I remember reading a book a little while ago which talked about British smoke houses. The author was concentrated on the Norwich/Lowestoft area and there had once been something like 30 or 40 smoke houses and now, just one. I thought I would be lucky to ever see one but it turns out there is one in Brighton! Does it get much better than fresh fish smoked a few metres away from where it is sold? I didn’t manage to try the fish; for some stupid reason I couldn’t see the shop nearby. I blame the heat. I will absolutely be visiting them next time.
Have you ever had a chocolate hangover? I’m fairly certain I had one after visiting possibly the best chocolate shop I have ever been in. Choccywoccydoodah is a smorgasbord of pink, red and chocolate, heart shaped chairs, antique tables and a poodle made of marshmallows. The staff were brilliant in explaining that perhaps four massive chocolate bars would be a little too much chocolate for two people. I’m glad we took their advice. We shared a Chunky Munky (sic) (banana, peanuts and biscuit encased in milk chocolate), a Rocky Road and a Popcorn Chocolate Bar. They came to the table slathered in more milk and white chocolate and were wonderful. If you like chocolate even a little bit, you’ll love this place. By the time we left we were a little chocolate drunk but extremely happy.
We were feeling a little odd after our entirely chocolate lunch and were looking for a mid afternoon pick-me-up. Something between lunch and dinner which wasn’t sandwiches; I have named it ‘dinch’ which as well as being a great name also reflects the size of the meal we wanted. We stumbled across Ten Green Bottles which was clean and slick with very comfortable sofas. Originally just there for a nice glass of wine I couldn’t resist their cheese and charcuterie selection. I’m glad I didn’t as it was some of the best I’ve had. The cheeses were fantastic but the Lomo and Monmouthshire Air Dried Ham were incredible. I suppose it’s meant to be about the wine but the charcuterie stole the show.