Saturday, 19 April 2014

Beware asking if you eat at the Sportsman Seasalter, Mitchelin Stars go to the head

My Brother and his wife came to see me this week and conversations got round to what we had been up to since we last caught up. Mine was a trip out and fish n chips out of the paper in the car at Crispins in Teynham and Crab and Chips eaten on the Harbour steps at Margate Old Town. His hi lites had been their 50th wedding anniversary Meal at Reads in Faversham and another meal eaten at the Michelin Star Sportsman at Seasalter. Well Three of these foodie delights were a great success and it wasn't the one with a Michelin Star. I must say personally I have never eaten anything with stars on but he has and often eats at Reads which has recently lost it's coveted star.
We both he and his wife were put in there place by the chef who when asked by my sister-in-law to not have the loin of salt marsh lamb pink she likes it just over, one would think a reasonable request and one I have heard often, but no if you have a Michelin Star for the first time the chef comes out to convince you it just juices and the only way to eat his best quality orgainic lamb is pink. EXACTLY how my SiL doesn't want it but she did as she is told and pays 20 odd quid for something not cooked how she would enjoy it. She buys and cooks organic lamb from Doughtys or Barkaway Butchers so she does understand the concept and at close to 70 years of age has discovered he likes and dislikes.
My Brother describes the near 400 pound experience as pretentious and has always enjoyed eating out at good restaurants and is looking forwards to his next meal at Reads. As for me  five pound dressed crab from Mannings and a portion of Petes Fish Factory chips with my wife daughter and her hubby and kids on Mothers day will long be my favourite meal of the year

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Crystal Palace get to forty points

In the premiership 40 is the magic number. Way back in November when Tony Pulis  was appointed manager Palace were floundering at the foot of the table and many thought survival in the premiership a heady ambition. But it now looks certain. I have said previously that I don't actually support one single team and it is true of Palace. I don't support them in the true sense of being a supporter but follow their progress. Sometimes I will follow a team because I don't like them which is the case of Birmingham I went off them after being mooned by supporters in coaches returning from a match several years ago. Still well done to them but everything has an opposite action and the win last night is bitter sweet Everton will find it harder to get above Arsenal for fourth Champions league spot. FOOTBALL'S a funny old game you are never satisfied.

Margate's New Pier

What started out as a bit of fun the idea for a new pier for Margate seems to have been greeted by fellow Thanetonian' s with much gusto. When you actually think about it with the building of the Turner Contemporary and this year the start of Dreamland being rebuilt we actually need the pier to become not a joke but a reality. My first memories of Margate are of the old pier. The thrill as a kid of being able to walk on water another early memory is of feeling seasick in my dad's mates boat in Ramsgate harbour but that's another story. Margate needs a PIER now more than ever what do you think?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

New Pier for Margate next week, build it in four days?

I have pencilled in four days next week to sort out a new pier for Margate. Since 1978 when the last one succumbed to the storms we have been lost without our Pier. So via Twitter last week a plan has been hatched to rebuild the pier. Grove River Trips Pete who runs trips on the River Stour from Grove Ferry  has a boat for when the tide is in we are pretty much covered.
Margate new pier will be a mostly wooden structure, I cant weld under water so it had to be wood. And the lengths of timber have to be wheelchair friendly so nothing longer than about 1metre and we think due to health and safety nothing weighing more than 1 KG I dont want to get a hernia. The fact we have a boat we may be able to get the pier out at least 4 metres so if all goes to plan and the design on the back of the fag packet is passed by Barny the Dog a new Margate pier is coming to Margate. Read all about  Grove Ferry River Trips Here

Grove Ferry River Trips

Visit Broadstairs Food Festival April 19th - 21st. Spring Fair

If you are visiting Thanet this weekend be sure to head on over to Broadstairs held in Pierremont Park grounds Broadstairs CT10 1JX. Free Entry and over fifty stalls head onto the website rather than me reinvent the wheel CLICK HERE FOR THE BROADSTAIRS FOOD FESTIVAL website
 Loads of wonderful food and drink stallsplus Easter Bonnet Parade for children and adults.