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Bridport Local Food Group 2019

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Happy New Year from the Bridport Local Food Group! Thank you for your support in 2018. We are looking forward to another successful year promoting our fabulous food and drink industry.

If you would like to join the Bridport Local Food Group committee and get involved with the planning of this year’s Bridport Food Festival, please do come along to the first meeting this year to be held at 3pm on Tuesday 15 January at Mountfield (meetings are held every month on the third Tuesday at the same time and place). If you prefer not to join the committee but would like to help during the event we would love to hear from you, please email admin@bridportfoodfestival.co.uk

Bridport Local Food Group Front of House Awards 2018

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Over 650 nominations were received from customers of the Town’s hospitality and food & drink outlets praising individuals who had given them great service.   The list of those people nominated can be viewed here:  NOMINATIONS FOR FRONT OF HOUSE 2018   All of those that have been nominated should be feeling very proud.

The Front of House Awards, organised by the Bridport Local Food Group, were kindly sponsored by award winning artisan ice cream makers Baboo Gelato.  The winners were announced and their prizes presented by Sam Hanbury of Baboo Gelato, as part of the Bridport Local Food Group’s Annual Celebration and AGM held in Bridport’s Town Hall on Tuesday 13th November

The winners were as follows:

RESTAURANT CATEGORY

Winner: Silvere Autier –  The Bull Hotel, Bridport

“Silvere is very friendly and extremely professional, instilling these high standards throughout his hard working team” 

Runner up:  Andrea Filipiova, Beach & Barnicott, Bridport

“Lively, attentive, friendly, promotes the business well and is always smiling!” 

Team Award:  The Bull Hotel, Bridport

CAFE CATEGORY

Winner: Wendy Dennett, Annies Tearooms, Morcamblake

“Excellent service, happy to give time to talk and most certainly this place has the X-Factor”

Runners up: 

Mike Reid, The Green Yard Cafe, Bridport

“Friendly, efficient, empathic, , fun , well presented, remembers customers names and what their usual order are”

And

Claire Harvey, Moore than Tea, Bridport

“Claire is efficient, quick and unfailingly cheerful and polite.  A lesson to all working in the hospitality industry!”

Team Award: The Green Yard Cafe

PUB & BAR CATEGORY

Winner – Lucy Davies, Ropemakers

Team Award: RopeMakers, Bridport

TAKE AWAY CATEGORY

Winner –  Alisdair & Fran, Spice and Rice

“they are always cheerful, friendly, efficient, welcoming and take time with people ..”

Team Award: Longs Fish and Chips

 

SHOP CATEGORY

Winner –  Lydia Wilson, Waste Not Want Not

‘Lydia always goes the extra mile to ensure her customers are given the highest level of customer service”

Team Award:  Guiseppe & Suzanne Bosi,  Gelateria Beppino

 

 

Invite to Bridport Local Food Group AGM and celebration of local food

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Tuesday 13th November 2018 in the Town Hall Bridport

We, the committee of volunteers who organise the annual Bridport Food Festival, invite individuals and businesses interested in local food to attend our Annual General Meeting and celebration of local food.

The event will highlight achievements over the last year and be an opportunity to thank sponsors and supporters of this year’s Food Festival. We also welcome those who would like to find out about either joining the Food Group or possibly sponsoring next year’s festival, which runs from Sunday 9th-15th June

The winners of the Bridport Local Food Group Front of House Awards kindly sponsored by Baboo Gelato will also be awarded.  The aim of the award is to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who work locally within the food and drink industry.   If you have been impressed with the level of service you have received whilst dining out, having a drink or shopping in one of the food outlets in the area please do let us know.  Nominations can be done online here  or you can pick up nomination forms from local venues or from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre.  The categories are restaurants, pubs/bars, cafes, food to go and food and drink retail.   The winner of each category receives £50 and a plaque to display in their premises.

If you are interested in attending the AGM please contact the Chairman,  Kathy Dare  on 07866 423581 or email Kathy.dare@kayenne.co.uk

 

 

Front of House Awards 2018

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We are pleased to announce that it is again time for the community to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who work locally within the food and drink industry whether it be serving in a shop, take-away, café, bar or restaurant.

“As an industry, it’s not just important that you give good service, but it is essential if you want to retain customers.”   Said Kathy Dare, Chairman, Bridport Local Food Group. “Recognising and rewarding individuals who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the products they serve and make the customer feel welcomed on a regular basis is exactly why this award is given.   So, if you have received excellent service from any of the food and drink establishments in and around Bridport, please do nominate the individual for the Bridport Front of House Awards 2018 kindly sponsored by Baboo Gelato”.

