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The Juice Pharmacy by The West Bay Club

During the winter months the cold weather, dull days and dark mornings and evenings mean that your vitality can reach its lowest ebb – so now is the perfect time to boost your wellbeing with a fresh vitality-stimulating juice. The West Bay Club’s Coffee House Manager Joey Hall relies on...

Recipe: Pan Fried Duck from Tramezzini

Pan Fried Duck, Parsnip & Vanilla Risotto, Roasted Figs and Pickled Blackberries This recipe is very simple if you prepare your pickled blackberries and puree in advance.       To make Pickled Blackberries 8 black peppercorns 2 juniper berries 1 small bay leaf 2 cups red wine vinegar 2 cups water 6 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons Maldon salt 1 shallot, quartered...

Recipe: Brownrigg Farm Confit Duck Leg from The New Inn

How to make Brownrigg Farm Confit Duck Leg on Pumpkin Purée, Roasted Beetroot and Port Sauce. Duck Confit is one of the tastiest ways to prepare duck and actually a surprisingly easy dish to make. The secret is to cook it slowly letting the meat cook in its own juices.     Ingredients Duck...

Recipe: Christmas Ice Cream Treat

The Most Luxurious Christmas Treat…. 6 – 8 Mince Pies 1Lr Calbourne Classic Vanilla Ice Cream Let the Ice Cream soften, then crumble in mince pies and stir. Freeze the Ice Cream in fun moulds for Xmas Shaped Desserts.

Partridge in a pear tree?

Along with those other popular Christmas traditions of carols and crackers, pantomimes and paper-chains, turkey has long been a festive favourite, thanks mainly to its size which is guaranteed to serve all the family, with leftovers for Boxing Day.  But there’s a fine line between tradition and getting stuck...

Supermarket Vs Super-butchers

Whilst it can be convenient to buy everything under one roof, supermarket shopping tends to be an impersonal experience that often lures us into buying more than we really need. Though we end up spending more, the quality is no better than many independent retailers and, in some cases, it’s...

Gourmet evening at The Royal Hotel

I recently had the pleasure of attending the first Gourmet Evening at The Royal Hotel, Ventnor under the talented tenure of new Head Chef Steven Harris. Unsure of quite what to expect, what unfolded was an evening of clever concoctions, delectable flavours and convivial company, describes Cath Ouston.   This...

December treats from the garden and beyond

As winter approaches, we are less inclined to spend time outdoors, choosing the cosy warmth of our homes over the increasingly chilly countryside. But for those willing to brave the elements, there are still treats to be found, finds Anna Pocock. This year’s wild harvest is the most abundant in...

The Wine Lover’s Guide to Christmas

Finding the perfect wines to accompany your Christmas feast, by Matt Whishaw at The Island Wine Company. At Christmas many of us splash out on drinks which we tend not to buy during the rest of the year. Spice up your Christmas celebrations with my seasonal recommendations. Fizz:  Prosecco is all...

New shoes at The Hambrough

Darren Beevers has had an illustrious career, but what he relishes about coming to the Island is the immediate connection between product and plate. He talks to Roz Whistance. If there is any suspicion that the Hambrough might be reeling a little from the departure of the chef who put...