Welcome to our dining out club.
There are two venues for this group. The first is a regular get together at Chimes (the Highbury Training Restaurant) in Winston Churchill Avenue now on the second Thursday of each month. We all love this place: the menu is always exciting and different as the chefs are learning to cook a variety of modern foods. To begin with there is fresh warm bread and tapas. No one but me likes olives so I do well here! Then follow two or three courses at £8.50 or £10.50, while the (good) wine comes in at £2.50 a glass. The waiting staff are all learning on the job, sometimes with interesting results! Unfortunately I can’t do puddings but everyone else enjoys them.
At Xmas we were greeted with a free glass of mulled wine that was so good we went on drinking it throughout the meal, knowing that the bus stop was right outside. Unfortunately they have now removed the bus stop!
On the last Sunday of the month it is always a Sunday roast because most of us live on our own and miss the joints we used to cook and eat. We take it in turns to choose the next venue. We have visited a wide variety of places – so if you want advice on where to take your visitors just ask one of us. Barnaby’s in Southsea is probably favourite, although my own is The Pizza House at Hilsea. Most of us go by bus so that we are restricted to venues on the main bus routes.
Not everyone goes to both groups, so there are usually about eight of us eating together at any one time.
Bon appetit Audrey
Group leader: Audrey Evans