Dorset Blogger Meet

You may have noticed I was a little quiet last month, well that’s because I’ve been ridiculously busy at work! For one of the weekends we took a group of food bloggers to a cottage in Dorset for a couple of days, to eat until we burst, and see everything Dorset had to offer.

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The cottage we stayed in was gorgeous, Ranmoor, sleeps 16 people, and also has 2 other cottages on site. The complex was perfect for big parties, get togethers, and team building weekends – I’ll definitely keep it in mind if I ever need a big venue in Dorset! With a swimming pool, hot tub (hired separately), trampolines, children’s play equipment, badminton nets, and numerous games to use during your stay there was plenty to keep us all busy for the weekend.

We had arranged a number of foodie themed activities, from taste-testing milk vodka (yeah not a spelling mistake there), to visiting an organics farm in the heart of the countryside. On the first night we’d arranged a 3-course catered dinner with Dorset Fine Dining. Nick and his team were fantastic; they came to the cottage and immediately started to set up while we all retired to the lounge for drinks. The dinner was to die for; 3 amazing courses of delicious Dorset produce. We had a choice of two dishes for starter, main, and dessert; I chose:

Home beetroot cured salmon, creme fraiche, wasabi, cress *** Slow roasted belly of Dorset free range pork, apple sauce, airbag crackling, bubble and squeak, rich cider gravy with vegetables *** Chocolate eclair, mocha custard, dark chocolate sauce, gold leaf *** Coffee
Home beetroot cured salmon, creme fraiche, wasabi, cress **** Slow roasted belly of Dorset free range pork, apple sauce, airbag crackling, bubble and squeak, rich cider gravy with vegetables **** Chocolate eclair, mocha custard, dark chocolate sauce, gold leaf **** Coffee

After a delicious meal and a relaxed evening, we all retired for an early night ready for a full day in Dorset exploring.

The next day we headed to Goldhill Organic Farm where we learnt all about the veggies they produce. We heard from the various businesses they’ve joined with to diversify the farm, to keep up with moving agriculture times. It was fascinating hearing the history, and it was even better when they produced lunch followed by delicious Apple Cake! Yum!

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After our lunch and tour we headed back to the cottage for a full afternoon tea supplied by BethellBridge Bakery. More food, cake and sandwiches – I was fit to burst – but I powered on through…who says no to cake! I didn’t manage much but what I did try was lovely – a massive thank you to Lisa and Lisa for catering for us.

The rest of the day was filled with quizzes, games, and yes you guessed it more food (and an unfortunate disaster with an induction hob that filled us with stress – but that will never be discussed again). The final morning came, breakfast was obligingly eaten, and we all said our goodbyes. We were tired, but happy with a great weekend, new friends were made, and we had a great time experiencing Dorset as “tourists”!

It won’t be my last time in Dorset, living in Devon it’s one of the easiest places to visit, but far enough away that you don’t feel like you’re on your own doorstep!

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