Sunday, 6 April 2014

The new look Victoria Inn Salcombe TQ8 8BU

We made a return trip to The Victoria Inn at Salcombe a couple of weeks ago to check out their new look establishment following the big refurbishment recently and since we had enjoyed our previous visits so much we were all very very excited!

We arrived around 12 midday and luckily found a parking space in the car park opposite the pub and headed inside. We were lucky as there wasn't many people in at the time so we got to choose where to sit (we chose the window seat) we were given menu's (They even do a doggy menu now! It has piggy luggs and Bonio's and rawhide chews on. My own self thinks dem shud add snozzages and hams to the doggy menu!). Any ways, my hoomans did looking (at the hooman menu!) and chose dems noms (or more chose lots of noms as they didn't wish to decide on one option!) Hooman boy had the pulled pork roll and hooman girl had the bubble and sqweek (without the egg!) they also had the Camembert to share and then they had Marmite chips because they were curious about them! 

Hooman boy was as usual not very committal in his review "it was alright" is about as good as it gets with him, so I grilled him for some more descriptive words and hooman girl is my fussy hooman (not only is she vegetarian but she's also fussy about textures and tastes and how "clean" food is) so she told me much more about the foods. 


Here goes... 


Pulled Pork 

The meat was nice and cooked well. It came with apple sauce which was good as hooman boy found the meat a bit dry and in need of something to make it less so. The apple sauce did that. But maybe it should be cooked in more of a sauce and have some of it left on the meat to make it more moist on serving. 






Bubble and Sqweek

OK now hooman girl changed the meal so maybe it's better in its original format but like I say she's fussy. The bubble and sqweek comes in a cider cream sauce with a pouched egg on top. Hooman girl didn't want the egg so asked for it without but that meant her whole meal was one flavour (she doesn't like one flavour meals as she gets bored easily) Mostly the bubble and sqweek tasted like potato; think it needed more greenery. It was nice though and like I said probably better with the egg on top. 







Camembert  

The camembert was a winner, both hoomans eatted it and there was none of it left at the end. It was flavoured with rosemary and came with a nice bread roll thing for dipping. I have no negatives to report about this one. It was 5/5 paws soopa! 





Marmite Chips 


Now this was an odd item that hooman girl had seen on the menu and wanted to try so she had them as a sort of dessert (yes she is odd!) They were literally a portion of chips in a bowl with a marmite sauce sqweezed over the top like you would kethup. Neither hooman actually likes Marmite so not sure why we got them but we all tried some. I dont like Marmite either. I did sniff it, then I did lick it. Then I said . Yuck! Hooman boy tried them and said Yuck. Hooman girl liked them and wants more. Odd right? 

 Ontie Liz the landlady came over to say Hi, give me some fusses and some Ham from the kitchen (dont tell chef!) but she was soopa soopa busy serving customers and answering phones and talking to the chef and the other staff and helping customers find things and all those other important things. The Victoria Inn is always busy when we go there, no matter what time of day it is. We've been weekends and week days and it's always been buzzing in there. If you dont want to be disappointed I recommend as always that you call ahead and book a table. 


They still have a fabaroony garden with chickens and other birds and a kiddy play park, and a patio area and a grassed area (but it was being closed when we visited!) They also now have an upstairs area with HUGE patio doors so loads more seating. 

So I am glad to say we definitely still recommend a visit to the Victoria Inn Salcombe. Hoomans definitely recommend the Camembert and I definitely recommend the ham!
Iz such a rebel!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Salt Bar Hayle

Whilst we were in Hayle for a week recently we decided to check out "Salt". We had been told it was dog friendly and checked out the menu online already. We planned to visit twice; once for lunch and once for dinner. First we headed for an evening dinner, the hooman working at Salt suggested we sit in the corner (I dont think he was being mean but salt is quite small and I am a larger breed of dog!) So we sat where he had pointed and ordered our food.  Whilst we waited another customer came over and fussed me and chatted to my girl; he was saying how he wanted a greyhound too so that was soopa and I hope he does get one coz he gives PAWSOME fusses! Soon dinner arrived. Hooman boy had "monkfish scampi" and hooman girl had
"Mushroom and Hullumi burger" The food was really really good, tasted GREYT and good value - not cheap, Salt isn't your average pub but not expensive either and the food was well worth the price.

We went back for lunch 2 days later and the hoomans ordered the "club sandwich"  and a "Mediterranean vegetable melt" again the food was extremely nommy and everyone was really nice and friendly.


5 / 5 paws for SALT! 


Tolroy Manor (John Fowler) Hayle TR27 6HG

We stayed at Tolroy manor for a week in March 2014 for hooman boys burfday (hes old now!) The site was quite easy to find (with the sat nav!) but the entrance sneaks up on you a bit and we had to spin the car around and come back (there is a sign at the entrance so it is easy to spot for those observant enough!). We parked up and I sent my hooman slave in to announce our arrival, her went to reception and the receptionist told her where the bungalow was and gave her a map and a key and a pass for the club. We set about finding the "bungalow" and unpacking the car and settled in for the evening and I set about compiling my report of the site!

Accommodation! 

Small and cold.
We stayed in Tudor Court. Our "bungalow" sleeps 4 - 6 hoomans but is really small; the main bedroom only just fits a double bed in it and although has a chest of drawers in the room you cant actually open them as the bed is in the way. The second bedroom has 2 single beds in - one of those was blocking the wardrobe/cupboard and the other was in front of an external door so that this could not be opened. The windows/doors are single glazed and so it is really cold in the bungalow 99% of the time and you can hear people walking past chatting. Also the beds are very hard so the hoomans had sore backs by the end of the week. There is a microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle and cooker which were all working well and the shower was very nice temperature/pressure wise.
Bedding isn't included in the price of the booking so you can either pay extra or take your own (we took sleeping bags) and dogs "aren't allowed on furniture" (I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's called FURniture!) so take your bed or blankie with you on holiday!


