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9:00 am Grove Volunteer Litter-picking G... @ Old Mill Hall
Grove Volunteer Litter-picking G... @ Old Mill Hall
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Grove Volunteer Litter-picking Group @ Old Mill Hall | Grove | England | United Kingdom
Organised by a group of Grove residents who care about their local environment and meet on the second Friday of each month at 9am at Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove. The group pick up[...]
9:00 am Reminiscence Day on 4LEGS Radio
Reminiscence Day on 4LEGS Radio
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reminiscence Day on 4LEGS Radio
Most of the shows on this day will be given over to memories of life in and around the Lambourn Valley from local residents. If you would like to get involved, please contact Chris Capel[...]
9:30 am Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Family History Sessions @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Thatcham Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
9:30 am Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall | Great Shefford | England | United Kingdom
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to these friendly and informal sessions. If you have something you’re working on, bring it along – or just turn up and expect to be inspired by the things that[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come along to this lovely country market if you are free on Friday morning and you will find wonderful chutneys, marmalades, cards, cakes and plants to buy.  Take the opportunity to meet up with a[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Wantage Country Market is held in the Museum Cafe every Friday morning. The best place to buy fresh homemade goodies such as jams, chutneys, cakes as well as home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Our round-up of foodie news, events, places to eat, recipes, local producers, jobs, cookery schools and more!

Christmas Preparations

Bespoke Christmas Deli Hampers from Gastro Nicks in Collingbourne Ducis

• Order your Honesty Christmas Hamper with gingerbread men, Christmas pudding & lots more!

• Free delivery on orders of local Winding Wood Vineyard fizz. Limited-edition demi-sec sparkling pudding wines also available.

10% discount on gins at thenakedgrape.co.uk using discount code TNG10 until 31 December.

 

Christmas Meals Out

The Red House in Marsh Benham Christmas menu & bookings. Christmas party nights at The Red House on Fri 20 and Sat 21 Dec.

The Castle in Newbury Christmas menu & bookings. Christmas party nights at The Castle on Fri 20 and Sat 21 Dec.

Blandy’s in Inglewood Christmas menu & bookings.

Queens Arms in East Garston Christmas menu & bookings.

• The George in Lambourn Christmas menu & bookings. 
 
• The Harrow at Little Bedwyn Christmas menu & bookings.

Local Foodie News & Events 

The White Hart in Hamstead Marshall is now open on Friday nights for beer and pop-up Thai restaurant. Free lift home also offered for Saviour Pennies beer club members (you can join on the night).

 Curry night at The Bell in Ramsbury – last Monday of the month from £11 per person (next one Mon 30 Dec)

It’s mushroom season so here are ten simple rules for fungi foraging 

 

Local Foodie Shops, Markets & Producers

• Order Honesty bread online for collection at any of the local Honesty coffee shops.

Enjoy locally smoked fish, duck, venison & more from Black Dog Smokery in Royal Wootton Bassett

• Alfred’s Mead and drinking horns based in Wantage

• Gastro Nicks Delicatessen & Wine Merchant in Collingbourne Ducis

• Make your own almond, peanut and chocolate/hazelnut butters, milks and lots more at Packaging Not Included in Marlborough.

• Thatcham Community Market & Hungerford Charter Market every Wed morning

• Wantage Country Market – every Friday morning 

Recipes

Christmas cooking is now the focus!
Healthy Christmas

Healthy Christmas Dessert Recipe

For a scrumptious, guilt-free alternative to Christmas pudding try this compote: Poach pears, (unsulphured) apricots, large raisins, or naturally dried cherries with cinnamon or mixed

Local food blogger Caroline Taylor from All That I’m Eating shares her own Christmas meal plan inspiration with vegetarian alternatives.

 

And there are plenty more recipes in our whole recipe section

Great Places to Eat

Cookery Schools

 Relaxed, fun, beginners cookery classes for adults at the Maymessy cookery school at Garlands Barn, near Wantage. The three weekly classes will be run approx 6 – 8pm on a week day (tbd) and you will make a delicious meal including main course and pudding and then sit down with fellow chefs and eat the dinner you’ve made. You can also BYO to drink with your dinner. Five places still available and you need ideally to commit to all three classes. 2019. £65 pp per class. Book with Anna on anna@maymessy.com 
 

Local Jobs & Career Opportunities in Catering

Local Food Personalities

• Interesting interview (from 23mins 45sec) with Laurent Lebeau chef/patron of The Red House in Marsh Benham and The Castle in Newbury who used to be Executive Chef of Chez Gerard 

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