Gourmet Life - Wiltshire magazines round-up of tasty snippets from around the county...

PUBLISHED: 14:16 22 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 20 February 2013

Manor House Polytunnel

Manor House Polytunnel

Helen O'Brien rounds up some tasty snippets from around the county

Gourmet Life - Wiltshire magazines round-up of tasty snippets from around the county...


Notes from a kitchen garden
With the high rainfall and reduced sunlight, growing anything outdoors this summer was a huge challenge. The saving grace for the Manor House at Castle Combe has been their new polytunnel, which has helped provide the kitchen with a selection of fruit, vegetables and salads.With the last of the onions being pulled out of the ground, their main focus is now to put everything into place for next spring. With garlic, mushrooms and oriental salads in the pipeline, the kitchen garden has never had so much potential. Now lets hope the weather behaves!

Cookery school in Devizes
Fancy making beautiful bread at home but never been confident enough to take the plunge? Vaughans Kitchen in Devizes offers a variety of courses for different levels of experience, including several bread-making courses. They also run everyday home cooking, cooking to impress and run-up-to-Christmas cookery courses. Perfect as a present for a food enthusiast or to expand your own repertoire!Contact the team on 01380 530203 or visit the website at vaughanskitchen.co.uk

Cakes with Cause
Malmesbury girl Jess Hancock is determined to do something positive whilst dealing with the devastating terminal illness of her grandmother. She has set up the Malmesbury Cake Society, where members share homemade cakes and recipes while raising money for Cancer Research UK. The society meets on the first Monday of every month at the Kings Arms Hotel in Malmesbury. So, if you like baking and fancy an evening of chatting and cake eating in the name of a very worthwhile cause, then email Jess on malmesburycakesociety@yahoo.co.uk or Like her Facebook page for regular updates.

Top deli in Wiltshire!
Bloomfields Fine Food in Highworth, near Swindon, has come third overall in Olives Et Als Deli of the Year 2012 national competition. More than 300 delis up and down the UK were nominated and only the top 10 made it through as regional winners. Bloomfields were delighted to be awarded third place at the Taste Awards in London on 4 September.Sue Belcher, owner of Bloomfields Fine Food, said: Its fantastic toeceive recognition not only from the competition judges but also from so many of our lovely customers who voted for us. Bloomfields Fine Food, 8 High Street, Highworth SN6 7AG. 01793 766399. bloomfieldsfinefood.co.uk

Home-grown pub pork
Visitors to the White Horse in Winterbourne Bassett can not only enjoy some great ale, they can now also tuck into a pork chop that started life just a stones throw away in the publicans own field! Kurt and Samantha, the new tenants at the Wadworth pub, go to great lengths to ensure that their customers enjoy the very best produce, from their own hen and duck eggs for puddings to the sausages, bacon and chops from their pigs.

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