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!
For my first review as the Purbeck Foodie I’d like to introduce readers to Love Cake. The Love Cake café and deli is located at 42 High Street, Swanage and if it looks busy upstairs there is plenty of room downstairs as well. Love Cake is run by Emily who also provides catering services from bespoke cakes to wedding breakfasts, including “Doris”, a converted pink ice cream van!
Having to visit lovely Hospitality outlets in Dorset has become a small part of my day-to-day job along with my hobby. This school term I have been given the role of “Hospitality teacher”, and needed to find a variety of outlets that our students could visit. One Friday afternoon, when the boys were on their way to Nana’s, I made good use of my time by visiting some suitable venues ready to report back to my Head of BTEC. I went to some really lovely places, made good contacts and found myself feeling increasingly hungry – these lovely outlets only offered me drinks. I had snacked a bit in my car when driving between venues and really fancied a pudding. Only chocolate would do for a tired woman after a long drive.