Going out for a decent breakfast is one of our favourite things to do. We are in Lyme Regis with Neko and we are heading to a new place on the seafront – SWIM. SWIM is a cafe bar with dramatic views of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It also promises good food and good coffee.
Last night we had a few drinks here and enjoyed the buzzy atmosphere. Though the noise from the combination of music and lively revellers was deafening at times – partly because this place is all glass and steel with every noise bouncing off the walls and windows. They need something to soften the edges. It’s a little quieter this morning and that suits us.
Neko and Rock order a vegetarian Field Breakfast – roasted mushroom, slow roasted tomato, smashed avocado, rosti potato, house beans, poached egg and toast. They both love every part of it – a properly poached egg, fab rosti and they really like the house beans.
We all need coffee and have Americanos with hot milk….and the coffee is good. I also have an orange juice and the Farm Breakfast – similar to the Field Breakfast but with sausage and smoked streaky bacon instead of the avocado. It is excellent but unlike, Rock and Neko, I’m not really a big fan of the house beans.
Lovely views, great service, good food….with just a little noise management, this will be a great addition to the Lyme seafront!
Tierra Kitchen has a reputation for producing exciting vegetarian food, with influences of Mediterranean and French cuisine, using local, seasonal and organic produce from Dorset and Devon. Some people still think vegetarian food cannot be exciting, but I’ve been to this place before, I know their food can be innovative and extraordinary. Tonight, we are here for dinner with Neko and Ziggy.
We are served slices of pumpkin seed granary and white focaccia – both of which are superb. I’m surprised but pleased to find Stroud Brewery’s Budding on the beer menu – an organic pale ale with a floral aroma – it is a favourite of mine.
Rock and I share the sauté sweet potato, cashew & quinoa cakes served with apple, celeriac and an orange dressing. The savoury cakes are decorated with quinoa, fried until crisp, the apple and celeriac salad is dressed with balsamic alongside the piquant orange dressing. It is a riot of flavours.
Ziggy has chosen the pan fried filo parcel of smoked ricotta served with a salad of rocket and marinated fennel and a lemon zest dressing. The sight of the smoked ricotta oozing from the filo parcel makes us all want to try some. Neko has the carpaccio of rainbow beetroot in raspberry vinegar, served with a fine new potato salad and horseradish cream – the finely sliced beetroot comes in shades of pink, purple and orange and Neko says it looks good and tastes great.
Ziggy, Neko and Rock all choose the same main course – spring warm salad. Crispy pink fir apple potatoes, asparagus, baby carrots and pak choi served with toasted cashews, plum anise dressing and the addition of pan-fried halloumi. Washing up must be very easy here – all the plates go back looking as though they are already clean!
In the interests of the blog, I choose something different…goat’s cheese and pecan tortellini with asparagus, spring onion and red chilli. The tortellini pasta is top notch and everything works beautifully together. Yet another clean plate.
For dessert Rock and Ziggy share the lemongrass crème brulee with passionfruit sorbet and shortbread. While I’m having the Tierra Queen of Puddings – layered nut sponge, marsala poached rhubarb & plums, topped with a glazed Italian meringue. Wow!
If this food isn’t exciting – I don’t know what is. One of our best meals for 2018 so far.
One of our favourite breakfast haunts is Soulshine in Bridport. They produce great coffee and juices and cater for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans with produce from local, organic suppliers. We are here again with Neko & Ziggy.
This morning we all have coffee – some cappuccino, some flat white, some Americano. Ziggy has oat milk with hers. The excellent house blend comes from Extract Coffee Roasters. I have the full English cooked breakfast – sausage, bacon, mushrooms, a poached egg, tomatoes, homemade beans, toast & butter. Everything is really good – though the poached egg yolk is firmer than I like!
Neko and Ziggy both have the vegetarian breakfast – two poached eggs (also too firm), plus a sweet potato fritter instead of the bacon & sausage. Rock has the vegan breakfast with spinach and sesame & sunflower seeds instead of the poached eggs.
We all love the friendly, laid back atmosphere in Soulshine so, after we finish our coffee and our breakfast, we order two pots of English breakfast tea. I also have a very good pain au chocolat.
We had many great breakfasts in 2015 and one of the very best was at Soulshine in Bridport. So, today, we are returning for a second helping and meeting my brother Neko at the same time.
