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A Rocking new pub, new look for Berry Bros. & Rudd and more Hampshire food and drink news

PUBLISHED: 11:21 19 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:21 19 August 2014

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A first for BulthaupA first for Bulthaup

A first for bulthaup

In a first for bulthaup Winchester, TV chef Mark Jordan, Executive Chef of Michelin-starred Ocean Restaurant, The Atlantic Hotel and Mark Jordan at the Beach on the island of Jersey, live-streamed an hour-long cook-along using the showroom kitchen.

In a joint partnership between Great British Chefs and Jersey Royal potatoes, viewers had been encouraged to buy the ingredients for the recipe, pan-roasted fillet of salmon with marinated Jersey Royals and dill and crab salad, beforehand via Jersey Royals’ Facebook page. They were then able to cook the dish at home, helped by Mark, who is a regular on James Martin’s Saturday Kitchen.

Lesley Carr of bulthaup Winchester explains: “The kitchen in our showroom is a domestic kitchen and everything Mark used was an appliance you could have at home. It turned out to be the ideal kitchen for television work, with a big island unit and lots of natural light.”

Plans are already being made for Mark to return to the bulthaup Winchester kitchen for some further cook-alongs. For those interested in finding out how to cook the recipe, the hour-long session will be edited into a four minute video available via bulthaup’s website www.bulthaup-winchester.co.uk

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Celebrate Hampshire’s vineyards

Calling all wine lovers across the county, don’t miss the very first Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival set to take place amongst the beautiful vineyards of Jenkyn Place on the north Hampshire Downs on July 13, 12 - 4.30pm. Go along and taste a fantastic selection of our region’s finest wines from Cottonworth, Danebury Vineyards, Hattingley Valley, Hambledon Vineyard, Meonhill and Jenkyn Place. Don’t miss the chance to chat to the winemakers themselves about the processes behind English winemaking as well as sample a delicious array of local Hampshire produce. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked in advance on 02392 632358.

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Festivals of food

If you love nothing more than tasting the dazzling array of food and drink produce available in Hampshire, turn to page 26 to find out more about some great events. The Isle of Wight garlic festival and the New Forest Show will showcase some of the best produce in the county. And don’t forget you can vote for your food and drink heroes in the 2014 Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards. Details on p67.

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Hampshire in Westminster

Hampshire food and drink producers have been given the opportunity to showcase their products, from smoked trout to sparkling wine, at a ‘Hampshire in Westminster’ event held at the House of Commons.

Instigated by Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North with support from Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, and George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley, the trio have been working with county food group, Hampshire Fare, who organised the event.

This celebration of the county’s produce involved a selection of producers representing the breadth of Hampshire from Basingstoke to the New Forest.

Caroline commented: “This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase Hampshire. It is fantastic to be able to show off our local produce, some of which will be available for tasting and sampling, with the local producers on hand to best explain to decision-makers and opinion-formers just why Hampshire is so great.”

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True taste of Japan in Winchester

Specialising in Sushi and Sashimi, Kyoto Kitchen, on Winchester’s Parchment Street, has created the first Wasabi Roll in the world using locally sourced Wasabi leaves from The Wasabi Company’s nearby farm in Alresford, featured in the May issue of Hampshire Life.

Using ingredients uniquely grown in Hampshire from Europe’s first growers of Wasabi, chef Varadon Meethong has been able to create a sample menu that focuses on this most exceptional of Japanese ingredients including a Wasabi leaf salad with quails eggs and sesame oil and a mouth-watering poached lobster with wasabi and miso foam.

Miff Kayum, Director, Kyoto Kitchen and the Distinct Dining Group, comments: “Recommended and used by award winning sushi restaurants in London, natural fresh wasabi produces a much more refined taste than wasabi paste. Most wasabi sold in supermarkets contains only 5% actual wasabi and its likely most people in the UK won’t have ever tried the traditional Japanese taste. This makes it perfect for our Wasabi Roll.” Book a table now on 01962 890 895 to try it for yourself.

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A new look for Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros. & Rudd, Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, has recently re-opened the doors of its Warehouse Shop in Basingstoke following a complete redesign.

The space was originally a bottling hall before the area was converted to become the firm’s retail outlet in Basingstoke in 1995. Almost 20 years later, and as part of an on-going rebranding project, the space has been reworked.

The new Warehouse Shop will have a larger wine selection, with more than 100 wines and spirits in stock, all offered at up to 30% off. Not only will the range be broader, encompassing both the Old and New World, varying from just £5 to £40 a bottle; but there will be an increased number of fine wines. Customers buying six or twelve bottles will also receive an exclusive case discount. For the first time the shop will also have late night opening hours, until 8pm every Thursday.

Recently appointed Shop Manager and Hampshire Life wine expert Stephen George, says: “The new design will enable us to present a wider range and larger number of wines at myriad price points. A new look shop with fresh faces: it is an exciting time for us, and we hope for our customers too!”

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Rocking new pub

The Rockingham Arms in West Wellow reopened its doors recently and has proved an immediate hit with both locals and tourists following a complete renovation and the arrival of its new award-winning management team.

Situated on the edge of the New Forest, the pub has been carefully refurbished following a six week project to recapture the character and tradition of The Rockingham Arms as a true hub for its local community and a destination of choice for the millions of visitors to the New Forest every year.

Following in-depth consultation with locals, the pub’s long bar has been reinstated to ensure it retains the essence of a traditional pub, while a separate dining area gives customers the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal from the new seasonal menu.

Old fireplaces and wooden floorboards previously covered up have also been reinstated along with new stone flooring by the bar. The all new ‘Cabin Room’ situated at the back of the pub also gives guests the opportunity to dine away from the main restaurant or it can be used for private events, with the capacity to seat 40.

The Rockingham Arms is the eighth pub to be acquired, redeveloped and reopened by the Upham Pub Group, featured in our June issue.

We will be heading here to try it out for ourselves next month so watch this space to see what we thought!

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