Then disappearing to our room to listen to TMS and do a bit of blog writing. Here I found another minus point, the Wi-Fi reception in the room was terrible in fact almost non-existent. So I had to just lie back and enjoy the cricket, well I would have if England had played better and held a few catches.
We had a bit of a rest, got showered and changed and headed across to the road for food. I had booked a table for 19:30 and I had asked for a window seat, alas when the Major-domo looked at the seating plan she saw that the guest previously occupying the table were actual not previous. She very courteously said would we like to wait at the bar or select another seat, offering us the seat directly adjacent to the catch of the day black board. Now I am short sighted so this suited me 100% as I would not have to be forever doing the specs on specs off routine.
For my starter I had selected the mini skate wings with shrimps and capers from the black board and Linda had chosen king scallops baked in their shells from the normal menu, but this was also on the blackboard.
Linda’s King Scallops were just that, regal, 5 monsters, I had a taste and they had been cooked to perfection , the sauce, a sweet chilli/coconut Pave was a beautiful accompaniment to the succulent juicy scallops, I also found it great that they had not removed the coral, why do restaurants do that? It is a truly delicious part of the scallop!
For the main we had selected the fish of the day for two, this was a steam baked turbot with a lemon chervil butter sauce, accompanied by sautéed lemon rosemary garlic potatoes and a medley of fresh seasonal vegetables in this case mange-tout, courgette’s, aubergine’s and baby sweet corn. The fish is presented whole at the table and in our case I elected to carry out the fileting myself. Turbot is a wonderful fish, one of the best and it is such a shame if it is spoiled, this one was not, it was cooked again to perfection, the Chef in Chapman’s is certainly a master in fish cooking, it was not in the least dry, it fell away from the bones and was a delight to eat. The accompanying vegetables still had a bit of crunch to them and there were plenty of them.
I certainly enjoyed our meal and Linda said she had a very nice Birthday dinner in pleasant surroundings, she wasn’t the only one, as on the next table a family were also celebrating mothers Birthday in style, they had selected 2 monster sea food platters which included lobster, crab, king prawns, scallops, mussels. They certainly enjoyed as they tucked in with great gusto, that is all except dad, he has fish and chips, he said in a broad cockney accent “I ‘av to pay for the bloody thing but I don’t av to eat the stuff”.
it was full of young revellers celebrating their exam results, it was still very, very warm and the skimpiness of the lassies attire reflected that and this didn’t do my temperature any good at all.