The Dorset Foodie Family was started in 2011 by John and Vicky Grindle and aims to showcase & promote the flourishing food & drink scene throughout Dorset – from Christchurch to Bridport, Weymouth to Shaftesbury.
Dorset has a wealth of brilliant food producers, distillers, brewers, hotels, restaurants and foragers and as a team of food writers, we try to highlight the best of the best. We are constantly on the lookout for the new or the undiscovered and we can often be found sipping a coffee (or a cocktail!) in one of the many fine establishments found within Dorset’s boundaries. We do sometimes get invited to places or treated to a trial of a new menu or product but we clearly state when this is the case and we always give you our honest and clear opinions.
We post some of our favourite recipes to show you how you can use some of the great produce and we are all obviously a little bit in love with food so all recipes will have been tried and tested – some many, many times!
We will also try and keep up to date with all the exciting food and drink events that happen across Dorset, from large food festivals and regular farmer’s markets to small product launches. You can check these out on our events page.
We welcome any opportunity or invitation to promote a local business. If you run a food or drink business and would like us to visit you, or you have a product that you would like us to try, then please feel free to send us an email – we would love to hear from you!
If you have the same ethos and would like to join the family to help us promote Dorset’s food & drink, then please send us an email – it really is rewarding & great fun.
Meet the team
West Dorset Foodie John & Vicky Grindle – based just outside of Dorchester and the original Papa and Mama of the Dorset Foodie Family. No longer writing, they are still very much a part of our family and many of their reviews, recipes and photos still feature on here.
Food Blogger Fleurie Forbes-Martin – a 20-something Vegan, Instagram fanatic and marketing manager with a love of beautiful cocktails.
Food blogger Rachael Pitman – I moved to Dorset from Hampshire in 2015 after giving up a twenty year career in teaching. Although not working my time since moving to Dorset has been spent exploring the beautiful countryside with my camera and finding the best places to eat and drink.
North Dorset Foodie Paula Davidson – living in Gillingham, Paula is well placed to let us know about the brilliant places and producers in North Dorset. Covers Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Blandford & Sturminster Newton area.
Purbeck Foodie Jonathan Yeung – often out and about in the Purbecks and sampling the finest eateries along our beautiful Jurassic Coastline. Covers Lulworth, Wool, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Swanage & Studland area
Food blogger Hope Pointing – Studying nutrition and food science at Reading University. Reviews restaurants & food producers in West Dorset & is part of the West Dorset Foodie Team.
Food blogger Liza Salmon-Davies lives in East Dorset; a fan of all things spice and championing local produce. You will find Liza capturing her food adventures across the Dorset landscape #EatDorset
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