Lanzarote – foodie fun and sun – a great winter break! Guest blog by Tony & Peggy Hand

Lanzarote – foodie fun and sun – a great winter break

 

With all the constant heavy rain in January, desperate measures were needed. Either build an Arc (rubbish at DIY) or book two weeks in Lanzarote at the Finca Malvasia, a pretty, secluded plot of 4 self contained apartments in the wine district near Tias, wrapped around their own swimming pool. No contest really!

Driving to Bournemouth airport was fun; bit of aquaplaning, then a very sleek new Thompson plane whisked us the 1600 miles to Arrecife in 3 ½ hours with plenty of leg room in our pre-booked row 5 seats. http://flights.thomson.co.uk

Brand new Fiesta hired from www.cabreramedina.com 

A 20 min cross country lunar landscape drive and we arrive as the sun was setting.

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A warm welcome from Tarnya Norse Evans, joint owner with Hubby Richard of www.fincamalvasia.com The couple have been here 7 years, and have lovingly created a tranquil haven amongst the volcanic wine fields. Great customer service the next morning by the Manchester born housekeeper Wendy, who introduced herself and seamlessly sorted a couple of teething troubles.

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Pre-booked a Canarian cold platter for two (25euros) Local meats and cheeses washed down with a complimentary bottle of Malvasia local white wine.

Next day, our first stop Roper’s supermarket in Tias (recommended by Tarnya) with excellent meat and fish counters to stock up with clams and prawns for our seafood pasta supper.

First meal was at La Esquina in Tias, a stylish wood fired pizza/pasta restaurant.

We shared a honey and mustard mixed salad and a delightful Chicken, pepperoni, tomato and chilli pizza. Washed down with sparkling water and café con leches to finish. Total – 21euros. Watched another table ordering home made pasta dishes, looked delicious – we’ll be back. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g954043-d2083181-Reviews-La_Esquina_de_Tias-Tias_Lanzarote_Canary_Islands.html

Tuesday

A relaxed day wandering around the art and craft shops in Teguise (the former capital of the Island), with a light lunch in Hésperidges, a stylish colonial building with high ceilings, modern art, friendly staff and delicious Pinchos (small pieces of French bread with unusual toppings. We had Falafel and a mini Iberian Pork burger, together with homemade Tomato and Lentil soup. Do try the herbal teas too from their adjacent tea shop. (24 euros) http://restaurantehesperides.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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Wed

Tucked away behind the main shopping street in Arrecife and overlooking a pretty boating lake is the lovely La Puntilla restaurant. We visited 2 yrs ago and reassuringly the head waiter and chef/proprietor were both still in-situ. Food was just as good. We shared 3 Tapas plates; Thinly sliced octopus and red potatoes and red mojo sauce (delicious), seafood croquettes and Tuna and Red Peppers on French toast. With water and coffee 26 euros. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187478-d2031552-Reviews-Restaurante_La_Puntilla-Arrecife_Lanzarote_Canary_Islands.html

 

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Thursday

Spent the morning working up an appetite watching waves the size of a house in the Northern town of La Santa – stunning.

Visited El Chupadero an attractive Bodega in the wine district of La Geria. Looks a bit like The High Chaparral from Bonanza. We were greeted by the charming Joel, son of Barbara whose family own the Bogeda. Barbara arrived from Germany in a VW Beatle in 1970’s, loved the Island and stayed.

Unlike other wineries in the area, El Chupadero doesn’t produce commercially anymore but simply cherry picks 15 wines from other local Bogedas.

We were offered a wonderful “mixed sharing plate” of goats cheese, Serrano ham, smoked salmon, Canarian potatoes and Mojo sauce, a tomato and basil salad, Calamari and fresh bread; a perfect accompaniment to the local wines (we tried a crisp, Volcano Malvesia Seco and the smooth red Bermejo.

The atmosphere in the Bodega is “chilled”. Do visit if you are on the island and check their website for live music events too. Recommended.

http://www.el-chupadero.com/bodega-english/bodega-lanzarote.htm

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Sat

Donned our walking boots and headed for a rugged cliff walk between Playa Quemada (a rustic village by the sea) and the posh marina at Puerto Calero. An energetic 50 min walk there watching a yacht race out at sea. A well earned café con leche, then back again to Playa Quemada. It’s always a risk revisiting a restaurant after 2 years, especially one you really enjoyed.

