Tuesday, 16 June 2015

South Street Kitchen

South Street Kitchen in Gillingham (Dorset) has had plenty of reviews in the short time it has been open in the former rugby club. Probably most notable one in the Guardian in February 2015. We have visited few times ourselves and have always had great time and fabulous food.

We had a rare opportunity to have lunch last Friday to finish another busy week before collecting the children from school. Usual discussion followed where should we go? I went through usual favourites and then thought about trying South Street Kitchen for lunch.

I must say it's evening type of restaurant for me. Only because of it's dark interior and lack of windows. It feels rather strange eating at lunch time and then walking out into the daylight again like that feeling of coming out of dark cinema in the day time. Although it looked a bit cloudy I thought we could sit in the garden.

There are plenty of tables outside, a couple of tables also under cover where we did end up moving once it started drizzling. It was quiet for Friday lunch time, there were only few other people in.

South Street Kitchen menu is simple and yet it's hard to choose from many favourites. I tried Veg & Cheese Empanada's and my husband chose Philly Sub.

Service was okay, our food arrived before we were given cutlery so we had to wait for those while the food sat on the table. My empanada's were delicious and husband's sub very filling. We had just coffees after the meal. It was quiet and relaxing Friday lunch and I think on a sunny day the garden probably fills up quickly as it's quiet and completely enclosed.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Vobster Inn

My husband asked me today if I was still writing anything in this blog. I had to admit that the blog had been neglected for quite some time. We have found quite few favourite pubs and restaurants around here now and we tend to keep going back to the same ones. Some of which I have not written anything about here, but now that I'm back I shall correct that!

Today we tried somewhere completely new to us. We went to Vobster Inn with friends of ours who regularly go there.

Vobster Inn is in a tiny village in Somerset but sat nav had no trouble finding it for us. It was quiet when we got there lunch time today (we had made a booking as it was 8 of us) and there were good choices on the menu. It got busier as the lunch time went on. We shared some starters and for mains adults chose roast beef, veal and I had pea and mint risotto with cauliflower.

The roast came with lovely vegetables that were plenty. My risotto was tasty. Children's meals were good too. We shared desserts as no one could manage whole desserts after all the tasty food we had had. Chocolate brownie sundae was clearly the favourite on the menu as we ordered three of those. I felt that the food was fairly priced and about the average what we are used to paying for Sunday lunch for four of us around here.

The pub is certainly set in a beautiful village. We climped up a little hill right next to the pub and found signs for walking routes - maybe next time we will plan to arrive earlier for a walk and then have some food at Vobster Inn!