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Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards - winners announced

Overall winners from each category were revealed at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 26 November at The Elvetham Hotel - #HLFDA

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Manufacturers and merchants of salt for over 100 years – Maldon Salt

For thousands of years on the marshland surrounding the Red Hills of Essex, along the shores of the Blackwater Estuary, sea water has been collected and dried to produce distinctive white crunchy sea salt crystals.

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The Haven

The Haven

The Haven is a privately owned family run business which since it’s refurbishment and re-opening in April 2014 is now in partnership with one of Britain’s best known broadcasters Chris Evans...

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2014 Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards

2014 sees the return of the Hampshire Life Food & Drink awards for the 9th year and it is to be the biggest yet. Taking place at The Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney on Wednesday, November 26, 6:30pm – midnight, the 2014 awards welcome more categories and provide a chance for more people to celebrate the successes with us.

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Chef profiles

Stuart Turner. Photo by Paul Strawson Photography

Hampshire students awarded place in the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy

Students Magdalena Ordak and Megan Curtis from Southampton City College and Stuart Turner from Southdowns College in Waterlooville join 12 aspiring junior chefs from across the country who have been awarded their place in the Exclusive Chefs’ Academy, a two-year training programme from Exclusive Hotels and Venues which has launched after a three month search and selection process.

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James Durrant on working with Gordon Ramsey, winning Great British Menu and his gastro pub in Longparish

James Durrant may have trained under Gordon Ramsey and won the BBC’s Great British Menu but it is by the dishes he cooks every day at his gastro pub in Longparish that this ambitious and exacting chef patron expects to be judged

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Discover Food & Drink

The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn

A ‘hidden gem’ on the edge of the historic salt marshes, The Chequers Inn is a picturesque 16th century pub and restaurant offering a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike.

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Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro 1

Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro

Gusto Lounge Bar & Bistro is at the heart of Southampton’s cultural centre and the gateway to the City...

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The Ship Inn Lymington

The Ship Inn Lymington

The Ship Inn is a traditional village pub & restaurant in Lymington serving tasty, freshly cooked food and top-drawer drinks, with a log-fire when it’s chilly and a great beer garden for the warmer weather.

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Captains Place Hotel Bar & Restaurant

Captains Place Hotel Bar & Restaurant

Captains Place Bar & Restaurant offers stylish comfortable surroundings with special care taken to achieve the correct ambience.

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T 'n' T Wines Ltd t/a Grape Expectations

T ‘n’ T Wines Ltd t/a Grape Expectations

We are an independent, family run wine merchants specialising in wines that are full of character and flavour and are generally not available on the high street.

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Food & Drink Offers

Enjoy savings on pizza and pasta at Gusto Lounge

Food and drink offers at Gusto Lounge

Enjoy offers on pizza and pasta dishes and cocktails at Gusto Lounge, Southampton

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Enjoy a festive treat at The Tea Cosy

The Tea Cosy winter offer

Chase away the winter chills and come and enjoy a warm drink by the fire with a lovely homemade cake at The Tea Cosy, Hurstbourne Tarrant

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Grape Expectations Wine School

Grape Expectations Wine School

Do you know a Merlot from a Malbec or a Chablis from a Chardonnay and which food best suits them? The Grape Expectations Wine School offers you the opportunity to find out in a relaxed, ‘dinner party’ style.

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Restaurants

Indian kebabs on barbecue

Best places for food on the go in Hampshire

As much as we’d all love to dine out every night of the week, there isn’t always the time, so this month we’ve compiled our favourite local places that offer great food for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home

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Best places for international cuisine in Hampshire

Taste authentic fare from a huge range of nations without ever stepping foot on a plane…Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the best

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Eating out in Hampshire - best restaurants

Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Hampshire really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

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Grange Park © Robert Workman

Hampshire Life editor Elizabeth Barnett shares her night at the Opera in Alresford

For the last countless number of years I have been saying that I must go to Grange Park Opera; and at last I have finally managed it! I had such an amazing time that I had to share my experience with you.

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Raymond says that he is never happier than when he's near a kitchen

Raymond Blanc on his recipe for success, the culinary ethos of Hampshire and his Winchester restaurant

Raymond Blanc tells Liz Kavanagh about his culinary beginnings, and why he loves Winchester so much

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Drink

Christmas drinks

7 drinks to enjoy on Christmas Day

Everyone loves a Christmas tipple, after all there are few other times of the year where it is acceptable to open a bottle early in the morning.

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Josh Foster with Emma Rice. Photo by The Electric Eye

Emma Rice of Hattingley Valley Wine on taking on the big names… and winning

Who would have thought it? Just a few decades ago the English wine industry was, to put it unkindly, a bit of a joke. I remember glugging a couple of bottles of white with a bouquet of farmyard; perhaps an acquired taste.

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Hattingley Valley

Best vineyards in Hampshire

English wine is flourishing. Whether sparkling or still, our Hampshire vineyards are producing award-winning bottles

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Recipes

Autumn raspberry bakewell - © susieskitchen.com

Raspberry Bakewell recipe

Warm up this winter with this Raspberry Bakewell recipe. Also included - where to find the ingredients in Hampshire

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Rabbit with Bacon and Mustard Sauce dish recipe

Sample local flavours at their best by serving up this Rabbit with Bacon and Mustard Sauce dish

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Merguez and mozzarella flatbread © Susie Carter

Merguez and mozzarella flatbread recipe

You’ll never buy another supermarket pizza again with this easy recipe

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Local producers

Artisan food and gifts on offer at the Riverside Lifestyle shop

The ‘shelves’ of the Riverside Lifestyle shop have been filled with things that are creative, original and indulgent! That includes an artisan range of food products made using homegrown Hampshire lavender and olive oil from olive groves in Spain.

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Sue Jenman, David Bishop, Lawrie Jenman, Graham Jenman, Christina Veal and Niki Jenman

Behind the scenes at New Forest Ice Cream

Following a multi-million pound move to a new factory in Lymington, we sent Claire Pitcher behind the scenes at New Forest Ice Cream to meet the family from which this successful Hampshire treasure stems

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Pic: RachelAdams/BNPS

 - The Wasabi Company hosts guests from France and Japan at their secret farm near Winchester, Dorset

Viv Micklefield visits Europe’s first wasabi farm

Hampshire’s long been at the centre of the British watercress industry and now, thanks to some local ingenuity and the miracle grow spring waters flowing through our countryside, another green revolution is underway. Viv Micklefield digs deeper on a visit to Europe’s first wasabi farm

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