Nominations cards are available from the Bridport TIC as well as from local food and drink venues.   A collection box for completed cards is held at the TIC.   Nominations can also be made here  The closing time for nominations is midnight on 31st October.

The winners will be the person who receives the most votes in each of the following categories:

Restaurant
Public House
Cafe
Take-Away
Food or Drink Retail

They will each receive a cash prize of £50 and a plaque for their premises.  A team award will also be given to the establishment that receives the most staff nominations within their category.   The Awards will be presented at the Bridport Local Food Group’s AGM to be held at the Bridport Town Hall on Wednesday 13th November 6.00pm for a 6.30 start.

 

Front of House Awards 2018

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Baboo Gelato BRIDPORT LOCAL FOOD GROUP FRONT OF HOUSE AWARDS 2018 Sponsored by Baboo Gelato www.baboogelato.com

Have you received excellent service from one of our many food and drink establishments?  Please nominate the individual for the Bridport Front of House Awards 2018.

The aim of the award is to show recognition and appreciation to individuals who work locally within the food and drink industry whether it be serving in a shop, in a food-to-go outlet or hospitality.  The winner will be the person who receives the most votes in each of the following categories:

  • Restaurant
  • Public House
  • Cafe
  • Take-Away
  • Food or Drink Retail

Each winner will receive a cash prize of £50 and a certificate for their premises.  The premises with the most votes will also receive a team award. The awards will be presented at the Bridport Local Food Group AGM being held at the Bridport Town Hall on Tuesday 13th November

Voting is open now and will close at midnight on 31st October 2018.

Voting Form

 

Bridport Food Festival Taste Trail 2018

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The Bridport Food Festival Taste Trail will be running throughout June.   To make easier there will be no requirement to buy vouchers to exchange for dishes.   Please see below the list of participating venues and their Food Festival menus and special offers.

Aroma Café 31 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX  01308 538338

Monday to Saturday 9.30 am – 3.30pm

Special Bridport Food Festival offer:

Smoked mackerel pate with toast

or

Chickpea & walnut salad platter

£4.95 each (usual price £7.95)

R J Balson & Son Family Butchers, 9 West Allington, Bridport DT6 5BJ  01308 422638

Open: Monday 7.30 – 1pm, Tuesday – Friday 7.30 – 4 pm & Saturday 7.30 –  3pm

The UK’s oldest family butcher will be selling The Old English Tudor Rose sausage,  a recipe that has been passed down the generations and is made with the finest pork blended with secret herbs and spices!  £3.86 lb

Beach & Barnicott, 6 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NQ  01308 807002

Available everyday for dinner Wednesday-Saturday dinner 6 -9 pm

West Bay mackerel fillets baked in Bridport’s Dorset Nectar Cider with blackberry crushed new potatoes and tender stem broccoli. £12.50

Triple cooked Loveless belly pork with apple mash and carrot puree. £12.50

A selection of Baboo Gelato Sorbets £6

Our local cheese board £7.95

Café Bean, 41 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY  01308 422115

Open Monday – Saturday  9am – 4pm

Homemade Dorset Apple Cake warm with clotted cream, served with a pot of Dorset tea £3.95

Enjoy one of our great paninis and get a Palmer’s Ginger Beer or a Palmer’s Lemonade for just £1.00

Maydown Farm (Burton Bradstock) classic sausage bap served with their homemade black pudding £4.00

Cafe Bean Fudge Hot Chocolate covered in cream £2.50

Dark Bear, 31 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX  01308 538338

Bridport’s new Cocktail Bar open every Wednesday – Saturday 6pm to late,

‘Best of Bridport’ Cocktails

Throughout June,  using ingredients from within 30 miles of Bridport, Lloyd Brown and David Smith will be creating cocktails inspired by legendary local businesses… for example how about a Balson’s  (below) or a Snook’s?

The Green Yard Café,  4-6 Barrack Street, Bridport DT6 3LY  01308 459466

Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 4pm for breakfast, lunch & tea

Homemade Soup of the Day with bread and a cup of tea £4

or

Smoked Haddock Chowder with bread and a cup of tea £6.75

The George, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NQ  01308 423187

Offer for Food Festival available 12 noon – 2pm Monday to Friday from Monday 4th – Friday 29th June

Burger Sliders – Dorset Lamb and Tziziki or Beef and Dorset Red Cheddar

2 for £5 (eat in only)

Market House, 17 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QN  01308 459669 

Every Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm

Sunday Carvery

Choice of 3 roast meats (beef, pork & turkey) served with Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, roast potatoes and a selection of seasonal vegetables. Also nut roast available and vegetable gravy.

