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Cosy chairs to lounge on. Check. A glass of your preferred tipple. Check. A roaring fire. Check. What can be better than a visit to Somerset’s most charming pubs this winter?

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Pots of tea, delicate finger sandwiches and scrumptious cakes are part and parcel of a great afternoon tea. We pick 6 of Somerset’s most delightful spots to enjoy a festive twist on the quintessential British treat

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Cornwall’s oldest bakery is embracing the countdown to Christmas this year with the launch of festive Cornish pasties

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Mary Berry’s classic fruit cake is perfect for Christmas, birthdays and really any occasion accompanied with a cup of tea

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For a leisurely, stress-free Christmas day lunch, why not visit one of these delightful Somerset eateries for a delicious festive dinner?

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The annual Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards took place at the Somerset County Cricket Club on Thursday October 19. Excited guests gathered to celebrate the region’s food and drink industry in one of the biggest events in the Somerset calendar...and here we announce the worthy winners

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Somerset is home to some of the most celebrated chefs in the country. This award aims to recognise those who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus using local produce wherever possible

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This award recognises local producers whose passion for Somerset produce is at the heart of their business. It’s open to all producers who demonstrate a real passion for our county’s food and drink

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Nothing makes a business stand out more than excellent customer service, no matter the size of the company. It could be a maitre d’, a hotelier or the person serving behind the cheese counter at the deli. If he or she always greets you with a smile and knows exactly what you want before you do, then these were the businesses we were looking for

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Judges of this category were looking for a restaurant, café or pub which really meets the needs of family dining, by demonstrating attention to the requirements across the generations of diners both in terms of its food offering, atmosphere, entertainment, sense of theatre, and the variety of menu for guests regardless of age

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Every year we honour people within the local community who do so much to help producers, restaurateurs, cafes, pubs, chefs and those in the hospitality industry

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The winner of this award will consistently show an expert knowledge and, like all our finalists, an unrivalled passion for his or her trade. It could be a deli, a wine or beer store, the village green grocer, baker or something unusual

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This category was open to anyone in the food or drink business who had started a new venture in the past couple of years. We wanted to know about the positive impact they have made on their local community and whether they have achieved success further afield

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We asked readers to nominate establishments that offer exceptional food and drink including a wide range of locally brewed real ales. It also needed to have a menu which champions local food and provide a warm welcome to all

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Judges of this category looked at who serves the best tea and coffee, makes the nicest cakes and the freshest scones? They looked for sandwiches that were freshly cut and liberally filled. Most importantly judges checked to see if ingredients were locally sourced

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Keep up to date with the latest from the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 hosted at the Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton

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If anyone knows how to make cider, it’s Somerset. We pick 9 places you need to visit if you’re a true lover of the county’s favourite tipple

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We’re delighted to announce the finalists for this year’s Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Review: THE PIG, Bath

Monday, August 21, 2017

Charlotte Skidmore takes time out to visit one of her favourite places in the county

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Do you know your West Country cheddar from your caerphilly? Read this round-up of the top cheeses from Somerset dairies and organic farms and your cheeseboard will never look the same again!

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