Category Archives: Blog

A taste of the Orient

Many oriental vegetables are being brought to the west and are becoming more and more popular, says John, who is not only Head Chef, but also looks after the hotel’s kitchen garden. This is partly because they are easy to grow and also because they are very tasty. These leafy plants are very similar to […]

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We’re backing second Dark Skies Festival

We’re backing Exmoor’s second Dark Skies Festival from October 20 until November 4 (2018) with a Pie at Night Stargazing evening on November 1. During the event expert astronomer, Seb Jay will be on hand with his telescopes to guide guests through the night sky. Those who don’t have a telescope can have one-to-one sessions […]

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Take a foodie foray into Exmoor

Exmoor is not often described as foodie heaven, but it is somewhere away from the hungry hoards that’s ripe for exploring. Holidaymakers flock to Devon and Cornwall and express their delight at the fresh fish, the dairy products and the rare breed meats they can find there, but here in Somerset there are lots of […]

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Easy herbs and how to grow them

If you have ever wondered what a herb actually is, then here is a beginners’ guide to herbs created by our chef patron and head gardener, John. What is a herb? A herb is any plant used for flavouring food, in medicine or to make perfume. How do I use herbs? Use the leafy green […]

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How to create a party on your patio

Our patio is an invaluable additional outdoor space that is in constant use when the weather is fine. If you’re looking to do some outdoor entertaining this summer, here Jane offers her tips on creating the perfect patio for a party: • Be sure to choose furniture that suits your outdoor space. Think about the […]

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Don’t let those butterflies flutterby

To coincide with this year’s Big Butterfly Count from July 20 we’re growing nectar rich plants like lavender that support butterflies in our garden. Butterflies are fans of simple, open blooms and these can include bedding plants, perennials, flowering shrubs and bulbs, so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re planning some butterfly-friendly planting schemes […]

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