Birthday lunch at The Crazy Bear

We celebrated Marc's birthday yesterday at The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton.  For those of you unfamiliar with this wonderful place, I urge you to visit.  They have two menus, English food and Thai food and if you sit out in the garden (as we did) you can enjoy both.  Do not be tempted to mess with their rather weird indoor policy, which stipulates that you can only have Thai food downstairs or English food upstairs. I always get very annoyed with stupid rules and can't quite understand what the problem is.  Anyway, I am digressing.  It was a beautiful sunny English day and as we drove throutgh the beautiful countyside we were all looking forward to our lunch out. 

Full marks for decor, the place is ecclectic in design and the service is pretty good.  The food is great!  The children love running around outside playing games and trying out all the different chairs in the Morrocan glass house.  Yes, there is a Morrocan glass house, which they use for their special Sunday Jazz lunch (and here's another rule, no Thai food on Sunday!) and for weddings and special events. 

We ordered our usual starters, grilled prawn skewers for Ruthie and stir fried glass noodles.  Satay and Crispy duck rolls for the rest of us, followed by their delectable Pad Thai and Green curry.  Ruthie had two orders of fat chips, which she declared to be delicious and gave them the highest score ever of 6 thumbs up.  The staff are knowledgeable about gluten free food and there are a limited number of things you can order if you are gluten intolerant.  We generally ask them to make something off the menu and they are usually very obliging.  The highlight as always were the desserts.  A gorgeous flourless chocolate cake with a happy birthday message and two huge bowls of homemade strawberry sorbet topped with pure caramel wafers for the girls.  Heaven!



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