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Restaurante Salmarina looked the same, nestling feet from the waves lapping on the shore. We ordered Fish and Seafood Paella and sat back munching delicious olives to admire the serene view. 45 minutes later, the Paella dish arrived, bursting with fruits of the sea; king prawns, octopus, mussels, white fish and a wonderfully intense fish broth absorbed by the rice – heaven! (24euros for two) http://www.salmarinarestaurante.com/

 

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Sun

Spent a couple of hours at the Sunday market in Teguise; lots of tourist stuff such as jewellery, handbags, and souvenirs set against the pretty backdrop of Teguise.

Lunch was at La Cantina, part wine bar, part gastro pub. We were met by Benn Atkinson who jointly owns La Cantina with his wife Zoe. Both are passionate about sourcing local produce to promote and support the Island.

We had pre-booked a table in the Secret Garden to watch Emma and Mark sing and play guitar. Sunday is the local’s day off so we were able to see many of them relaxing and socialising at La Cantina – a very laid back and pleasant experience.

For lunch Peggy and I shared a delicious mixed seafood sharing plate at 9.95euros. This consisted of local smoked salmon, Tuna, Fumara Octopus salad, White anchovies in garlic and King prawns, plus fresh bread. This was washed down with a large glass of Grifo Colleción (One of the oldest vineyards in the World and located in Lanzarote. Apparently William Shakespeare was partial to a drop of El Grifo).

We finished with Zoe’s Special Chocolate brownie, with caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream (5.95 euros) http://cantinateguise.com/

 

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La Cantina also holds wine tasting events with five of the local Bodegas presenting their wines. In addition, Benn has lovingly restored Tiagua81 a former school house and Bodega and now a stylish collection of 5 self catering studio apartments located around a shared pool. Tiagua81 is aimed at a growing “active” audience, whether into biking (road or mountain variety) running, walking or wind surfing, with easy access to the rugged Northern coast.

http://www.lanzaroteretreats.com/info/about/tiagua-81/

 

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Tuesday

Spent the morning exploring the Northern part of the Island. First stop the visitors centre Timanfaya to learn about the history of this volcanic Island.

Light Tapas lunch at Restaurante Verde Mar. www.verdemarlasanta.com

Dinner was courtesy of Debs and Darren at La Cabana, just north of Puerto del Carmen. A cosy 25 cover restaurant. The couple have been on the island for 13yrs. Darren learned his trade at the Sugar Reef in London. This was European fine dining with Steaks from Uruguay, Lamb from New Zealand and fresh vegetables from the Canaries.

To start Peggy had Tiger Prawns with Tagliolini Pasta in a mildly curried garlic butter (9.50). The prawns were fresh and the pasta perfectly cooked. I tried the Foie Gras Pate with a cactus, apple and fig chutney (10.95) Very tasty too.

 

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To follow we tried seared Barbary Duck breast with a ruby port and Cherry Jus(15.75) and the Uruguayan Fillet steak, topped with gratinated wild mushrooms(17.95). Both served with super fresh and perfectly cooked vegetables.

 

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Portions are generous, so we shared a sticky toffee pudding with ice-cream. 17_Sticky toffee pudding_La Cabana_Feb 14

 

When not working, Darren plays wicket keeper for a local cricket team and Debs is actively involved in a local pet sanctuary, aimed at finding homes for abandoned pets.

Overall an evening well spent and highly recommended. http://www.lacabanamacher.com/

 

Wed

A must visit is Lagomar in Nazaret, the former home of Omar Shariff. The story goes he fell in love with it while filming a movie on the island and later lost it in a game of cards. It’s beautifully designed, serene with influences of Cėsar Manrique. Echoes of Alhambra in Granada with clever use of water and shady/cosy sitting areas. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g187477-d1799408-Reviews-Lagomar_Museum-Lanzarote_Canary_Islands.html

Also in Nazaret is the splendid Bastro overlooking lava fields and white washed Villas dotted across the hillside towards Teguise.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g652122-d4745737-Reviews-Barstro-Teguise_Lanzarote_Canary_Islands.html 

They describe themselves as “a bistro with a twist”. We would say imaginative fusion cooking. Bastro has been in-situ for 8 months and is run by the experienced team of chef Paul (originally from Canterbury) and Viktor a charming front of house manager from Hungary.

