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Heather Tingle of Flask End with Nick Clegg
Heather Tingle of Flask End with Nick Clegg

Celebrations at the double

Lower Bradfield’s village tea room, shop and Post Office had good reason to celebrate last weekend – not only was it Flask End’s first anniversary, but it also welcomed a very special guest.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (pictured) dropped in to meet staff and customers and hand over a ‘rural Oscar’, to owner Heather Tingle. The award was presented by the Countryside Alliance for service to the local community.

Heather, a former Ann Summers agent, took over the former Postcard Café and Stores in June 2012 and relaunched it as Flask End.

Taste of the Mediterranean

An authentic taste of the Mediterranean comes to rural Derbyshire next Wednesday as the Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley hosts its first Italian evening. Head chef Tom Lawson has created a three-course celebration of the nation’s culinary heritage, with two courses from £17.75.

Blazing a trail

Beer enthusiasts are branching out, with the addition of out-of-town breweries to Sheffield’s Real Ale Trail. The first outing is to Geeves Brewery at Wombwell on July 6. Co-founder Austin Macauley says: “A lot of small breweries supply pubs in the city. Their ales are well known but they’re not the easiest places to visit.” Details: www.realaletrails.co.uk

Dads’ delight

Urban Pantry at Crookes is lining up a range of gifts-with-a-difference for Fathers’ Day on Sunday. Appreciative offspring can choose from a DIY hamper to a Beer & Ploughman’s Night, taking place at the Closed Shop pub in Commonside on July 9.

End of the Dore Grill

The Dore Grill has closed after nearly 25 years. Run by Spanish couple Jose and Dolores Muino, it was “unashamedly old school”, renowned for its ’70s-style food and silver service.