Archives Month: July 2014

Only days after Dolly Parton and Jolene were strutting their stuff at Glastonbury we are travelling the same country roads on our way to our favourite chef, Adam at Goodfellows in Wells.

Is it nearly a year since our last “jolly” to this delightful cathedral city with its Bishops Palace and moat and swans?

A coffee and a little shopping was called for to prepare the appetite for lunch. But where for coffee – every other property in Wells seems to be a barista’s emporium these days.

After the caffeine fix we mooched around the market stalls which fill Market Place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mother said she needed a new liquidiser so Kitchenmonger threw open its doors to us. I didn’t mind. Who doesn’t like checking out the latest kitchen gadgets?

On to Adam’s and a quiet table in the corner where I can watch our friend and the brigade preparing our chilled king prawn gazpacho with toasted focaccia followed by a medley of sea bass, scallops and salmon with salami and braised fennel. As “the boss” was driving I contented myself with a couple of glasses of house white and a large espresso to complete.

For ten years we have been following Adam and even enjoyed his cooking when he was head chef at Charlton House in Shepton Mallet. There can never have been a better more consistent chef.

Congratulations Adam – we mustn’t leave it so long!

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 and the sun pouring over Weymouth Bay with the Isle of Portland in the background.

Two years ago this tranquil scene was the venue for the Olympic sailing events, bringing thousands of visitors to experience the beauty of Dorset for the first time.

The South West of England has so much to offer the weekender, the family annual holidayer or occasional visitor.

Whether it’s walks along the stunning coastal paths, visiting the many exceptional sea food restaurants or enjoying the luxury and pampering of the regions boutique hotels, the South West has something for everyone.

Now that our summers are warmer, longer and more reliable, staycations are a welcome option to the traumas of air travel with its security issues.

Beauty, charm, style and stress release is all on the doorstep. See you at the Crab House Café for lunch on Saturday. Cheers!

Congratulations are due to Tom and Owen Morgan whose Bar 44 in Cowbridge, South Wales has been awarded Readers’ Restaurant of the Year for Wales by Waitrose Good Food Guide.

Barr 44 is a tapas and wine bar in the centre of Cowbridge with a replica operation in Penarth.

So successful have the brothers been that they are taking their concept to the streets in Bar 44 Tapas Street Kitchen.

Their funding relationship with Armada has been important to them –

“Yet again we are delighted at the speed and professionalism of Armada Asset Finance. A very nice company to deal with.” Said Tom.