Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Located in the historical village of Middleton-on-Sea, this delightful restaurant is housed within the walls of a beautifully picturesque cottage. The lush green, lovingly tended garden with its alfresco dining area is a fitting welcome before you even reach the door, and when you do, charming proprietor Paddy Coghlan greets visitors with genuine pleasure. He is clearly dedicated to providing a relaxed and homely dining experience for his guests, offering a BYO wine option and charging no corkage fee. I opted for a starter of asparagus soup, which was so delicious I asked for the recipe - unfortunately a family secret. My companion indulged in the most succulent sweet cantaloupe melon adorned with strawberries and a fresh sprig of mint. A mouth-watering selection of good, honest, home-cooked, British mains were all reasonably priced at just £7 and included roast pork, steak and kidney pudding and liver and bacon. Trained as a youngster by a distinguished Swiss chef, Paddy leaves the best to last - his homemade raspberry meringue with ice cream was a triumph, leaving me a tad envious as my guest oohed and aahed at its scrumptiousness; but my rhubarb tart turned out to be equally faultless. It will be a delight to return on warm summer days for morning coffee or afternoon tea in the garden - one of the most tempting and truly English traditions to experience - but this gem is a delight all year round. Welcome one and all to the charming Bow Window.