Chef P was on holiday from Good Friday until this past Monday and went back to work on Tuesday. As you may know from reading some previous posts, we had been very busy. On his last day off, we decided to head over to Canterbury, which we tend to visit about 3-4 times a year, even though we’re only a short distance away. The last time we were there was around Christmas.
We took the train in, which is always so much easier than driving. We strolled around and found that there was a Whittard’s and was finally able to find a tea infuser for my mother-in-law. 🙂 Don’t really know how long this store was there, but was glad to find it. The last time I was at one of their stores was back in July when we were in London. It just occurred to me; I’m in England where they drink tea like there’s no tomorrow and yet we had a hell of a time trying to find a tea infuser! We looked in four other stores before I finally found one!
Around midday, we decided to get some lunch. We don’t do fast food so had to find some place proper to eat. We found a place that was actually hidden away as there’s really no storefront for it, just the entrance door with a sign pointing you upstairs. We went to Fern’s Restaurant and Tearoom. It’s a quaint little restaurant and as it was a weekday, it was rather quiet. There was a woman dining alone at the table behind us and a couple who were sitting in one of the window seats having lunch.
The seats were leather with high backs and rather comfortable I might add. The tables were a heavy wood (oak?) with cast iron pedestal bottoms. Many of these places in Canterbury were once homes and it’s usually quite obvious. There were two fireplaces (one in each corner) in the section of the room we were sat in with tiled edging. Many homes back in the early times had more than one fireplace in a room just to get it warm enough.
Chef P ordered a vegetable quiche which came with fries(chips in the UK) and a cappuchino and I ordered a ham, cheese and tomato paninni which came with a small dressed salad and some potato chips(crisps in the UK) and a diet coke.
Now those of you who follow South Beach know that I shouldn’t have eaten some of what was placed in front of me. The paninni bread alone is a no-no as it’s made with white flour and I really shouldn’t have eaten
some all of the crisps. Another thing that I never have anymore is soda, even diet soda, but I just felt like having it. We never buy soda or potato chips and I very rarely eat them except in situations like this, so I really don’t feel guilty for having them.
It was a lovely relaxing lunch; something we don’t do often enough. We’re heading up to Scotland at the end of June for a week, so we’ll get to do that quite a bit. I’ll fill you in more on our upcoming trip as it gets closer. Here’s one bit of info: We’re taking a sleeper train up there!
Have a nice weekend!