Monday, 26 June 2017

T Stands For… a trip to the sea!

Ha! Not quite what it seems though! Last week my son rang to ask if we would like to go out for lunch as he had got the week off work! My reply was yes, and I made a request as to where we might go!
Last year he and his partner took us out for an evening meal at this place and we loved it.
It doesn't look much from the outside and for years hubby and I used to drive past this place and ask ourselves who would eat there! Once we had been we realised it would be only people who appreciated good food!(see the reviews and more photos here)
It is called 'Kim By The Sea',(you can see more here - if the annoying pop up messages don't put you off) just in case you can't see the sign on the wall…
 You can just see the edge of our little red car...
This was the table we had - right by the window - it was a very hot day!
The decor is bright and cheerful and when we got there it was quite full!
I had to wait to take these photos of the empty tables

There is so much choice on the menu as well as a specials board..

Everything is reasonably priced.
I had Goats cheese and red onion chutney salad, hubby had Roasted butternut and sweet potato salad, son had Caesar salad and son's partner had a hot chorizo pizza! We ordered fries and handcut chips to share!…and guess what…when it came it looked and tasted so delicious that I ate it all and forgot to take a photo(good excuse to go back)
So as you can see there was water for me, coke for hubby and the two 'boys' had lagers so at least I can join Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!

It was a great place to spend time chatting and catching up.
When it was time to go hubby and I went across the road to another place that we have seen but never been to..
We have seen this grow from a very small area to what is now a really beautiful and quite spacious place! The land at the side was just derelict land at one time.

We had a good wander round but didn't stay for a drink at the little cafe, maybe next time!

Here is a link to this fantastic place - it is worth watching the video that was made a while ago 
Although on this occasion I didn't buy anything I have plans to go back for some plants for our caravan garden!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Linda Kunsman said...

Chris I do admire your travels to so many wonderful places! That is an extensive menu to have to choose from and the prices do look good. Such a tease showing an empty plate.
lovely gardens too. Happy T day!

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like a great restaurant, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the empty plate, no temptation there! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

You'd not guess that was a restaurant from the outside. looks great though,and the garden centre looks great!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

It really looks like you enjoyed that meal! Great!
Happy T-Day dear Chris!
oxo Susi

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gosh, this is an incredible restaurant, especially the prices. So glad you enjoyed yourself and your son and his partner had time off to spend with you two. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, too.

Of course, I was REALLY impressed with the garden center. What I would give to get lavender as beautiful, healthy, and well established as they sold. I really enjoyed the outdoor "cushioned couch," too.

Thanks for taking is to Kim's by the Sea and the garden center for T this Tuesday. I suspect it's a beautiful area.

johanna said...

you always find the best places! if i would live nearby, i just would copy your travels each week:))
fantastic garden Center, my taste for sure!
have a great week, Chris!

chrissie said...

Happy T Day Chris

The eating place certainly looks interesting inside but not what you would expect from outside.
Love the Garden Centre with lots of natural areas to wander through.

Thanks for sharing your travels

Love Chrissie xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Looks like you found a hidden gem there, the restaurant looks wonderful and your salad sounds yummy ... that's a good idea of yours, I think you need to go back again and take some pictures ...Ha ha 😁. What a fun day out and the garden centre looks amazing, so much to see and a great place to explore. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

Meggymay said...

It looked a lovely destination Chris and the menu seemed to have tempting dishes to suit everyone. You are right we would probably have driven past this place as well.
The gardens looked lovely, thanks for sharing your great photos.
Happy T day
Yvonne xx

CJ Kennedy said...

A hole in the wall place nice secret and great food. Can't go wrong there. I love the green space of the community garden. An oasis to escape the city and busy-ness of the day. We need more of those spaces. Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day

jinxxxygirl said...

I'd have to agree with you the restaurant on the outside does not look very promising. Glad you found a good meal there though! :) Now that looks like my kind of Garden Center.. what a lovely place to walkaround... Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

Divers and Sundry said...

I like the way the restaurant is decorated, and the food sounds good. I'd end up going to the garden across the way, too! How could I resist! Happy T Tuesday

Lorraine said...

love that garden with the mosaics and the interior of the cafe looks nice

Lisca Meijer said...

That certainly looks like ar estaurant for those in the know. Looking at the menú makes my mouth wáter and the prices are not too bad either.
The community garden looks great. I have to a similar one in Somerset and we had a coffee and bought some plants. I like the whole idea and the set-up. Thank you for sharing that lovely place.
Happy T-Day,

Dianne said...

what a fun looking cafe, and those polka dots are fabulous! are they cupboards? can't really the photos of the garden center, the hay bale 'couch' made me smile! rather mysterious and intriguing pathways, and beautiful mosaic on the floor! happy T day!

kathyinozarks said...

I loved the garden center-amazing looking place. and so nice to dine with family-the menu has so much on it too-your salads sounded delicious.
Thanks for all the photos Happy T Day Kathy

Denise Price said...

Looks like you had a marvelous day out. My favorite bit was the photo of the cute polka dotted walls in the restaurant. Happy T Day!

Redanne said...

Glad you got to go back there again, the menu looks fantastic. The garden centre looks interesting too! Hugs, Anne xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

It just goes to show you, Chris. You can't judge a book by it's cover - or a restaurant either ;-)

The Hulme center just blew my mind - as the narrator said at the end of the video. Thanks for sharing that. It was an eye opener - so much good being done in one relatively small space. The world needs more of that!

Thank you for taking a look at my Sonoma journal and for your lovely comment. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it.

Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

My name is Erika. said...

Its always good to discover a reasonable place with good food. Even better to be asked by an adult child if you want to join them for food. And when a place ends up being good and you didn't know that, why even better. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Halle said...

What wonderfully unique places you visited and shared! I loved the simple yet vintage feel of the restaurant decor.
Happy T day!

butterfly said...

Looks like a wonderful afternoon out. As you say, the building doesn't look like much from the outside, but you clearly enjoyed the food!
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

Both look fabulous places to visit, good food and wonderful garden area xxx

nanskidrewski said...

Cute little restaurant, love the polka dots and the garden center looks fun.