The re­turn of the Dish De­tec­tive

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We’ve been wait­ing with bated breath for our col­umn to re­turn. It’s not to say we haven’t been out and about. We’ve had to join a mil­i­tary-style boot camp in an at­tempt to shift some of the weight that’s piled on sup­port­ing small busi­nesses by eat­ing out to help out. A dessert? It’d be rude not to at those prices. Fancy meal out on a Mon­day night? Why not?! But hey a few pounds on our rear, that’s a small price to pay to help the coun­try bounce back from Covid-19.

To­day we find our­selves strolling down High Street, Gosport, pon­der­ing whether the editor would ac­cept a re­view of Wether­spoons, or Costa, or KFC, and then won­der­ing whether we fancy putting our­selves at risk by din­ing in one of Gosport’s classier es­tab­lish­ments (I won’t name, but let’s say they look like a good anti-bac is needed, more so than ever).

It’s a warm day and with the sun bring­ing a wel­come respite from im­pend­ing au­tumn, I take a walk along the front and re­mem­ber the Boathouse. What seems like a mil­lion miles away from Gosport High Street but is ac­tu­ally only a few minutes walk, the Boathouse, off Mumby Road, over­looks Gosport ma­rina. It’s a fine sight with the air­craft car­ri­ers in dock, and the Clip­per fleet for­lornly parked. I can con­firm, there ac­tu­ally are nice parts of Gosport and this is one of them.

It’s a trendy, re­laxed af­fair with some soft R&B from the 90s play­ing, two masked front of house staff work­ing hard, hand sani­tiser at the en­trance and a large deck­ing area with plenty of space

be­tween ta­bles, as well as rugs in a bas­ket for the chill­ier days (nice touch). It’s well pre­sented, spot­lessly clean and looks like it’s got ev­ery­thing un­der con­trol. We feel safe. There’s also two hours free park­ing on its doorstep too. The place has a steady stream of well-dressed re­tired cus­tomers, with a few busi­ness­men. They are ob­vi­ously on to some­thing.

The lunch menu is var­ied; burg­ers, home-made chilli, fish and chips, club sand­wiches, per­fect for its ma­rine set­ting. The goods are ad­ver­tised on a chalk­board (no germ-in­fested menus to han­dle) and you place your or­der at the counter.

To­day’s spe­cial is the Thai fish cakes with chips and salad at £10. It’s per­fect. Crispy and slightly spicy, with a per­fect amount of fresh salad and dress­ing and some ex­cel­lently cooked chips. We wash it down with a can of orange San Pel­le­grino then a cap­puc­cino. The staff are at­ten­tive and friendly. It's a lovely lunch. With the sounds of the ma­rina, and the warmth of the sun, we could be in Monaco, or Saint-Tropez, in fact any­where in the south of France. A won­der­ful lunchtime es­cape. We only wish there was a large glass of white wine in our hands and no work to do in the af­ter­noon – roll on the days when we can be the well-dressed pen­sion­ers din­ing out on a week­day lunchtime...

Just a hop, skip and jump from cen­tral Gosport, and with some of the best views around, The Boathouse is worth a trip. Check it out.

With the sounds of the ma­rina, we could be in Monaco

The out­side of The Boathouse, Mumby Road, Gosport.

The Thai fish cakes with chips and salad.

A cap­pu­cino to fin­ish off.

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