Having seen their signs a couple of times, Saturday lunchtime provided a good chance to see what Java is all about. A family affair, Trina (alter ego Tasty of Purbeck) cooks and bakes the food on offer with brother Darren in charge of the coffee.
The Cock and Bottle is one of our favourite pubs in Dorset and we’ve visited a number of times and enjoyed consistently excellent meals. There is a wide range of home cooked food available – the kitchen does a terrific line in pastry with different pies and puddings, as well as a selection of fresh fish (the skate wing with caper butter is very good) and local game (venison wellington is a staple on the menu) with traditional pub favourites like scampi and chips also available.
Any restaurant still going after 26 years must be doing something right and The Cauldron Bistro in Swanage fits the bill. Run by Terry and Margaret Flenley, it feels less like a restaurant and more like being invited into their home for the evening with the dining room having an old school bistro charm.
Having ventured further afield for last week’s post I thought it would be great to showcase some Purbeck producers and retailers this time. In and around Purbeck we’re blessed with some outstanding produce and some passionate retailers – last weekend Sarah and I visited a few and I thought I’d share some of them with you.
From a restaurant where you each get two sets of chopsticks (one for taking food from shared plates, one for eating with) to hawkers on the street frying and grilling anything from noodles to oysters, Shanghai is quite a food experience.
Worth Tea and Supper Rooms is a charming little place opposite the Duck Pond in the picture perfect village of Worth Matravers. Now entering its 5th year, the Tea and Supper Rooms front of house is run by Diana with husband Dave the chef.
My Grandma moved to England in the late 1950s and brought with her so many recipes for traditional Chinese home cooking. Visits to see her and Grandad always included food, and lots of it. A wonderful cook, there was always something going on in the tiny kitchen and its still difficult to work out how so much food came out of such a small space with only one person working in there!