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10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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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 130 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 Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is a New Forest institution.

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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

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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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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Restaurants

New pub in Odiham - The George

This Christmas, Odiham village are enjoying the gift of a new pub, The George by Bel & The Dragon group. The Country Inn will bring great British food, an extensive selection of fine wine, and comfortable style to this gorgeous part of Hampshire in a Grade-II listed building that retains many of its original features.

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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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Drink

M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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Nik Fordham is the Master Distiller at Laverstoke Mill

Hampshire gin makers - putting the British favourite back on the map

Tucked away in the heart of the Hampshire countryside in an idyllic spot on the River Test, a veritable gin Goliath has made its home on our doorstep; throwing itself open to the public for the first time.

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Pink Lady & Champagne Cocktail recipe

Serves 1 in a champagne flute - as seen in our November issue

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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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Recipes

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Christmas Cake Baked Alaska recipe

There’s something magical about baked Alaska; seeing the snowy mounds come out of the oven, then discovering the frozen ice cream within. The trick is to pre-scoop the ice cream, then re-freeze the balls so that they’re very cold and hard before you start. You can also make this post-Christmas with leftover Christmas pudding, if there is such a thing in your house.

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Photo by Maja Smend

Recipe - Apple and Mincemeat Tarts

Serving 12, try out this delicious festive recipe this Christmas

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Mushroom and blue cheese lasagne - © www.susieskitchen.com

Mushroom and blue cheese lasagne recipe

This mushroom and blue cheese lasagne takes half the time but tastes just as good

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Pink Lady & Champagne Cocktail recipe

Serves 1 in a champagne flute - as seen in our November issue

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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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Local producers

Alex Bridger and her husband Simon on their farm near Petersfield

Getting the turkeys ready for Christmas at Ashford Farm near Petersfield

While most of us are still shopping for sprouts and last minute presents Alex Bridger of Ashford Farm near Petersfield is getting 1,000 turkeys ready for the big day. She tells Fran Benson what it’s like being a farmer’s wife at Christmas

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M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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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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