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Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards - our finalists announced

The finalists in each category have been chosen. The overall winner of each category will be revealed at the awards ceremony on 26th November.

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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

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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The White Buck

The White Buck

Proud to serve fresh, locally sourced Hampshire produce, The White Buck offers one of the finest menus in the New Forest. From gourmet sandwiches to sumptuous steaks, everything is home-cooked by our team of talented chefs...

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The Tea Cosy 2

The Tea Cosy

The Tea Cosy is a family run business set in the picturesque village of Hurstbourne Tarrant.

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La Margherita

La Margherita

La Margherita Italian Restaurant & bar situated in Town Quay offers spectacular view’s of the Southampton’s waterfront.

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Food & Drink Offers

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

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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The indoor pool at the spa

Spa review: Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort

If you’re looking for a pre-Christmas treat that isn’t going to add to the already increasing credit card bill, then book yourself in for a spa day at this lovely New Forest hotel.

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Hampshire pubs and restaurants raise money for charity this Christmas

StreetSmart 2013 - Hampshire pubs and restaurants raise money for charity this Christmas

Here at Hampshire Life we are delighted to be backing the StreetSmart Campaign for the second consecutive year.

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Drink

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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Getting a taste of local ale at Upham Brewery

Looking for the latest local ale? Claire Pitcher discovers the brewing success behind Bishop’s Waltham’s Upham Brewery

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Recipes

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

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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 - 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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