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A Meal at Turner’s Restaurant, Butlins, Bognor Regis

We are still on our honeymoon at Butlins Bognor Regis and for lunch today, we went to Turner’s Restaurant which is located on the resort. It has a relaxed and very family friendly atmosphere. The prices and the portion sizes were very reasonable too and the quality of the food was excellent.

For Thomas they had a good children’s menu, lots of high chairs and a large easily accessible baby changing facilities. I am not going to list all the food that we had here as I am on a phone and it would take me ages to write, so in summary we had: baked local hen eggs and smoked salmon as starters, pork belly and plaice as our mains, followed by golden syrup crumble and ice cream as our puddings. Thomas had homemade fish fingers and mash. The full menu is on the website.

We both loved our starters. The leeks cooked with the chilli in my dish was something I had never tried before and it was yummy. The plaice and the pork belly were both cooked to perfection. Thomas’ fish fingers were lightly covered in breadcrumbs and were some of the best fish fingers I have ever tried. (Thomas let me try a tiny little bit!) The ice cream was full of flavour and Stuart was just about willing to let Thomas share with him as it was very yummy. My pudding did not looked how I expected it too. It was a crumble tart not a normal crumble. The custard accompaniment was full of vanilla seeds and so good I could of drank it with a straw!

While we were visiting today, Brian Turner of Ready, Steady, Cook! and other tv shows came to see his restaurant. It was lovely to see him again and I can confirm that the food in his restaurant is as lovely and generous as he is. Thank you to Brian and his wonderful team for a fantastic visit today. We will be back! :-)

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BBC Good Food Show Winter 2011

I have been trying to write this post for ages but it kept on getting put on the bottom of the pile. I would like to say sorry to Ginny and Sharan for it taking so long to write and thank them for a fantastic day

When Thomas was 4 weeks old, we went to the BBC Good Food Show Winter 2011 as guests of Belling.  As this was my first time taking a child to the NEC, I was interested to see how my experience would compare to previous visits. There will be more about this later. First, the most important thing, the food.

When we first arrived, we went straight to the Belling stand and were lucky enough to meet Brian Turner. He is a lovely guy, very funny and exactly like what you see on TV. We were then joined by Louise of Comida Y Vida, her Mum and Grace and Louise and Sous Chef J of Good Food, Great Fun and Gluten Free. Brian did three cookery demonstrations on the stand including a Get Set Cook! challenge (similar to Ready Steady Cook) where he showcased some of the show’s finest producers and recipes from ‘Tweet Pie: The World’s Shortest Recipe Book’ sharing recipes from the people of Twitter.

After having a great time at Belling, we went and saw old friends Tim of Macaroons and More and Kate from Gower Cottage Brownies. After a quick catch up with the gossip, lots of admiring of Thomas and stocking up on vast quantities of both their products, we then saw James Day of Eat The Midlands and Suree Coates of the King and Thai for lunch.

After lunch, we moved onto the The Little Round Cake Company, which is based in Shrewsbury and sells a wonderful range of cakes including Tweeners (bottom left of picture) which are big enough for two to share but not a massive cake. The raspberry and white chocolate tart (top left in picture) was my favourite. We then moved onto Life, Fork & Spoon by James Martin which is a revolutionary new ready meals concept by James Martin, delivering great food to your door. I am hoping to try it soon as it is only based down the road in Worcestershire. After a very tiring day, Thomas and I headed home for some much needed rest. :-)

Tested By Thomas

This is new thing that I have running across both my blogs and a page for it will appear on both blogs soon. Thomas and I have started travelling around testing out baby changing facilities and general reaction to children/babies in restaurants, pubs and so on. We will be reporting on our findings so the readers of my blogs can be informed and know where the best place is to take your children. You can read the first post on Jo’s Nursery here.

The Good Food Show was our first complete day out together and we were very impressed. The organisers of the show had set up a parenting room in a suite, adjacent to the show with bottle warming facilities, a fully kitted out changing area with free wipes, nappies etc. and lots of places to feed your baby. It was all every parent wanted and more. We used it twice. It was quite quiet though so whether it had not been publicised enough I do not know. The queues for the normal NEC changing areas were quite long so maybe it was not. I only used the normal NEC facilities at the end of the day as I was leaving and was I quite glad of the extra parenting room as I could only just get the pushchair in there. How they cope at peak times I will never know.   Parking at the NEC was quite tight too and I only just had enough room to get the pushchair and Thomas out of the car. Perhaps, the NEC could provide parent and child spaces somewhere too.

We would like to thank Ginny and Sharan for a great day out at the show. We look forward to returning in the summer when Thomas will be able to try some of the food for himself! :-)

Happy Christmas Everyone!

A festive message from Brian Turner

Happy Christmas

From Jo, Stuart and Thomas x