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   Dartmouth News                 28th September 2006 

1.    Philip Watts appointed  Head Chef for the British Consulate

2.    Food Festival Update

3.    BBH Architects celebrate 30 years

4.    Dartmouth welcomes HMS Liverpool

5.    Dart Marina Spa Open Weekend

6.    Memories of Dartmouth

7.    Venus gets Taste of the West Award

8.    Big Curry Party

9.    How established is Dartmouth dot TV?


1.      Philip Watts appointed  Head Chef for British Consulate bash

Philip Watts has been booked by SWRDA as Executive Head Chef to host and prepare a reception at the British Consulate for 70 guests of the British ambassador. The guests will be made up of members within the EU and The European Parliament who are interested in the South West of England, for social and economic reasons. 

Philip reports "I have devised a menu for a canapé reception that reflects all aspects of our food environment.  Many of the firms participating are members of South Hams Food and Drink Association, of which I am a director and honorary President . Britannia Shellfish, South Devon Chilli Farm, Heron Valley apple juice, Luscombe Organic Drinks, Devonia Spring Water, Riverford Farm, The French Bread Shop, Tideford Organics, Chantilly Patisserie, Sharpham Vineyard and many other Devon companies (and a few from Cornwall and Dorset) will take part. The Embassy is very excited about us coming over to show off our lovely food. The reception will be on 10th of October."

2.   Food Festival Update

As well as Drinks Tasting, and Shacks where you can see real street food cooked before your own eyes, there are dedicated Cookery Demonstrations as listed here:

Thursday 12th 2pm-5pm, Friday 13th 1pm-5pm, Saturday 14th 10am-5pm.
45 min cookery demonstrations by local chefs with big passions for their food. Come early to get a seat and a taste of the food. Tickets to sit and taste, free to stand.

14:00 - 15:00 Spice Bazaar - Indian cuisine at its best.
15:30 – 16:30 Agaric Chef,  Nick Coiley – will be giving a demonstration of cooking based around wild mushrooms. Nick is now owner and head chef at the highly rated Agaric restaurant in Ashburton.

13:00-14:00 Wayne Cramp Owner and Head Chef RB’s restaurant
14:30-15:30 Malcolm Whybrow Head Chef Sails restaurant
16:00- 17:00 Royal Castle Nu Kitchen

10-11:00 Mitchel Tonks – Fish Works, London Fish Restaurant of the Year 2005
11:30-12:30 Jacques Marchal, former owner Chez Nous in Plymouth where he held a Michelin star for several years
13:00-14:00 Wayne Cramp Owner and Head Chef RB’s restaurant.
14:30-15:30 Phil Watts – Outside caterer and founder of the Dartmouth Smokehouse. Wild Sea Bass and Crab cakes
16:00 – 17:00 Field to Table - Using Local Seasonal Vegetables. Inspiring for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Holly from Manna Cookery School

More details at

3.    BBH Architects celebrate 30 years


Celebrating 30 years of business BBH Architects held a party last week at The Great Hall in the Dartington Hall Estate.   Starting as Baldock and Benns,  BBH Architects as they are now known have a vibrant office in Dartmouth run by Bob Benns himself.  At first glance you might be mistaken into believing this is a small town architects' practice, but it's definitely not.  BBH can do everything from applying for planning permission to change a window, to designing projects the size of a small town. 

4.    Dartmouth welcomes HMS Liverpool

Dartmouth welcomed Portsmouth based warship, HMS Liverpool last weekend prior to her next duty in Hamburg. The Commanding Officer, Commander Henry Duffy hosted a cocktail party on Friday evening attended by many well known Dartmouth personalities. The photographs show (from left to right) David
White (Harbourmaster), Commodore Tim Harris (BRNC) and Dave Cawley (Dartmouth dot TV), Jill Cawley, Mrs Sue Harris, Mrs Iris Pritchard (Town Mayor), Mrs Sue Wright, Mrs Elaine French.

HMS Liverpool is a Type 42 Destroyer which returned home in July from a busy deployment to the South Atlantic where she spent 6 months protecting the UK's interests.

5.   Dart Marina Spa Open Weekend

Are you in need of some TLC? Mark Godfrey reports:  Why not try out the new luxury Health Spa at Dart Marina. We are delighted to offer free use of the indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room and fitness suite during our forthcoming Open Weekend. In addition, our skilled therapists will be demonstrating a few treatments from the House of Elemis which include reflexology, hopi ear candle, Indian head massage and Fake Bake Tanning.

Friday 6 October 2006 2.00pm – 7.00pm
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2007 10.00am – 4.00pm

Annual Memberships are available and if you become a member during your visit this weekend, you will qualify for a complimentary one hour treatment and the joining fee will be waived. or give the Spa Team a call on 01803 837182.

6.   Memories of Dartmouth

Taken from a not so old holiday guide, can you guess the year?

7.    Venus gets Taste of the West Award

Just announced is the news that the environmentally friendly, Venus Company’s 3 Devon Cafes are 3 of only 4 Tea Room/Cafés in Devon to win the coveted 2006 Taste of the West Food and Drink Gold Award in the hospitality and retail class. “As a beacon café and take away, it would be hard to better the Venus Café concept” was the Devon judging verdict.

The Venus Company uses over 30 local producers from Devon and Cornwall, and serves local and organic produce to over 500,000 customers a year. The Taste of the West Food and Drink Awards recognise the finest in food, drink, hospitality and are highly respected throughout the industry. The Awards are indicators of the very best food and drink available in the region.  Blackpool Sands shown here is home to Venus Cafe and is only a 10 minute drive from Dartmouth.

8.   Big Curry Party

This year Dartmouth Parish Churches are supporting the work of USPG in Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are running a Harvest Appeal for work among poor people there to provide education for orphaned children, training for rural teachers and development leaders, support for healthcare programmes and much more. Part of the Appeal is a "Big Curry Party" the Dartmouth section of which will be held in St Saviour's Church on Saturday, 30th September at 12 noon. Tickets are £5.00 each. For more information contact the parish office: or telephone the Vicar, Simon Wright on 01803 835543.

9.   How established is Dartmouth dot TV?

Very established indeed is the answer. Dartmouth dot TV news is a highly respected news service and is read Worldwide.    Why ? 
We only report good news.  We only report news with colour pictures.  We tell your potential customers how cool Dartmouth really is, and believe us it really is!  The TIC, the Chamber of Trade, the Town Council, and the MCTi all agree that we need sustainable quality tourism.  Can your business send out advertising every week?  No!  that would be spam.  But news? Yes of course you can!  And a reminder of how great Dartmouth is, will bring more people into Dartmouth for winter breaks more often.  So we all need to pull together and make Dartmouth News available to everyone who loves Dartmouth.  It's time to wake up and smell the coffee.  It's time for us to all work together.  It's time to put personalities and competition to one side.  It's time for every potential tourist to get Dartmouth news every week.  It's time for all of us to work together as one Dartmouth.

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