A MUST for foodies

A MUST for foodies

What a stunning summer we have enjoyed in the South West this year – wall to wall sunshine and next to no rain (sorry gardeners).

Just the other day we decided to drop in on Mitch Tonk’s renowned restaurant in Dartmouth. To break the journey we stopped at Dartington Cider Press shopping village for coffee in the Cranks restaurant. The date slice was perfect as always.

I should have made a run for it then but “the boss” wanted to look around the jewellery department and before I could hide, the plastic got bent on the grandson’s Christmas present – a wooden train track, trains, bridges, a coal yard, the Jewson lot and it’s only September.

After a stroll around Dartmouth, which we know well, we took our table at the Seahorse, overlooking the river. Fortunately Mitch’s partner, Mat Prowse was leading the brigade so we knew it would be special.

Crab gratin pour moi and fresh burrata followed by two plates of chargrilled monkfish accompanied by courgette fritti and buttered lettuce. We couldn’t resist the dessert menu though we should. Her ladyship chose the caramel and espresso pannacotta and her driver made do with the affogato.

Hats off to Mat and Mitch, we’ve travelled a bit but this was probably the finest cooking ever with a perfectly balanced menu and friendly staff that complimented the whole experience.

After a little more window shopping we drove to nearby Blackpool Sands and watched the families swimming and playing on the beach until 6.30 pm.

A perfect ending to a perfect summer.

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