It was a toss-up between the Sunday Roast and the Chicken and Ham Pie which wafted pass on it’s way to the table behind me.
But it was the Roast Lamb and mint sauce I finally ordered.
Nearly missed it. Down the hill from the car park at Harting Downs and just after the turnoff to North Marden. A small sign which is easy to miss, points to a very narrow country road that drops off the edge, down into the valley and the Royal Oak in Hookways.
A small country pub, set right next to the South Downs Way. Perfect for sitting out in the garden on a beautiful summers day for a spot of lunch, or for huddling next to the log fire for a roast dinner on a crisp winters evening.
I was delighted when this tastefully-designed café opened just around the corner from us, in a quiet area of Sittingbourne. The road is mostly residential, broken up by a mini-high street of shops ranging from bike repair to a mini mart.
The Nest serves hot and cold drinks and lunches, plus a delicious afternoon tea. The ‘shabby chic’ style decor makes the small café very welcoming, an atmosphere which is helped along by the friendly staff.
The space is also available for rent and regularly hosts events such as craft fairs and activities, where you can make and munch on some delicious food.
If you’re ever in the area, do pay them a visit!
The Nest, 31A Chaucer Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1EZ
There is something irresistable about street food and food vans
Whatever the day, whatever the weather they are still flippin’ tasty. The food van I never knew about. Found in Terminus Rd in Chichester.
Burgers that come in all shapes and sizes, toasties, wraps and baps for lunch as well as a fully loaded breakfast.
With interests in music, food and travel Violet Wong is also an amateur photographer.
She studied music in Hong Kong before moving to the UK and working as a music tutor in London.
Not sure why but French Toast and Bacon is a rare find.
Just one of the slightly different breakfast options you get at the Greenhouse Cafe in Emsworth.
As slightly different as not being presented with a soggy croissant that has been nuked in a microwave to warm it. Something that has happened to me one more than one occasion in places which should know that it is never done.
A small independent family run cafe where slightly different makes a big difference. Where you can get a homemade meals, good coffee and the hospitality to match.
It just tastes better grilled on the coals. The best Caribbean jerk chicken in Portsmouth and the English South Coast.
Small Island Catering are tucked away on Fawcett Rd Portsmouth specialising in traditionally authentic Caribbean comfort food.
The food is outstanding. In particular the saltfish fritters and the jerk chicken. Goat curry, pepper beef stew and sweet potato mash capturing the taste and vibrancy of the Caribbean.
I thought I had tried them all. But the best are always the last to be found.
The Spade & Fork is a small independent, family run cafe offering some of the best homemade food you will find in Chichester and West Sussex.
That includes the best hot chocolate anywhere. According to David who despite his tender years, considers himself to be an expert on these sort of things.
Breakfasts, light lunches, delightfully gooey chocolate brownies, afternoon tea and delicious home baked cakes.
The closest you will get to Thai street food in Portsmouth is Noodels. Found in Edinburgh Rd, at the City Shops South Stop A, just around the corner from the Cascades Shopping Centre.
The beef noodles noodles are delicious
Self service, chilled water and condiments sets seldom seen in the UK.