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”

Carnaval, Dartford

This blog is but a couple of months old and I have already lamented the lack of decent places to eat in Dartford and in my opinion I am quite justified in doing so. A glimmer of hope comes in the form of the twinkly lights outside of Carnival. Unassumingly situated on Spital Street, opposite the Royal Oak pub (which is now doing a roaring trade on delicious looking Sunday lunches) and next to the bookies it is not really where you would expect to find a Tapas restaurant; especially not one serving food as good as they are here. It is a delight and a welcome addition to the town. I can only hope more will follow!

There were three of us dining on this occasion, celebrating my beloved brother’s birthday and what a feast we had. We dined on a Thursday and didn’t book, when we got there at 7pm there were just a couple of tables occupied but it was a pleasure that as the night went on it really filled up – surely a testament to their growing popularity! As it fills up it does get quite noisy, I find it a bit too much when you go on a weekend as it is just too loud for me alongside music, but on weekdays it’s that bit more chilled. It’s not really their fault just the acoustics of the venue are not great!

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