From Dorset With Love – A Shortlist of Local Gifts

10. Let England Shake

If you missed this album last year grab it now. Recorded at St. Peter’s Church in Eype, Let England Shake went on to win local girl PJ Harvey a host of awards including the 2011 Mercury Prize. See if you can spot the Dorset locations in this video, PJ’s ode to England.



9. Hats Off to T.Snook

Trading in Bridport since 1896, Snooks is the place to go for that special piece of headwear. They stock around 3000 pieces (no baseball caps!) so you are sure to find something special. BEST BUY: Panama Bowler Hat. It’s made especially for Snooks and looks smashing with a three piece pinstripe suit.

8. Bridport Market

What do you buy for someone who has everything?

You might just find the answer on South street. Every Saturday from 8am you’ll find it lined with bric-a-brac, antique and affordable vintage stalls.
BEST BUY: ethically sourced, hand crafted, Vietnamese laquerware handpicked by the stall owner.


7. Natural Beauty

Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream?

With this in mind, aromatherapist Olivia Chapman, has created an all natural skin care range in her Bridport workshop. Free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, artificial colours or fragrances, Oleo Bodycare is simple, affordable and effective. BEST BUY: Geranium & Orange Body Lotion @ £11 and Replenishing Facial Moisturiser @£15.


6. The Perfect Cup of Tea

Clipper prides itself on being “Natural, Fair and Delicious”. Their entire range is  Fairtrade and organic, they source their own suppliers, and blend, taste and pack their own products in their Beaminster factory. BEST BUY: The Blackcurrant and Acai Berry Infusion is a standout or for something different try the Papua New Guinea Rich Roast Single Origin Arabica Coffee

5. Fine Ale

Traditional. Independent. Quality Ale and Quality Pubs.

Brewing non-stop in Dorset since 1794 (the original Brewery in Bridport is still thatched!) Palmers only use the finest ingredients to create their distinctive and delicious ales. BEST BUY: The Brewery is well worth a visit (tours run from Easter to the end of September) but until then try Palmers Mixed Dozen @ £34.50. Available online or at local retailers.


4. River Cottage Cookery School

Bread, Veg, Game, Fish and Gluten Free to name but a few of the courses on offer at River Cottage. Perfectly paced, your day will start with a tractor ride down to the farm and a morning tea with tasty treats in the famous River Cottage farmhouse and kitchen garden. You can book a specific course or buy a voucher online. BEST BUY: Chocolate Skills and Cookery – Run by none other than Claire Burnet from Chococo…


3. Chococo

Hand-making chocolate on the Jurassic Coast since 2002, these guys use locally sourced cream and seasonal, natural flavours to ensure their chocolates are as fresh and delicious as possible. They look amazing too!  BEST BUY: Seasonal Selection Box @ £24.95


2. Wasabi

Yes Wasabi. The real thing. Fresh. Ever eaten it?

Well here’s your chance. The Wasabi Company have been on a three year mission to grow fresh Wasabi and they’ve succeeded. Their farm in Bere Regis is the first in Europe to grow and harvest this rare and expensive vegetable. Get yours now before the chefs buy it all up. The word is out!

1. Slow Fashion

Unique and quality products made to stand the test of time

St Gabriel’s don’t do disposable. Each item is made using skilled craftsmanship and quality materials.The Dorset based company is 100% British and they plan to keep it that way by sourcing their materials and manufacturing within England. What’s not to love?  BEST BUY: The Langdon Satchel – a traditional, stylish design in gorgeous modern colours. Purple is ace!