We started with two dishes from the Tapas menu; Barstro’s chilled pea and ham (a delicious pea mouse with a hint of mint) accompanied by deep fried crispy Serrano ham and also Confit of Octopus, slow cooked in an olive oil, garlic and herb sauce. Both accompanied by crusty rolls to mop up the tasty sauces. (5.25 & 6.50euros respectively).

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Mains were Calamari with lime, chilli and coconut milk, aromatic rice – lovely aromas of the East (13.50) and Seared loin of Swordfish with gooseberry marmalade and house potato (14.95) beautifully presented lovely fresh fish and fusion of flavours.

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In the interest of you dear reader we sampled two desserts; Raspberry peach and chilli gratin (4.95) and Roast Pear and Mascarpone strudel (4.95ea). Both delicious but the Strudel won by a whisker.

 

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To accompany we tried the Bermejo Seco, a deliciously complex local dry white wine; fruity and dry.

Overall a delightful dining experience and highly recommended.

Do visit Lanzarote. Outside of the major resorts it maintains its timeless chilled local charm – a perfect winter break.

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Other places to visit

 

Restaurant Sol, Farama – seafood – great water’s edge location www.restaurantesolfamara.com/

 

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El Tenique, Tiagua. Typical Canarian restaurant (we tried limpets in garlic butter and chic peas with goat)

0034 928 529 856

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Santa Barbara Castle, Teguise. Great views of the island and Pirate history focus within (3euros)

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g652122-d2538421-Reviews-Santa_Barbara_Castle-Teguise_Lanzarote_Canary_Islands.html

 

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Kings Country Bar & Restaurant 18/25

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Kings Country Bar & Restaurant, Botley

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Kings Corner, Botley
Southampton, SO30 2HA

Tel: 01489 796162

Website: www.kingscountrybar.co.uk

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

We have not visited this establishment for over 5 years and were impressed with this latest visit!

The Menu is extensive, see their web-site. Whilst sipping our L’Arista Sauvignon Blanc @ £14.95 we decided on the following……

From the Starters List, Spiced whitebait £6.75, hot and crispy and good portion size and Three cheese & spinach tartlet £6.25, nice crispy pastry & yummy filling!

For our main courses we chose from the Lite Bite Menu, lasagne served with garlic bread and coleslaw £7.50, 1 fish and chips £7.50 and fish pie with peas and carrots £7.50. Generous portions, good flavours except for the coleslaw, it contained very strong onion. I chose a chicken and bacon Caesar salad, £10.95. The chicken was a little bit dry but plenty of it, my main disappointment was the salad leaves, I like Romana or Cos and I got rocket. For me it was too soggy, needs to be a crisp leaf. The flavour was good and the bacon and croutons were crisp!

No puds, a couple more glasses of wine and 5 coffee at £1.80 each.

The restaurant was doing good business, the staff friendly and the décor pleasing.

Ladies Who Lunch: Kings Country Bar & Restaurant scoring

award.silver LWL Silver Award awarded April 2014

Cost ££££

3/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money (for lite bite menu)

18/25 Total yummy factor. Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

Kings Country Bar & Restaurant 18/25

The Heath Hotel, Dibden Purlieu, Nr Southampton17/25

 

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Beaulieu Road
Dibden Purlieu
Southampton
Hampshire
SO45 5PW

Tel:023 8084 2275

Website: www.tabletable.co.uk

Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: Easy

Loos: Above average

award.bronzeLWL Bronze Award – Awarded January 2012 – Cost £££

 

Re visited April 2014Can’t believe it is two years since we visited this pub but once again we were not disappointed.We called on the off chance and were lucky to get the last available table!  As advised before booking is definitely required, it is so busy!We chose the fish and chips £5.99, Gammon steak, 2 eggs and chips £5.99, Lasagne with garlic bread £5.99 and Thai salad with chicken £6.99.  A reasonable Chardonney and jug of tap water!   All really good, bit of a wait but they were very busy!    All for ££ a head. Happy to keep the same scoring as on our last visit. Review SM

 
January 2012 5 of us met up at The Heath for a farewell lunch early in January. It was heaving which is not surprising as the prices are so reasonable… chose a main course, (from £4.99) get a starter for £1.99! All details on their website.  Better book it’s very popular. We really liked the décor, lots of nooks and crannies with room for both large and small tables. Cosy dining in what is really a very large area with lots of tables. I believe it has recently been refurbished. There are also a lot of al fresco tables.

