Know your Dorset White from the Cranborne? Try local cheeses and help support our farmers

Dorset Echo:

9:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

MANY chefs are now gearing up for the festive season and releasing their Christmas menus.

Summer cocktails: how to make a fruity punch

Dorset Echo: Cocktail kick-off

4:10pm Monday 25th August 2014

This week Taste mixes up some cool cocktails for the bank holiday weekend

Make your barbecue a success: 5 tips for a safe and healthy summer feast

Dorset Echo: How to keep cool at your summertime barbecue

4:03pm Monday 25th August 2014

If you’re aiming to have a bank holiday barbecue in the garden or park, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has come up with some advice to help make it a safe success.

Growing your own herbs: They’re easier to look after than you think

Dorset Echo: Home-grown herbs

12:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

IMAGINE stepping out on to your patio to pick fresh herbs for your cooking – from fragrant basil to accompany ripe tomatoes and mozzarella, coriander to sprinkle on spicy curries and salads, mint to add to your Pimm’s or rosemary to sprinkle over lamb chops on the barbecue.

Spectacular night of food lined-up at Cliff House Hotel’s summer soiree

Dorset Echo: Cliff House Hotel

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

Cliff House Hotel is a new boutique hotel nestled in Southbourne. Refurbishment work began on the 14-bedroom hotel earlier this year, transforming the Victorian building whilst preserving many of the original features.

Meet the chef hoping to make Bournemouth a top destination for foodies

Dorset Echo: Matthew Budden

11:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

HE’S not only a highly skilled executive chef at the award-winning Highcliff Grill at the Marriott Hotel, but also a true ambassador for the Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival.

Three sisters bake tasty treats like Courgette and Lime Cake

Dorset Echo: IN THE FAMILY: The Reith sisters

11:00am Sunday 1st June 2014

IT’S a foodie’s dream – and three sisters who have made that dream a thriving reality are now sharing the secrets of their culinary success.

Enjoy the taste of summer with Hotel du Vin Poole’s new Al Fresco menu

Dorset Echo: Hotel du Vin Poole launches a new Al Fresco menu

1:00pm Saturday 31st May 2014

JUST in time for the warmer and longer days, Hotel du Vin Poole has launched a new Al Fresco menu that boasts the best tastes of summer.

Roald Dahl-themed evening at Bournemouth College is a real treat

Dorset Echo: IMAGINATIVE: The Rustic Roald Dahl event

12:00pm Saturday 31st May 2014

IT WAS like stepping into an edible world of Roald Dahl when catering students at Bournemouth and Poole College hosted a themed evening based on the author’s best-selling books.

Get brewing to help dementia patients at Bournemouth Hospital

Dorset Echo: Support Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s Brew Up for Dementia campaign

9:51am Monday 17th March 2014

PUT the kettle on for a worthy cause next month in support of Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s Brew Up for Dementia campaign.

Photographer’s vegetarian pie shortlisted for national prize

Dorset Echo: Russell Clarke with his winning pie

10:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

RUSSELL Clarke has got his ‘pies’ on the prize after his vegetarian recipe was short-listed for a national pie competition last week.

'Nothing beats a good pork scratching' - Hairy Bikers tell all about their Asian Adventure

Dorset Echo: MEMORABLE: Si King and Dave Myers

10:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

YOU can travel to the other side of the world, but nothing beats a good pork scratching, according to Dave Myers and Si King, aka The Hairy Bikers.

Purbeck Ice Cream scoop top award for Blue Vinny flavour desert

Dorset Echo: SAY CHEESE: Purbeck Ice Cream's award

10:54am Monday 10th March 2014

A DORSET ice cream company has scooped a top award for its Blue Vinny flavour following a Dragons’ Den-style presentation at a national food show.

Meat-eating Aussie businessman launching vegetarian sausage line in Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Declan O’Toole with the range

10:08am Monday 3rd March 2014

DECLAN O’Toole is a self-confessed, meat-eating Australian, so you might assume that vegetarian sausages would not be to his taste.

It's National Chip Week so support your local chippie

Dorset Echo: GOLDEN BROWN: You can't beat a good chip

Let’s talk chips. It makes a change from the weather, and what could be more comforting on a wet and windy evening than chips for tea.

