Forget Ruby Tuesday – It’s Khymer Saturday

The Half Moon, famed for its legendary Tuesday curries is branching out into delicious Cambodian Food. The  successful Horsington-based business, KHYMER KITCHEN, which has been wowing them in Bruton and Wincanton with their pop-up restaurant during the summer is coming to Horsington’s Half Moon.

Make a note in your diary. Reserve a table. It’s a 3-course Cambodian Tasting Menu at only £25 a head. Saturday evening, 20th January 2018

Khymer Kitchen is the brainchild of Simon Allen and his Cambodian wife Neang. They write:

“Khmer Cuisine is the food of The Kingdom of Cambodia. If you were to imagine a cross between Thai, Vietnamese and French cuisine’s with influences from Southern India, Sri Lanka and Mainland China you might begin to imagine what’s in store for you.

Khmer Cuisine is less spicy than Thai food. The Khmer prefer their hot chilies on the side. Also the presence, for over a century, of French colonial rule has introduced aspects of French cuisine to the Khmer palette. The Khmer now have a hundred year old tradition of Baguette making, among other things.

At Khmer Kitchen we have taken a selection of the best loved Cambodian food and, without loosing authenticity, have expanded upon it to incorporate the kind of choice that British food lovers expect.

They include: Dumplings, Noodle Dishes and Soups, Curries, (Amok and Lok Lak etc), Salads, Khmer Baguette sandwiches, Rice flour Doughnuts, BBQ Chicken and Seafood, Fish and Chicken balls and tasty Vegan and Vegetarian options

Our fruit and vegetables and our meat and fish are sourced locally whenever possible and our chicken and eggs are free range. We grow many of our own herbs ourselves as these extraordinary Khmer flavors would not otherwise be available.

There will be some staple items like Dumplings and Noodle Soups and then new things that will change each week.  – All our food is prepared freshly which means sometimes it may take a little longer to reach you.  We hope you enjoy your meal.”

Here’s the deal:



Rice Flour Dumplings steamed and then Pan- fried – Crunchy on the outside soft and squigy on the inside and filled with: CHICKEN Sweet Onions & Khmer Chives,

Served with Sweet Chilli dipping sauce and two Asian Salads 

Chilled noodle salad, with thin rice noodles, mixed with jullienne of green & red and yellow Bell peppers, carrots, thin strips of white cabbage, cucumber and garnished with fresh corriander, mint, spring onions, roasted peanuts and roasted garlic, in a lemon and sesame oil dressing with:  CRISPY TEMPEH (Vegan).


Our own homemade spring rolls in a crispy pastry with Sweet Potatoe, Red Onions, Bean Sprouts and Khmer Chives. Served with a sweet Chilli dipping sauce. 


Cambodia’s National Dish – a Thick CHICKEN Creamy Coconut Curry made with Egg, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Peppers and Aubegine.

Served with Khmer Red Rice

Yellow Coconut FISH curry flavoured with Lemon Grass and Star Anise with Toasted Shallots Aubergines, Sweet Potato and Carrots Served with Black Sticky Rice

Egg Noodles, stir fried with vegetables, Bean Sprouts,

Khmer Chives and Egg and topped with CHICKEN.

Slow Cooked Lamb in cocunet and its own juices with a mixture of herbs and spices including Khmer Parsley. Served with Carrots and a side of Bean Sprouts, Khmer style

Served with Egg Noodles

Large bowl of Egg Noodles in broth with bean sporuts and salad leaves. Garnished with a hard boiled duck egg , Fresh Coriander and mint and peanuts and crispy red – With Fish Balls

French Beans in Oyster Sauce
Mange Tout in Ginger Soy Sauce
Neang’s Garlic and Chilly Pickle


Literally ‘Bracelet Cake’ – What we would know as Donuts but made with Rice flour and glazed in crunchy caramel topped with white and black sesame seeds and Ginger Cordial

Frozen Bananas and Mango covered in Organic Vegan dark chocolate.

All for an incredible £25.00 per head. When reserving please mention any allergies you may have


Saturday evening, 20th January 2018
To reserve – call the Half Moon on  01963 370140.

January 2018 Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 1

Pilates 2

5.30 -6.30pm

6.45 – 7.45pm

Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Free
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities

Wed 3rd Music Night, Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Sat 6th National Trust Association Talk by Shaun McCormack – The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard 2.30pm
Mon 8th Ladies Pub Lunch.  The Bell and Crown at Zeals 7.30pm

Thurs 11th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
Thurs 18th W.I Pantomime – Charlton Horethorne 7.30pm
Fri 26th Wincanton Museum and History Society Talk.  Chris Forester on Rural Poverty 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
7th January Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
14th January Morning Prayer 11.00 am
21st January Holy Communion 9.15am
28th January Holy Communion  8.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478


Grab a prizewinning Horsington cheese for Christmas

Blog readers can take advantage of an exclusive offer, courtesy of Marcus Fergusson, who makes the award-winning “Renegade Monk” cheese in Horsington.

