On a recent trip to the UK, we found ourselves in the unassuming little seaside town of Burnham on Sea in Somerset. One of its biggest claims to fame is that it has the smallest pier! It was the same day that we had stopped at a motorway services en route from Gatwick airport for a traditional English breakfast. Although we had put lunch off as long as was reasonably possible in order to regain at least a little appetite, neither Dorothy nor myself was really ready for another meal. Anne, Dorothy’s aunt was our gracious hostess and had selected Bonomo Ristorante as the spot to grab a bite. I must admit that it seemed a little strange to be going into a place so obviously Italian in a place quite so typically British!
Although it was towards the end of lunch hour, we did not expect the restaurant to be quite as empty as it was. As far as we could ascertain, there was only one couple other than ourselves. We were greeted amiably and our hostess recognised Anne from a recent previous visit. To get an idea of the type of fare offered, as well as price points, we have included the specials board which you can enlarge by clicking on it. As it subsequently turned out, none of us opted for anything from this list.
As previously mentioned, neither Dorothy nor I was ready for a complete meal, so Dorothy ordered a zucchini salad and I ordered shrimp and pasta. Anne surprised us by ordering a pizza. It did not seem likely to me that she would be able to do justice to it either.
As we might well have expected, the food was not too long in coming and we were happy to see that the North American portion size has not yet permeated to this relatively remote area of Somerset. Dorothy’s salad was attractively arranged and very much to her liking.
For my part, although the portion was still larger than I might have hoped for, I did manage to finish it since it was simply too good to waste. One of the more pleasant aspects of the meal was chatting with the owners, our hostess and her husband, the chef, who sallied forth from the kitchen to ensure that we were satisfied with our meals. Anne was good-naturedly chided for only eating about one sixth of her pizza but was entreated to take the balance home with her.
Although our sampling was not a big one, based on our visit, I would have no qualms recommending Bonomo Ristorante to anyone who happens to be in the area.
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