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The Raft, Milford on Sea

As I've mentioned on here before, I live close by to Hannah who runs Baileycakes blog, so when she features amazing looking cafés and restaurants they immediately get added to my 'to-visit' list.  The most recent occasion of this was when she featured The Raft in Milford on Sea - their unique, beachcomber-esque décor, not to mention their extremely yummy-sounding menu had me immediately pencilling in a dinner out in my diary on Saturday.  Unfortunately, after a quick phonecall we discovered they were fully-booked on Saturday (apparently they get really busy) and so the next best option was to visit them for lunch on Sunday after a long walk at Barton-on-Sea.

It really was beautiful inside - a mix of beach hut and country manor with the cosiness of your own living room and a few hints of architectural salvage/vintage garden to boot.  We were a bit worried about Bodhi being left in the car so we didn't stay too long but I can imagine whiling away an afternoon here on a sunny day with a chilled glass of wine, watching people go by in the high street (or in their courtyard garden).


Tom and I never pass up an opportunity to have baked Camembert - it's an unspoken rule that if it's on a menu, it's getting ordered - so we had one to share as a starter.  It came with garlic bread fingers which were perfect for dipping in goo-ey cheese.

It was absolutely amazing, and one of the best camemberts I've had; the right mix of delectable, melted centre,  with hints of rosemary and garlic and a harder, flavoursome crust.Tom had a burger for his main, which came with chips in an enamel mug, a crisp salad and a huge burger sandwiched between crusty wedges of bread.  I had onion and cabbage potato cakes which came with bacon lardons, melted cheese, tomatoes and salad.I was expecting it might be a small dish but it really wasn't! After that I was much too full to look at the dessert menu but having had a sneaky peek when we were choosing our mains I will definitely be returning and sampling some of the delights on there as soon as possible (coconut panna cotta with mango jam? Yes please!).  Our starter, mains, a large glass of wine and a pint of beer came to £33 which I think is really reasonable.  I can't wait to go back, I have a feeling it's going to become a real favourite for us.  On the way out I had to take a photo of their lovely happy list, doesn't it make you smile?
If you want to visit The Raft you can check out their website or Facebook.
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13 comments

  1. Gorgeous! It looks so cozy and elegant (who knew that was possible?)! The potato cakes look so good! Do you know if they were vegan?

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  2. This sounds like a really lovely place. The decor is so cute!
    My mouth actually started watering at the picture of the camembert! Haha
    emmerliejay x

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  3. Oh wow this is such a funky place! The food looks amazing too. x

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  4. I LOVE CAMEMBERT! I got so cross at my brother when we last went out for dinner and he wouldn't share one with me haha! This place looks EXCEPTIONAL, you and Hannah have totally sold it to me. WHY DO I NOT LIVE CLOSER!? xx

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  5. I want a baked Camembert SO BAD right now- looks amazing x

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  6. Ah Rosie you eat out at the best places!
    Sophie
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  7. What a lovely little find, it's so homey and kooky and old-school at the same time! The food looks delish too, yes please return so we can see the desserts :)
    x x

    http://lalangostaymi.blogspot.com

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  8. This is exactly my sort of place to eat - it looks so relaxed despite the obviously cool decor, baked Camembert would go down so very nicely right now!

    Jem xXx

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  9. oh wow that Camembert looks delicious!! looks like the perfect place for summer afternoons!

    http://capturingthewanderlust.blogspot.dk/

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  10. Oh god. That baked camembert. Think that's going to be my post-pregnancy treat!
    x

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  11. I'm glad I've just had lunch because otherwise I'd be starving after reading this! That food looks *amazing*

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  12. My mouth is actually watering, I shouldn't of read this hungry! xx

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  13. Ooh it sounds lovely and the food looks delicious xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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