Why We Love Dorset Food

Sunday 10 February 2019

Breakfast Room

Recently, two guests described the Aquila Heights breakfasts as “exceptional” and “amazing” in reviews on TripAdvisor. We do put a lot of energy, care and attention into our breakfasts, but we believe one of the main reasons that we receive such complimentary feedback is because of the local Dorset products that we use. We love using and promoting Dorset food and drink.

First and foremost, Dorset food looks and tastes amazing!. The wonderful landscape is a great place to grow food and rear livestock. Together with the individual love and attention that you can only get from small producers, this ensures that the end product is simply gorgeous. Our guests love our eggs (from Wyke Oliver Farm in Preston near Weymouth) so much that sometimes they take some home with them. Our dry cured bacon and handmade sausages are cared for by our local butcher (Dorset’s Kiwi Butcher) literally just around the corner from us, who lovingly prepares meat bought from local Dorset farmers. Even some of our “larger” suppliers are really very small in their field. Moore’s Biscuits and Cherry Tree preserves are big names in Dorset, but tiny operations by modern factory food standards.  

Not only does the local food taste heavenly, but it’s also a great way to support our local community. With online and supermarket retailers getting ever stronger, life is not always easy for the folk who work diligently to produce wonderful local food using traditional and usually environmentally-friendly methods, and price and sell it honestly and with integrity. We love that we can help to support and promote them in this way, and it’s also great to know  personally some of the people who produce the food on our breakfast tables.

With the food supply chain becoming ever more global, the environmental impact of transporting food not just across the country, but across the world, is becoming more of a concern for many people, including our guests. We use local food whenever we can, both for our guests’ breakfasts and for our own meals.

We are delighted to have recently joined the Dorset Food & Drink organisation so that we can get more involved in the use and promotion of such lovely products. From 9th-23rd February, they've organised #LoveDorset Food & Drink Weeks. Nip over to their website for more information on the many lovely events and offers around the county over the fortnight. We are celebrating #LoveDorset weeks ourselves by offering 10% off stays of 2 or more nights if you book by phone - click here for more information about our guest house.

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Visited Dorchester last weekend for a Christening and booked in to Aquila Heights without looking at reviews just on webpage description. The welcome, service, room and food were simply the best we have experienced. Thankyou Derek and Wendy - wonderful hosts. 

Steviebarley - via TripAdvisor
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