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Our starters included Seasonal Soup made from seasonal vegetables. Served with a chunk of tiger bread, Prawn Cocktail served on crisp salad leaves with tomato, cucumber, a classic Marie Rose sauce and brown bread and Garlic & Herb Breaded Mushrooms served with garlic mayonnaise and BBQ sauce.  Our mains good old Hand-battered Fish and Chips and Freshly hand-battered fish, served with your choice of mushy or garden peas and tartare sauce, Gammon Steak served with your choice of fried eggs or grilled pineapple rings, half a grilled tomato, garden peas and chunky chips or a jacket potato

Lots of choices of dressing, salad or vegetables and type of potato.  Our server was friendly and patient as it took us so long to decide what to eat from such a large choice! We shared a bottle of Pinot Grigio Rosé plus 2 glasses of red.

As the food was better than in some venues of this type (you know with such a large menu what to expect) we’d go again because with these prices and decor it’s such a great place to meet up even if just for a drink and a snack. Cost £££

Please help to spread the word by telling any restaurants you visit that you tried them because you were recommended by LWL in Hampshire… Thank you!

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 3/5
Variety of menu 3/5
Staff and service 3/5
Ambience & décor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5

 

Total Yummy Factor

17/25

Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)

An Isle of Wight Fest! March 2014

ladies Having just spent two weekends in a row on the Island, bowling at Warners Hotel Bembridge, I am going to share with you three really good pubs/eateries we enjoyed for our lunchtime libations with food!

983447_b5d5b969  The Folly Inn on the River Medina, East Cowes.

I have only ever visited this well known Pub by boat!  This time we made it down the very pot- holed long lane!  It was a lovely sunny day and therefore it was very busy!  A lot of outside seating being enjoyed as the views across the river are fantastic.   The food looked good, particularly the Sunday Roast but the queue to order was so long, we just had drinks and crisps and nuts sitting inside!!  Check their web-site for details and book !!

Plenty of off road parking and a field available!

From what we could see  would still agree with the marking on our last visit but remember it was way back in December 2008! Our review HERE

528  The Spyglass Inn, Esplanade, Ventnor

Another very busy pub but we managed to find a table!  Good choices on the menu, check their web-site, but we enjoyed pots of prawns with side salad and chunks of bread at £8.45.   The portion size was generous, staff friendly and very much a popular place with outside tables over-looking the sea.

Whilst enjoying our food Roger Holmes, the pianist tickled the ivories all the time we were there, playing requests too,  most enjoyable!  Again check web-site for what’s on music wise!

The public car park is up a steep hill behind the pub, I would imagine very busy in Summer.

Again happy to keep the same scoring as on our last visit. Read our review HERE

2-wightmouseinn-5  The Wight Mouse Inn,  Church Place, Chale, IOW, PO38 2HA.   Tel: 01983 730431www.wightmouse.co.uk

Our first visit here. Another large family establishment, with large garden and views of the sea. We were only after snacks, so sandwiches with bowls of chips were consumed. A couple had the Soup of the Day.  All reasonable prices and portion sizes.  Check web-site for menu details.

Small car park at front of the pub but around on the seaview side there is a large one.

Quality of food  3/5
Variety of Menu 3/5
Staff and Service 3/5
Ambience and décor  4/5 (Because of the fab sea views!)
Value for money 3/5

Total Yummy factor  16/25 bronze Bronze Award, Cost ££

 
And by the way Warners Bembridge comes highly recommended, we have had  some great weekend breaks there! Good food and entertainment for very reasonable prices! This was a particularly good one… Geriatrics Behaving Badly on The Isle of Wight!

Report by SM

Restaurant 54, Ampfield 20/25

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Restaurant 54, Ampfield

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Winchester RoadAmpfield

Hampshire SO51 9BQ
Tel: 01794 368480

Website: Restaurant54.com

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average, shared with golfers

 

Restaurant 54 is in our Discount Directory and is offering 10% discount on TOTAL bill for lunch everyday for LWL Discount Card holder + up to 8 guests. Please note the terms and conditions: the discount card cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount scheme or private event.

Meeting up with a friend we decided to lunch at Restaurant 54. It overlooks the wonderful scenery of  Ampfield golf course; a perfect spot on such a gloriously sunny day. This venue is open to all, whether or not you are a member; you can have a round of golf or just relax in the cosy bar area for a delicious lunch and chat which is what we did.

