FOOD & DRINK
Berry Nice!

Berry Nice!

Recent visitor to the Island and Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry discusses her life in the spotlight and reveals how she stays fit and healthy – despite all those cakes! Eagle-eyed Bake Off fans will have spotted national treasure Mary Berry recently making friends with some Island crustaceans, as

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Award winners two years running

Award winners two years running

Tessa Crosbie and Jessica Case, pupils at Christ the King College in Cowes, have won the 2015 Create & Cook Competition, retaining the award on the Isle of Wight for the second year running. The 14 year old duo fought off stiff opposition from their Hampshire and Sussex rivals at

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History of the Christmas Pud

History of the Christmas Pud

But that has not always been the case. Christmas puddings originated as a 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty’ that was made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. This would often be more like soup and was eaten as a fasting meal in preparation for the

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Fine ales and much more for Quarr Abbey visitors

Fine ales and much more for Quarr Abbey visitors

Quarr Abbey Ale, with an alcohol volume of 6.5 per cent, is brewed on the Island, and uses locally grown coriander and ‘sweet-gale’ as well as Isle of Wight water, in addition to English barley malt and hops. It is a strong, full-bodied, thirst-quenching top-fermented ale with a dark-amber colour

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Friends Reunited at Priory Bay

Friends Reunited at Priory Bay

  Now they have established a network of local suppliers and base their menus on whatever is in season and at its best. Oliver said: “Much of our fish comes from the bay and our crab and lobster straight from Bembridge.  We get fresh herbs from the garden and wild

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Ron Beefing up Meat as a Real Winner

Ron Beefing up Meat as a Real Winner

  But while the debate over what is actually in our burgers and meat balls seems no nearer reaching the finishing post, at least there has been some good news for the Island’s beef producers. More and more people want to know exactly where their beef is coming from, and

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Milestone for Spyglass Inn

Milestone for Spyglass Inn

But what many of the customers are probably blissfully unaware of is that while they are enjoying their drink or meal, they are sitting right above what used to be Victorian salt water baths, and several are still fully intact and nestling just under the floorboards. Much has changed since

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

We all know it hasn’t been the best of summers, with barbecues being substituted by a meal indoors, a trip to a local takeaway, or a treat at your favourite restaurant. But wherever the eating habit takes place, it is still important to ensure that the meal is healthy and

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