more tastefully attired beachgoers. As it turns out, we’re absolute beach amateurs. We had nothing more to Our villa was secluded, but, our names than a few beach towels, unfortunately just 3 or 4 km from our freshly purchased tat and a the local beach, meaning that if few bottles of water. There were we didn’t at least take our little one people with their own sunloungers there once we’d feel guilty for the (complete with detachable entire holiday. Our girl loves a beach umbrellas), cool boxes, equipment (despite retaining a high level of trolleys - one man even had a sand suspicion about the sea). We did our drill for securing his umbrella! research, looking for a legitimate excuse not to go (crowds, cold sea, I don’t like beaches…To say I don’t enormous waves, deadly shark like them isn’t quite true; I hate attacks) and to our disappointment them truth be known. For me could find only 5 star ratings and their undeniable beauty is best reviews celebrating its “family appreciated photographically. friendly facilities”, “fine selection of What’s to enjoy? No sooner have local bars, cafés and restaurants”, you taken your spot on your and “gentle, warm waters” – damn it! beautifully laid out beach towel,
but the wind has whipped up and given you a mouthful of sand. And as for the sea, it’s either full of seaweed creeping round your legs or so cold that your teeth chatter as soon as you get in. And once you’ve gotten wet all you’ve done is give the sand more purchase to attach itself to every limb and orifice. Oh to be a kid, who doesn’t notice these things because they are too intent on making a sandcastle complete with shell decorations. Only our little one’s wasn’t full of shell decorations; shells were rare as hen’s teeth. Instead she had to make do with bits of twig and some washed up bits of plastic – just peachy. My wife and I toughed it out for almost 90 minutes before whisking our daughter back to the sanctity of our villa and our wonderful, sand free pool. I just hope she appreciated the effort!
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