Tuck into healthier Indian options in 2014

Dorset Echo: Jashim Ahmed from The Mint Leaf

10:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014

HOT, spicy, oily, creamy and not for the calorie conscious. This tends to the general view of Indian food, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Go organic with tasty veggie boxes from Riverford

Dorset Echo: Riverford organic food company holds a tasting event at Branksome Dene Community Centre

10:54am Monday 13th January 2014

IF one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat more healthily this year, then now is the time to switch to organic fruit and vegetables.

Don't be afraid to pick up a wok, says Ken Hom

Dorset Echo: KEN HOM: He is urging people not to be afraid to pick up a wok

THE MAN who ‘put Asian cuisine on the British table’ is celebrating 30 years as one of the country’s best-loved chefs.

Fine wines can make all the difference to your festive meal

Dorset Echo: Go0od wines can make all the difference  to your festive meal

Campo Viejo Garnacha: £8.69 If you find yourself always returning to the same old trusty red wine at Christmas, why not mix things up this festive season and try something new. Campo Viejo Garnacha, the newest addition to the UK’s most popular Spanish wine brand, will brighten up every festive table. Ocado, Sainsbury’s Local and ASDA stores nationwide nCampo Viejo Gran Reserva: £12 A perfect wine for very special occasions, this delicious Rioja is aged for 24 months in French oak barrels, before spending 36 months in the bottle cellar. It’s ruby red tinged with gold, and its ripe berry flavour is full of deep fruits with a hints of spices at the end. Presented in an attractive gift tin, this make an ideal Christmas wine gift.

Revamped menu at 1812 is recipe for success at iconic venue in Bournemouth

Dorset Echo: Revamped menu at 1812 is recipe for success at iconic venue in Bournemouth

10:00am Wednesday 11th December 2013

IT might be one of Bournemouth’s most historic landmarks, but the 1812 restaurant at The Royal Exeter Hotel is always bang up to date when it comes to its cuisine.

Food is fresh, simple and tasty at Hotel De Vin

Dorset Echo: Poole Chef Darren Rockett, with his signature Red Onion Tart, with Goat's Cheese Croquette

3:00pm Friday 11th October 2013

“Fresh, simple and tasty.” That’s how head chef Darren Rockett sums up the menu at Hotel du Vin in Poole. There is a slight emphasis on seasonality, but a real focus on quality as well as a certain attention to detail at the historic Georgian building near the quay.

Local producers getting ready to show off food with taste morning in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Trisha Macnaughtan with members

LOCAL producers are preparing to show off and celebrate their delights with a tasting morning in Dorchester.

New fresh treats on offer at the Wyke Smugglers

Dorset Echo: NEW ERA: Wyke Smugglers landlord Dave Lane, right, with head chef Alex Warner and Tori Lane

TRADITIONAL home-cooked food and a cosy log fire are a few fresh treats at the Wyke Smugglers, thanks to new ownership.

Behind the scenes at Ringwood Brewery

Dorset Echo: HANDS ON: Head brewer Jeff Drew; above with second brewer Maurice Walton

3:00pm Monday 22nd July 2013

THE heady, bready smell of fermenting barley, hops and yeast is the first thing you notice when you step behind the scenes of Ringwood Brewery.

Celebrate at the Lyme Regis Mackerel Festival

CELEBRATING the wonderful harvest of Lyme Bay, the Lyme Regis Mackerel Festival, runs from July 6 to 13, to explore food, fishing and fun.

Hall hosting community market in Broadmayne

THE ever-popular Broadmayne monthly community market is on June 21 in St Martin’s Community hall next to the church.

Final plans revealed for Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival

Dorset Echo: FOOD DELIGHTS: Che Leonard of D'Coal Pot Caribbean Grill

GET set for a foodie feast. Final plans for this year’s Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival can now be revealed.

Tasteful art you can eat

Dorset Echo: Nicky Findley with her portrait and Gerry Wilton

10:31am Monday 17th June 2013

DOES Gerry Wilton like chocolate? That’s a bit like asking Rick Stein if he likes fish!

Recipes to put a smile on Dad's face

Dorset Echo: MANLY FOOD: Treat your father to a Ploughman’s Lunch.

FORGET socks and slippers and instead treat your dad to some tasty grub this Father’s Day.

Check out the fish sellers

Did you know you can check out Dorset seafood sellers in the Great Dorset Seafood Directory?

