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Norfolk Mini-Series: A Yurt and an Orchard

Tolkien once said:

Not all those who wander are lost.

That is so true.  It was way past lunchtime after our visit to Castle Rising.  We headed for the cafe there near the church.  It looked promising at the beginning, but just as we sat down, they announced that they weren’t serving food anymore, which we found a bit mind-boggling since obviously there were still loads of customers coming in, it’s like they didn’t even care!

By this time the three of us were getting a little bit grumpy – tired and hungry.  My husband though, ever the optimist, decided that we should just drive by the coast and see where it would take us.

To be fair, we did enjoy the scenery, but I guess he noticed that we were getting more and more quiet, luckily for us, we were headed for a lovely surprise just around the bend.

The husband noticed a sign to what looked like a farm-shop and we all know that they always serve good food, don’t they?  He turned to us and asked if we wanted to stop.  T and I both said yes, we were that hungry.  And as we parked, I noticed a Yurt that looked like they were serving food.  I quickly went inside and was welcomed by a very friendly-smiley-waiter.  I asked “Are you still serving food?”  He smiled and said “Yes!”.  I swear I could’ve kissed him when he said that.

T ordered a fish-finger sandwich from the kiddie menu.  We were expecting a few fish fingers stuck in a bun, but was pleasantly surprised when this arrived:

Does this look like a kiddie meal to you?  Admittedly, she needed help, which her dad gladly did.

I ordered a mixed-seafood noodle dish, not really knowing to expect.  Wasn’t too sure about it when it arrived and I saw an egg on it.  But absolutely enjoyed it.  I don’t know whether it’s because I was starving, but it was really good and filling.

I give this restaurant  five stars for food and service.  Their waiters were all lovely, friendly and accommodating.  Apparently, at night they also have live music so if you’re in the area, do visit Shuck’s Restaurant at Thornham.  Click here if you need directions on how to find them.

After a delicious meal, the three of us were definitely energised and decided to have a little poke around Drove Orchards.  There weren’t just apples, but there were also pears and other fruits as well.

After walking around the fruit orchard, the three of us headed for the farm shop and decided to buy more than a couple of bottles of fruit juice from this lovely orchard to take back home with us.  They were all delicious!

Thank goodness for Shuck’s Restaurant and Drove Orchard for saving the day!  If you’re looking for good food or like orchards, do give them a visit.

Dining by the Sea: Bayview Inn (A Sort of Review)

Since it’s the Easter break, we’ve been dining out a lot lately.  Our latest jaunt, was at the Bayview Inn, another restaurant and hotel, along Widemouth bay, here in North Cornwall.  Last time I shared about our meal at Elements, another lovely restaurant by the sea, this other one is also located on the same stretch to Bude.

As always, we went for a walk before our meal.  Since we didn’t book a table (they were actually fully booked), we ended up sitting in the conservatory, which wasn’t so bad at all, because it overlooked the playground where little T happily played while waiting for our meal to be served.

And as I mentioned, since we didn’t phone in before coming, we had to order by the bar, which of course we didn’t mind at all, except when the place became so busy, you had to queue even to ask for a glass water.

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The husband had their homemade fish pie with vegetables which he said was really good.  I had a taste and I agree with him.

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I had the Crevettes cooked in butter, served in a salad with a side dish of chips.  I love seafood and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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And as usual, little T ordered their kiddie pizza.  We couldn’t convince her to order something else.  She did manage to eat at least half of it.

For dessert, my husband I just ordered a cappuccino each, while the little one had a dinky dessert of a brownie with ice-cream. Sorry for the lack of photos, this is why I also call my posts “A sort of review” as opposed to a “proper” one, complete with photos of the whole place, with amenities and all.  This is also why I can never be a food blogger, because I always forget to take photos.  I like to eat you see and when the food is in front of me, I forget about anything else!

Would I recommend the place?  Definitely.  Just don’t expect a large variety of food in their menu.  I think Elements restaurant have more choices in food.  But what they have at the Bayview Inn is done really well.

Is it a family friendly place?  Oh yes it is!  They have a playground where kids can have a little play while waiting for their food to be served.  There are also tables outside, so you can eat your meals when the weather is good and it’s not too cold or breezy.

Good value?  Yes, they Bayview Inn was a bit cheaper than Elements.

Service:  We had none, but that’s because we didn’t book a table and had to order from the bar. Although to be fair to them, they did come and ask if our meal was okay, so I can’t really comment much on their service.

Location?  Just like Elements, the Bayview Inn is in a lovely setting, right in front of the coast. Even though we weren’t seated by the window overlooking the coast, I can imagine that it must also be lovely to watch the sunset while eating your meal.

Would we go back?  Yes, especially if we have friends or family visiting, and because of its location.  The Bayview Inn also within walking distance of the beach, handy in the summer!

What do you think?

Does this sound like a place you’d dine in if you were visiting Cornwall?

Do share.

Dining by the Sea: Elements (A Sort of Review)

It’s lovely to have meals out once in a while, although we don’t do it often.  We prefer to cook and eat at home, which makes eating out even more special when we do.

And as mentioned on this post, we decided to have a meal out last week and since our favourite restaurant by the beach isn’t open on a Monday we chose a different restaurant which we’ve always driven by, but never manage to drop in and give it a try.

This time we thought it’s about time we did.  Elements is a Boutique Hotel and Restaurant that serves Italian Food (Yes I know, there’s nothing Italian about the name.  I wondered about that too.)  It’s located along the beautiful stretch of Widemouth Bay on the way to Bude, North Cornwall.  It has a lovely setting which is along the coast, overlooking the Atlantic ocean.  We’ve never been to that part, when we visit, we usually head for the beach and walk along the cliffs that is closest to it.

