Hampshire Independent Gift Guide Christmas 2020

Hampshire Independent Gift Guide Christmas 2020

This is my very first Hampshire Independent Gift Guide, bringing you a round up of incredible local independent businesses from across the county.

Everything on this guide can be bought online, helping you work around restrictions and get that all important Christmas shopping done. Not even a pandemic can stop the spread of Christmas cheer. I’ve heard it’s spread by singing loud and clear. 😉

Oh yeah, and you’ll be supporting amazing local producers, creators and makers keeping creativity and retail diversity alive in Hampshire.

It’s really powerful that your Christmas shopping can also help your local community…

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Kala Thai in Bournemouth

Kala Thai in Bournemouth

ᵃᵈ Just before the second lockdown happened I snuck in a visit to Kala Thai in Bournemouth.

Thai is one of my favourite types of food and I was excited to discover chef Tom Saengthong hails from Bangkok.

I was invited to review and was excited to try something new and head into Dorset.

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Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you navigate shopping local and online this festive season.

The majority of shopping this year looks like it will have to be done online or planned for the future.

Supporting local businesses and creators is particularly important this year, more than ever, as we all try and find our way through the challenges the pandemic presents.

But, will us Brits let is dampen our Christmas spirit? Hell no, I hear you cry, especially not when it comes to the food and fizz. We’re resilient creatives who, by hook or by crook, will spread some festive cheer thanks to the modern wonder of online ordering.

Here’s some of my favourite local food and drink to give you some gift ideas this year.

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Boscastle and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

Boscastle and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

Boscastle is a stunning little harbour and home to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

This charming village and National Trust site is a great base for walks and there’s some quaint shops and tea-rooms to wander round.

If you’re looking for a slow magical Cornish day trip with cream tea and a beautiful coastal walk, Boscastle and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is worth exploring.

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Prawn on the Farm in Padstow

Prawn on the Farm in Padstow

Prawn on the Farm is Prawn on the Lawn’s answer to how do you run a restaurant in 2020. And, I am here for it!

The temporary ‘pop up’ at Trerethern Farm puts the restaurant in a much bigger setting, in a long marquee overlooking Padstow and the river.

The same chilled out vibe, local seafood and fresh produce from Padstow Kitchen Garden has transferred perfectly. And the only changes, except the location, is that there’s a lot more space, social distancing and hand sanitising going on.

Take a look at Prawn on the Farm…

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Nava Coffee in Ringwood

Nava Coffee in Ringwood

Nava Coffee is serving up speciality coffee in a cosy set up on Ringwood high street.

This was only a flying visit but I really liked the vibe of the place and I would love to return to try out some of the cakes on offer!

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Framptons Cafe, Bar & Kitchen in Ringwood

Framptons Cafe, Bar & Kitchen in Ringwood

Framptons cafe, bar and kitchen is an atmospheric place for a breakfast, lunch or dinner catch up full of character.

I recently ventured there for brunch and I was very excited to find this charming place on the high street.

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10 Zero Waste Shops in Hampshire

10 Zero Waste Shops in Hampshire

Here’s 10 zero waste shops in Hampshire that will help you make a few changes to your basket.

Sustainable shops are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason. I mean we’ve all watched the latest David Attenborough documentary, seen that turtle who has a straw stuck in his nose or the seahorse wrapped around a plastic cotton bud, haven’t we?

If you want to make a few changes here’s some great shops that will help you on your way….

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Proudfoot & Co – British Drinks Innovators in Winchester

Proudfoot & Co – British Drinks Innovators in Winchester

Proudfoot & Co in Winchester is serving up drinks #ForTheBoldandCurious derived from foraged, fermented and barrel aged goods.

Owner Eoghan is an expert in all things botanical and foraged and a whizz at inventing, rediscovering and reinterpreting drinks to devour.

‘Life should be full of constant discovery’ is Proudfoot’s tag line, which I couldn’t agree more with. If you like something a bit different and want to discover something new then this one’s going to be right up your street.

I totally fell in love with this place, from the wildly knowledgable owner, the pretty interior and truly unique and incredible drinks…

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The Old Garage Bottle Shop & Delicatessen in Truro

The Old Garage Bottle Shop & Delicatessen in Truro

The Old Garage Bottle Shop and Delicatessen is serving up stunning local Cornish produce and a carefully curated selection of delicious food and drink from around the world.

You are certain to find something special here to eat or drink. Take a look around…

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