All posts filed under: Seafood

Lunch at The Whitstable Oyster Company, Kent

Ever since we got a car towards the end of last year, we’ve been looking for places to explore within an hour or two of our house in South London. One of the neighbouring and closest counties to us is Kent, and this has been the location of many countryside jaunts of late. The most recent took us to the coast, in Whitstable. It took us about an hour and 45 mins to drive there, which wasn’t too bad, and given it was the bank holiday, there was still plenty of parking available. The weather was looking a bit ‘iffy’ to say the least so perhaps people hadn’t risked it. But we did and it certainly paid off, as it stayed dry the whole time we were there – with beaming blue skies at some points. I absolutely love the sea side. I miss being able to see the sea from my bedroom window in Cyprus, and spending afternoons after school and at weekends lazing on the beach. The British seaside might not be quite …

Review of Ondine, Edinburgh

During our recent long weekend in Scotland, we visited Ondine for dinner. Researching where to go beforehand, we loved the look of this (largely) seafood restaurant, and it seemed to have a great reputation. They were actually hosting a Duck and Waffle brunch with Dan Doherty the following day, but aside from already having lunch plans, we figured we could enjoy his food back in London (although bizarrely we still haven’t managed to pay the restaurant a visit, it’s been on ‘the list’ for so long!) Ondine is located on an upper floor above shops/restaurants just off the Royal Mile. In the centre is a bar, with a display of fresh, chilled oysters to tempt you as you walk in. We were seated right next to another couple, fairly close to the bar. There were quite a few tables free in other parts of the restaurant, which often irks me, but to be fair, the rest of the restaurant filled up to capacity pretty quickly. (Photo taken from the website) This might sound a bit …

Throwback Thursday – Sand Restaurant, The Maldives

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about another of the fabulous dinners we had on our honeymoon in the Maldives. You may have seen my previous post about the Teppanyaki restaurant, today’s post is about Sand Restaurant on our island resort of Velassaru. Sand restaurant, as you might have guessed, is situated out on the sand, right by the sea. Some diners were seated under cover on the pavilion, but we were ‘out in the open’ under the stars, which was lovely! The food in all of the restaurants was superb, but Sand especially so. It focuses on two things: Meat and Fish, cooked on the hot stone grill. Can’t get much better than that! To start with, we ordered the Fisherman’s Chilled Platter for Two. The Fish Platter is one of our favourite things to order in a restaurant as we’re both shellfish lovers, but this was by far the biggest platter we’d ever had the pleasure of eating. It included a dozen pacific rock oysters, six medium prawns and a steamed lobster! Served …

Throwback Thursday – Sesame Restaurant, Dubrovnik

This week’s Throwback Thursday is about a lovely little restaurant close to Dubrovnik’s city centre, called Sesame. Tim and I went on holiday to Croatia in July 2013. It was a bit of a strange holiday as my Dad had passed away in Cyprus only the month before. I really wasn’t sure if it was appropriate to go, but we’d had it booked for a year, and my friends and family said it would do me good to take my mind off everything and to relax for a while. Thankfully the bosses at my company at the time were incredibly lovely and fine with me taking the extra time off, and I’m glad I did it. We stayed in a large hotel called the Rixos Libertas, right on the coast, about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Dubrovnik. For the first time, we were staying on an all-inclusive basis, which I was always a little hesitant about, but the quality of the food and drink in the hotel was fantastic. One of their …

Throwback Thursday – The Barking Crab, Boston (USA)

This week I’ve been speaking to a lovely mum blogger for my job, who moved out to Boston with her family. I visited Boston a couple of years ago when I was working at 2K and loved it, so I thought I’d make this week’s Throwback Thursday about The Barking Crab. I visited Boston in February 2013 for a press trip to one of our studios, during a huge snow storm (I’m surprised my flight actually made it into the US!) I think this view from my room at The Langham Hotel says it all: I had a free day at the weekend to myself and was determined to see some of the sights of Boston, despite the snow nearly coming up to my knees. I managed to trek through the snow to the Boston Tea Party museum, which was great fun (although being English there was a little awkward, I kept rather quiet!!) and afterwards, I met one of my colleagues and a couple of our journalists from Australia (who were certainly not expecting …

Cyprus Series: Yialos Tavern, Paphos

As you may know from my ‘about‘ section, I grew up in Cyprus. We lived there until my dad sadly passed away in 2013, and my mum is now living back in the UK, in North Yorkshire, where I was born. We have so many great memories from the island of love, and over the years, we visited many fabulous restaurants. In fact, most Sundays were spent in a large group of family friends at one of the many local restaurants, where lunch could happily take up the entire afternoon and continue long into the evening. The tourism industry has suffered in recent years in Cyprus – it has become more expensive to travel there and most of the travel operators and big hotels offer all inclusive deals. The local restaurants are suffering because people don’t need to leave their hotels as often. As such, I’ve decided to do a ‘Cyprus Series’ of blog posts on GTBG, in the hope that anyone who might be thinking of going on holiday might be inspired to check …

Throwback Thursday – Beast

As I’ve been lucky enough to visit so many wonderful restaurants in the past, I’ve decided to introduce a weekly blog post, talking about one of those places each week. My very own ‘Throwback Thursday’. And today I’m writing about Beast. The other half and I went there for my birthday in October last year, and it’s one of the best meals I’ve had in London. The premise is simple. They serve crab and steak. And fortunately those are two of my very favourite things 🙂 On arrival at Beast (located just behind Oxford Street), you head underground in an elevator, to be greeted by a tank full of live crab, and a fridge full of meat! It’s not the kind of place for those who don’t really like to think about what they’re eating. Beast is very upfront about this – you can even handle one of the live crab if that takes your fancy (although that was one step too far for me!) You are seated at long, wide, wooden benches, very ‘Norwegian’ …