Stop the World…

… I want to get off. And have another of these hot chocolates!

Stop the World, in Leigh-on-Sea’s Broadway, is something of an institution. Before we’d even moved into the neighbourhood, we’d heard mention of it. Glowing mentions.

Then, having FINALLY moved into our new house (which happens to be just up the road), we were quickly struck by how busy this pretty café was. During the summer, every single seat outside was taken whenever we wandered past. And as the winter days drew in, the cosy glow it emitted (not to mention the sweet smells that seeped out) made it seem as inviting as roaring fire on a snowy day.

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Hot chocolate at Stop the World

And when the husband and I eventually stopped by, my goodness was it easy to see what all the fuss was about.

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A bit of the Boatyard

The Boatyard is a restaurant which clearly rates itself.

And it does have good reason. It’s situated in probably one of the best spots in Essex, tucked down in Old Leigh, with unrivalled views of the estuary.

On a balmy summer evening, there are few places I would rather be than sat, cocktail in hand, on its long wooden deck out at sea, the sound of piano drifting out.

And, what is more, I have also discovered a new favourite cocktail.

The Boatyard’s Rosè Spritzer is basically summertime in a flute. Macerated strawberries were mixed with Pimms No.1 , Frais de Bois, Elderflower and a dash of sugar syrup, shaken and double-strained into my glass then topped with Rosè Champagne.

Katy Pearson the Boatyard

The Boatyard’s Rose Spritzer

 

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The Mariners Court, a new local?

We’ve just moved house. And as far an I’m concerned one of the VERY FIRST things you have to do when moving to a new town is to find yourself a lush local – or two.

So, having finally gotten the keys to our new place and lugged boxes inside for an unseemly amount of time, we admitted defeat and wandered off to find a watering hole.

We didn’t have to go far before we came across the Mariners Court (in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.) Now, prior to buying our place we hadn’t exactly heard good things about this pub.

Katy Pearson the Mariners Court

A 200ml bottle of fizz? That’ll do for me… (Guinness for the husband, of course)

But for a rather dusty pair of new-to-towners it was exactly what we needed. The sun was shining so the glass doors onto the Broadway were wide open, there were pretty hanging baskets, the barman was friendly and they did a 200ml bottle of fizz.

That’s right. Fizz basically by the glass (though it was in a mini bottle.) This is NOT to be sniffed at. The vast majority of pubs (and, believe me, I’ve been in a few!) only sell fizz by the (proper sized) bottle. Continue reading

Drinks in TOWIE town

“In Brentwood, people like to be seen,” Glen O’Conner the super friendly manager of the Slug and Lettuce, in the aforementioned town, informs me

This does not come as that much of a surprise. Brentwood is, after all, home to The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), and boasts no less than 13 TOWIE haunts (including Amy Childs’ Salon, Minnies, and of course, the Sugar Hut.) And me, for the past eight years.

As such, in keeping with what’s hip in Brentwood (babes), the husband and me found ourselves sat in a booth with a floor to ceiling window, on a sunny Sunday evening.

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A cheeky Prosecco? Don’t mind if I do…

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My own chef for the night

It’s no secret that I enjoy entertaining. Despite our cottage not being on the large size, I love having people back, and plying them with food and fizz.

However, as much as I like to potter in the kitchen, when one is slaving over the stove it’s not uncommon to miss the punch line of a story – or drop a utensil (or five) having been distracted by a particularly humorous tale.

So the idea of having a chef come to my home, prepare and cook the food, sounded rather too good to be true. Especially, when they promised to WASH UP as well (we don’t have a dishwasher so this is the stuff dreams are made of.)

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Hostess with the mostess (thanks to rather a lot of help!)

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