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Published: April 30, 2020 | Updated: April 30, 2020

Plenty to tickle your tastebuds as foodie site lists more than 200 traders open for business

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A website specialising in Dorset’s food scene is listing more than 200 businesses which are still open and delivering to homes in the county.

Heather Brown, Editor of Dorset Foodie Feed, pictured right, said the lockdown had resulted in a “welcome resurgence” for local food suppliers and traders with many “totally overwhelmed” with new customers.

Such has been the popularity of the listings on Dorset Foodie Feed that they’ve had to be separated into four categories for ease of looking.

They are:

  • Dorset drinks companies – including coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, cider, wine and spirits.
  • Shops offering local produce, meat, veg, dairy, sweet bakes and dried goods.
  • Restaurants and takeaways offering home delivery or click and collect.
  • Baking ingredient suppliers.

Heather said: “These lists are there to help connect local people with local businesses.

“If someone is unable to get to the supermarket – or secure a home delivery slot – then many local businesses across Dorset are offering the exact same services.

“The difference is that the local produce you’ll receive has been handmade, grown or cared for, only a few miles down the road.

“This lockdown season has seen a welcome resurgence for local independent food and drink businesses, especially our butchers, bakers, greengrocers, farmers and fishmongers, many of whom are totally overwhelmed with new customers.

“Hopefully, once people realise how much tastier their local produce is (and how affordable), it will lead to a more secure future for our independents once this is over.

“I will be updating lists as we come out of lockdown and restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen.”

Dorset Foodie Feed was founded in 2011 by John Grindle.

His love for great food, fishing and helping people grew the site and he started taking on new writers across Dorset in 2015.

In 2018, John stepped down from running Dorset Foodie Feed and Heather, who has her own catering business Heather Brown Ltd, took over.

John has now returned to the site’s six-strong team of writers, including Heather.

They are all volunteers, live in the area and are passionate about discovering new and exciting foodie products and places.

The site lists great places to eat and drink in Dorset as well as new menus, product and venue launches, food event news and recipes .

  • Any restaurant or food/drink businesses wishing to contact Dorset Foodie Feed, or be added to the lists, should email info@dorset.foodiefeed.co.uk.