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Pimms goes down perfectly in the Piddle Valley at the European Inn

PUBLISHED: 14:04 26 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 20 February 2013

The European Inn was officially re-opened by Councillor John Cox, Vice-Chairman of the Piddle Valley Parish Council. (By the ribbon L-R Angus & Julie Troup of the European Inn and Councillor John Cox)

The European Inn was officially re-opened by Councillor John Cox, Vice-Chairman of the Piddle Valley Parish Council. (By the ribbon L-R Angus & Julie Troup of the European Inn and Councillor John Cox)

Julie and Angus Troup, new landlords at The European Inn, Piddletrenthide welcomed local councillors, friends and newcomers as they officially re-opened with an atmospheric afternoon of Pimms, mouth-watering canapés, wine tasting and live music

Julie and Angus Troup, new landlords at The European Inn, Piddletrenthide welcomed local councillors, friends and newcomers as they officially re-opened on Saturday 26th June. On the hottest weekend of the year it was an atmospheric afternoon of refreshing Pimms, mouth-watering canaps, wine tasting and live music.

The inn was officially re-opened at twelve noon by Councillor John Cox, Vice Chairman of the Piddle Valley Parish Council. Councillor Cox said he was pleased to hear that the new landlords of the European Inn would be keeping up the tradition of great ale and great food before he ceremoniously cut the red ribbon tied across the front door.

Visitors were impressed by the newly refurbished inn with one saying: I havent been in since the new landlords took over, and I wouldnt have recognised the place, it looks fantastic! The front and back bars have been tastefully decorated using fresh and elegant colours from locally-based paint manufacturers Farrow and Ball. Fresh floral table decorations added a unique but simple finishing touch to the relaxing inn ambience.

The canaps prepared by head chef Andy Pike (previously of Perrys in Weymouth), were bite-sized samples created to give guests a taste of the European Inns local and seasonal menu. Including, among others, deep fried quail eggs and pan fried Lyme Bay scallops with minted pea puree, bacon and pea shoots - they perfectly illustrated Andys talent for producing fabulous food. A couple from Blandford said: We loved the decor, and the sample food was amazing, we are definitely booking in for a meal. Also, what a joy to have such friendly hosts!

Music was provided by local band Ansell and Gretal who played a selection of acoustic covers including David Bowie, The Who and Glastonbury headliners, Muse.

Julie and Angus have been extremely busy since arriving in Piddletrenthide and despite having almost full occupancy from the time they took over, the accommodation upstairs has also been fully refurbished and an extra room has been added. Angus says: Its been hard work but most definitely worth it! We want to get everything just right for our guests.

The European Inn is open Tuesday to Sunday in Piddletrenthide, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7QT. Lunch is served between 12 noon and 2pm and dinner between 6pm and 9pm. For more information or to make a reservation, please email info@european-inn.co.uk or call 01300 348308.

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