Tag Archives: Try Ashbourne First

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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Natural Choice – the natural choice for ingredients and great service

This occasional series is casting a critical eye at some of Ashbourne’s retailers and seeing what lies behind their shop windows. A common criticism of Ashbourne’s High Street is lack of choice and high prices. I really think we should … 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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Food Miles in practice

I am a big advocate of using local produce. Before you buy anything online at least think about whether you could buy it in one of our independent retailers. I firmly believe that you will be surprised at just what … Continue reading

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White’s of Ashbourne – the new friendly bistro

Every town needs variety in its restaurants and the disappearance of Carletto’s left a gap in the Ashbourne market. We had the magnificent Dining Room at the top end and stil have excellent takeaways at the other. Lamplight is positioned … Continue reading

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Vive Les Ashbourne Rosbifs!

As the sun shone last weekend I began to smell the smoke from barbecues being lit. As soon as the weather changes British men love to don an apron and go outside and cook. What’s more we’re getting better at … Continue reading

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The Dining Room – Try for yourself

(Since this blog was written the Dining Room has temporarily (hopefully) closed although Pete’s bread is still available in a few shops in Ashbourne) I’ve wanted to visit the Dining Room ever since I moved to Ashbourne. I love good … Continue reading

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A.L. Hulme – Seasonal fresh food with superb customer service

When I asked for advice on which Ashbourne shops to cover, the two responses which received the most were Natural Choice – the subject of #5 and AL Hulme. What has surprised me about talking to all the retailers in … Continue reading

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Buy Local and save

At the DDDC Meeting at the start of the year the decision was made to give Ashbourne’s Thursday market a further 12 months to prove its viability. At the meeting the committee noted the strength of feeling about the issue … Continue reading

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