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Fresh Choice – a foodie’s greengrocer (first published in 2012)

A couple of years ago I sat in a meeting with some of Ashbourne’s traders. They were discussing Ashbourne’s High Street and the opportunity to reinvigorate it. I have heard people criticising the range of shops and also the prices. … Continue reading

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Courtyard Cafe and Bistro 9/10

Sometimes you just want a hug in a mug and a filling breakfast served with a smile. Achieving all three of those things in a cafe is more difficult than you would think. Either the focus is on serving something … Continue reading

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Why are French markets great?

  Wherever you go in France there are great markets. There is a real danger of this becoming an urban myth – actually the markets are no better than the ones anywhere else but they seem better because of the … Continue reading

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Birthday at The Basement – celebrating BritThai

It was my birthday recently and so we went out locally to eat. The Basement Thai fitted the bill perfectly. It’s a short walk away in the town centre and is consistent. It’s also cosy – down some steps into … Continue reading

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Test-driving Speedy Shop – a year on

A year ago, Peter Fox launched his Speedy Shop and his website at http://www.villagevending.co.uk. The story was picked up very quickly by all the national press – BBC, Sky News, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph as well as our own Ashbourne News … Continue reading

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The perfect market town (a vision)

Close your eyes and imagine the perfect place to live… Its Summer, of course its summer. You’ve got a great house – wisteria round the doorway – and a garden full of flowers with your family happily playing. Just down … Continue reading

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British Pubs: The Bowling Green, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

  I’ve only ever been to the Bowling Green in Ashbourne in darkness I think. The pub is located on the edge of the town centre up a steep hill on the road to Buxton. I live on the hill … Continue reading

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A life through curry… from Birmingham to The Bengal

I had my first curry in 1983. My home town in North Yorkshire only offered fish and chips or takeaway chinese so I was in my late teens when I finally succumbed. For those of you who can’t quite picture … Continue reading

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Cafe Week: #5 Betty’s Sewing Box 9/10

Betty’s Sewing Box moved into the old library in Ashbourne in April 2014 and I started to hear good reports very quickly. I finally got round to visiting. The building is lovely on a sunny spring morning. It is full … Continue reading

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Cafe Week: #1Cafe Impromptu, Ashbourne 9/10

Cafe Impromptu is owned by an experienced cafe proprietor and it has quickly attracted a regular group of customers. The cafe has a double front and so the prime seats are the two window tables. There is more seating through … Continue reading

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