Friday, 11 May 2018

Kielder Viaduct and Reservoir



On bank holiday Monday we took a day off to visit Kielder in Northumberland. It is a small village at the western end of the Kielder reservoir (the biggest man made structure in Europe). To get to the reservoir, we walked along the Lakeside route which took us along the former railway line and over the Kielder Viaduct.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

The Arabesque Restaurant, Sunderland

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The Arabesque is an Egyptian restaurant on High Street West in Sunderland. I ate there earlier this month. I was part of a group of 40. The food was good but they struggles to cope with large numbers. The result was some people getting their courses after others had finished theirs. Nevertheless, it would be worth visiting as a smaller group.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Back to the Marquis of Granby

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The Marquis of Granby is one of our local pubs but I occasionally visit it for lunch. My last visit was just after the scattering of my Dad's ashes. He was a regular attender of the jazz nights so it seemed fitting to come here. Service is always friends here and food is good. There was mince and dumplings on the menu. As it was one of Dad's favourites, one of us opted for it in his memory! I recommend the Thai fishcakes.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Little Palace Cafe

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On the Triangle in Crystal Palace, London, I had breakfast here recently. It's quite a busy establishment, possibly attracted by the relatively cheaply priced meals. Full English breakfast was available and cooked properly! The only problem seemed to be paying for it. We asked for the bill twice but no bill arrived. I eventually had to go to the counter to pay.

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An enormous menu at the Thai Crystal

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I ate at the Thai Crystal in Crystal Palace earlier this month. My abiding memory is of the enormous menu, running to over 170 items. I think this was a bit too much and left us hesitant as to what to select. Nevertheless, we made our choice and the food was good. Service with a smile in this restaurant as well. Prices are reasonable.

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Over 170 items on the menu.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

500 Degrees in Crystal Palace

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We had dinner in 500 Degrees in Crystal Palace yesterday. The large and warming wood-fired pizza oven helped to attract us in. Good service and for pizzas, they were competitively priced. Worth a visit.

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Burning my mouth at the Pack Horse

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We had to be in Burnopfield in Co Durham on Wednesday so we called into the Pack Horse for lunch. We've eaten there a handful of times previously. Service is good and prices are competitive. Sadly my choice of lunch was disappointing. The nachos were far too salty and the flavouring was overpowering. The scampi that was ordered as well on the other hand was good.

The pub itself was busy and was clearly popular with families, though it was half term.

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