Monthly Archives: September 2015

Our own Nasturtium flowers for garnishing desserts - Copy

Nature’s larder

Locally-sourced ingredients are vital when it comes to the freshest and tastiest produce, and very little, other than items you grow for yourself, is stocked closer to home than food from the wild. And if you watched the recent Hairy Bikers’ Northern Exposure TV programme on BBC 2, when they visited Finland, then you’ll probably […]

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Guest Lounge at Dunkery Beacon Country House, Exmoor, Somerset

Tinker, tailor, soldier…hotelier

Our hotel is thought to have been a hideaway for spies and we’re looking for information to help uncover its chequered past this month (September, 2015). The building is said to have been a safe house and training centre for 1960s and 1970s intelligence staff, so we’re keen to find out more. Colonel Purvis Smythe, […]

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Choc fondant with lavender ice cream

Snack on garden flowers…

During the Victorian times flowers were enjoyed by the British for their culinary and medicinal uses. In more modern days flowers are used in professional kitchens and even in cocktail bars for drinks such as Rosé Martinis. Many of you might remember edible flowers in the form of Parma violet sweets or nasturtiums used to […]

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Christmas at Dunkery Beacon - Copy

Escape from it all with Christmas on Exmoor

YOU can watch deer, star gaze, experience an à la carte Christmas meal and even sleep in a sleigh bed… We’ve recently officially launched our festive packages and if you’re looking for high end yet cosy then this is as close as you’ll get. We’re offering an über-relaxing, three-night, Christmas stay from £294 per person. […]

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Fig and almond tart

Fig tart recipe

Makes 10 portions in a 22cm Tart Ring Sweet pastry You will need: 125gms butter 90gm Caster sugar 1 egg 250gms Plain flour Beat the sugar and butter together in a food blender, add the egg and beat for 30 seconds. Add flour and blend until a paste/dough. Do not over mix or the pastry […]

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Jane and John Bradley (4) - Copy

Time for the perfect pick-me-up…

Its tea’s time…so pop the kettle on and have a read of this. The great British brew is experiencing a revival. Our visitors sup several thousand cups of tea a year here, it’s all part of their R&R when they escape to Exmoor for a break. It’s not just the nation’s favourite beverage, it’s also […]

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We’ve won a Taste of the West Gold Award

We’ve received a plethora of awards recently (summer, 2015) including a Taste of the West Gold Award for our restaurant. We won the accolade for our exceptional food and drink. It’s a wonderful endorsement of all we’ve achieved here since taking over in 2012 and launching our Coleridge Restaurant, which is open to residents and […]

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