£12.50 adult  £5.95 child

Moore Than Tea, 21 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QN 01308 423072

Bridport Food Festival Specials:

As a local, independent business, Moore Than Tea prides itself in using as much locally sourced ingredients in its menu as possible. Sarah’s Dad, for example, supplies the shop with his free range chicken and duck eggs and homegrown produce (Which is why the egg sandwiches, frittatas and quiches are so yellow!!), even the cheese is made by her brother Andrew.

The Picnic Feast…..(All day – Monday to Friday)

Choose from our tempting range of a freshly prepared Sandwiches; a packet of Crisps; a can of cold drink and a choice of a Traybake Treat for only £5.50 (Take Away)…….

Sunshine Delight Special….(All day – Monday to Friday)

Why not try Sarah’s Minted Couscous and Feta Salad or her Dad’s Homegrown New Potato and Spring Onion Salad (or whichever salad takes your fancy), a choice of a side order (Quiche, Frittata or Pizza) and a carton of drink for only £5.50 (Take Away)

Helen’s Homemade Hit….(All day – Wednesdays only)

A slice of Helen’s Homegrown Beetroot Pie complemented by a generous serving of scrumptious salad for only £6.50 (Eat In)

Moore Than.. Afternoon Cream Tea! …(Thursday & Friday – till 4pm)

Totally indulge yourself. Delicious Homemade Scone, fruit or plain; served with a dollop of strawberry jam and local West Country Clotted Cream; a refreshing cup of Clipper Tea or an Americano coffee and a freshly prepared sandwich of your choice for only £7.50 (Eat In)

Pickled Ginger, 53 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX  01308 456618

Every Tuesday lunchtime

2 course lunch £14

Main:

Fish & chips with minted pea puree

Mac and cheese served with garlic ciabatta bread and salad

Smoked ham, egg and chips

Roasted Mediterranean vegetable and goat’s cheese risotto

3 egg omelette (choice of chorizo ham, smoked chicken, cheese, Mediterranean vegetables)

Sweets:

Warm chocolate & almond brownie with salted caramel ice cream

Citrus meringue roulade

Sticky toffee pudding

Chef’s crumble

The Sawmill Café, Mapperton House & Gardens, Beaminster DT8 3NR  01308 863348

Sunday – Thursday  12 noon – 3pm

  1. Local cheese ploughmans – Coastal chedder, Dorset Blue Vinney and Somerset Brie, served with salad garnish, Dorset Real Ale Chutney, pickle, pickled onion and an Evershot Bakery roll.
  2. Local meat ploughmans – Dorset ham, Dorset salami and Dorset chorizo, served with salad garnish, Dorset Real Ale Chutney, pickle, pickled onion and an Evershot Bakery Roll.
  3. Create your own ploughmans – choose 3 of the following: Coastal cheddar, Dorset Blue Vinney, Somerset Brie, Dorset ham, Dorset salami, Dorset chorizo, served with salad garnish, Dorset Real Ale Chutney, pickle, pickled onion and an Evershot Bakery Roll.

Price £11.95

Symondsbury Kitchen, Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondsbury, DT6 6HQ  01308 538309

Special Offer from our new Summer Menu – Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)

BREAKFAST

Mushroom Florentine – Herb baked mushroom, spinach, a poached egg & hollandaise on toasted rye bread

£7.50

LUNCH

Char-Grilled Chicken Salad – With avocado, fennel, marinated red onions, fresh garden leaves, toasted seeds & yoghurt pesto

£7.50

West Bay Tea Room, Maritime House, West Bay DT6 4GB 01308 455697

Mini cream tea – Pot of tea for one, one scone, jam and clotted cream  £4

Dorset apple cake and ice cream £3.50

Homity Pie, side salad and chutney  £4.25

All of above available as gluten free

White Lion, 1 West Allington, Bridport DT6 5BJ   01308 425165

Weekdays 12 noon – 5pm

Veggie:

Small plate taster plate: Mac cheese fritter, truffle mayo, Franks cauliflower, Franks sauce, root vegetable roasties, cranberry dips and nacho stack

Meat and fish

Small plate taster plate: Pulled pork, croquette, ranch sauce, popcorn chix, aioli, cod and chorizo fritter, salsa and nacho stack

Price:  £10

 

