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Herbs such as mint, thyme and the little-known burnet add zest both to garden borders and the salad bowl

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ELIZABETH DAVID: A BIOGRAPHY LISA CHANEY, MACMILLAN, pounds 20

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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows ...

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HAUTE CUISINE OUT OF A PIG'S EAR

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Eating out: A bed of wild thyme

The Cors; Newbridge Road, Laugharne, Nr Carmartharne SA31 4SH. Tel: 01994 427219. Open Thursday to Friday noon to 2.30pm and 7 to 9pm, with extended hours over summer. Average price pounds 23 per person. Credit cards accepted

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