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The Eastbury wins Silver at South West Tourism's excellence awards 2009



Congratulations Tim and Kim

Tim and Kim Berry got married and then celebrated their marriage with us today, all of the team at The Eastbury would like to wish them a happy life together.

With a Hog Roast and a cheese buffet we hope everyone had a great time..


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Picture by Howling Basset

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Bish

Steven and Stephanie got married at the hotel today, we at The Eastbury wish them a very happy life together.

Our first wedding of the year for the hotel, its great to be back

We especially liked the Cake!

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Triple Winner at Dorset Tourism awards

With a little trepidation we put on our Black Tie and set off in the rain to Bovington and The Tank Museum. We arrived and sat down in their main hall for dinner surrounded by some pretty impressive tanks, during the meal there were tanks thundering past just outside and all this combined to create a great atmosphere.

The meal proceeded and it got closer to Coffee and the announcement of the winners. The first category, that we were a finalist was the hotel category and we were delighted to have won Silver. Our next category was The Eating Out category and there was strong competition here, so when it was announced that we had won GOLD we could not believe it untill we held the beautifull glass trophy. It was quite honestly one of the proudest moments of my life.

With all the excitment over we now relaxed listening to the last few categories being announced, it came to the last category, Dorset Tourism's Winner of Winners and as the winner was being described it dawned on me that it was us. I can not begin to express my feelings, it was amasing and it all felt like a dream.

As a consequence we are through as a finalist to South West Tourism's Excellence Awards in The Taste category and are putting an entry into the national competition.

None of these awards would have come without all our amazing colleugues at the Hotel and their hard work and dedication to detail.

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Taste Of The West Awards GOLD 2013

For the fifth year in a row our food and restaurant has been awarded GOLD in the 2013 Taste of the West Awards. We are absolutely delighted to have retained this prestigious accolade for another year. Congratulations to Brett, Michelle and our fantastic team for all their hard work and enthusiasm. Also thank you to our fantastic suppliers without whom this achievement would not be possible.


Awards 2012 - Triple Winner!

Taste of Dorset Awards - Best Restaurant

Taste of The West Awards - South West Restaurant of The Year

and now... South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2012/13 Winner

Having already achieved the ultimate accolades in both the Taste of Dorset and Taste of the West Awards, we are delighted to have just found out that we have won South West Tourism's Taste of The South West Award. There will be an awards dinner, again, at The Eden Project on Friday 8th February. At the dinner the 4 winners will find out whether they have won Gold, Silver or Bronze. Everything is going to be crossed untill then.

Also in South West Tourism's Excellence awards in The Small Hotel category we were a finalist getting through to the last 9.  We are equally proud of this as we were a winner in this category 4 years ago.

All I can say again is a big THANK YOU to all our fantastic colleagues who work so hard to achieve these prestigious awards, without them it would not have happened.


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Awards Autumn - Double Winner!

Taste of Dorset Awards - Best Restaurant

Taste of The West Awards - South West Restaurant of The Year

Having attended the Taste of Dorset awards dinner in October and then to our surprise being given the award as Best Restaurant, Brett made his way down to Cornwall and the Eden Project. It was for their annual Taste of The West Awards Lunch in the Mediterranean Biome. For the last three years we have been one of the very privileged few to achieve one of their Gold awards and at the awards lunch have sat patiently waiting till the very end of the awards, to hear that someone else has won. This year Brett sat silently waiting until our category was being announced, not expecting to be crowned the overall winner. So when the announcer started saying things like 'amazing tasting menu...', 'hugely talented kitchen....', 'great service...' and 'every mouthful was a tasting sensation....', he began thinking it could be us, when he announced the winner is............. The Conservatory Restaurant at The Eastbury Hotel, he was frozen to the spot. Then once the shock had sunk in, he made his way up to the stage to receive the award.

A fantastic achievement by Brett and all of the restaurant and kitchen team, his relentless search for local produce and his insistence on not accepting anything less than perfection, has finally given us what we consider is the ultimate award.



Supporting the Taste of Dorset Awards

In early 2005 The Eastbury was invited to produce an all West Country menu (even down to the flour!) for an article entitled Superlocalise Me, being written by a journalist who was attempting to live on West Country produce alone. The challenge proved to be a revelation for us, in terms of what could be sourced locally and this has driven us on over the past seven years. Brett Sutton, our Head Chef, and his team, both in the kitchen and front of house, are passionate about our producers, and there is a real pride in the fact that we work with food that has real provenance. Our team has fantastic relationships with our producers and the team’s knowledge of the growing and rearing process is represented in our menus at The Eastbury.

As well as sourcing locally we also grow a lot of our own vegetables, fruit and herbs inside The Eastbury’s walled garden and we even keep our own bees to produce honey. All this means that we have grown the amount of locally sourced produce we use from around 60% in 2005 to more than 90% now. An important part of our commitment to serve the finest Dorset flavours is the need for continued innovation in our regional food community. The fact that Dorset producers are always looking to create something new and inspiring allows us to keep creating exciting menus ­ so we chose to sponsor this year’s Taste of Dorset Innovation Award so that we can thank all the producers who work so hard to create something new and exciting year after year. 


Lunch and Learn - The Aesthetic movement

When I first spoke to Sherborne ArtsLink, the community arts organisation for Sherborne, about setting up a series of lectures and tutorials on the arts I never realised that they would be quite so much fun. From the genius of Claude Monet to the Cities of the Renaissance, each one has been a revelation; I only wish I could have sat in on every one.

On 23rd May we have our final Lunch and Learn, on the Aesthetic movement with expert lecturer Jennie Spiers. The movement supports the emphasis of aesthetic values more than socio-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts - but I will leave the real explanation to Jennie!

You will be greeted on arrival with tea and coffee, before the first hour tutorial. Then we will stop for some tea, coffee and biscuits, before the second lecture begins. For lunch we will serve a two course menu prepared by our team of award-winning chefs with wine included, followed by the final one hour session to complete the day.

So why not come along to The Eastbury and learn a little more about the finer things in life whilst enjoying some of them too!

The whole day including refreshments and lunch costs just £39.  For any more information or to book just call 01935 813131

We hope to see you there.


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