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The Verandah Restaurant at The Cleveland Sands

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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published November 12th 2016
Have you tried a deconstructed Caesar Salad yet?
Previously I've shared how my local, The Sands Hotel in Cleveland, recently underwent a serious spit and polish. I'm excited to report that I've finally returned to the scene of the crime to sample the delicacies of the dining room. The fresh coat of paint and new decor, complementing The Courtyard, has brought The Sands kicking and screaming out of the 1990s and is proving a hit with both locals and visitors.

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Back entrance to The Verandah

The menu is extensive and includes all the usual pub fare, such as burgers, schnitzels, fish and chips. However, these dishes too, have undergone a makeover. I ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad. What can you do with this old favourite, you may ask? Well, can I inform you that it can be served deconstructed.

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21st Century version of Caesar Salad

Does a deconstructed Caesar Salad taste any different to a standard Caesar Salad? Probably not, but it was lovely for a girl to enjoy a Masterchef moment.

The Squeeze ordered Steak Mignon with Pepper Sauce and is still raving about how the meat was tender and tasty. An old farmer, he is particularly obsessive about his produce.

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The Squeeze loved his meal

We sat on the verandah enjoying the cooling breeze coming off the bay. The vibe is classy but casual and we agreed that this would be a great venue for an after work cocktail at the end of the week. I've already diarised that one with some girlfriends.

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Enjoying the bay breeze

Live music was happening in The Courtyard so we wandered outside for our coffee and cake. This was probably overkill, though I will forever hear my Scouse father-in-law, the old salt and reprobate, saying " you haven't had a good time until you've been sick".

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No dinner for us tonight

Young Ben Clements, singer and guitarist, performed his rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, which was particularly poignant. It was great to see the cricket on the big screen being ignored and this musician's efforts being rewarded. I've always had a penchant for storytellers.

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Great entertainment too

Welcome to the 21st Century The Sands!

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Looking good, hey.

The Sands Hotel is located at the Cnr of Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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When: Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week
Phone: 07-32862466
Where: Cnr Middle & Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland
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Great article, May, love the humour!
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