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PUBLISHED: 08:31 03 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013

There will be a warm welcome on Saturday 26th June at The European Inn in Piddletrenthide. Between 11am and 4pm new landlords, Julie and Angus Troup, are hosting a mid-summer launch party to introduce customers and The Piddle Valley community.


There will be a warm welcome on Saturday 26th June at The European Inn in Piddletrenthide. Between 11am and 4pm new landlords, Julie and Angus Troup, are hosting a mid-summer launch party to introduce customers (past, present and future), and The Piddle Valley community to the newly refurbished inn.

On the launch day there will be complimentary Pimms on arrival and delicious, freshly prepared canaps and seafood delights from head chef Andy Pike (previously of Perrys in Weymouth). Guests will be able to partake in wine and ale tasting, watch inspiring floristry and food demonstrations and will be given the opportunity to win an overnight stay in the recently refurbished rooms or a meal at the inn with all raffle proceeds going to charity. Plus there will be a ceremony at noon with an official ribbon-cutting by a mystery guest and music will be performed by local pop and folk cover band, Ansell & Gretel throughout the day.

Julie and Angus are newcomers to the trade after spending over 20 years in the aviation industry. Julie worked as an air hostess for Monarch while Angus was situated on the ground and was general manager at Swissport based at Stansted Airport. Inspired by Dorset based chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage series in the late 1990s the couple moved to a smallholding in Wales in 2001, where they developed a passion for growing their own food and reared sheep, geese, ducks and chickens. Julie then took up an Advanced National Certificate in Floristry at the Welsh College of Horticulture where she gained a distinction on her course and won the title of Student of the year 2004. On completion of the course Julie set up a wedding and events floristry business which she ran from home. The floristry business developed further when the pair relocated to Suffolk in 2006 where Julie set up The Suffolk Flower Mill which recently featured in Country Living magazine.

It is this background and a true passion for food that Julie and Angus place at the heart of The European Inn ethos. Julie says, Were really trying to focus on seasonal, wild and local food. Our chef Andy is fantastic and has impressed us with his superb seafood dishes. And were not the only ones weve had a couple of celebrity visitors already, and when we first arrived in May we had a couple that ate in the restaurant three times in one week because they enjoyed his food so much! Wherever possible we use fish and scallops from the Dorset coast and meat and vegetables provided by local farmers, its important for us to know where our food comes from. Everything is cooked from scratch and the menu is planned in accordance with whats in season. Were hoping to give people a real taste of the South West!

Thought not only goes into what guests will eat - the upstairs accommodation has also been refurbished with rest and relaxation of occupants in mind. Luxurious Designers Guild curtains frame splendid views across the surrounding countryside and bathrooms feature organic products from Gillingham-based Neals Yard Remedies. Rooms boast numerous features and are even equipped with ipod docking systems.

The mid-summer launch event is from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 26th June at The European Inn, Piddletrenthide, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7QT. If youd like to be added to the guest list or for more information please email or call The European Inn on: 01300 348308.


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