Stuzzichini, Bexleyheath

Ask me what I want for a perfect date night and it will be an excellent martini and some lovely fresh seafood. So obviously when organising a date night for my husband I look for somewhere local where we can get a good martini and some good seafood. Happy wife, happy life doesn’t the saying go? Where we are in Kent there isn’t an abundance of these sorts of places in a 5 mile radius, but there are a few and Stuzzichini’s is one of them.

We all know how highly I rate Melluccis in Bexley village for its authentic Italian food but sometimes you want a bit of glamour and some nice cocktails for your evening and whilst I don’t think the food at Stuzzichini’s is quite as good, it’s still pretty damn good with a different sort of atmosphere… Continue reading “Stuzzichini, Bexleyheath”

The Chaser Inn, Shipbourne

One of the best things about living in my beloved Kent is the sheer amount of beautiful walks you can go on – up hills, through fields, along the coast, into woods and the list goes on. One of the other things is the amount of good pubs that accompany said walks and most of these pubs can be found to sell some pretty good food.

Circular walks are always the way to go in my book – I like knowing I’m going to end up right back where I started. There’s a great 4 mile circular walk in Shipbourne that takes you through some of Kent’s most lovely countryside and via Ightham Mote which is a great National Trust house. It also starts and ends with The Chaser Inn a fairly decent pub and the original property in the Whiting & Hammond pub chain. Continue reading “The Chaser Inn, Shipbourne”

Dirties, Whitstable

Dirties, what a name for a restaurant. I mean on paper it doesn’t sound like a great place to eat does it? But once you are in and enjoying a rather incredible cocktail, looking at the interesting and unique decor and absorbing the very flirty, fun atmosphere of this great Mexican restaurant you realise that the name Dirties is exactly right.

Set along the high street in Whitstable, Dirties used to be the NatWest Bank which makes for some really quirky features in the place – they don’t hide what it used to be, they embrace it and I love that! As you sit at the bar we were looking at all the features that were there from those days – the safe, the bars, the shelving, they even use the vault for private dining. Its fun and I adored it. Continue reading “Dirties, Whitstable”

Giggling Squid, Sevenoaks

I’m not the biggest fan of chain restaurants and yet I don’t actively disregard them. I don’t want this blog to become a website full of top end restaurants that no one can afford to go to – balance and variety are the keys. A couple of friends have mentioned the Giggling Squid to me in passing and with Mr A and I being big lovers of Thai food we thought we would give it a go. My step daughter, E, also came with us – she is a vegan and it was nice to go somewhere where she had a complete menu to choose from rather than a couple of mediocre vegetable curries. One of the beauties of Thai cuisine is that it is great for vegetarians and vegans.

We went for an early Sunday evening booking so although there were a fair few tables of diners it was nice and quiet – well until a table near us decided it was appropriate to Face Time at the dinner table and have a rather loud conversation with their mum and dad whilst there kids raised their voices to get some attention. Oh for some etiquette. Continue reading “Giggling Squid, Sevenoaks”

The Castle Hotel, Eynsford

I first came across The Castle Hotel in Eynsford after a very good friend of mine mentioned that she had an amazing meal there and had noticed an incredible selection of cheeseboards on offer. Mention cheese to me and I am there.

But it’s not just cheese that The Castle do well at, as we found out when five of us went on what must have been a very busy Mothering Sunday (I managed to get the very last table of the day when I rang up way in advance). As you walk through the door you are greeted with wafts of the most incredible smells, making you instantly excited to eat and most importantly you are welcomed with lots of smiles and warm hellos from a really great team of staff. Continue reading “The Castle Hotel, Eynsford”

Birdies, Whitstable

I recently read that the period between Christmas and the new year can be described as “Twixmas” – it’s kind of no-man’s land period of time where days blur into one and you are in a haze of drink and food and having to squeeze in seeing absolutely everyone. It’s not my favourite time of year. I’m an introvert through and through and having to see so many people in so many scenarios just makes me anxious and fed up. Just call me the Grinch.

In a bid to get a bit of a reprieve from these feelings we booked a night at Whitstable. I’m not sure it was our best idea; it was very busy, there were lots of people about and it felt quite manic and boozy. Not the relaxing break we were looking for. I much preferred our midweek break in October – go then – it’s much nicer…
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