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We will build those occasional guest posts we get, into a cluster of low tech, low maintenance websites. Turning them into an organic homegrown resource. Something from nothing. A informal community promoting small, independent, local eateries that offer a little extra. Those special, out of the way places that are impossible to find. Businesses who need all the help they can get right now.
The best hamburgers in Arundel can be found in the High St
The Burger Shop at 14-16 High St offer tasty delicious burgers with a Gin Menu and great variety of Craft Beers and Ales.
The staff are friendly, attentive and it is a great place to unwind with kids.
Unassuming and unpretentious it would be easy to miss the Cedar Lebanese Restaurant opposite the Kings theatre on a busy part of Albert Road, in Portsmouth.
But once you step through the door there is no mistaking the traditional Lebanese music, authentic tasty food and outstanding hospitality and service.
The traditional menu offers a breakfast selection featuring zaatar manoushe. Given that I am not that familiar with Middle Eastern traditions and that they open at one in the afternoon and close at one in the morning, I didn’t dare ask.
There is a limited but good selection of salads, hot and cold mezze as well as charcoal grilled dishes, platters, wraps and sweets to round the meal off.
But be warned the portions are generous and if you have an eye for the desserts don’t overdo it.
We travelled up to London by train and after we got everything sorted out at the Embassy we went looking for a late breakfast.
Despite reservations, I have learnt not to argue when she is hungry. So I allowed myself to be steered towards a table in what at first appeared to be a traditional English tea shop festooned with garlands of roses.
Yes, it was a tea shop.
Yes, they serve cream teas and offer an exciting array of home baked cakes and pastries. But I needn’t have worried. Because breakfast all but forgotten, what caught my eye was a lentil soup. Slightly spiced and served with a cheesy pastry twist and crunchy bits you toss into the soup.
Although I did also order a croissant with scrambled egg and haloumi. Just as a reminder of why we were there.
Inadvertently we had found our way to Fait Maisson. A French inspired, Palestinian owned, traditional English tea room serving Middle Eastern food from a menu that also offers both traditional English and Middle Eastern breakfast options and possibly the best Maqluba to be found in London.
An interesting experience and the best lentil soup ever
There is something about street food you don’t get from a regular restaurant and in Portsmouth you get the best of both at Outside-In.
Centrally situated in an old renovated warehouse amongst the University buildings, just a short walk from the train station. It is a food court, bringing together some of the best food vendors in the area; my introduction to Natty’s jerk chicken and the taste of the Caribbean.
Jerk chicken is a spicy grilled chicken dish mostly associated with Jamaica but common throughout the Caribbean. A style of cooking in which the main ingredient—which most often is chicken but may also be beef, pork, goat, boar, seafood, or vegetables—is coated in spices and slow-cooked over a fire or grill, traditionally composed of green pimento wood positioned over burning coals; the resulting smoke is key to the flavour of the dish.
Not forgetting to mention the jerk slow smoked baby back ribs and the house special, goat curry.
Vibrant exciting food to warm the very soul. Street food as it should be.
Ask a local about home cooked meals, tea rooms, cakes and bakes and it is odds on, they will steer you to The Deli in Aldwick.
Stunning fried free breakfasts. Freshly made using free range eggs, premium butchers sausages and bacon. Served with beans real toast, sauteed potatoes or bubble and squeak
Home made daily lunch specials with a traditional roast on Thursdays.
Then there is Friday which is pie day. Cumberland pie, lamb and mint pie, chicken, mushroom and peppercorn sauce pie, sweet chilli, cheddar and spring onion quiche and a Brie, cranberry and stuffing strudel.
As tasty as the choices which one has, are imaginative.
Leaving the best to last. Cakes, Bakes, Millionaire Shortbread and their house speciality Rocky Road slices.