Cooking with Harmony

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Last week the new Bridport Community Cooking Kit was used for the first time with the Harmony Drop In group at the Youth Centre.  Chef Dom Brown from BearKat worked with Harmony’s members to cook up a delicious shared lunch of Macaroni Cheese with roast veg, fresh pesto and salad.  Caroline Gamble, Facilitator with Harmony, said ‘Everybody was delighted with Dom’s inspiring session – we’re going to cook pasta with pesto together again this week and are looking at booking a monthly slot with Dom and the Community Cooking Kit’.
Harmony supports mental health & wellbeing and meets for drop in sessions from 10am-2pm upstairs at the Youth Centre on Gundry Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  They can be contacted on 07597 379390 or by email harmonydropin@outlook.com
The Bridport Food Group Community Cooking Kit is a mobile resource available for free use by   community groups and schools in the area.  Contact coordinator Ines Cavill from the Local Food Group on 07967 106047 or inescavill@googlemail.com

Annual General Meeting and Front of House Awards 2017

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The Bridport Local Food Group welcomed an attendance of nearly 100 people to their Annual General Meeting held at the Bridport Town Hall.  During the evening the guests were given a summary of the year’s activities  that had been undertaken by the volunteers who make up the Bridport Local Food Group by Chairman, Jay Anderson, along with a summary of the Accounts by Treasurer, Peter Garlick.   Activities during the year included:  the Bridport Best Breakfast, the Bridport Food Festival, the production of the Bridport and surrounding area food and drink guide, the launch of the Bridport Community Cooking Kit and the annual Front of House awards.    During the AGM the steering group members were elected.  After two years as Chairman, Jay Anderson, stepped down and the new Chairman voted in was Kathy Dare, who had previously undertaken the role of Vice Chairman.

The highlight of the evening was the awarding of the 2017 Front of House Awards, kindly sponsorerd by Baboo Gelato.  Compererd by Bill Davis, the prizes were given out by Sam Hanbury, Managing Director of Baboo Gelato.    “Over 500 nominations from 39 different establishments around the town were received from the general public.  Praise indeed for the standard of service that had been given during  visits to our local food and drink establishments” said Kathy Dare, Chairman, Bridport Local Food Group.  “Everyone nominated and the business they represent should be very proud.”

For a complete list of nominees and establishments  front of house nominations 2017

Winners Front of house awards 2017

Café

Winner:  Mike Reid, The Greenhouse Cafe

Runner up: Claire Harvey, Moore than Tea

Team Award:  Citrus Grove Cafe

Take Away

Winner: Sue Rattenbury, Longs Fish and Chips

Runner up: Charlotte King, Refresh

Team Award: Longs Fish & Chips, Bridport

 

Winner:  Heather Smith, Pickled Ginger, Bridport

Team Award: Beach & Barnicott, Bridport

Public House

Winner: Geraldine Le Moing, The George, Bridport

Runner up: Simone Freeman, New Inn, Shipton Gorge

Team Award: Ropemakers, Bridport

Food & Drink Retail

Winner:  Angie Dedman, Fruit n Two Veg, Beaminster

Team:  Framptons Butchers, Bridport

2018 Food and Drink Guide

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The “2018 Guide to Food & Drink in and around Bridport” has just been published and is available to pick up for free from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre, food and drink outlets, holiday parks, etc.  It can also be viewed here:

View the 2018 Bridport & surrounding area Food and Drink Guide in the ‘Flipping Book’ format. (Opens in a new window).

We are fortunate to live in an area that has some of the finest food and drink in Dorset.  This colourful booklet is packed with information on where to buy and enjoy the best food and drink in the area.  Be sure to get your hands on a copy of this excellent free guide, produced by the Bridport Local Food Group.

Launch of Bridport Community Cooking Kit

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We are very pleased to say that the launch of the Bridport Community Cooking Kit went very well on Saturday, and most importantly was very well received by those that came to see what we had on offer.  Despite the weather forecast of rain and gales we, unlike most of the Town’s market traders, decided that we would still go ahead with the launch and set up our stands in front of the Bridport Tourist Information Centre.  Alongside the display of the new Bridport Community Cooking Kit we had some amazing squashes from Monkton Wyld Court and delicious squash soup made by Dom Brown from BearKat.

Thank you to everyone that supported us and popped by to say ‘Hello’ and find out more.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Bridport Community Cooking Kit and how you can borrow it, please contact Ines on 07967 106047 or email festival@bridportfoodfestival.co.uk   The equipment will also be available to view at the Bridport Local Food Group Annual General Meeting in the Town Hall on Wednesday 15 November at 6 for 6.15 pm.  Everyone welcome.