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Tents, trees & treats

Roundhill Campsite

Tents, trees & treats Ever since I was young, I’ve loved camping, and it’s always been in the New Forest. My family didn’t have a lot of money when I was younger – so hopping on the train with our tents on our backs was the perfect little holiday. Last week I decided I’d spent…

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The Importance of Photography to Small Business Owners

Why is having professional photography a make or break to small business owners? There’s a bunch of reasons why investing time – and sometimes a little bit of money into killer #photos is extremely beneficial to any business… especially small ones! The chances are that if you’re a small #business, you’re in one of two…

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Ruby goes to The Bell Inn, New Forest Wedding Venue

Ruby outside the Bell Inn in the New Forest

Ruby was invited to The Bell Inn to View the 18th Century Coaching Inn and discuss Future Event Collaborations. Ruby got dressed up for the occasion and wore her Wedding Ribbons and Bows.       Food of Love Our Head Chef and team have created a unique offering that concentrates on sourcing the best…

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Bourne Awesome

Veggies, Spice and Everything Nice

VEGGIES, SPICE & EVERTHING NICE   Something exciting has opened in Bournemouth square this week… Something you may walk past whilst on a shopping trip or on your way to work. The independent, local ‘wellness’ business Bourne Awesome and their friends at The Urban Guild (independent hospitality group) have teamed up to bring an amazing…

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Clifton Chilli Club review the “Antidote”

The Antidote from Dorset Chilli Shop

International Success

Back in May, Dorset Chilli Shop’s Antidote won a silver medal in the New York City Hot Sauce Expo. International recognition for an outstanding sauce created by a husband and wife team from Bournemouth. A huge and absolutely deserved reward for their efforts and creativity.

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Nativ Nigerian Restaurant

About 5 years ago, I visited Africa. The first part of the trip was to climb Kilimanjaro and that was followed by a safari in the Serengeti. Due to the type of trip this was, food was not really a priority for anything other than keeping me fuelled. Having geared myself up for the trek and imagined all the animals I’d hoped I would see, oddly for me, food didn’t factor into the equation quite as much as it usually would when I travel.

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The Nonsense of Raw Chocolate

Cacao Products - The Nonsense of Raw Chocolate

The Myth As Dorset’s only bean-to-bar, craft chocolatemaker we sell our chocolate online and at fairs. Bean-to-bar means that we make chocolate from the actual, unroasted cacao bean as opposed to buying industrial couverture for re-melting or reconstituting ingredients like cacao powder, cacao butter, etc to create a chocolate. People often ask us if we…

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The Butchers Dog in Wimborne

The Butchers Dog Logo

All over Dorset, bars, micro-pubs and ale houses are providing new options for discovering great beers, ales, lagers and more. There’s something of a revolution taking place right now and one of the most exciting places for those who like to try a new pint is Wimborne.

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More Than Just a Shop – Part Two

Cafe Area

Much More Than A Village Store When I started talking to Karen I didn’t envisage a blog post about a village store could evolve into a two-parter. The thing about this particular store is that there is so much more to it than you’d expect in modern society. This is to a large degree, driven…

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More Than Just a Shop

Fruit and Veg

More Than Just a Shop In the past, few services were more valuable to a rural community than a village store. In recent years many such establishments have been taken over by national chains such as Happy Shopper, One Stop and Londis and with that, we’ve witnessed the disintegration of the personal touch. These stores…

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