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The Jetty, Mudeford

Last Friday after work, courtesy of my boss, a few of us ventured out to Mudeford Quay to try out The Jetty Restaurant. The award winning restaurant lies on the waters edge in the grounds of the spectacular Christchurch Harbour Hotel. I hoped I’d leave asking myself why I hadn’t called in before and my golly, I sure did!

It was a beautiful evening and we sat with the sun beaming through onto our table. We ordered the first round of drinks and tucked into their selection of homemade breads which were deee-lecious.

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I ordered from their large non-alcholic cocktail menu which had me impressed at the get go. The Sunrise cocktail with fruit juices and a cherry on the top was the perfect swap from my usual alcoholic tipple.

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After we’d finished slurping on round one of drinks, out came the starters. Dave ordered the pigeon…

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And me and Alex went for the Isle of White Scollops with Chorizo. They were literally perfection. Juicy with a perfect hit of chorizo and that pest0, ahhh!

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Then out came the mains. The men all went for the fillet of steak.

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Susie had the Trio of Duck and a side of dauphinoise potatoes…

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And I had the fillet of hake, fresh from the Dorset coastline. Perhaps the freshest fish I have ever tasted, accompanied by deliciously cooked spinach to balance out the saltiness of the fish.

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After our mains, we sipped on a few more drinks and the waitresses bought over the dessert menus. The boys got particularly excited as each dessert had been paired with a dessert wine, which they were more than eager to try! To kick off the food envy, Luke and Alex ordered the chocolate melt in the middle fondue.

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Oh god it looked good. I had ordered the rhubarb and custard soufflé which looking back, is not something I would usually order. (A pregnancy thing maybe?!). A little on the eggy side for me, but the ice cream was just amazing!

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After dinner, we moved out onto their terrace to enjoy the last of the evening sunshine.

 

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There’s alot to do in this little part of Dorset. We watched kayakers, paddle boarders and swimmers long into the evening enjoying the warm and calm weather.

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The perfect Friday night with great company and some of the best food I have tasted in Dorset. Yep, there it is, The Jetty you literally rocked my world!

Revolution Bournemouth

The best place in Bournemouth for 6 hungry netballers? Look no further than the brand spanking new Revolution Bar. The irony of the Revolution brand is that Revolution is nothing new. They’ve been kicking around for a long time, with bars all over the country. So when they took over one of the best locations in Bournemouth, you knew things were going to get pretty messy within those big blue doors. However, if partying with the rest of Bournemouth’s crowd isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that during the day you can kick back and relax with a cocktail and some pretty tasty food.

In the day, light pours through the windows like a quirky little side street cafe and its hard to imagine what really goes down in this exact place on a Saturday night. Each table is different but all too cosy at the same time. We chose a seat by the window at a table that I am desperate to get my mitts on!

In no time the table was full of cocktails. We all went for the Raspberry Mojito which was utterly delicious. I was rather envious of the next tables Ice Tea Cocktails which were served in the cutest little enamel mugs.

We all chose different naughtities from the menu. Marie opted for the Cheeseburger and Rachel had the chicken flatbread. Both naughty but very tasty.

Elinors Hoisin Duck pizza looks impressive enough.

But I was easily swayed with the £5 Vodka Pizza and gawd was it delicious. Sweet peppers with vodka marinated chicken and goats cheese. Where have you been all my life little pizza!

Revolution is a great casual meeting place. All around us were different groups of people from couples on first dates (clear as day a first date, sorry you nervous wrecks!), companies having a team meeting and groups of girls like usjust having a good gossip. You can enjoy 2 for 1 cocktails before 9pm all through the summer and 50% off the lunch menu (including the Vodka Pizza) for Monday lunch. A wonderfully reasonable dinner in the cutest of bars. Revolution, you’re becoming one of my favourites.

happy campers, corfe castle

It feels insanely good to be back, and I’ll tell what’s even better than getting home at a reasonable hour and eating normal food…being sat around a camp fire with best friends, exchanging stories of travels and adventures. Hey, happy campers!

Camping is one of my favourite hobbies and as the weekends weather forecast was beyond perfect, we packed up the tent, flung a text to some friends and met in the Dorset countryside for a weekend of adventures. No sooner than the sausages began to sizzle on the BBQ, the tents were pitched and the beers were poured. We talked and drank the night away tucked under blankets and called it a night after trying to identify every twinkling star in the sky.

Morning came around too quickly (who knew it’s that light at 5am), so I snuggled up to this little fella while eating my bacon and egg muffin, slurping on a large cup of coffee. As soon as we’d fuelled ourselves up for the day, we hit country path in search of Corfe caste.

Nordon Farm Campsite is a working farm. Cows and their calfs graze in the fields alongside the tents, and geese, peacocks and chickens rule the roost at the front of the site. The goats were particularly friendly, probably because of the constant petting from the fan-base of children they’d gathered around the pen.

I’d thrown on my new favourite H&M fedora, some trusty SPF and Havianas.

Out we popped through the woodlands into a great opening of meadows. And there she was perched on the hill in front of us, Corfe Castle herself.

We danced like fairies amongst the flowers and chased the dogs until it got a little too hot and sweaty in that jacket.

Dancing Dave learnt a few tricks too.

Back on track and with the castle right besides us, I started telling the story of Corfe Castle to the kids. It goes a little something like this…

“Built by William the Conquereur in the 11th century, Corfe Castle had a hard, hard life. Besieged twice by parliament and infiltrated by the enemy from within the castle grounds, it was finally demolished. It’s remains were used by the villagers as material to build their homes.”

Fascinating huh?

The village is a toy town. Tiny cottages line the narrow streets set in the valley beneath the castle ruins. Every time I visit Corfe, I fall in love just a little bit more with its charm. 

Anyway, enough of the culture and onto the Greyhound pub garden which…another fact coming your way…is one of the most photographed pubs in the world due to it laying just beneath the castle. 

Have I mentioned my love for my new bag and jacket? I can’t seem to find the H&M jacket on their website but I’m sure they’ll be in stores. The bag can be found on the Next website here.

It was a blisteringly hot day and no better excuse to spend the whole afternoon drinking cider and Pimms in a sunny beer garden.

On our trek back to the campsite, there was no doubt about it. The adults were drunk. 

Back to the tent for a short nap…

And back to BBQ’ing. We were all so tired from the previous night’s antics and a whole day in the sun, so we set up our fire fit and warmed up before heading to bed to the sound of the cows grazing.

Sunday morning came around with the warmth of the sun burning through the tent. Gosh, I’d miss this wake up call. We begrudgingly pack away our tents as the kids protested in their car shouting “we don’t want to leave!”. Me neither.

Our last adventure of the weekend was a short trip to Swanage. You already know my love for this traditional English seaside town and even on a slightly overcast day, it is still my favourite. I grabbed a large bag of chips and curry sauce and then moved to the Purbeck Icecream stand for some honeycomb goodness.

It was the perfect weekend for the perfect adventures.