Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Lunch at The Smugglers

It isn't always open but one day last week the weather was fair so we drove to Blue Anchor Bay and were lucky. The garden is pleasant with lots of bird life darting around at tremendous speeds
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Home Farm is where we took our first grandson to see the animals as a toddler. He's 23 on Friday
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We disappointed the birds and ate inside. We discovered by entering from the garden we avoided the perilous steps. Lovely and cool inside and the window sills are dressed with ancient books Lunch was good - grilled hake and a dessert to die for: caramelised brioche with blackcurrant icecream. Just thinking about it makes me all warm and gooey - as was the pud in spite of the ice cream

I left MTL in the garden to take some shots of the shingley beach.

Regulars may remember this is looking NE towards Watchet.

and SW to North Hill where we live. This is the Bristol Channel - keeping the Welsh at bay.
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22 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

I've been struggling to remove that image of caramelised brioche with blackcurrant icecream since you mentioned it on FB the other day...

Pat said...

Kim: I'm sure Maggie or Rogan could sort you out expertly.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Many of your photos feature clear, blue skies, which always comes as a big surprise to me. That's contrary to what I've come to believe about your wx. Have I reduced an entire nation to a stereotype?!

R. Sherman said...

The sea looks so placid. I would have thought more people would be swimming around on a beautiful day like that.

Cheers.

Rog said...

Lovely! And not too many people about.

Pat said...

UB: we live in the South West which has a pretty pleasant climate. North East Lancashire where I was born and bred was 'a top coat colder' and wetter. Although we are small island our local climates are many and varied. That's why the weather is a fail safe topic always.
In the bad old days we had 'pea
souper fogs' which decimated the population annually.

Randall: Blue Anchor Bay is shingle and the water is greyish - not so attractive to swimmers as the sandy beaches further along the coast. It is usually taken over by anglers.

Rog: this was after lunch; before was busier but still pleasantly quiet. Why we like here - there is beautiful countryside and people tend to go zooming through to Devon and Cornwall.

Granny Annie said...

Beautiful scenery. It is nice to know everywhere is not a brown tender box like it is around here. The grass crunches under my feet when I walk around outside.

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful ! and your lunch sound wonderful.

cheers, parsnip

Macy said...

I come here to see blue skies! I'm looking forward to your getting north of Cumbria and reviewing restaurants based on theirwarmth

Pat said...

Granny Annie: it's still quite verdant here.

Parsnip: yes it was a good one. Places change - food places I mean - so quickly. We're trying an Indian with my son and wife at the week-end which we haven't been to for about 10 years. That reminds me I must book.

Macy: used to be one of our favourite places in the forties and round Buttermere was lovely in the eighties. Maybe it's one of the places we shouldn't return to. Fat chance any way;)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Another lovely setting and another lovely Lunch.....I love that so many of the Restaurants you go to look like someone's Home--or a small Hotel or a B&B....Lots of tradition and History, I bet....The View of the water is wonderful, both ways....!

Scarlet Blue said...

I went to Minehead on Sunday and it felt more muggy up there than in Exeter.
An interesting trip and I have a pic of a Minehead loo!!
Sx

Pat said...

Naomi: yes I was asking about the history but they are very lackadaisical about it. There would be a good reason it was named Smugglers.

Scarlet: how could you come to Minehead and not let me know?
Not lookimg forward to the loo.

Scarlet Blue said...

It was a spur of the moment idea! I had ice-cream and lost a few ten pence pieces in the arcades.
Also saw an old fashioned locomotive at the station... and only took pics of loos!!!
Sx

Pat said...

Scarlet: do let me know the next time. I'll clean the loos specially:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Sigh.

Sigh.

Sigh.

Pat, you say you don't know much about the Caribbean...some of these pics. remind me of Jamaica. Warm and sunny, of course, unless it's November to January, then it gets a bit chilly because of its closeness to the US [and winter].

Pat said...

G: and I imagine the sea is bluer there.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

how beautiful and tranquil these wonderful photos you share with us, pat - and what a yummy lunch from the sounds of it! - i've not traveled to your part of the world yet - to the land of my ancestors - but so look forward to it all - and your wonderful images and stories only intensify that desire!

nursemyra said...

Looks like a really lovely day. I would kill for a dish of caramelised brioche

Pat said...

nursemyra: at this moment - me too:)

nursemyra said...

I went out for dinner last night and scanned the dessert menu anxiously. No caramelised brioche, had to settle for chocolate pudding with strawberries and cream

Pat said...

Nursemyra: did I mention there was a hint of orange? We seem to have the same taste buds:)