This cheese scooped FOUR presitigious awards this year:

Gold – Global Cheese Awards (Frome) for Best Artisan Soft Cheese
Runner-up – Great British Cheese Awards for Best Soft Cheese
Silver and Bronze – World Cheese Awards for Best rind-washed cheese and Best cheese by member of Specialist Cheese Makers Association

You can buy a freshly-made cheese for just £5.00 (normal price ££6.00 to £7.50) in time for Christmas.

Collect from Felthams Farm, on Horsington Marsh.

Please order beforehand by emailing Marcus on


Date for your diary – Beer and cheese on February 13th

Make a note in your diary. John Sansom is organising a beer, cheese & pancake evening at Horsington Grange  on Tuesday 13th February 2018 ( Pancake Day). Mark Woodhouse will be giving a talk. (His last one was excellent, and so was the beer.)

Entry £8 on the door
7 for for 730
Proceeds in aid of  RDA & Horsington Play Area.


December Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 1

Pilates 2

5.30 -6.30pm

6.45 – 7.45pm

Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Free
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities

 Sat 2nd National Trust Association. Digby Hall, Sherborne  2.30pm
Wed 6th Music Night at Half Moon Inn 7.30pm
Mon 4th Ladies pub lunch Crown & Victoria, Tintinhull Lunch
Tues 5th Coffee Morning. Half Moon Inn 10 am
Wed 6th Music Night. Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 7th W.I Christmas Lunch Lunch
Thurs 14th Parish Council meeting 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
3rd December Holy Communion with Sunday School          Baptism 9.15am       11.00am
10th December Morning Prayer 11.00 am
17th December Holy Communion 9.15am
24th December Candlelit Carol Service  6.00pm
25th December Holy Communion  9.15am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478


Horsington’s champion Coarse Actors*

The MPO’s Coarse actors at Ealing – Jessie Stones, Oscar Shave, Richard Gaunt, Sukie Read, Gemma Kiddle, Tony White (kneeling), Linda Mumford. Neil Edwards, Neil Harrison, Peter Mumford, Matt Baker and Chris Bailward – on the floor, dead.

The Milborne Port Opera, Horsington’s favorite local opera company,  has just won the World Coarse Acting Championship at the Questors Theatre, Ealing. Featured in the cast was Horsington’s Richard Gaunt, who also directed the play, and Chris Bailward, who played the title role.

Chris Bailward

Other cast members will be familiar to the many Horsington regulars who support the company every year.

The competition took place on Saturday 25th November.

The award was made to a delighted cast by Timothy West, the chief adjudicator. The MPO team won against competition from 7 other groups, including one professional company. The evening was a hilarious assortment of different acting styles and genres as each act vied with the others to create on-stage mayhem with well-intentioned performances which go awry.

The MPO’s challenge was to write and produce a spoof 15-minute “Coarse Operetta” in which everything which can, does, go wrong. MPO’s Neil Edwards  distilled his show “The Murder at Shakerley House” into the world’s first bite-sized drawing room whodunnit operetta, which the company proceeded to ruin with wrong notes, missed entrances, over (and under) acting and general incompetence. One actor, Tony White, stole the show with his inability to rise from a kneeling position – he was marooned on stage until the intermission, when he was rescued by the stage manager.

Richard Gaunt with Jessie Stones

Richard Gaunt is a veteran “Coarse Actor*” who was in the play which won the first World Coarse Acting Championship back in in 1972.

The competition was to celebrate the 90th year of author Michael Green, whose hilarious book “The Art of Coarse Acting” (still in print after 52 years) inspired the genre.

“The Art of Coarse Acting” inspired three successful Edinburgh Fringe shows (Richard Gaunt appeared in 2 of them), tv spin-offs by Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies and of course “Acorn Antiques”. Lately, “The play that goes wrong” has been enjoying enormous success in theatres around England, including a successful run at Salisbury.

*Coarse Acting – A Coarse actor is one who knows the words, but not the order in which they come – Michael Green.


White Horse serves the best lunches in the locality

The White Horse in South Cheriton is going from strength to strength with its set lunches. They are delicious, and at  only £6.50 they represent unbelievable value.

The latest addition to the menu is a delicious bowl of mussels in a red Thai sauce, which is more like a sumptuous, slightly spiced soup. You get a nice doorstep of freshly-baked brown bread to mop up the sauce. Fabulous for a cold autumn day.

There are plenty of other dishes on offer, plus a menu of pub standards for those who want that sort of thing.

The pub is getting busier by the day, so it may  be a good idea to book during the run up to Christmas. 01963 370394.

Curry night is back – on Wednesdays

The ever-popular curry night is back at the Half Moon. Andrew Tarling has switched the day, and it is now on Wednesdays, starting tonight, 9 November and continuing until he says it’s over.

Over the years the Half Moon’s curries have become something of a legend, and the focal point for a village social get together. Long may it continue.