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1.  Indonesian Rice Table

2.   Indoor Adventure

3.   Valentine's cupcakes

4.   Small News

1.   The Rice Table

If you were unlucky enough to miss the Royal Castle's Rijsttafel nights last winter, now is your chance to try a taste of Indonesia without having to queue at the airport! The Indonesian speciality rice table (Rijsttafel) is back, on the last Thursday in the month in the spectacular Nu Restaurant overlooking the Boatfloat and across to the lights of Kingswear.

At just £18 per person the 3 course menu with coffee is extraordinarily good value. Dishes are specially created and cooked by Indonesians Rita and Heri who are there to explain each course, which comprises many small mixed dishes. The Dartmouth dot tv team tried iga kambing bakar (grilled lamb chop marinated in sweet soy sauce and Indonesian spices) udang goreng tepung (king prawn tempura), keupuk udang, sambal kacng & acar (prawn crackers peanut sauce and vegetable pickle), perkedel jagung (sweet corn fritter) followed by daging bumbu Bali (Balinese style beef stew), ayam Rica-rica (chicken with hot tangy sauce), pepes ikan (steamed and grilled fish in a banana leaf), sayur orak-orik (stir fried cabbage with egg) and nasi putih (steamed jasmine rice) with kolak biji salak (sweet potato balls with palm sugar and coconut soup) and martabak manis (sweet thick crepes filled with mixed nuts and cheddar cheese) for dessert. No wonder we couldn't manage the coffee!!

In Indonesia the Rijsttafel is traditionally a family meal where everyone sits down to eat together around a big table so it is ideal for a night out with a group of friends, or just treat yourselves! To book for the next Rijsttafel evening on Thursday 26th February call the Royal Castle on 01803 833033.

2.   100,000sq ft Indoor Adventure

Lets go! It's half term and Woodlands multi indoor centres are packed with fun. Outdoor zones are all geared up for a fantastic day out, all for the cost of £6.00 per person.

The variety of play in the massive Empire of the Sea Dragon provides action for all ages with three rides, the best slides, fantastic venture challenges and exciting soft play for little ones. The riskiest ride in the Empire is the Trauma Tower, hold on as it climbs up 45ft but watch out for the big drop which leaves stomachs high in space. For the best views of the five floors of action whirl up on the Dragon Mini Wheel, or for a more gentle thrill the submarine ride is perfect.

Trot over to the Master Blaster where all ages play the zippiest game in the Universe, volcanoes, blasters and cannons keep families in a firing frenzy of fun.  Next door toddlers have their own activities in the Big Top Soft Play, juniors enjoy climbing, swinging and sliding in the Acrobats Funderland while the circus train puffs by.

As well as the 100,000 sq.ft. of undercover play a whole lot of the outdoor rides are open. The Sea Dragon Swing Ship is a white knuckle monster 11 metres high for a whoosh of negative G force, then bish bash your way around the Bumper Boat pond. The Big Fun Farm has five massive barns to explore. Amazing new daytime & nightime creatures join favourite animals, there are not only rabbits to cuddle but rascally raccoons and exotic cockatiels to enjoy with creepy Giant Millipedes, Sugar Gliders and glow in the dark Scorpions to marvel at. The Reptile House is home to tiny Bearded Dragons and at the other end of the ‘scale’ Homer, a 12 foot Albino Burmese Python. It’s a Zoo-in-a-Farm! Accelerate the Big U-Drive Tractors past the giant scarecrows; little ones can pedal tiny tractors and fire engines round Windmill Village.

The Falconers are on hand to show you the birds and answer questions but there are no flying displays at the moment.  If you haven’t got one of those lucky coloured tickets yet try asking at your local TIC.  Half term outings are big at Woodlands; it’s incredible value for all the family.   Click here to see their website.

3.   Valentine's cupcakes

The Good Intent re-opens this weekend and as it’s Valentine's Day we’ve got some deliciously decadent cupcakes to tempt your loved ones with. Hand-made and individually decorated these little beauties are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Stocks will be limited so make sure you come down first thing (we open at 10’o’clock). Or give us a call before hand (07889 342407) and you can pre-order – which means we can even put a personal message on the cupcakes for you. Don’t forget we also have our home-made fudge and of course our luxury ice cream on offer too.

4.    Small News
  • For some fantastic old photographs of Dartmouth click here.
  • 1st Night of Dart Music Festival Thursday 7th May 2009.

    Dartmouth Film Society With Dart Music Festival Proudly presents Covent Garden comes to the Guildhall again The Full Monteverdi A film by John La Bouchardiere

    “A unique music drama”
    “A brilliant film, a searing dramatisation” The Times.
    “Beautifully sung…almost unbearably moving” Gramophone.
    “This brilliant film demands to be seen” Classic FM.

    The Full Monteverdi, featuring leading vocal ensemble I Fagiolini. Six couples are seated in a restaurant. Their relationships are each in crisis. The Full Monteverdi draws the eye and the ear into the varying aspects of their emotional landscapes… This evening will be opened not only by the producer, Greg Browning, but also by the film’s director, John La Bouchardiere, who will be giving a unique insight into the making of their film.

  • Don't forget Dartmouth Farmers' Market this Saturday from 9am-1pm in the Old Market


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