3.46pm, Sunday 19th September, London Bridge , London, England, UK
Roadtrip Stop 2 : Dittisham – around the elbow from Dartmouth – still on the River DartAt the Browns dinner, we met a lovely young bloke, Will Froud, who with his girlfirend Jasmine Harvey own the Anchorstone Cafe, right on the riverside a bit further up the Dart. Seeing as we’d never been to Dittisham, and it was more or less on our way out of Devon, we arranged to drop in the next morning for coffee. Will said ‘anytime after 8am, don’t take any notice of the closed sign – the locals don’t’. So we turned up with half a dozen fresh baked raisin scones from the Dartmouth bakery and ran into the ferry captain having his first cuppa of the day. Now where the Anchorstone sits on the Dart is definitely one of the hidden gems of England. It’s opposite the Ferry Boat Inn, which has a bell mounted on the outside wall that ‘calls’ the ferry to and from the Greenway Quay on the other side of the river – which at this point, is its own small harbour. Buried in the forest up the hill above Greenway Quay, you can even visit Agatha Christie’s old house – now looked after by the National Trust. This spot is amazing, and I haven’t even got to the food yet. The Anchorstone has made its reputation as a crab and lobster specialist and is crazy busy through the summer season, then closes November through January. See, it pays to get around all the tables at a wine dinner, as you never know who is there. Jasmine organised the boys to come along to the dinner, then got sick and couldn’t come along to Browns, so we’ve promised to turn up at the Cafe for lunch next trip to the UK, with a box of wine under our arms – because we don’t want anyone missing out!
Here’s the thing. Pick any one of the following three things on the menu and why wouldn’t you want to come too? ‘Half pint of shell-on Atlantic prawns’ or ‘line caught Cornish haddock with fries & peas’ or ‘organic rope grown Galmpton mussels cooked in local cider’ See ya there!