We went to The Cricketers’ Arms in Berwick Village in East Sussex recently while on a trip to nearby Charleston House and Gardens, the beautiful retreat for the Bloomsbury Group. The Cricketers’ Arms is a traditional flint walled country pub that serves a number of Harveys real ales. It was first established as an ale house in the 17th century. The pub is set in a lovely cottage garden and is situated at the bottom of the South Downs. The setting is idyllic and peaceful. It was a warm and sunny early summer day so we sat in the garden. Continue reading →
I noticed many frozen yogurt (or ‘froyo’) shops in Sydney, with many shops in the city and suburbs – Yogurberry, Yogurtland, Moochi and Twisted are four chains that spring to mind and there were other independent places, such as Snow Pink. I’m sure I noticed at least three different shops within a couple of a hundred metres on the CBD part of George Street! One of these was the CBD Yogurtland branch at 501, George Street and this was the first frozen yogurt shop I visited. Continue reading →
We visited the charming Devon seaside town of Sidmouth recently on a cool day in May. It was still outside the main holiday season and the beach was desolate, although there were some young surfers braving the cold. We had a small wander and then decided on lunch, fancying something hot rather than a sandwich. We chose The Loft Restaurant on Old Fore Street. The menu changes regularly and is described as Mediterranean. The ingredients are locally sourced – dishes included a nice selection of sharing boards, salads, pizza, Italian flatbreads and a tapas menu on Friday evenings. They also serve breakfast and homemade scones. Those on gluten free diets were well catered for with all of the pizzas, most of the pasta dishes and scones available as gluten free. Continue reading →
There are a number of independent little eating places around the Barbican area in addition to the usual Pret A Mangers, EATs and Subways. Momo’wich is a small modern cafe in Carthusian Street that sells South East Asian street food and aims to deliver ‘authentic Malaysian and Thai flavours.’ You will find amongst other things, Malaysian beef rendang,Thai green chicken curry, soup noodles including curry laksa, steamed sandwich buns, chicken satay and Vietnamese summer rolls on the menu. I’ve noticed bánh mi making an appearance as a special. Vegetarians can order butternut squash Thai red curry, tofu soup noodles, vegetarian spring rolls, tofu summer rolls and vegetarian steamed sandwich buns. Continue reading →
I love artisan coffee shops and in the age of Starbucks, Costa and Nero, it is heartening to see independent shops opening. Southsea Coffee Co opened just over two years ago in Southsea in Portsmouth and serves coffee roasted by hasbean. There are espresso based drinks (latte, cappuccino etc) and hand poured coffee (this changes regularly). They can serve you a long black, a coffee I got to love in Australia and one I have rarely seen on offer in the UK. They also serve a selection of special blend teas and herbal teas, hot chocolate and smoothies. In the Summer, there are iced coffees and teas. There is a beverage for everyone!
I am always on the look out for vegetarian restaurants and I had often walked past Amico Bio, a vegetarian Italian restaurant on Cloth Fair, near the Barbican. The restaurant is owned by an Italian family and uses organic ingredients. There are also plenty of gluten free and vegan options on the menu. There are two restaurants In London – the other is in Holborn. A vegetarian Italian restaurant certainly intrigued me – on my holidays to Italy, I don’t think I came across many exclusively vegetarian restaurants. Continue reading →