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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!

The Crab, Bournemouth

When the sun is shining, usually I’m only hungry for one thing, fish. Preferably served with greasy chips wrapped in newspaper, smothered in salt and vinegar while being sat on a beach in the sun. As it’s only February and fr-fr-fr-eezing cold we decided on taking a walk along the beach to Bournemouth for seafood at The Crab restaurant.

Despite the clear blue skies (for the second day running might I add) the air was fresh. I wanted a little bit of spring in my outfit so went for my current obsession, stripes, and lots of them. I’m like a walking stripe these days, I literally cannot get enough! I bought these white jeans from Zara last week and have been living in them ever since.

The Crab is perched on the hill of Pier approach opposite the BIC. On a sunny day, the sun beams through all the windows surrounding the restaurant and almost every table will have a sea view, albeit a glimpse but something’s better than nothing right?

Our table was perfectly positioned with views of the merry-go-round outside the pier and the waves crashing into the beach. I ordered my favourite tipple, an ice cool glass of Zinfandel. We choose from the a la carte menu which had a nice selection of locally sourced meats and fish.

Homemade breads and spreads were bought to the table, which was lucky because we were starving (I’d skipped breakfast for this!). We sat and enjoyed the views and warm atmosphere which filled the room.

Then, with need of some musical introduction, out came the crab from The Crab. It looked magnificent.

Unfortunately it wasn’t mine. I’d ordered the “Posh” fish and chips which certainly did not disappoint either.

A fillet of crispy, juicy battered cod, a stack of posh chips, a puree of mushy peas, a mini fillet of salmon and mackerel and homemade tartare sauce.  Dee-vine.

We loved these little coats for the lemons. Genius idea. Am I behind in this ingenious solution or are they a new thing? Either way they were totally awesome.

Scott got cracking with the crab.

And we sat in silence for almost 5 minutes while we started devouring our dishes. Everything was wonderful and the crab particularly was amazing served with a garlic thermador.

After lunch we battled the elements on the walk home. Don’t be deceived, it was horrendously windy and bitterly cold so I wrapped myself in my super long H&M scarf and waded through what felt like a sand storm. Roll on Summer!

The only thing that took the pain away from the bitter wind pounding on your ears was this guy playing with the coolest remote control car on the beach. It most certainly made the walk more enjoyable!

You can find the various menu’s for The Crab here and they take online booking here! If you’re lucky, you may even find a table with 50% off at Table Pouncer. What are you waiting for, get fishing!