Fish and Family
On Friday afternoon we had a late lunch/early dinner at The Fish Factory: in the 'summer' I did a couple of jobs at the Worthing Food Festival (post of 11-Jul-12) for Andy Sparsis, who owns the restaurant, and he offered a meal in return. We love the place: it's modestly priced and the fish are always spot-on fresh (as you'd expect in a seaside town). Indeed, I featured it in CHEF magazine in October 2010 as one of my five favourite restaurants of recent years. This is what I said about it:
I scootled along in advance while they all walked (well, not Amelia, of course, but Evie did) - it's about a 10-minute walk. Indeed, we're lucky enough to have three pubs and half a dozen restaurants within walking distance, as well as the seafront cafés and fresh fish direct from the fishermen's boats. We like living in Worthing.
Anyway, Jill and Claire tucked into enormous kettles of mussels, James had the fish stew and I had halibut and chips (their chips are something else). Evie managed a child's portion of pasta and we polished off a couple of bottles of Muscadet between us (not Evie, of course, and Amelia slept through the whole affair in her pushchair). We got back home about 7:00 pm and, well, all fell asleep (well I did, anyway).
On Saturday we looked at Evie's birthday pictures - including a stunning animation by James which I'm not allowed to show you - and they headed home about lunchtime. BTW did you know (I didn't) that there's a new motorway service area between junctions 9 and 10 on the M25? Very handy if you need to stop for a pee, as I usually do between here and Caddington. In the past we had to wait until Ryka's Café at Box Hill, where there was always a temptation to have the 'Biker's Breakfast' which has more calories than a box of chocolates.
All in all a very pleasant, if slightly exhausting, couple of days. We're looking forward to seeing them again at Christmas, by which time Amelia will be one year old. Doesn't time fly (See post of 01-Oct-12)?