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We crown Sherborne’s fastest flipper

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, over 50 children from both Sherborne Primary School and Sherborne Abbey School came along to take part in our Three Wishes’ Pancake Race.

There were four heats with 15 children in each heat, and the fastest three from each heat made it through to the final race. It was a closely fought contest, with some incredible pan-action on the way down Cheap Street, but the fastest flipper overall was Chloe Perham from Sherborne Primary School ­ well done Chloe!

It’s the fifth time that we’ve held the pancake race now and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We had over 50 children taking part this year and the street was lined with people cheering them on. There’s nothing quite like seeing laughing children, flipping pancakes down Cheap Street, to remind you that it’s Shrove Tuesday! I’d like to thank all the teachers and support staff that came from both schools to help us with the race, everyone that came to cheer on the competitors and of course all the children for making it so much fun!


Lunch and learn at The Eastbury

Starting in just a few weeks you can enjoy a series of expert lectures in the comfort of The Eastbury with morning refreshments, a two-course lunch and wine ­ to keep you going!

Developed with Sherborne ArtsLink, the community arts organisation for Sherborne, the subjects range from the genius of Claude Monet to the Cities of the Renaissance. There are two practical workshops as well, Marilyn Allis’ amusingly titled watercolour workshop ‘People aren’t scary really’ and Julia Moore’s, planting and arranging spring flowers workshop.

Of course as it’s at The Eastbury it won’t be just the lectures that you’ll enjoy. You will be greeted on arrival with tea and coffee, before the first hour long lecture. Then we will stop for some tea, coffee and biscuits before the second lecture, all before a two course lunch prepared by our team of award-winning chefs with wine included, followed by the final one hour session to complete the day.

You can enjoy this delicious and enlightening day, learning from expert lecturers for just £39.

Here is the full list of lectures……

8th Feb Julian Halsby - The genius of Claude Monet

22nd Feb Felicity Herring - Lord Nelson and The Battle of Trafalgar

14th March Mary Jacobsen - Cities of the Renaissance

28th March Marilyn Allis - Watercolour Workshop ­ People Aren’t Scary Really

18th April Julia Moore - Spring flowers Workshop - Planting and arranging

23rd May Jennie Spiers ­ The Aesthetic movement

We hope to see you there.




Brett goes Head to Head

Last week I found out that I’m one of three finalists in the Best Chef category in the Dorset Food & Drink Awards 2011. I’m up against Mark Hammick, from the Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton and Matt Follas from The Wild Garlic in Beaminister. We have to wait until January to find out who has won the overall title ­ and as we’re all ‘pals’ there is plenty of friendly banter going on!   

I’m chuffed to have made it to the final three along with Mark and Matt, but whoever takes the title it will be good for food lovers in Dorset!   I’ve spent seven years building up relationships with suppliers and producers in Dorset and plenty of time out in the hedgerows and woods foraging for superb ingredients too.  It’s great to have a chance to talk about the local growers, farmers and producers as I work with them every step of the way.  I want the best flavours on the plate ­ so I have pigs reared for The Eastbury and my fruit and veg man talks to me about what I need each season - without their support and enthusiasm I don’t think I would have been nominated for this award, so if I win it will be for all my fantastic producers as well, ­ so please wish us luck!  


Three finalists

Our top boys…

Three of our chefs have reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year 2011, taking half of the six professional finalists’ positions in Taste of the West’s competition.

This is an amazing result for our small team of chefs ­ to have three reach the final is such a boost and it shows the level of commitment to local food that runs through our entire team.  Arran and Ben are young chefs but they have a vast amount of knowledge of local producers and Brett is a superb teacher who has instilled his passion for local sourcing in all of our team.

The South West Chef of the Year final will be held on Saturday 12th November at Exeter College, and we will have our fingers and toes crossed!

Ben was successful last year in the same competition winning both the Young Professional category and Professionals category in the same year and Arran was a runner up in the competition in 2009 ­ so we have very high hopes for all three of our boys this time around.


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The Sherborne gold rush

We’re celebrating after scooping Gold Awards for both The Eastbury Hotel and The Three Wishes in this year’s Taste of the West Hospitality Awards.

We won Gold for our Restaurant at The Eastbury last year and we were determined to do it again this year.  Our philosophy has always been about serving the freshest, seasonal, local produce in a way that allows the flavour of each ingredient to shine and that is something that we have strived to recreate at The Three Wishes over the past year ­ and it’s worked!

People have come to expect a certain standard in the sourcing of local and regional produce within fine dining restaurants, but we have been determined to use all our producer contacts to offer a fantastic dining experience at The Three Wishes as well ­ we don’t see any need to compromise.  Cafe food can be just as memorable as a fine dining experience and I am ecstatic that the judges have recognised this.




Keep Sherborne Tidy………

We’re extremely proud of our beautiful little town, and we want to help to keep it looking as pretty as possible - one way to do this is to make sure litter finds its way into a conveniently placed bin, rather than the pavement.  That’s why a group of Sherborne businesses including The Eastbury, got together and agreed to sponsor our own bins ­ you can see our bin in the picture! Now there will be lots more bins placed throughout the town in potential ‘litter hot-spots’ to make sure Sherborne is kept nice and tidy. Look out for our very own Eastbury bin just outside the train station.

Back at The Three Wishes we’ve been doing what we do best; creating an exciting evening with beautiful food and a fun filled atmosphere. Last Friday our team of chefs took guests on a culinary tour of the French regions ­ but this menu had a bit of a twist. From the Coquilles Saint Jacques (Scallops baked in their shells with mushrooms, white wine & tarragon breadcrumbs) to the Boeuf Bourguignon (12 hour cooked beef in red wine, with bacon lardons, button onions & mushrooms) every course was made using some of the very best produce Dorset has to offer ­ so it was haute cuisine created with the help of some of Dorset’s finest food producers ­ what a winning combination! Next up it’s the Best of British on Friday 18th November ­ call 01935 817777 to book.  



Young stars at The Eastbury

Our 19 year old Chef Ben Champkin, recently took part in the Dorset Young Seafood Master Chef Challenge as part of the Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth ­ and won!

Ben, who was crowned South West Chef of the Year by Michael Caines MBE in Exeter last year, can now add this trophy to his growing collection.  The live cook-off in front of the Weymouth crowds was judged by renowned local Chef Mark Hix, and in the photo you can see Mark congratulating Ben on his achievement.   You can taste Ben’s winning dish of roasted sea bass, warm lobster, broad beans, pea fricassee and clear tomato essence on your next visit to The Eastbury, as it is becoming a firm favourite on our dinner menu!