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Ham hock with boiled egg and pickles

Eating Out: Brassica, Beaminster

Brassica Restaurant
4 The Square, Beaminster
Wednesday-Saturday lunch, fixed menu: two courses: £13.50 three courses: £16.50
Also open in the evenings, Tuesday — Saturday

I first visited the building that currently houses Brassica many years ago when it was a free house that had the rare distinction of serving food on Sunday evenings. The beer was good; the kebab was a cheap disaster. Eventually The Wild Garlic arrived; my sole dining experience was a more expensive disappointment.

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Splitting the Issue: Scones or Buns for Cream Teas?

Splitting the Issue: Scones or Buns, for Cream Teas?

In Cornwall, a cream tea was traditionally served with Cornish splits rather than scones. Cornish splits are little yeast-leavened bread rolls, they are split when still warm and first buttered, then spread with jam before topping it with a generous dollop of clotted cream. Sometimes treacle (Golden Syrup) would be used instead of jam; this combination goes by the name of “thunder and lightning” and although I’m not a big fan of treacle straight from the tin, it tasted — and the name sounded — rather good!

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Just My Cup of Coffee

Just my cup of coffee

There’s been a boom in cafes offering real coffee across West Dorset. Elisabeth Dunn ventured forth on a coffee adventure to discover why a temperature probe is better than a spoonful of sugar in making the perfect cup.

About a million things can go wrong in the process of turning a coffee bean into a flat white, or even a simple pour-over filter, but happily there are increasing numbers of serious coffee practitioners in Yarn country – almost enough to rival Clerkenwell – dedicated to minimising the risk of a cup of rubbish.

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