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Chilli

Our Young Grower of the Year competition is well underway, with those taking part carefully nurturing their plants before they are judged in July at our Chilli Pepper Festival. The young growers will be eagerly watching their crop as little white flowers emerge, at the same time making sure they have enough warmth and sunshine, which is absolutely key to getting the best peppers.

Growing your own peppers and chillis is really simple and you don’t even need much space to do so as they will grow very happily on patios, in greenhouses or even a sunny windowsill. What’s more, during our Chilli Pepper Festival this July, we’ll be sharing plenty of innovative and delicious recipes, so you can enjoy eating the fruits of your labours too.

For more information about growing chilli peppers, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members in store.

Mike

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On Tuesday, The Engine Room team were delighted to welcome so many new faces to the restaurant as Dorchester’s local voluntary support group for Coeliac UK hosted its first Gluten Free Afternoon Tea. With delicious cakes made by Liz, plenty of tea and coffee flowing and lots of tips and recipes shared, everyone enjoyed this relaxing afternoon.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with our special gluten free events then please join our mailing list for news, events and offers.

Mike

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The Gardens Group - afternoon tea (3)

If you’re partial to an afternoon tea break, but are gluten intolerant or have Coeliac disease, then be sure to head to The Engine Room on Tuesday 14 April from 3pm – 5pm. Dorchester’s local voluntary support group for Coeliac UK will be hosting an afternoon tea at the restaurant and all are welcome to attend this informal gathering to share tips, recipes and advice, while enjoying some delicious gluten free cake.

For more information please email Eileen Mitchell at eileen.mitchell1@btinternet.com.

Mike

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Lucy Simpson gets blueberry shrubs ready for RHS Chelsea Flower Show small

You may remember that last year we were asked by Richard and Jane at Plankbridge to help put the finishing touches on their Tradestand Exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show providing beautiful marguerites and lavender. Well we are delighted to announce that Lucy Simpson, who manages Poundbury Gardens is currently nurturing some blueberry shrubs, borage and mint ready for Plankbridge to take to the UK’s most prestigious flower show, when they return on Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 May 2015.

This year Plankbridge is taking a micro-kitchen inside a shepherd’s hut with the idea being for keen gardeners, foragers and experimental cooks to enjoy produce from their garden or allotments at its absolute freshest. Our plants will help set the scene at Chelsea and will hopefully inspire visitors to grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of ornamental plants and flowers.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, then please do stop by Tradestand PLW/1 to see the fruits of Lucy’s labours.

Mike

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