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Last Update 15th February 2020

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The venue for our annual dinner will be at The Coppleridge Country Inn at Motcomb. The committee have decided that a change from our usual venue at the White Lion at Bruton is perhaps overdue and have been researching suitable venues over the past months. We think you'll like this restaurant which has lovely well prepared food in a nice setting. Plenty of parking and you can even stay the night if you wish as they have plenty of rooms. The menu selection is as follows :-


             Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup, Mozzarella Fritters

             Tempura King Prawns, Asian Salad, Wasabi Mayonnaise

             Pork, Chestnut & Mushroom Terrine, House Chutney, Crostini

             Goats Cheese Bruschetta, Sun blushed Tomato & Hazelnut Salsa


             8oz Striploin Steak, Confit Cherry Tomatoes, Field Mushroom, Chips, Peppercorn Sauce

             Roasted Harissa Chicken Breast, Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables, Apricot Cous Cous

             Teriyaki Glazed Fillet of Salmon, Aromatic Rice, Stir Fry Vegetables

             Oyster Mushroom & Spinach Risotto, Stilton Cheese, Caramelized Walnuts


            Sticky Toffee Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce, Vanilla ice Cream

            Baileys Cheesecake, Cappuccino Ice Cream

            Lemon & Orange Tart, Raspberry Sorbet

            Trio of Desserts — Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Torte, Eton Mess

£31 forMembers   £37 for guests

Price includes wine with the meal and tea or coffee

Pre-selection will be required prior to the night - respond in the contact and location page and we will send you a form or ask Rosanne at the next meeting.

Charity Funds

The Charities to benefit from our raffles this year will be :-St. Margarets House Hospice and The Air Ambulance Service

The current fund stands at £246.25p after five events.

The proceeds from our Jane MacQuitty Night have been donated to Cloud House ( Action on Addiction)

 Short wine jaunt to the Loire Valley

Ruth Blacklock is busy finalising the trip and we will here more from her in due course. We would like to thank everybody for their co-operation and I am sure we are in for a really enjoyable few days. Just to remind you, Hillary and Michael have agreed to host a "get-together" on the 4th MARCH and Ruth will update us then. We do hope you can attend.

Current Programme (may be subject to change)


21st April 2020 - PM              11.30 PM         Meet at Myriam Fouasse-Robert Vineyard      

                                                                      • Guided tour of the winery and rock-hewn cellar

                                                                     • Lunch (buffet style) including carrot salad, taboulé, rillons, rillettes to make sandwiches, saucisson à                                                                                                            l'ail, saucisson sec, goat cheese and nougat de Tours

                                                                      • 3 wines served as an aperitif, 3 wines served with lunch

22nd April 2020 - AM            10.30 AM         Visit by coach to Paul Filliatreau who is famous for his Saumur Champigny with snacks

22nd April 2020 - PM             3.00 PM          Visit by coach to the Ackerman winery, famous for sparkling Saumur wines and his caves in the limestone                                                                                                  tufa of the Loire valley. 

23rd April 2020 – AM              9.30 AM           Visit by coach to the Coteaux de Layton, dessert wine which we tasted with Shaftesbury Wines.

23rd April 2020 – PM              3.00 PM           Visit by coach to Vignoble de la Coulee de Serrant. (Chenin blanc).Chateau de la Roche aux Moines,

                                                                        49170 Savennieres 

                                                6.30PM(ish)     Farewell group dinner at the Anne D'anjou Hôtel & Spa - Restaurant Les Ménestrels (not included in price)

We will arrange to pay in advance all tasting fees and arrange transport where necessary. This will avoid messing around with cash during our visits and allow us to negotiate terms such that all costs are known in advance.