On arrival we were welcomed by Kristin, Front of House; he is also the banqueting manager, overseeing special events, large parties, weddings (some amazing offers) that can be held here in such beautiful surroundings . Their website has excellent information.

We sat in the cosy bar with G & T’s in our hands and studied the dishes of the day. Their menu isn’t large but there’s something to suit all tastes and all the food is freshly prepared by Paul, a very creative chef!

To begin we both enjoyed the soup of the day, Butternut Squash, served with baked sourdough bread £3.95.  We followed with: Pollock fillet, wild garlic mash & prawn butter, purple sprouting broccoli.£9.95, Honey roasted ham infused with fennel, juniper and clove, hand cut twice cooked chips and a dainty salad of popcorn shoots, viola flowers and leaves £6.75.

As we were well into the pm with all the chatting, we found room for desserts: Warm Apple crumble served with apple sorbet £4.95 and Eton mess with a difference as you see in the photo £4.25. Both were yummy! In fact we enjoyed all our food, the friendly service and the ambiance.

Well worth popping in for a good lunch, in fact I loved it so much I’m going again on Friday to sample the fish and chips, they looked delicious!

They do have a beautiful restaurant where they hold all the special events and it is always open for Sunday Roast. They will also be offering a special Easter Sunday menu, we highly recommend advance booking as its sure to be a popular family occasion.

Plenty of outside seating for even warmer days!

Ladies Who Lunch: Restaurant 54 scoring

award.silver LWL Silver Award awarded March 2014

Cost £££££

4/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

4/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

4/5 Value for money

20/25 Total yummy factor. Review JI

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!

Olive Tree, Southampton 20/25

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Olive Tree, Southampton

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29 Oxford Street
Southampton
Hampshire SO14 3DJ

Tel: 02380 343333

Website: olivetree.co.uk

Gluten free: Just ask

Parking: On nearby streets & car parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

This well established restaurant still has a good reputation and it was really nice, along with 4 friends, to enjoy their £10 for 3 course set lunch menu, served Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm.  No choices but great value!

Starter – salad of the day – we enjoyed celeriac.  Main Course – steak hache – pan-fried chopped steak with a peppercorn sauce, served with fries.  Dessert – Cafe Gourmand – a selection of mini desserts – small pot of creme brulee, a profiterole, a piece of white chocolate with raspberry sauce..yummy! Followed by coffee which was also included in the £10!   How do they do it?  Check their web site for other menus, they specialise in seafood and have a changing daily seafood specials board, the restaurant is also known for its French bistro dishes.

We managed a bottle of house red and lots of water…. well the sun was out!

Nice atmosphere and friendly staff, we recommend!

 

Ladies Who Lunch: Olive Tree scoring

£££award.silver LWL Silver Award awarded March 2014

Cost £££

4/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu (difficult as set menu)

4/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

5/5 Value for money (for the set menu)

20/25 Total yummy factor. Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!

02380 343333

The Chilworth Arms, Southampton – 17/25

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The Chilworth Arms a.k.a. The Clump
Chilworth Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO16 7JZ
Tel:023 80766247

Website:www.chilwortharms.co.uk

Gluten Free: YesParking: Adjacent

Wheelchairs: Easy

Loos: Average

bronze LWL Bronze Award – Awarded March 2014 Cost £££

March 2014 We recently re-visited the Chilworth Arms, but this time to try out their lunchtime fixed price menu- 2 courses £12.50 and 3 courses £15.50.   The Starter choices were - Lamb Koftas, Soup of the Day, Salt and Pepper Squid, and Roasted Mushrooms with crusty bread.  Three chose the lamb koftas and two the salt & pepper squid.  Yummy!There are 5 choices for Main course  – Smoked Haddock, Spinach & Horseradish fish cakes, a large Mushroom, Feta & Onion Tart, Chicken Scallopini (stuffed chicken breast), Gammon steak and lastly Gnocchi. We chose the fish cake, the chicken and the tart.  Good portion sizes and flavours, only complaint…. the chicken was a bit dry.

For Puddings – yes we did go for the three courses – Earl Grey crème brûlée, French lemon curd & almond sponge.  Apple & blackcurrant shortbread crumble and last choice a frozen Yoghurt & Fresh berries. We chose them all except for the crème brûlée.  They were well presented and mostly enjoyable.

We enjoyed a house red Shiraz and coffees and on the whole we all agreed it was excellent value.  The staff were good and its busy, booking is essential.

