Tuesday, 29 May 2007

BD's tag

This is what Badgerdaddy told me to do

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the city/state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
miss kendra (los angeles, california, u.s.a)
Jiggs Casey (Berkeley, CA, USA! USA! USA!)
Tits McGee (New England, USA)
Kat (Ontario, Canada)
badgerdaddy (Ludlow, Shropshire, England)
Z (South of Norwich, Norfolk, England)

Badgerdaddy linked to everyone, but I don't have time right now to do 15 links, so I've linked to his post and we can all ride on his manly back.

2. List out your top 5 favourite places to eat at your location.

As he pointed out, I live in a small place. And, as I mentioned, I don't get out much. However, for what it's worth, here's where I've been recently.

1. Earsham Street Café, Yagnub. I was there last week and ate a slice of good homemade cake. Coffee and walnut, I think. I also pop in for lunch sometimes if I feel a bit self-indulgent. Then, I'd probably have a salad with chicken liver or scallops and bacon, or crab and pea risotto.
They serve really good, interesting food with local and seasonal ingredients. Steve and Rebecca opened it some years ago and decided from the start not to overreach themselves and risk losing their own personal touch. So it's open for coffee, lunch and tea every day, but only for dinner one weekend of each month. However, they also do outside catering, whether for a dinner party or a big bash, and you can book the whole place for your own party. We did that on the evening of El and Phil's wedding day for a family party (their big hoo-ha was the next day and we did the food) and it was friendly and fun and delicious. Steve and Rebecca are expecting their second child in July and are wondering why they thought this was a good idea, at their busiest time of year.

2. Buttercross Cafe, Bungay. A traditional greasy spoon, but a good one. This is where the Sage will drop in for a meal, often shepherd's pie. It's just round the corner from Al's shop, so we also go in for a sausage or bacon roll (I mean a bread roll rather than a pastry one) to take away. They do fry-ups, home-made quiches and pies, traditional roasts, salads, with good ingredients and they don't overcook the veg.

3. Earsham Hall Tearoom. I was taken here on Sunday by a gentleman friend. Earsham Hall is the splendid 18th century site of the Earsham Hall Pine showrooms and workshops. The showrooms are great, and you can wander around for ages looking at the range of furniture and stuff they do, including kitchens and the like, but also small gifty sort of things. For the past few years, they have also used the house for functions, such as weddings. Our friends (he being the one I lunched with on Sunday) held their 40th wedding anniversary party there earlier this year. The aforementioned Earsham St Café did the food and it was all elegant and gracious, and highly enjoyable.
On Sunday, I had a roasted pepper and feta cheese tart with salad.

4. Queen's Head, Bramfield, Suffolk. This is about 20 minutes drive from us, between Halesworth and the A12 (turn off just past the Lowestoft side of Darsham and meander for three or four miles). We haven't been there for a while, but often used to drop in, in the days when we had time for this sort of jollity. They specialised in local rare breed meat and other local ingredients before it became fashionable and the food is always good. We often used to go there for Sunday lunch. Maybe it's about time to start again.

5. St Benedicts Restaurant, Norwich. We take our N@DF@S lecturers there for lunch as it's just round the corner from the theatre. The food is delicious, interesting without being tricksy and the staff are lovely. We usually have the set lunch menu, which gives about 3 choices and is very good value, but I've not been there in the evening to eat à la carte because, as I said, we don't go out much.

Not at all local, but I'll also mention 2, Fore Street, Mousehole, which only opened in April. I went there a week or so later and had the best scallops I've ever eaten. Served on the shell (and still attached), with butter, garlic and red chilli, it was simple and delicious. My friend Judy had eaten the same dish a couple of days before. "They didn't bring bread though," she said. "It was a shame to waste those lovely juices." "I picked up the shells and slurped them," I said, a bit dismayed at the thought that I'd brought my oikish East Angular ways to Classy Cornwall.

I should tag 5 people. I know some people have done this already, any offers? Please?

3 comments:

Steg said...

I'd cheerfully nominate myself but I can only think of three places that we/I've eaten out at in living memory.

Z said...

Pair of unsociable buggers, aren't we Steg? I'll take three, especially if you add the two best meals you've cooked this year. Or had cooked for you, if that's what happens sometimes.

Z said...

And no fancy recipes or you will make me feel inadequate