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Fizz and chips | Dinner at The Kings Arms

Tom has been away delivering training in Margate all week so I thought I'd plan a little surprise evening for him on his return yesterday.  Last week we took out membership at the spa at Christchurch Harbour Hotel which is a few minutes from us (and from where we work).  It's a bit more than we'd usually spend on pool and gym membership but it has a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and 'salt grotto' (whatever that is!) and I think it will be perfect for us to go there and unwind after a long day at work.  Yesterday was the first day we could use it so we went there after I finished work, did a little bit in the gym and then sat in the 'hydrotherapy pool' (like a big jacuzzi with lights and jets!), steam room and splashed around in the pool.  It was a lovely way to start the weekend.

Tom knew I'd made reservations for dinner but didn't know where so I quietly phoned a taxi when we got home and we both got dressed up for dinner.  The taxi came early so I didn't have time to take a photo of my outfit (#bloggerproblems).

The restaurant I'd picked was the Kings Arms in Christchurch, which is a lovely old Georgian hotel with a highly recommended restaurant that's famous for its highly regarded chef (Alex Aitken) and its propensity to use predominantly locally sourced ingredients.  One of their specialities is their 15-mile-menu which is three courses all sourced from within 15 miles of the restaurant, all for £15.  I picked it for their Fizz and Chips menu they do on a Friday night; basically a slightly posher version of Friday night fish and chips, all served with a glass of Prosecco (on the menu were options like sea bream, scampi, mussels, hake and lemon sole).

We started with their 'nibbles' platter - breads, houmous, peppers, olives, peanuts and wasabi peas.


A mini picture of my outfit (and my face!) - I'm wearing a peplum from Vero Moda.


The only photo I took of the restaurant as we had lots of people around us who might not have wanted to be in the picture!


For our main course Tom had mussels in a cider and bacon sauce with a little jug of chips, and I had scampi and chips.


I wanted to order dessert but my eyes definitely would have been bigger than my belly! I will definitely have to go back again and not have a starter so I can have the Peanut Butter Parfait with peanut brittle! We are going back there for their Valentine's Dinner which sounds equally mouthwatering; cheese soufflés, sirloin steaks to share and a trio of desserts! Will definitely have to wear a loose fitting top!

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16 comments

  1. Sounds and looks lovely, Rosie. Will definitely be
    going there when we next visit you. What a lovely start to the weekend. xx

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  2. Awh sounds amazing! You'll have to let us know what a 'salt grotto' is haha .. I'm such a sucker for posh fish and chips! :) x

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  3. Wow, that meal looks amazing. I love the hanging candles/lights - stylish idea.

    Lyndsay ♡
    Fizzy Peaches

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  4. Peanut Butter Parfait with Peanut Brittle sounds to die for.
    I love the look of this restaurant!

    Charlotte xo
    charbuckss.blogspot.com

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  5. it all looks soo yummy, peanut parfait and peanut brittle sounds amazing xx

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  6. This sounds absolutely lush. I love the idea of a 15 mile radius food source..great way to support community! xx

    LittleGlitter.org

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  7. Sounds amazing and looks delish. ill definitely have to pop in there the next time i'm on that side of the pond :)

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  8. Oh wow, this all looks so good. And I don't even like fish! x

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  9. That food looks incredible! I love the sound of the 15 offer xx

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  10. Wow this sounds like a delicious restaurant choice, anywhere that has peanut butter featuring heavily on the dessert menu is alright by me.

    Hannah www.cagneyandlace.com

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  11. That food looks really good. You're gym sounds impressive, I'd love to be able to chill in a sauna after work! xx

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  12. Love your necklace.

    When I ate fish I used to love a bit of scampi! The food all looks great.

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