Delighted to up the scoring so The Chilworth Arms now has its Bronze Award back again! SM

 

 
August 2011 I recently re-visited this establishment with two girlfriends and for a Tuesday evening the place was very busy so table bookings are necessary.We started with a Mediterranean Meze Sharing Plate at £10.95, more than enough for the 3 of us!  It included: hummus, roasted vegetables, fregola, tzatziki, feta, spinach & ricotta pâté and flatbreads. Followed by good old fish and chips, Battered haddock, frites, tartare sauce and minted mushy peas, £10.95, Linguini, tiger prawns, crab, chorizo, chilli, tomato and white wine £11.95 and a Salad of crispy duck, mooli, carrots, hoisin, watercress, spring onion and plum sauce £11.45. The prawn linguine was slightly disappointing, not particularly good flavour and a sticky sauce!  The other dishes were fine.No puds, just coffee and together with wine Cost £££.Sadly we had to mark the service down a point so Chilworth Arms no longer has a Bronze award. Update SM

May 2009 Visited on a Monday and they were doing good business!  To start the 3 of us shared a rustic bread platter at £3.95, it would be an enormous portion for one.  We then had a minted lamb risotto £5.95, a salmon Nicoise salad £6.45 and a salmon linguini £5.45.  These were all small lite bite size portions but we all felt they were adequate and so therefore reasonably priced.

As it was supposed to be a summers evening we thought we’d drink a dry Hampton Rose at £14.   All good and well served, apart from when the wine was poured the waiter forgot to let one of try it first, fortunately we liked it !

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 3/5
Variety of menu 3/5
Staff and service 3/5
Ambience &décor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5


 

Total Yummy Factor

17/25

Report: SM

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)

The Phoenix Inn, Twyford 15/25

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The Phoenix Inn, Twyford

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High Street
Twyford, Nr Winchester
HampshireSO21 1RF

Tel: 01962 713322

Website: www.thephoenixinn.co.uk

Gluten free: Need to ask

Parking: Own car park

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

I was invited to this 17th Century Pub for a Quiz and Curry Night. The Skittle Alley Room was hired for this private event, we were 25 and didn’t fill the room. Do check out their website for the different events the pub holds each night to entertain the villagers.

In the middle of our Quiz we stopped for the Curry Buffet, consisting of 4 choices - a spicy beef or chicken, a vegetable, or a mild chicken korma.  To accompany this was a mountain of rice, poppadoms and naan bread, together with mango chutney. The cost per head was £10.00, this did not include any pudding or coffee.  Good flavour to the curry but the naan bread was a bit soggy!

Nice friendly staff and for a Monday night the bar was busy.  An enjoyable evening was had by all and thought a hog roast and skittles night would be fun next time!

Large garden for when the weather warms up…. ever the optimist!

 

Ladies Who Lunch: The Phoenix Inn scoring

£££award.bronze LWL Bronze Award awarded March 2014

Cost £££

3/5 Quality of food

3/5 Variety of menu

3/5 Staff and service

3/5 Ambiance and decor

3/5 Value for money

15/25 Total yummy factor. Review SM

Ladies Who Lunch: score key

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.

The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).

5/5 Cannot be improved upon

4/5 Very good

3/5 Good

2/5 Satisfactory

1/5 Poor

0/5 Terrible

If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!

Alresford Watercress Festival 18th May 2014

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On Sunday 18th May, the small town of Alresford plays host to the 10th annual street festival to celebrate the first watercress of the British season. This superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop draws together the local community and food lovers from far and wide for a day of food and fun.
Highlights to look out for include the street cavalcade at 10.30am, during which freshly cut watercress is brought into the town on a traditional horse and cart and handed out to the crowds by the newly crowned watercress King and Queen. Watercress_Alresford_1 The World Watercress Eating Championships and the Watercress Food Awards are also firm favourites. This year’s awards will be judged by local MP Steve Brine and Lucas Hollweg, internationally acclaimed food writer and author, so be sure not to miss his live cookery demonstration. Watercress_Alresford_20
Entertainment for the kids ranges from the food and crafts market to investigating the 40 different insect species which thrive on the watercress beds by pond dipping at the Alliance stand. And don’t forget to catch a ride on the famous Watercress Line steam train!
This nationally acclaimed FREE food festival begins at 10am and will run until 4pm. For any more information, visit www.watercress.co.uk/festival or for directions and parking information, visit www.watercressfestival.org/.