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ocean bay, swanage

Mother’s Day was a pretty important day for me this year. Never a day goes by without the overwhelming feeling of pride and awe at my mum, so as a present of her awesomeness I decided on a girly trip to my favourite beachside town of Swanage. Now, no trip would be complete without a stop at Ocean Bay, so we braved the elements and found ourselves in, well, paradise.

I’m sure the pictures do not tell the tale of the biting ice cold wind, but let me tell you, it was freeeezing.

None the less, somehow this little beachy gem gives the illusion of the warm summer days to come.

We were seated at our window table and presented with the specials menu, which of course showcased their infamous Sunday Roast. Forever will this place be known for giving you one of the best Sunday roasts in the land.

Give us a smile Mum!

First up, coffee.

Then onto the food, and wow this place does not disappoint. Her fair lady ordered the Broccoli and Blue Vinney soup.

And I ordered the Prawn Cocktail. Now everyone loves a surprise…check out the size of those prawns!!

I’m not sure which starter won. Mum’s soup was so warming, surprisingly rich and had a perfect kick from the blue cheese, yet my prawns we’re incredibly juicy, tender and utterly delicious.

I guess one of my favourite things about this restaurant is the portion sizes. I’m a little bummed sometimes when restaurant food is so good, but you just feel like you could eat a little more. Don’t get me wrong, 99% of the time less is definitely more, but when it comes to satisfaction levels, you need to feel content and borderline stuffed. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Well anyway, Ocean Bay does just that. They fill you to the “comfortable” brim with amazingly good food that would satisfy even the biggest of appetites. (Yes, thats me)

3 jumbo slices of perfectly tender lamb later, a giant Yorkshire pudding, and lashings of vegetables and you guessed it, no room for desert!

You may notice that Ocean Bay look’s a little different from my last post and you’d be right.

Welcome to the new gastro pub decor of the Bull & Boat. Yep, Ocean Bay is soon to be a distant memory. I won’t lie and tell you I wasn’t just a little bit upset, I totally shed a tear, but after seeing the new look and having a peek at the new menu, I really couldn’t be more excited. I’ll give you a little teaser…think tapas! Oh, too exciting!

But anyway, more on that very very soon.

As the relentless sleet and wind continued to lash the south coast, we called it a day, jumped on the chain ferry and headed home for a slice of cake and a nap. Happy Mother’s Day Mumla!

birthday princess

Last night we celebrated my best friends birthday, (embarrassingly) at the same restaurant I visited and blogged about on Sunday {here}, Ocean Bay.

The weather was horrendous so before we even arrived at the restaurant, our outfits and hair were ruined. The best thing about visiting Swanage is the journey on the chain ferry across the mouth of the harbour. However, last night it was the worst journey I have ever done at sea. But, we arrived eventually, hungry and ready to eat.

The table had been covered in birthday confeti, perfect for a birthday Princess.

We we’re all feeling rather chirpy and ready for a good feast.

After some picture posing we hastily cracked open the Rose and enjoyed the stormy but still beautiful view.


Like Sunday, I opted for Scallops which were slightly smaller than before but still delicious. For main, I had the Sea Bass (can’t get enough of seafood !) Food envy of the night was Rachels Crab Tart and Fillet of Beef with King Prawns.

Perfect scollops.

And my dreamy seabass.

Last but by NO MEANS least, I naughtily asked for the dessert menu. The Triple Chocolate Torte with Strawberry Coulis instantly caught my eye and I was not disappointed. The light mouse was a perfect end to a delicious meal and a wonderful evening.

So after a few bottles of wine, we headed out into the hurricane and headed for the chain ferry home. The result of “enjoying nature”…

Happy birthday gorgeous lady x

rainy summer sundays, ocean bay

As the British summer typically takes a turn for the worse, I can’t help but loose sight of those long days spent in a bikini at the beach. Unfortunately the weather this weekend hadn’t meant lathering in Hawaiian Tropic, in fact I actually wore 3 layers + a scarf. However, we didn’t let the weather dampen our summer spirits!

We took a little trip out to Swanage for my sister-in-laws birthday…hoping that the weather would be better further down the coast. It wasn’t, but thank goodness for a little comfort food in my all time favourite sea food restaurant Ocean Bay. It’s food-envy central, everything on the menu is just too good.

I ordered the Local Pan Seared Scallops with Pea Puree and Pancetta to start. Possibly my favourite seafood of all time.

FormMain course the Seafood, Chorizo & Chicken Paella. I am never dissapointed with the incredible range of seafood they have to offer, and it really didn’t dissapoint today. Full of king prawns, mussels, calamari and scallops it was one of the best seafood paella’s I’ve ever tasted. Dorset really does do it best.

The food envy award goes to Gemma, Pan Seared Sea Bass Fillet with Caramelised Onion Mash and Crab Sauce. This looked and smelt incredible.

So after a wonderful meal it was time to walk off all the naughtities of Ocean Bay. The weather was unkind, and we were lashed with wind and sea spray. Nothing can take away the beauty of the Jurassic coast however.

So after procrastinating over memories of my youth and full of food, we decided to head back home. All in all, I’m feeling rather British after a weekend of bad weather, wonderful sea food, lots of cider and Punch and Judy.