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This is going to be our new go to dining place in Hampton — even though it is not on the beach, but in town. Does not matter. The fabulous dining experience and great people more than make up for not being able to see the sea.
Kind of a serendipitous discovery for us. We usually go to the coast on New Year’s day — either Portsmouth (and surrounds) or Hampton — which also happens to be our wedding anniversary (I savvy enough to have go married then so that I was unlikely to run the risk of forgetting). Last year we went to Hampton, found this delightful place ‘on the beach’ and had a great time. Got to know them and liked it so much that we made 3 special trips during the remainder of the year (though it is a 90-minute drive). Then they inform me that they will be closed this New Year’s Day. I was not amused. We asked around and some folks from Exeter told us about the ‘Galley Hatch‘ and assured us that we will like it. They were right.
Very congenial place. I like the set up and the well-kept fish tank was a bonus. I am a sucker for good fish tanks in restaurants (probably because I rarely eat fish at restaurants).
A menu right up our alley. They had some good specials. I can’t be 100% sure but I think that was a special, Greek lamb burger I had — sans the bun.
The staff were exceptional. Very nice folk. We had a good time.
The desserts and sweets were something else, though as some of you know I do not imbibe in my old age. I am still brown from all the chocolate I ate when I was young. Deanna brought some carrot cake home.
Definitely going back. Yes, I will gladly make the drive. Looking forward to it.
That we were treated to a spectacular sunset as we were leaving seemed like an omen. A match made in heaven.
As is my wont, and since it was our anniversary I was slightly dressed up. Nothing too fancy. Just a bow tie, black sweater and an old jacket. But, suffice to say that was slightly more fancy than most of the other men.
So, one of the waitresses suggested that the next time we come we might want to go their more ‘upper scale’ sister restaurant — Tinos — upstairs. They even wanted us to go upstairs and check. We did. Very nice. But, I liked ‘The Galley Hatch’. So next time I am still going downstairs. Maybe I won’t wear a tie. SMILE.
Anywho … if you are in Hampton (New Hampshire) check it out. You will not be dissapointed. You will, as is invariably the case, thank me for the recommendation.
Oh, the main men’s room has an interesting configuration. Nothing wrong. Just amusing. Cracked me up. Definitely check it out too. SMILE.
We went their for dinner on New Year’s Day 2020 — which also happened to be our 17th wedding anniversary. It was good. It had been recommended to us and they were right. Great place. Good food. Great atmosphere.
But, this men’s room was a HOWLER. I kid you not. I talked to the manager (a very nice gentleman) about it. It was to accommodate the handicap access laws. It has been like that for 18-years. Cracks me up. You would think an architect could have come up with some other configuration.
Mind boggles. Don’t think too much about it. SMILE.
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You can steal this picture if you so wish.
Last Year — déjà vu! Exact same spot!
Only difference is I look older. Same clothes. Alas. Not fun being poor. SMILE.
Not much I have to say. Should be fairly self-explanatory. We got married on January 1, 2003 — I picking that day knowing I was going senile and would soon forget the date UNLESS I picked one that I would not be able to miss. SMILE. There is, promise, always method to my madness.
Deanna, having grown up waterfront, likes the ocean, so we try to go to the ocean on our anniversary and Hampton Beach is pretty handy and fun.
You could actually see THREE of us in this picture. But, as she keeping on insisting, she is still learning (and does not have my experience). SMILE.
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire Hit By A ‘Water Advisory’ For This Near Perfect Weekend, i.e., August 24, 2019.
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They are going to be closed!
I suspect other places will be closed too. So, thinks might be a bit dodgy, though there will be those that will still be trying to make a quick buck.
Just check before you go. Maybe take your own food and drink.
Would NOT be a problem for me. I always prefer wine to water. But, this is NOT a joke.
Check if you were planning to go to Hampton this weekend.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
It was uncharacteristically warm on New Year’s Day and as such we ended up in Hampton (as in the beach) for some lunch. I invariably take the scenic route to Hampton — i.e., following the ocean — than the fast (and tolled) I-95. This means I have to go through Rye and ‘Brit Bits‘ is in Rye. And, of course, I had to stop.
It was, being New Year’s, closed. And this was the WINTER display. Very different to what they usually have in the Summer. That is UNDERSTANDABLE.
Other than the 1930s (methinks) MG in the showroom there was, for a change, nothing tempting. But, I was impressed by the prices.
My 1968 British Racing Green MGB, stickered and registered, appears to have appreciated quite a bit. Which was always the expectation.
I am still glad I stopped. Will have to go again in the Summer.
Given my collection I don’t turn too green at ‘Brit Bits’ any longer.