After several days of rainy weather today dawned sunny and bright. I suggested to my husband that we drive to Topsham and those who have been reading my blog for a while might recall that we went there about a month or so ago when we visited the Quay Antique Centre and I bought three chubby cut glass tumblers, a cut glass jug and a small Vaseline glass basket.
Today we were in search of a cut glass tumbler (or two or more) for our elder son but we didn’t see anything that quite fitted the bill. But that’s the nature of looking in such places; sometimes you just happen upon something that is lovely and the right price, but if you actually go in search of something in particular rarely do you find it. Never mind, we enjoyed a good browse. I even saw two more Vaseline glass baskets, identical to the one I bought on my previous visit. I left them there, though, as they were much more expensive than the one I bought (£49 the pair) perhaps because they were a pair and pairs invariably are more expensive than single items. And, of course, different dealers often charge different amounts, it’s not an exact science.
After a good mooch around we went in search of a light lunch. It’s a pretty little town and on one shop windowsill were pretty cowslips (photo above) a real sign of spring.
We decided to have lunch in the Salutation Inn ( www.salutationtopsham.co.uk ). This is a former coaching inn but it was thoroughly refurbished a few years ago. We have not eaten there before; today was our first experience of the place. And it was a good one. We will return!
This is called the Glass House café (it isn’t the main dining room) and we were met by one of the female waiters who welcomed us and showed us to our table. This area had obviously been a courtyard before, perhaps – judging by the arched entrance – where coaches and horses would’ve entered, but which is now covered by a glass atrium-style roof.
We didn’t want a large lunch and so chose from the light lunch menu the Mini Platter of Creedy Carver Duck which was prepared and cooked in three different ways (which is the current style of cooking): confit/crispy/parfait, and we decided to share one portion, each of us having small appetites. With a cup of excellent Americano it made for a delicious light lunch.
I made the suggestion – whether this will be adopted remains to be seen – that they could make this into a proper sharing platter by presenting it on a slightly larger board, adding a few extras, and charging just that little bit more. The duck parfait was in the lidded jar and in the bowl was a delicious chilli sauce.
I hope you like the borders I am now adding to the photos, and I’ve even ‘shadowed’ the above food photo – this is getting all a bit arty, isn’t it? Perhaps I should just stick to a plain photo!
At the table next to us the female waiter was explaining to a couple about the desserts, and then she brought a platter showing some of the individual cakes and pastries (there were other desserts but I was quite captivated by these – well, who wouldn’t have been been!)
And so we decided to have a different one each, and then cut them in half so we could try two of them that way.
We both agreed this was an excellent light lunch. We then made our way back to our car and drove home. What a lovely time we had had.
Do you, like us, sometimes share a meal? I do think that it is usual these days, unless in fine dining restaurants, to be over-faced with too-large portions, so husband and I often order one meal and ask for an extra plate. It just seems sensible to us.