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The Bluebell Inn, Cocking 01/03/2015

Wilting weed or fragrant flower?

The Bluebell Inn, Cocking The Bluebell Inn is a country pub with rooms in the rather unfortunately named village of Cocking in West Sussex. Cocking is a small village nestling beneath Cocking Down which is part of the South Downs National Park. The South Downs Way runs along the ridge above Cocking so it’s a popular route for both hikers and cyclists. Despite driving past the pub on the way to Midhurst more times than I could possibly count, I’d never been inside the place. However, that all changed when the pub was featured in a daily Groupon deal last month. The deal offered a two-course lunch or dinner for two for just £19.45 so I snapped one up. The deal was further improved with a Groupon discount code giving me another 25% off so I ended up paying £16.53 in total….which on the face of it seemed a pretty good deal. A two-course dinner at just over £8 per person…we couldn’t go wrong could we? ~~~ THE VENUE ~~~ The pub is housed in an attractive cream painted building right beside the main road (A286) which runs from Chichester to nearby Midhurst. Despite its proximity to the main road, there is a pleasant garden are tucked away behind the car park. There’s also an outside seating area by the side entrance to the pub which is no doubt popular with smokers. The car park is reasonably commodious with marked spaces to both the side and front of the building. Inside the pub is done out in deep burgundy red walls with cream accents. The flooring and the bar are all in some kind of dark wood ...

Samphire English Kitchen, East Wittering 15/02/2015

"Oh I do like to be beside the seaside"

Trents, Chichester 01/02/2015

City Slicker

Medical Pet Shirt 18/01/2015

Keep your shirt on

Lavenda, Worthing, West Sussex 03/01/2015


Efes Turkish Restaurant, Chichester 14/12/2014

Turkish Delight

The Richmond Arms, West Ashling, West Sussex 01/12/2014

Over-rated, over-priced >> under-whelmed, under-fed

The Richmond Arms, West Ashling, West Sussex My partner booked a table at the Richmond Arms as a birthday surprise for me last month. He did his usual trick of refusing to say where we were going and then taking a very roundabout route to get there in order to confuse and confound me. We had both wanted to dine at the Richmond Arms for yonks as it has a terrific reputation locally and it’s always booked solid. Although it goes under a pub name, the place is about as far from a local pub as you can get - it’s more like a trendy restaurant (or a gastro-pub really)…with prices to match of course. We’d been hearing whispers locally about how good the Richmond Arms was for the last three to four years yet every time we tried to book they were either fully booked, closed for annual leave, refurbishment or some other obscure reason. Granted they only open from Wednesday to Sunday every week so there is a shortened time span in which to visit, but it proved notoriously hard to book a table there. My partner finally managed to snag one for a Friday evening in late October. THE RICHMOND ARMS The Richmond Arms was rescued from the closure that hit so many pubs in the economic downturn by turning it into a rather expensive gastro pub. Quite what the residents of West Ashling think of their transformed “local” goodness knows. It’s hardly the place to pop in for half a lager and a packet of pork scratchings and I would imagine it’s unlikely to ever host a local’s night or a pub quiz. Instead the residents now have a very ...

Acer Aspire 7750G-2454G50Mnkk 17.3" 16/11/2014

Nifty Notebook

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, London 01/11/2014

"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"

Wagamama, Chichester 19/10/2014

Yo Mama!

Ask Italian, Chichester 17/10/2014

All I Ask of you

Ask Italian, Chichester It had been nearly six years since I’d last dined at Ask. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with my meal at the time - it just didn’t impress me enough to make a return visit. I felt it was typical chain restaurant fodder and there was nothing on the menu that I couldn’t find in any or all of the other Italian themed chain restaurants you find in every town nowadays. In my opinion Zizzi, Pizza Express, Strada, Carluccio’s, Ask and Prezzo are all pretty interchangeable, as they all basically offer the same sort of dishes, ambiance, prices and service. Whilst browsing on Amazon recently looking for some inspiration for my father’s birthday present, I noticed there was a new service called Amazon Local which looked interesting. Amazon Local is basically Amazon jumping on the Groupon, Wowcher, TravelZoo, Dealmonster bandwagon whereby they offer you days out and restaurant deals in your local area. One of the deals on offer was a meal at any Ask Restaurant throughout the country for a fairly reasonable price…so I snapped one up. One thing to note though is that you have to pay by credit card for any of the Amazon Local* deals. I found this rather annoying as I have shed loads of credit on my Amazon account and wanted to use my Amazon vouchers to pay for this deal. No dice :o( Décor and Ambiance ….Be afraid to Ask Ask are a medium sized chain which offers Italian accented informal dining in just over 100 venues throughout the UK. I’m never entirely sure ...

Bill's, Chichester 16/10/2014

Not just another bill….

Hotpoint FF200EG 02/09/2014

Well chilled

Hotpoint FF200EG The workhorse in my kitchen is most definitely the fridge freezer. Having purchased it some six years ago it hasn’t given us a single problem in all that time. It’s the oldest and most reliable appliance in my kitchen and I’m hoping that by saying that out loud I’m not going to jinx its problem free life to date…otherwise I’ll be out shopping for an expensive replacement. We initially purchased the Hotpoint FF200EG in 2008 and it was to replace an old chest freezer (which we moved out into the garage) and an old second hand larder fridge which had given up the ghost after an impressive ten years or so service. Initially we found the fridge freezers in the electrical showrooms rather daunting as they were just so massively tall in comparison to our old larder fridge and chest freezer. However, we were sold on the idea of the floor space we’d be saving by having one tall appliance as opposed to two dumpy ones side by side. We wanted an appliance that was a fifty-fifty split between a fridge and a freezer. We didn’t want to lose out on fridge space by having a huge freezer, but neither did we want a massive fridge with a couple of freezer drawers tacked on as an afterthought. In the end we honed in on the Hotpoint FF200EG as it comprises the best of both worlds - a good roomy fridge section and four spacious freezer drawers underneath. We also wanted our new fridge freezer to be in silver or graphite so it would match the rest of our kitchen appliances. *** KEY ...

Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham, West Sussex 17/08/2014

Marvellous Marwicks

Marwicks Brasserie, Bosham, West Sussex Marwicks Brasserie is a relatively new addition to the eateries available in the village of Bosham (near Chichester in West Sussex). It opened its doors in 2012 and seems to have gone from strength to strength. Although it’s not that far from my house we were initially put off dining there thinking it would be expensive, snobby and starchy. Let me explain, Marwicks is owned by and tacked onto the end of an existing hotel in Bosham called the Millstream. The Millstream Hotel and Restaurant are a bit of an institution in the surrounding area as they’ve been there since the year dot. It’s a rather twee and pricey hotel with the restaurant mostly frequented by the rich or elderly, and therefore it’s a little bit staid and boring. We once ate at the Millstream Restaurant with some work colleagues and it was one of those hushed and reverent venues where you feel laughter is out of place and you need to be serious and worthy (and well heeled) to fit in. Hence we were in no great hurry to sample the delights of the new brasserie they’d tacked onto the end of their hotel thinking it would be tarred with the same brush. However, two things changed our minds. The first was that I couldn’t help but notice that Marwicks were getting rave reviews on Trip Advisor and pretty quickly creeping up the table of the top 25 best places to dine in Chichester. The second thing to tempt me was an advert in our local parish magazine entitled “Thai Tuesdays” where they were offering two curries and ...
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