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”

Kentish Hare, Bidborough

Sunday Roast. I’m British and yet the thought of a roast dinner fills me with something akin to dread. I married a man who feels exactly the same as me, which is good as when Sunday rolls around I never feel the weight of any expectation to spend hours in a kitchen slogging over creating non-lumpy gravy and praying that my Yorkshires have risen. There is just something about them; I don’t like having a huge amount of food on my plate, I don’t like the overcooked vegetables and stodge.

Anyway this blog is not here for me to wail about what I don’t like. What my OH and I have had to accept is that our families love Sunday Roast dinners, and we love them, so compromise has to be found. Therefore, many moons ago, I asked on my social media accounts where people felt the best place for Sunday Lunch in Kent was. I got many (I mean I say many but this blog is quite new and I have to accept that my posts don’t get quite as much traction as I would hope) anyway I got a few responses and one of them was The Kentish Hare. I had a look online and liked the look of the menu and it was nice and close to where my Papa and sister live and thus a booking was made.

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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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