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Adventures in Food

Discover the art of foraging

Discover the ancient art of foraging, where you poke around in rock pools, hedgerows and ancient woodlands for morsels of free food, with acknowledged expert John Wright - star of TV show ‘River Cottage’ and author of several popular foraging handbooks. Signed copies of all John’s books are also available through the hotel and we can send them on to you in advance of the forage dates. His handbooks include Edible Seashore, Mushroom Handbook and Hedgerow.

As John lives near Summer Lodge we’ve again asked him to introduce guests and diners to the joys of these fascinating food adventures. Our award-winning kitchen will use some of the produce collected during the day to create a sumptuous feast. 

Mushroom forage

Mushroom Forage

26th September 2015

Join us once again for a unique Mushroom foraging experience, led by the knowledgeable John Wright. It includes one session on the chalk down-land, the other in the local woodlands. Both locations are within a few miles of Summer Lodge and are selected on the morning of the forage to optimise the number and variety of finds. The duration of each session is 2.5 - 3hrs. There is no charge to join the forage for residents of Summer Lodge or for diners taking the Mushroom Forage themed dinner menu (£65.00) on the Saturday evening. Places are limited so booking in advance is strongly recommended. 

Signed copies of the 'Mushroom Handbook' by John Wright will be available to buy from reception.


"Using Dorset's abundant local produce, my resourceful and imaginative team use their strong classical foundations and light modern touches to provide guests with an exceptional dining experience - from fine dining in the restaurant to light lunches and our popular Afternoon Tea, our focus is always on serving cuisine of the highest standard." 

Executive Chef, Steven Titman


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