Spring is here and with the idyllic rolling hills, beautiful moorland and winding country lanes there’s no better place to escape to.
Talking of lanes……………our own has been completely re-surfaced making it a joy to reach us.
The farmer has also been busy cutting the hedges, which means you can see for miles – we’re now on the list of places to visit in Devon!!!
The Science of Pie
Do you find your pastry dough not up to scratch? Wish it was a but more moist? or needs to be more flakey? Since water bonds with flour to form gluten, too much of it makes a crust tough. Simply replace half the water in your recipe with vodka instead. Vodka is essential to the texture of the crust and imparts no flavour. So if your dough needs a lift give it whirl.
Elbow Greese Not Required
If you have white rings on your wood furniture, they don’t have to stay there forever. Place a piece of brown paper over the stain and iron over it with a hot, dry iron (don’t use the steam setting). The heat from the iron penetrates the brown paper and dries out the water stain underneath – this also works with wax – amazing!
Our Top 5 Places to Visit
There’s lots of local events being planned now as you would expect, here’s our top 5 places to visit in the next couple of months:
1. RHS Rosemoor
2016 has been designated “The Year of the English Garden,” so there is no better place to celebrate. Amazing displays of rhododendron, magnolias and camellias are at their best right now. Lots more going on too, visit their website for details:
2. Dunster Castle
We will always recommend a National Trust property, our fave right now being Dunster Castle. Enjoy the drive over Exmoor with it’s contrasting seascapes and landscapes, you might even spot the infamous Exmoor Pony or Beast! Or……why not arrive by vintage steam train, click on the link below for details:
3. Wheddon Cross
Another enjoyable drive on the moor is over to Wheddon Cross via the lovely little village of Winsford which is well worth a stop for a stroll. The Royal Oak Pub and Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms both serve great refreshments and snacks (if you’ve not had 2 sausages for breakfast!) Or….give the driver the afternoon off and enjoy the scenery on foot or by bus – details below:
4. Dartington Crystal
Why not have a go at glass blowing at Dartington Crystal, you can take your masterpiece home with you and wow friends and family! There is also the visitor centre, factory experience and some great shopping to enjoy.
Last but by no means least is our recent find – the historic riverside town of Topsham. Take your binoculars to the RSPB Marshes to enjoy a wildlife wonderland. Then join in the free 90 minute guided walk around the town at 2pm every Wednesday and Saturday. The tour will reveal quirky facts about the town’s history which includes wool trading, ship building and rope making. You might prefer to take a boat trip along the River Exe or plan some time for bargain hunting in the Quay Antiques Centre, an imposing waterfront building, open 7 days a week, selling vintage and antique items of all kinds over three floors.
Tantalise Your Taste Buds
Here are a few of the new dishes appearing on our menus in the coming months.
Until Next Time
However you fill your days, there is always Neil’s mouth-watering dishes to come back to each evening. Our Spring Breaks are great value as ever with details on our website Sampson Barton We hope you will take a look and then phone or email to make your booking! Here’s hoping we’ll be seeing you again in the coming months.
Special Spring Wishes
Bev and Neil