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
Steki Taverna is a charming family run Greek taverna that has been established in Southsea in Portsmouth since 1998. The decor is inviting and similar to the tavernas you see in Greece – terracotta tiled floor, wooden tables and beams. They opened a second branch in Brighton in 2006.
Over the years, we must have sampled most items on the menu: as with most restaurants, some dishes are better than others and we are always drawn back to our favourites. There are a good number of meat, seafood and vegetarian choices. This is a good place for vegetarians – most of the hot and cold starters are suitable for vegetarians. Menu items include the usual favourites such as humous, moussaka, Greek salad and baklava. They do not serve one of my favourite Greek dishes sadly, spanakopita, but there plenty of other items to choose from. Continue reading
Cuisine: British / Mediterranean
I am very fond of English seaside towns. I love the remnants of a past age in holidays – piers, amusement arcades, bandstands, donkeys… I also find something rather sad about out of season seaside towns when the beaches are empty and some hotels and restaurants are closed. We stayed in Weymouth earlier this year while it was just out of season and before the arrival of crowds of holiday makers.
The curiously named Manbo’s Bistro is a family run restaurant near the harbour which serves a range of food, from sandwiches and jacket potatoes at lunch time, to seafood and pasta at dinner time. They are open throughout the year but the days do change depending on high or low season, so it is best to check before you go. We went on a cold evening when the town and most of the restaurants were pretty quiet. The decor is cosy and inviting, with wooden tables and low lighting. Continue reading