Entertainment!  

The site has a main club/bar/amusements type area (no dogs in here though!) the amusements are very basic and obviously aimed at very small children, a few of the machines weren't working that well. There's a soft play area in the reception (again obviously aimed at pre-school children!) The "Stripey coats" were a little too attentive and kept talking to the hoomans when they didn't really want to be bothered (it was VERY quiet in the bar!).
The swimming pool was broken (Storm damage - and we all know what that is like here in Dawlish!) so we didn't get to investigate that. There is a shop on site although it did see to have odd opening times it stocked all the "essential" items like tea and coffee and milk.

The site is located in a good central location for visiting other places for adventures. Just a few miles from a HOOOOOGE beach at Hayle Towans and close to Penzance, Praa sands, St Ives, the Lizard and Lands end and not far from Falmouth , Newquay and Redruth so there is alot you can do in the area or near by!

Places to visit in Hayle!  


  • Mr B's Ice Cream 
  • Salt Bar
  • Hayle Towans Beach 
  • Philps Pasties 
We give Tolroy manor 3/5 paws - The accommodation in Tudor Court needs updating and the entertainment team could do with not pestering guests so much even if they are bored because there's only a pawful of people in the bar. but the site has plenty to do - especially for families with children and it is in a good central location. 

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Harbour House Cafe - Kingsbridge TQ7

Harbour House Cafe
1st Floor, Harbour House, The Promenade
Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1JD
Tel: 01548 855666

Today we paid a visit to the Harbour House Cafe in Kingsbridge which is inside of the Harbour House Gallery for Art and Yoga

It's a really nice building with a nice art gallery on the bottom floor and the cafe on the 2nd floor and lots of other rooms that has "classes" for hoomans like yoga, meditation, shiatsu, kung fu, tai chi and pilates. (I had a look in some of the rooms on  my way out!) 

A weekly schedule for the "house"


So we headed on in and had to go up some stairs to get to the cafe, these were quite steep and I didn't like them (and liked them even less on way out!) but apparently you can enter via the garden instead - I didn't see any lifts for hoomans with pawly legs! As soon as we entered the cafe som hoomans did saying heywo to mahself and admired my coat. There was 2 little Iggys (Italian Greyhounds) sat in a corner with their hoomans haffing lunch so we headed over to say hi to them first thing before finding a seat and choosing our own lunch - There was plenty of space today as they weren't very busy. 

My girl chose Vegetable bake with a walnut crumble topping and a raspberry crush drink and my boy chose falafel with humus and pitta and a coffee (Did I mention it was a vegetarian cafe?)  The service was quite quick and the food was good. The vegetable bake was soopa tasty and had lots different vegetables in and you could taste them all individually (There was parsnip and carrots and potatoes and tomatoes and sweet potato plus more too) it came with a roll - well half a roll technically - which was very nice too and a salad. The falafel was a little dry but still very tasty and it did come with dips and things so that helped lots. 
After lunch the hoomans did some looking at the photography canvas' that were on the walls and mostly did noting down the names of the places featured in them for future research and then they decided on some cake. 

"We encourage our visitors to eat well but we also see no wrong in the occasional indulgence of a carrot cake or chocolate torte!"

We had the coffee cake and the lemon drizzle cake to share - I got to try both and they were very nommy indeed! 



Then we headed out - Once I had checked out the room at the top the stairs - It was a soopa visit. We finished up our trip with a walk around the town (very steep hill), a trip to the pet shop and a walk by the harbour. 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Brighton All Shapes and Sizes Dog Meet

When we went camping back in May we visited my friend Casey and his hooman Pete and they told me about their doggy social group which meets oncea month in Brighton and since we wear quite near on what happened to be the day their November meet fell on I decided to pay them a visit and see what all the fuss is about!

Here's some hightlights!























You can find out more info on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AllShapeSizesBrightonDogMeet

Playdate with Broocie and Co at Shellness Beach - Isle of Sheppey !

Shellness Beach
For a long time now we have been saying we want to go meet Broocie and hims famlee up in Kent and it just so happened hooman girl had time orf werk so us booked up a weeks holibobs in nearby Hastings and then arranged a playdate with Broocie, orlso us fwend Buddy (the muddy!) did attend wiff hims pack. Us did go to Shellness beach what is a noodie beach in Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey. 

It's quite easy to find but once you get to what looks like the end of the road dont stop just keep driving along the bumpy road until you get to the real end!

Mahself wiff Broocie running free
Once you arrive you have go under/over a fence to get to the walkies and then there was lots of mud (Should tell the hoomans to take wellies or good walking boots be bestest!) tiz a nice walkies by like a nature reserve so lots of grass and sand and wabbit holes to hexplore. Then us went on to the beach which is shelly but still nice.







We had soopa fun. Orl together there was mahself (Cat!), Broocie, Amy, Alfie, Dennis, Flossiefostadog (now Flossiefurevadog!), Buddy (The muddy!), Barney (Digger), Archie and Albut (Puppeh!). Ten dogs (9 pointys and a terror!) plus hoomans (5 of dem!) It was like being in a HUGE pack!

Some of us playing chase da hooman!



 
Meeting Barney Digger 

Flossie 



Buddy the Muddy showing his zoomie skills 




We did lots of zooming and jumping and bouncing  - Wuz soopa!

Then after walkies us went back to Broocies house and had dindins and snoozes.

Dennis (he's cute for a Terror)

Flossie feeling brave



Barney Digger
Archie had to get a baff coz him rolled in pooclub