Monthly Archives: June 2016

Christmas 2015 at Dunkery Beacon Country House

A country break on Exmoor for Christmas

You can take a country hotel break with a festive twist here with us this year. We are officially launching our festive packages this week, which include the opportunity to watch deer, star gaze and experience an à la carte Christmas meal. The package includes a traditional break with all the trimmings in the heart […]

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More barbecuing advice

Here are John’s top 10 hints for safe barbecuing this summer: Always make sure your hands are clean before prepping food, after touching raw meat and before eating. Always ensure that frozen meat is completely defrosted before barbecuing so it cooks evenly. It’s extremely important to keep raw and cooked meats separate and keep uncooked […]

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Strawberries

Strawberry fields forever!

It’s that time of year again when Wimbledon is in full swing and British strawberries are perfect for eating. We’re using them here in the restaurant and we thought you’d appreciate some strawberry facts to help celebrate the season: The word strawberry is from the Old English ‘streowberie’ or ‘streawbelige’ Just eight strawberries have more […]

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Time for some salad tips

It’s still not too late to get some plants potted up or to sow salad direct into a window box, growbag or similar container and to grow your own says our gardening gourmet, John. Go for leaves Salad leaves are a good starting place as they are quick to germinate and grow and take up […]

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Hestercombe

Gardening leave

With the recent sell-out success of Chelsea Flower Show and national plans to mark the famous garden designer Capability Brown’s 300th birthday celebrations, now has never been a better time to visit some of the gardens near us. But did you know that Exmoor and the surrounding area not only has some fascinating gardens to […]

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A taste for the exotic

Our gardening gourmet John loves his exotic fruits such as citrus, grapevines, figs, olives and melons. Here are his top tips on how to grow them in the UK: Citrus Oranges and lemons love the sunshine and prefer to be grown in a conservatory or heated greenhouse, but in the summer you can move them […]

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Red Deer

10 things you might not know about Exmoor

We’ve got some pretty special deer…Exmoor has the largest concentration of red deer in England and the best way to see them is to take a wildlife safari. Descended from the oldest population in Britain, they are the largest indigenous wild animals left in the British Isles. The red deer Stag is known as the […]

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