Both Rock and I decide to have the full English. This consists of sourdough toast, a beautifully poached egg, local bacon and sausage, freshly cooked mushrooms, baked beans and tomato. Neko has the veggie breakfast – the sausage and bacon replaced by a butternut squash farl and an extra poached egg. And, of course, we all have coffee.
It is a bit quirky in here. Sometimes the service can be a little too relaxed. But…the food and the coffee are always fabulous.
Over the past year we have visited almost 200 places looking for the very best eating experiences. The WadeandRockandFoodAwards (part I) were made to our top three pubs and (part II) to our top three restaurants. Our third set of awards go to four small independent outlets that gave us something special during 2015.
Soulshine, Bridport – best breakfast. A cool and funky cafe with great coffee, fabulous bread and perfect poached eggs. They can delight veggies and carnivores with equal skill. Soul Review
Eat Wild, Cirencester – best burger & beer. Their Clown Killer burger is extraordinary and they serve Deya Brewery’s Steady Rolling Man which is a perfect match in quality. Wild Review1Wild Review2
Soulshine’s Farl, poached eggs & bacon
Eat Wild’s Clown Killer
Grumpy Badger’s raspberry, blueberry & lime cake
Leverton & Halls’ Kashmiri Lamb Curry
The Grumpy Badger, Bradford-on-Avon – best coffee & cake. Moist, freshly baked cakes with great inventive flavours – so good we were forced to blog about it! Badger Review
Leverton & Halls, Bournville – best local & organic. Bustling cafe & deli that serves both traditional and more exotic dishes using fresh beautiful produce. L&H Review
During 2016 we aim to return to some of the small independents we have loved and to visit numerous other places looking for fabulous food.
We need to celebrate. Edda, my niece, has just shown us a copy of Bedboat – a new creative lifestyle magazine. Not only is she modelling in one of its photoshoots and talking about the city of Bristol – she is on the front cover! What we need now is a celebratory brunch.
We head to Soulshine in Bridport with Edda, Neko and Ziggy. Soulshine is a cool, funky cafe that has a great reputation for breakfast and brunch. As we enter I notice a rack of independent magazines – this looks like a perfect spot to pose some copies of Bedboat. We can also see a chef dividing up a huge spread of ciabatta dough. It is buzzing inside the cafe and we are just in time to take the last available table. Phew!
Rock and I both decide to sample the farl with poached eggs and bacon. This farl isn’t a type of Irish flatbread but a sweet potato cake and it works beautifully as a backdrop for the bacon and eggs. As a group we order a portfolio of coffees including Americano, latte, cappucino and flat white. The coffee is fresh and really good quality.
Edda, Neko and Ziggy all choose the full vegetarian breakfast. This is a storyboard of poached eggs, tomato, mushrooms, farls, beans and toast. The chef clearly knows how to poach an egg perfectly. We are having a great time and in the mood to order more coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, toast and jam. They will hardly need to wash up our plates – as we only just stop short of licking them clean. It is proof that Soulshine has been a fitting place for this celebration.
If Bedboat need someone to review and photoshoot restaurants in Bristol or any other location – we will make ourselves available!
We are in Dorset for the first time in a while and we are having dinner with Neko and Ziggy at The Riverside. It is a restaurant in West Bay that specialises in fresh fish.
As we trawl through the menu….we are all confused. There may be many fish in the sea but most of them appear to be on this menu. We order, change our minds, change our order, change our minds again and change our order again. The process only takes about 5 minutes and the staff are patient and understanding throughout but, we are nevertheless, feeling slightly embarrassed.
Both Neko and I, still caught by this confusion, decide to wade into the daily selection of fish. The selection is a shoal of five different fresh fish, plus a scallop and a gamba all served in a bourride sauce. I’m not sure we could name all the fish but they are beautifully fresh and beautifully cooked.
A bottle of Les Perriers Sancerre arrives with a gentle elderflower and gooseberry nose and a finish of decent length. It works really well with the fish.
Rock reels in the grilled Lemon Sole fillets and Ziggy lands the grilled Dover Sole fillets in a Lobster bisque served with cumin fried parsnip crisps and shiitake mushrooms. Rock and Ziggy seem strangely quiet for a while but I soon realise that they have just been busy clearing all signs of food from their plates.
We cast an eye over the dessert menu. After having an assiette of fish, I share the assiette of desserts with Rock. Ziggy and Neko decide to net the coffee crème brulee with Breton biscuit and caramelised fig. Nearby diners soon catch sight of another set of clean plates.
There remain many restaurants who really don’t do fish well, but The Riverside know how to cook fish – hook, line and sinker!