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  • Sticky Ginger Cake : A moreish, sticky ginger cake - just like granny used to make. Serve with Blandford Fly for accompaniment. Serves 4
  • Jamaican Lemon Crunch : A zesty lemon pudding with a real taste of summer - and easy to make! Delicious with Badger Blandford Fly as an accompaniment. Serves 4
  • Sausage & Beer Burritos : An excellent quick and easy dish for lunch or dinner, the secret is in the ale-infused refried beans. Serves 4
  • Dorset Apple Cake : Officially crowned Dorset's National Dish, Greg's winning recipe is a contemporary twist on an age-old classic. Serve on its own or with a crème anglaise flavoured with Blandford Fly. Serves 6-8.    


  • Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding : A delicious dessert for any season, perfectly complemented by a glass of Badger Champion ale with its delicate elderflower notes. Serves 4-6


  • Washingpool Sausage & Mash with Ale Gravy : Ale is a delicious ingredient in gravy as it enriches without overpowering. You can stir in a tablespoon of grain mustard into the mashed potato for an extra twist. Serves 4-6
  • Badger First Gold & Elwell Fruit Farm Baked Apples : Badger First Gold is used to soak the sultanas for this recipe, and then again as part of the baking sauce. Serves 4
  • Luxury Smoked Fish Pie : Beer is an ideal partner for robust flavours such as smoked fish, and gives a delicious surprise 'kick' to this traditional supper dish. Serves 4-6
  • Feta Cheese, Olive & Oregano Bread : Easy to make, substantial and delicious with salads and barbeques. Serves 4-6
  • The Great Dorset Sausage Fayre : Home-made wild boar sausages on a bed of Blue Vinney mash - or sweet potato puree as shown here - a match made in heaven! Even more heavenly with a glass of Badger First Gold, and a slug of First Gold in the onion and garlic gravy! Serves 4.


  • Pear & Goat Cheese Tart : A simple but effective recipe, ideal to round off the perfect dinner party Serves 4
  • Midnight Cookies :  Wickedly dark chocolate is the key to these cookies' appeal together with fresh zingy orange zest. Perfect nibbled late at night with a chilled glass of Fursty Ferret. Makes 10-12 cookies.
  • Honeyed Pork Tenderloin with Dorset Blue Vinny Sauce : The perfect dish for an autumn dinner party, enriched with Badger Ale. The recipe specifies Fursty Ferret, but Tanglefoot can be used with equal success. Serves 4.   


  • Mushroom, Dorset Blue & Champion Galette : A crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth open tart for cold autumn nights or weekend lunches. Serves 4
  • Potato, Leek & Bramley Apple Bake : A delicious alternative accompaniment to the sausages in recipe card 6, or substantial enough as a vegtarian main course. The elderflower notes of Badger Golden Champion complement perfectly the apples in the grain. Serves 4


  • Ploughmans' Soup : A hearty soup made with red onions, butternut squash, cheese and Badger Golden Glory to give it a fruity twist - a ploughman's lunch in a bowl! Serves 4
  • Spicy Chicken & Mushroom Soup : A hearty creamy soup made with local large chestnut mushrooms and accompanied by Golden Glory or Fursty Ferret. Serves 4
  • Organic Honey Gammon Steak : A luscious concoction of gammon, honey and Badger Golden Glory. Quick to prepare and cook, this is a useful addition to your dinner party repertoire. Serves 2.


  • Tanglefoot Sausages : Here's the chance to make your own homemade sausages bursting with flavour and marinated in Tanglefoot ale. Delicious grilled and served piping hot with sweet potato puree, fresh chopped rosemary and a dash of chilli. Serves 4 - approx. 8 sausages.
  • Tanglefoot Beer Bread : Delicious, flavourful alternative to ciabatta - with all the goodness of wholemeal flour. No need to spend all day making it either - the yeast in the beer is all you need. Serves 4.
  • Tanglefoot Steaks in Shogun Marinade : A soy sauce, ginger, garlic and beer marinade is guaranteed to get your guests talking at the barbecue. Or marinate a whole rib of beef and serve for an innovative Sunday lunch, complete with chilli mashed red potato and stir-fried purple sprouting broccoli. Enough for 4 steaks or one 1500g joint.
  • Smoked Salmon Linguine : So simple to make and so tasty to eat, especially when accompanied by a chilled glass of Tanglefoot Ale. Serves 4
  • Beer Baked Ham : Nothing looks as spectacular as a ham on the bone - particularly when it is the centrepiece of a special occasion. This beer baste is easy to make and you just keep adding beer to the roasting pan as it cooks to keep the ham extra moist. Serves 4
  • Hot Date Cake : The way to your lover's heart is through their stomach - and this ale-enriched pecan and date cake will help the romance along! Serves 6-8.
  • Lamb Shanks 'Carbonnade' With Haricot Beans : Lamb shanks braising on the stove always signals the arrival of winter and warm cosy dinners - and a Tanglefoot gravy adds extra depth. Serves 4-6
  • Melcombe Toasted Venison : This casserole is fairly simple to make and if you were going out walking it could happily be left in the oven and quickly served upon return. Serves 4.
  • Country Lamb Pie : A hearty lunchtime option - ploughman's in a pie! Serve with a pint of Tanglefoot Ale. Serves 4-6.



  • Chicken Tagine with Lemon & Olives : This Moroccan classic takes on a Dorset twist with the addition of the zesty Stinger Nettle ale in the marinade. Serve with Couscous or rice. Serves 4-6
  • Beer & Buttermilk Pancakes : Beer isn't just good for savoury batters - it is also delicious in pancake batter. The addition of lemon zest and the citrus notes of Stinger Ale make this pancake stack irresistible! Serve with golden syrup for added indulgence. Serves 4
  • John's Dorset Panhandle : Kick start your day by rustling up this luxurious omelette. Perfect for breakfast or brunch, and rounded off nicely with a glass of Stinger Ale. Serves 4.




  • Roasted Beer Glazed Pork Loin : Our Autumn beer, Huck-me-Buck would be great with this recipe. Serve with some fluffy mash and seasonal vegetables.




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