Food is constantly on my mind, so I wanted to share with you some of my favourite places to eat!
The Wheatsheaf Dummer
Whenever there’s a family dinner with my Mum’s side of the family we head off to this pub. It’s slightly outside Basingstoke which means it’s good to get away, have limited phone service and enjoy some good quality food. Lately I’ve also taken Abbie there, we sat near the fire and ate until we were completely full. Also, their Chocolate Fudge Cake is out of this world.
Menu Choice: Hunters Chicken with Chocolate Fudge Cake for dessert.
Hard Rock Cafe- London
Where do I start? Amazing burgers, top music, great pin badges, awesome cocktails and pieces of history on the walls. I’ve been long obsessed with Hard Rock Cafe’s around the world, but London will always have a special place in my heart. When I can I love to go, even if it’s just for a cocktail, and sit amongst pieces from some of the people I admire most. It does get busy, but the wait is so, so worth it, once I sat under Madonna’s leather jacket. Enough said.
Menu Choice: Bacon and Cheese Burger, Cocktail (decided on the day) and Ice Cream Sundae after.
Zizzi’s – Nationwide
Italian food? Check. Good desert menu? Check. Affordable? Check. Every Zizzi’s I have been in has been cheerful, clean, affordable and generally has a nice atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if the place is rammed or almost empty, the servers still have a smile and get your food to you quickly. Extra bonus is that I used to be able to use my student discount, win.
Menu Choice: Tough choice, it’s either the Carbonara or a Margarita (they are HUGE) and for dessert Chocolate Cake that melts in the middle or Mint Icecream
Coal – Nationwide
I love eating here for Breakfast or Dinner. It’s busy but in a way that you know the food is good. I’ve had many a good meal at Coal, along with their yummy cocktails when it’s happy hour!
Menu Choice: The Coal Burger and a Pina Colada!
Nandos – Nationwide
Who doesn’t love a cheeky Nandos? This is one of my go to places in town centre. Good service, gorgeous chicken and it’s not going to break the bank. The service has always been super quick, which means Nandos is a great choice after a long day when you know what you want.
Menu Choice: Chicken Burger with chips and corn on the Cob.
The Portsmouth Arms – Basingstoke
This is one of our local pubs and I absolutely love it. It’s a cosy pub that serves a good filling menu with lovely staff. Growing up I knew a lot of people that worked here and even now they’ve left it’s still one of my favourite places to go for dinner. There’s also a pub quiz on a Sunday and gorgeous seating outside for when it’s warm. I also spent the evening of my 18th birthday here.
Menu Choice: Pie and Chips (award winning) and Ice Cream for Dessert
TGI Friday’s – Nationwide
I have a bit of a love affair going with TGI Friday’s. The food is mouthwatering if you’re looking for burgers, chicken or steak and I could eat their chips all day. There’s always a party atmosphere at TGI’s and I’ve had a wonderful server every single time I’ve gone. My favourite part though? The cocktails. They have one of the best cocktail menu’s I have ever seen or tasted (Key West Coolers are one of my favourites, as well as a Purple Rain). There’s a stack of amazing deserts and if you go on your birthday there’s also some incredible cake.
Menu Choice: Chicken Strips with Jack Daniels Sause, Cocktail (as listed above) and a Ice Cream Sundae for dessert.
Mio Fiore – Newbury
This small, but wonderful Italian is hidden away in Newbury. I used to go a lot with my old job and everything about it was charming. It’s in a quiet location in a beautiful building with charming staff and some of the best Italian food I’ve ever tasted. If you’re ever around the area or want some authentic Italian food pop down and your tastebuds will thank you later.
Menu Choice: Chicken wrapped in ham resting on potatoes (I can’t remember the Italian for it).
Longbridge Mill – Basingstoke
Another regular place for Ali and I to eat. We go here a lot for family meals and also had our graduation dinner with my parents here. This place holds a lot of memories for me, when I was a child there was a Pirate Ship play area, I absolutely loved it and so my parents would take me in the summer evenings. They’d struggle to get me to stay still enough to eat my food! Now Ali and I regularly meet his dad for dinner and although there is no pirate ship anymore it does have a great menu and warm hearted staff.
Menu Choice: Steak with chips, dessert Chocolate Brownie.
I’ve spent many an evening in a Wetherspoons for some cheap and tasty food and a few drinks, need I say more?
Menu Choice: Chicken Strips with Absolute Vanilla Vodka and Coke.
Where do you think I should try next?
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