It was a rainy and windy August Bank Holiday Monday – by rain, I meant torrential rain and it poured virtually non stop all day. We had spent the day in Shanklin braving the elements – we did come across a few other hardy souls too who ventured into the same pubs and cafés as us. Didn’t want a spot of rain to ruin our Bank Holiday! Shanklin Chine was closed for the whole day on what could have been one of the busiest days of the year.
That evening, we didn’t want to venture too far from the hotel for dinner in case it started to rain again. The town was pretty quiet and we stumbled across Jasmine, a curry house in Regent Street. After such a cold and wet day, a warming curry was just what we needed. The weather did seem to play a part on the number of diners eating in – there were a few tables but they seemed to be doing a roaring takeaway trade. Continue reading
The Isle of Wight (known also as The Island) is a place that has a huge feeling of nostalgia of times past, despite playing host to the Isle of Wight Festival and International Scooter Rally. We visited the Island over the August Bank Holiday which happened to be when the scooter rally was on. We stayed in the seaside town of Shanklin – I do like English seaside towns (we went to Weymouth earlier this year and amongst other places, went to the curiously named Manbo’s Bistro).
We were in Sandown and came across Bellamy’s, a restaurant that calls itself both a bistro and a cafe. From the outside, it did seem more like a bustling cafe – black and white checkered table cloths, bottles of malt vinegar on the tables and happy diners tucking into large plates of pie and mash, fish and chips and ice cream sundaes. There was also a table of people eating a lobster platter. We were intrigued. The menu was indeed eclectic: main courses ranged from home made steak and kidney pie, chicken curry, pasta, chilli con carne to various seafood dishes. Starters included soup of the day, prawn cocktail and crab cakes. The seafood was caught locally. Continue reading