Steephill Cove Cafe
Steephill Cove, Ventnor, United Kingdom
Steephill Cove Cafe Ventnor Reviews
Jun 09, 2007
Ventnor and the surrounding locale lies in what is known as a landslip. Basically, the action of the sea is such that it undercuts the cliffs causing rapid [i]geological[/i] erosion. Clearly, on a human scale, this means disaster per century. So we build on it.
Below the Botanical gardens on the outskirts of town is a small place called Steephill Cove, and one of its eight houses is a cafe, right next to the sea. There is a very small area where kids and their cold retardant skin can swim in safety. Like lots of this part of the world, mobile phone signals are non-existant meaning that people actually talk to one another rather than people miles away. The cafe therefore has a nice atmosphere.
My meal for the day was "A Pint of Prawns". This is not as one would expect from the title a glass full of liquified seafood, but a salad dish presented on a huge plate with an old school pint glass placed on it side, shell-on prawns spewing from within like a cherise tide of gorgeousness. I couldn't quite believe the volume of prawns: I think it all took about half an hour to eat. Washed down with a cup of tea, it was just about worth the £8.00, although I am still chringing at English prices and amazed at what I could be buying for that in Guatemala...
Beautiful location and good food, the cafe is open all summer but only at weekends out of season.
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