Saturday, 16 March 2013

A change is as good as a rest

After the events of the past week or so, it was nice spend the day doing 'normal' things.

Despite the fact that the weather was not very good (it was cold, wet, and very windy), my wife and I went to Canterbury, Kent to do some shopping. Most of what we bought was new clothes for my father. He has lost so much weight over the past six months that we decided that he needed some better fitting clothes.

We then went to Herne Bay, where we ate fish and chips in a seaside restaurant, Mackari's.


Although the ownership of the restaurant has changed over the years, and the restaurant has been modernised to bring it up to modern standards, it is still very typical of the sort of seaside restaurant I can remember from my youth ... and for some reason fish and chips always tastes better by the seaside!

8 comments:

  1. Cor decent fish and chips? I'm jealous. The quality of Fish and Chips up here in Huddersfield has declined for a long time sadly.

    Only place I can think to try is down the valley in Holmfirth... must make a visit there soon.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  2. Sounds lovely Bob!
    BTW why is the place called Herne Bay?Is there a local legend...

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  3. Pete,

    I thought that the quality of fish and chips in Yorkshire was supposed to be unequalled in the rest of the UK?

    We ate cod, which is reputed to have been caught somewhere near the Knock John (an area of the Thames Estuary where it meets the North Sea) although I suspect that it might have been taken from the sea somewhat farther away!

    Good luck with your quest to Holmfirth. At least you won't have to fight for space with the TV crews nowadays.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. Tradgardmastare,

    It was a great, comfort meal!

    As far as I know, Herne Bay is so called because it is the closest bay to the village of Herne, which is some miles inland. According to Wikipedia 'The word herne, meaning a place on a corner of land, evolved from the Old English hyrne, meaning corner.'

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. There is still hope for the out lying areas but not for the town centre. Holmfirth is nice- good second hand book shops there too.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  6. Peter,

    This all sounds very familiar. The main streets of town centres in this area are usually lined with nail/tanning salons, fast-food outlets, pound shops, charity shops, and pawnbrokers/cash converters ... and precious little else.

    Bookshops? If Holmfirth has more than one, it is an intellectual haven in comparison to my local area!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Not been in a while to be honest but last time I got a Featherstone tank book so came away happy.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  8. Pete,

    If I am ever in that part of Yorkshire I will try to pay Holmfirth a visit. I love bookshops ... and have made some wonderful finds in some out of the way second-hand bookshops.

    All the best,

    Bob

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