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Stock Burger Co, Brighton – Review

So new you can almost still smell the fresh paint, Stock Burger Co is a stylish restaurant, tucked into the corner of the Holiday Inn hotel.  Situated on Brighton Seafront, the location is great and I expect the evening view will be lovely once summer arrives.  Parking around the hotel is limited but we did manage to find a space.  We were greeted on the door by a friendly waitress who showed us to our table and brought us olives whilst we perused the menu. We chose shrimp fritters and chilli chicken sticks to start and I also just had to try one of the gorgeous-sounding alcoholic milkshakes.  After much deliberation, I went with the Nutella and Baileys shake and it was honestly the nicest drink I have ever had. I would have been happier with a plastic straw rather than the paper effort as it was surprisingly tricky to drink through, but the drink itself was perfect.  Our starters arrived quickly; there was a slight mix up with mine but the issue was rectified swiftly and with …

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Cafe Rouge – Dinner in Greenwich

Sunday was spent in London; we visited the Imperial War Museum, where the boy chose a toy plane to remind him of the day, and then enjoyed a duck tour, which the children were amazed by.  Finally, we had a dinner date with Cafe Rouge. We took the tube to North Greenwich, exiting into the shadow of the imposing O2, opposite which our destination was situated.  It was set at the foot of an interesting building which prompted in us architectural memories of Amsterdam. The children and I had eaten at Cafe Rouge before (in a different location) but it was new to James and he wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.  Being quite the Francophile, I suspect that he assumed it would not be particularly authentic, though am pleased to report he was proven wrong!  We were seated and fed olives and bread whilst we chose our starters and main courses.  James chose something with mushrooms followed by steak, whilst I plumped for the pate starter and demi poulet main.  All of the food was magnificent, with James proclaiming that the steak …

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Traditional French Cuisine at Cafe Rouge – Review

For my sister’s birthday last month, we were invited to sample the menu at Cafe Rouge in Brighton.  It was my first visit so I wasn’t sure what to expect – with the word “Cafe” in the title, I had assumed it would be more suited to lunch time visits, so was pleasantly surprised with the selection that was on offer. When eating out with the children, my main focus is on how they are catered for.  I look for an interesting menu (not just chicken nuggets and fish fingers!) and ideally an activity or something to keep them occupied between courses. Essentially, I want to know that they have been considered and are welcome.  At Cafe Rouge, I was very impressed. We arrived before my sisters and the manager immediately came over to see if the children would like a drink and some bread whilst they were waiting; he also brought them the menu, which doubled as an activity book, and some crayons.  The menu itself was great, with a good selection of dishes, …

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The Drove, Newhaven – Brewers Fayre Review

A few weeks ago, we were invited to check out the brand new soft play area at Brewers Fayre’s Drove restaurant in Newhaven.  It is a little out of our way but we do love an adventure and were happy to make the journey.  Greeted by Brewers Fayre mascots Dennis and Gnasher, we were treated to a fun-filled afternoon. There were crafts to enjoy and some even face painting, which Miss J made the most of: Whilst the boy favoured the outdoor play area: Each child also received a wrist band for indoor play and had lots of fun zooming around the steps and slides.  A new play area to explore is always a treat! I am really impressed with the soft play facilities at the two Brewers Fayre sites we have visited.  For a long time, we had been searching for a nice place for Sunday lunch where the children could play afterwards.  We know one locally that has a climbing frame outside, though finding somewhere with soft play is a definite bonus given …