Before our dinner, we decided to go for a short walk, especially since we brought Doc along with us.  It was a lovely one, but after a while we reluctantly left the hills and headed back to the restaurant which was empty save for another family of three, who was dining there with their daughter who appeared younger than little T.

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The husband always asks if they have any local beer.  I think it’s nice the way he likes to support the local brewery around Cornwall or any place we visit.

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And here’s little T looking over at the menu – she decided on their kiddie pizza specials.

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I opted for the lobster tail and king prawn linguine.

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The husband ordered an antipasta platter

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Did we enjoy it? Let the photo speak for itself.

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As mentioned, it’s a lovely location and a great place to watch the sunset while you eat your dinner.

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Time for little T’s favourite part of any meal – dessert.  She ordered a chocolate indulgence sundae complete with a candle.  While her dad and I had affrogato (a scoop of ice-cream, topped with a shot of espresso and liqueur) which I forgot to take a photo of, and that’s the reason folks, why I can never be a food blogger.  I’m lucky that I actually remembered to take photos of our meal, most times I gobble it up a before even remembering anything.

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Imagine sitting at this table for two with you husband. wife, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend or even by yourself, watching the sunset and eating a lovely meal while sipping a glass or two of wine.

Verdict:

Food was okay. It wasn’t mouth-watering or anything unforgettable.

Service was superb.

Setting was perfect.

Very family-friendly.  In fact, it seems to be popular with families with little ones.  While eating, another family came in, this time with two small boys (younger than T).  It’s obvious that they do cater to families with young children, since there are children’s books in hand, complete with crayons you could use to keep the little ones occupied while waiting for the meals to be served.

Our bill was reasonable too.

Would we go back? Definitely!

Would we recommend it?

Yes, but don’t expect the meals to be superb.  To be fair though, we wouldn’t know what the other dishes tastes like.  But Elements is definitely worth visiting, especially for its setting and service and if you have your little ones in tow.

What’s your number one priority when choosing a restaurant to have a family-meal out?

Do share.

Twilight Fun

Two Wednesday’s ago, a friend of ours helped organise a successful event to raise funds for Minster Church here in North Cornwall.

The weather wasn’t good at all, during the day.  But thank goodness, it cleared towards the beginning of the evening.  The event was held inside, but after a while the kids sauntered outside for a play and the grown-ups followed.

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Little T and her play-mates with the grown-ups watching over them.

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It was a perfect lovely evening for the kids to have a run-around.

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If this photo looks a bit familiar, it was taken in the same night as seen on my previous post.

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And then sunset, happened.  People went out to have a look at the sun slowly setting over the horizon.  Isn’t that lovely?

For more information about donating/volunteering or helping in the keep of Minster Church, please click here. And if you find yourself looking for a place to have a lovely meal, do drop by at the Farm shop, you won’t regret it.  The place as you can see, has lovely sea-views and rolling hills.  They also serve delicious full English breakfasts, lunch and don’t forget to have a taste of their home-baked cakes.

This post is linked-up with Coombe Mill’s #CountryKids.

 

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend out in the sun! 🙂

A Whinge-less Post

After my last entry, I’m happy to report that the weather has improved and temperature has dropped.  In fact since the sun was up, it was actually possible to have a meal outside, wearing only a light cardigan.  T even refused to wear hers and was playing around with her friends in her shorts and a long-sleeved shirt.

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T with her friends.

Yes, the day was glorious, so we had breakfast out with some friends and their kids at our favourite hang-out, the Boscastle Farm shop as mentioned here.  That’s another thing worth mentioning about the English weather – unpredictable.  One minute it’s cold, dreary and dreadful.  The next, it’s sunshiny and absolutely lovely.

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I had the full English breakfast which as you see consists of two eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, tomato, mushrooms and two pieces of toast.  Yummy!  The food in the farm shop all comes from local produce which makes the meals even more special.  If you’re in the area, come and visit!

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T with her best-friend enjoying the sun.

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Of course, this won’t last, but the trick there is to make the most of the good sunshiny weather when it’s there.

Easter Weekend

We had a good start with our Easter weekend, which started with Friday brunch with some friends at the newly opened Boscastle Farm shop.  It used to be just a farm shop that sold award-winning and organic food and local produce.  I’m not exactly sure when the restaurant opened, but it was our first time to eat there.  And they serve a lovely Cornish breakfast (Sorry I’m bad at taking pictures of food I’m about to eat. Once it’s laid out before me, all I can think of is – Food!  Eat it!  Not, food – quick where’s my camera?) and other light lunches.

So if you find yourself in Boscastle, North Cornwall, make sure you drop by because aside from the delicious food, they have beautiful sea views.   Come and visit especially if you have young children in tow, they have a playground and tables and chairs outside, perfect for summer.  They also have a children’s corner that will keep the little ones occupied while you enjoy your meal and the views.

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It was a lovely morning indeed, chatting with friends, after eating a huge breakfast and drinking cups of coffee.  We had a great time, especially the kids, the only downside is that T caught a really bad cold.  And things went downhill from there: We had a nasty sleepless night with T throwing up phlegm and tossing and turning in her sleep, which made us throw our planned-Saturday-day-out the window.  We were planning to take T out for an Easter Egg hunt at a National Trust property in Devon.  The good thing about being members of the National Trust, you can just visit any of their beautiful properties without having to pay the entrance fees which can be very expensive.  So instead of having fun outdoors, my little one is noisily coughing with a snotty nose beside me – watching Finding Nemo.

So far that’s what’s happening in our Easter weekend.  We did paint some Easter eggs this morning though and if she’s better tomorrow, we might just take her out to a National Trust property that’s nearer our place.  Of course, there’s the usual Easter Lunch and when you have a little one, you have to bake a cake for every single occasion and it has to have lots of icing with sprinkles on it.

Anyway …

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