What's On and Where to Go

Monday June 10-15: Bridport Food Festival dorsetfarmers  Friday, June 14: Blandford Farmers’ market June 20-30: Bournemouth Food Festival Friday, June 21: Sherborne Farmers Market Saturday, June 22: Dorchester South Street market July 6-7: Dorset Festival, Poundbury July 13-14: Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth August 3-4: Dorset Chilli Festival greatdorsetchilli 19-20 October: Eat Dorset Food Fair, Parnham House, Beaminster 10am-4pm Do you have a food event coming up? If so email us at

The best of bubbles

What does it take to be the Moet UK Sommelier of the Year 2013?

Gold honour for cheddar

Wyke Farms has brought home the gold at prestigious food awards.

Your chance to win hospitality awards

Dorset Echo: SHINING EXAMPLE: Beautifully presented Norwegian crab

BUSINESSES in the food and drink industry have just one more week to enter this year’s Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards. Taste of the West is renowned for recognising excellence and dedication throughout the food and drink industry. In addition to these awards, there are the Product Awards, the Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year award and a Local Food in Schools & Colleges award. Taste of the West chief executive John Sheaves said: “We have been running awards now for over two decades and they have become a benchmark for the highest quality services and products offered in the region and are sought out by those looking for reassurance that they’re buying the best, whether it’s a take away, meal out or item of food or drink.”

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The mystery diner: Oodles of noodles at Wagamama

Dorset Echo: Wagamama

1:39pm Monday 3rd June 2013

THERE’S something about oriental food when it’s done right that just tastes so fresh and good for you.

Best burgers in town

When is a burger not just a burger? When it’s a Dorset Burger Company burger.

Best pitstop for miles

THERE are quite a few eateries which could learn some valuable lessons from Bridport’s Oh Crumbs.

I was peri-peri happy

Dorset Echo: EXOTIC: The interior of Nando’s

I WOULDN’T say my usual Tuesday night routine is particularly spicy.

Celebrating fine food

Dorset Echo: TIME TO COOK: Chef Jamie Jones will be giving cooking demonstrations

11:09am Monday 10th September 2012

A NEW food festival comes to Weymouth next weekend – and it promises to showcase some of the finest chefs and tastiest goodies in the area.

Top quality dining makes Sense

Dorset Echo: Sense at Weymouth

11:05am Monday 10th September 2012

Just over a year ago Ali and Ovidija opened their new restaurant and wine bar, having seriously outgrown the original premises across the road.

Top quality dining makes Sense

Dorset Echo: Sense at Weymouth

11:04am Monday 10th September 2012

Just over a year ago Ali and Ovidija opened their new restaurant and wine bar, having seriously outgrown the original premises across the road.

Can you mix the perfect Bloody Mary?

11:55am Monday 15th March 2010

Think you can mix the perfect Bloody Mary? Then come and pit your secret recipe against chefs, bartenders, publicans and restaurateurs from across the county in the quest to find the best Bloody Mary in Dorset.


12:38pm Monday 30th March 2009

Much like the spring weather, custard can be served hot or cold. But which were the crème de la crème and which were simply the pour relations in our taste test?

French Onion Soup

Dorset Echo: THE WINNER: Waitrose French Onion and Cider Soup

10:20am Monday 19th January 2009

To celebrate National Soup Month, Taste put French Onion Soup to the test. But which brands really knew their onions and which lacked that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’?

Cranberry juice

Dorset Echo: Cranberry juice

9:25am Monday 5th January 2009

If you partied hard over the festive period then cranberry juice is the drink you need.

Cures for hangovers

2:30pm Monday 29th December 2008

Let’s face it, all you want on New Year’s Day is something to vanquish that hangover and perk you up for the first day of 2009. Gavin Haines and Allyson Howden separate the best hangover cures from the old wives’ tales.

Christmas puddings

Dorset Echo: Christmas puddings

7:50am Tuesday 16th December 2008

Nothing says Christmas like a flaming Christmas pudding, so we tested five of the best mini puds. But which were worth pudding on the festive table and which did we get steamed up about?

Mulled Wines

Dorset Echo: Mulled wines: warm the cockles

8:40am Tuesday 9th December 2008

WHAT better tipple to warm the cockles on a winter’s evening than a glass of hot mulled wine? Taste put five to the test, but which gave us something to mull over and which didn’t exactly pop our corks?

Mince pies

Dorset Echo: Mince pies

9:00am Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Taste put the supermarkets’ finest mince pies to the test. But which one will you be leaving out for Santa?


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