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Archive for September, 2019

The Beehive, Horringer, Suffolk, UK

The Beehive is a typical English country pub in Horringer, Suffolk. It’s a very pretty location, very chocolate box-worthy.

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We visited for lunch on a lovely sunny day and enjoyed the old pub atmosphere and the warm welcome.

I chose thai style chicken which came with egg fried rice. It was nice but a little heavy on the salt.

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My partner chose lamb shank with mustard mash. This was absolutely delicious, and probably the best meal of the three.

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Our auntie chose a seafood linguine, which was good, but very hands on, with lots of seafood in the shell. She enjoyed it but found it quite messy to negotiate and it would have been good if the menu had mentioned that the seafood was shell-on.

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For dessert the chef made me a dairy free ice cream sundae with berries which was very good.

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My partner chose the sticky date pudding which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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The Beehive is a great location for an English pub lunch, and the food is prepared with love.

 

Delpuerto Bar and Tapas, Mil Palmeras, Spain

If you are at Vocal Booth Weekender, staying at the Palmera Apartments, you will most likely take the short walk up the hill to the supermarket at some point. Next door the the supermarket is a large bar and tapas cafe called Delpuerto.

We stopped off for a quick lunchtime bite and were pleasantly surprised to find lots of options on the menu. Bread is a given – fresh and local, served in a basket.

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We picked three dishes from the tapas menu. First to arrive was the prawn salad. This wasn’t quite as expected, mainly crabstick with just a few fresh prawns, but it was tasty nonetheless and really nice with the bread.

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I love potatoes and had a real hankering for some patatas bravas. Again they weren’t quite what I had in mind, but they were really tasty with a lovely spicy dressing.

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Our third dish was bbq chicken wings, which were the star of the show – crispy, delicious with a great sauce. I would order them again without hesitation.

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Delpuerto is well worth a visit – relaxed, friendly and a good selection of dishes.

El Pony, Campoamor, Spain

El Pony is an elegant and good quality fish restaurant in Campoamor. The menu is quite varied and you get much more food than you would expect.

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We weren’t feeling particularly ravenous so decided to just share a salad and have a main each. We perused the menu over a glass of chardonnay.

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Although we chose our salad to go with the main course, it came as a starter with the bread which was ok. It was ensalada de canonigos which consisted of lamb’s lettuce, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, apple and candied nuts.

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The bread was fresh, warm and plentiful, served with a tomato dressing and aioli.

My partner chose sea bass for his main which was really fresh and tasty, served simply with potatoes and garlic.

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I chose the baked hake with green sauce, which came with prawns and clams and potatoes.

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It was a quiet sophisticated atmosphere, easy to talk to each other. The staff were friendly, and there were several groups of friends and families enjoying their evening meals. A lovely place, reasonably priced with quality food.

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Fish Bowl, Campoamor, Spain

In Campoamor, just down from the Hotel Montepiedra is a restaurant with a sea view called Fish Bowl. It’s a favourite with VBW attendees and we visited twice during our stay. It’s pretty essential to book, but on our first visit the staff accommodated us at a table by the bar for tapas.

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We chose the duck and truffle croquettes to start, a sublime combination of shredded duck, fried in breadcrumbs, with a creamy foie gras dip.

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Next came the tuna tartare with wasabi ice cream and a Vietnamese dressing. This was really tasty and great quality.

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Our third dish was a beef salad with chilli, cashew nuts, sesame and red pepper – a half serve was plenty for us, and again this was a really tasty dish – we were already talking about a return visit.

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The next dish to arrive was scallops with a seasonal garnish of mango and chilli. I didn’t expect the scallop meat to be chopped, but it was fresh and delicious and served with a cleansing citrus sorbet.

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Our last dish was slow cooked beef cheek with truffle potatoes and Guinness jus – yet again a delicious dish prepared with care.

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When we came back a few days later, I chose from the fixed price menu and my partner chose a la carte.

I had pulled pork tacos to start, which were tasty, but I would have liked some salad in them.

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My partner chose the half serve of duck salad. Like the beef salad we had on the previous occasion, this was nicely prepared and very tasty.

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For my main I chose the beef fillet with dauphinoise potato and pumpkin mash. This was beautifully cooked, and I really enjoyed the meal.

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My partner chose the crab and prawn risotto, which had a nice amount of crab and prawn but could have been a little softer. It was all nicely seasoned.

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For dessert we chose the Bakewell tart with rhubarb ice cream – another great dish.

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Fish Bowl is definitely one of the finer restaurants in Campoamor and well worth a visit.

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VBW Pasta

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We recently stayed in a holiday apartment in Spain, and it can be quite a mission to make tasty home cooked food without buying hundreds of condiments from the local supermarket.

This is a simple pasta that we made without cooking oil, and it was enough to serve four people. It also took just 4 ingredients from the local supermarket: a jar of mixed antipasti (eggplant, capsicum and onion), a jar of napoletana sauce, some sliced hot chorizo, and some pasta.

First we started to cook the pasta in boiling salted water. Then we cooked the chorizo on a low heat to render some of the fat. We chopped the antipasti and added it, then poured in the napoletana sauce. Once the pasta was cooked, we drained it and added it to our hotchpotch of sauce and mixed well. It was really tasty and didn’t cost the earth.

Old Faithful Bar and BBQ, CBD

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Old Faithful is a pub and BBQ restaurant at the Wellington Street end of King Street. Walking in, it looks like a typical bar with wooden tables and chairs, and we received a friendly greeting as we were allocated a table.

The menu is full of grill bar favourites, ribs, burgers, sandwiches etc. and there are beer specials on the chalkboard.

We chose to share a rack of pork ribs, 100g of brisket, fries, coleslaw and pickles. The food arrived on a platter to share, and everything was full of flavour.

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The brisket was the star with a lovely smoky flavour, and the smoked and char grilled ribs were really good, although just a little longer would have seen the meat falling off the bone. They were the kind of ribs that you have to chew off the bone. Nonetheless, the ribs were full of flavour, very slightly dry, but I think that was due to the cooking method.

Fries were spicy and tasty, coleslaw was good quality and the pickles all disappeared very quickly thanks to my pickle-addict companion.

I really enjoyed Old Faithful and will definitely return for more barbecue creations.

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