​How to celebrate Christmas in the Tarrant Valley in true Dorset style!

Dec 18, 2019

Lots of us love Christmas whilst the rest of us dread it. It’s the season of food shopping for the hundreds plus a lot of extra work in the kitchen for all the aspiring chefs out there.

Here’s some tips on how to take the pain out of Christmas and follow the good advice from one of Dorset’s most awarded freehouse pubs. The team at The Langton Arms in Tarrant Monkton have come up with a host of solutions to help over the festive season. A pub menu that not only features local Dorset turkey with all the trimmings but also keeps their firm favourites on the menu for those who prefer more choice. Slow-cooked Braised Brisket, Homemade Steak & Ale Pie, local Sea Bass & much more. Their Christmas Puddings are to die for. Made from scratch in the pub kitchen and served with brandy butter, sitting alongside a range of homemade desserts to satisfy every taste bud. You can celebrate the festive season with friends or family in one of their cosy bars or for a bigger group, book their private function room and add a game of real skittles to your evening fun.

You can also solve your Christmas food shopping needs in one place as the pub has its’ own butchery in the neighbouring village of Tarrant Rawston. The Rawston Butchery & Shop is making a name for itself locally as the go-to place for fabulous Tarrant Valley beef & local lamb, pork, turkey, ready meals, chutneys, sauces, stocks, veg, bread, eggs, Christmas puds, pies and cheeses. You can order your meat for Christmas Day & if you want a rest in those quieter days between Christmas and New Year then a few of their homemade ready meals will give you extra easy options. They’re even going to sell Christmas Trees as well this year!

For our Blackmore Vale readers, they are offering one lucky winner a Christmas Hamper full of homemade goodies including a Christmas Pudding, Christmas Cake, their own Rawston Farm honey & homemade festive chutney worth £35. To enter the competition, simply email us your name & phone number to Fiona.dart@reachplc.comwith the subject Christmas Hamper Competition or snail mail on a postcard to Blackmore Vale Christmas Hamper Competition, Copse Road, Barracks Close, Yeovil, BA22 8RN by Friday, 6 December. The winner will be announced in the BVM on Friday, 13 December.

To book a festive meal at the pub, call them on 01258 830225 or email info@thelangtonarms.co.uk. Open 7 days a week. The Rawston Butchery & Shop is open 6 days a week including Saturdays and is located on Rawston Farm, DT11 8SF and can take your food orders on 07796 801525 or email them at info@rawstonfarmbutchery.co.uk

Problem solved, Christmas ready & maybe even a bonus hamper. What’s not to like?

Finding us


Rawston Farm Butchery and Farm Shop
Rawston Farm
Tarrant Rawston
Dorset, DT11 8SF

07796 801525

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5.00pm

Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm
Sunday Closed

Bank holiday Monday 8:00am to 3:00pm

Finding us in the heart of Dorset

Our farm shop stocks a wide range of locally reared beef, pork and chicken as well as seasonal game, free-range eggs, home-made pies, fresh vegetables, dried goods and a selection of superb Dorset produce. Come and see what we have to offer.