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Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Ladies Jump on Great Dining Bus

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The most recent Great Dining Bus consisted of a full contingent of happy diners, including two girls from 'Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire'.

The  'Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire' (LWL) are a lively group of four Hampshire women, who enjoy great food (and the odd glass of wine or two!). For several years now, they have liked nothing more than trying out just about every restaurant across Hampshire, and then sharing their experiences with a full unbiased restaurant review on their website:

The LWL score each establishment out of 25, and then, if they are good enough, we will award the location either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Knowing that these seasoned diners were in Milford on Sea, trying the unique Great Dining Bus experience of enjoying four different courses in four different village restaurants, there was as you may expect, a lot of anticipation about the final LWL Review of their lunch on the move!

Well, Carol from Ladies Who Lunch, has just published her review, …..and it is excellent!  The food served sounded great and impressively demonstrated what is on offer in our excellent village restaurants. It is clear that all of the chefs are putting a lot of effort into showcasing their skills, and quality menus.

The LWL were so impressed, that the Great Dining Bus was awarded the ‘LWL Gold Award’.

The Great Dining Bus scored an impressive 21/25 – which is the same as Pebble Beach in Barton on Sea, and only one point behind the very highly renowned Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant at the 5 Star Lime Wood Country House Hotel just outside Lyndhurst. 

It is very pleasing to sit alongside the best dining options in Hampshire, and for the Great Dining Bus to offer a unique way to for people to enjoy great food. Where else can you try 4 different restaurants within the same meal?!!

(Our Milford on Sea village restaurants have also had some impressive individual scores from past LWL Reviews: Verveine 24/25 - La Perle 22/25 - The Marine 21/25 - The Raft 20/25 - Zaika 20/25)

Now that the LWL Review is on the web, it will do its magic and filter through to lots of people, which will help continue to put Milford on Sea on the map as a 'Foodie Heaven', and a destination for diners looking for quality food and dining experiences.

You can read the full LWL review by clicking here. Find out more about Milford on Sea's Great Dining Bus by clicking here.

Extracts from the Ladies Who Lunch Great Dining Bus Review

"Verveine Chef/Patron, David Wykes's had unique canapés ready for us all to share. There were 2 beautiful rocks sourced from the local beach; on it were pieces of home smoked bass to eat in our fingers, a sardine tin containing cantaloupe melon, Lymington lobster and fizzy grapes, crackling pigs cheeks served with pear and mead ketchup, mackerel pate in a little flower pot covered with edible soil and planted with radishes and David’s version of pork scratchings, the pork skin is dehydrated for three days, scraped then deep fried so you've only got the skin with no fat.... very light and fluffy so obviously no calories! We were served a white wine spritzer mixed with elderflower rather than soda, very refreshing."

"The bus collected us at 1.30pm and drove us to our next destination The Raft. Love the décor in here, it has a very relaxed ambiance, appropriate as most of us separated from who we had come with to sit and chat to new friends around the table. We were given a choice of either a chicken or a mackerel tortilla. I chose chicken, it was delicious and a very substantial portion for a starter. Here we were offered the choice of a white wine sangria or iced tea to drink. SM was very impressed with the wonderful home made pizzas she enjoyed on her last visit here."

"La Perle is a very pretty French bistro and as Lionel, Chef/Patron and his lovely wife Emily are still offering their £10 Lunch prix fixe menu which includes 1 course and a drink or a small glass of wine was not surprised to hear they have had a very busy summer. We ate, on 2 tables this time, a beautifully presented dish, quenelle of lemon sole, crab bisque, courgette purée, confit tomato and tiger prawns accompanied by a glass of a Languedoc Sauvignon Blanc." 

"The bus collected us at 3.15 to take us to The Marine for our pudding. It's a wonderful Art Deco building almost on the beach. The upstairs fine dining restaurant where we were seated, has fabulous views over to the Isle of Wight and there's a café/bar downstairs. Our dessert was a large Milford Mess, the Marine's version of Eton mess and we were served tea or coffee." 

"It was sad to say goodbye, a fine time had been had by all. Interesting conversation and delicious food, the perfect lunchtime combination!"

"As it says on their website “The Great Dining Bus is perfect as a treat, a gift, for spending time with friends, special celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays, or just a great excuse to experience a unique dining experience whilst enjoying great food in excellent restaurants.” It does what it says on the tin and comes highly recommended!" Dining Tour prices range from: £37.50 to £22pp.

Ladies Who Lunch In Hampshire 
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Great Dining Bus
Various Milford on Sea Restaurants

1 comment:

  1. We really enjoyed this dining experience in the company of a lot of lovely like minded people. Try it... you'll like it!