Just a few weeks after landing at Heathrow from our phenomenal holiday in Miami, we were airborne once again to celebrate Jessica’s birthday. This time we jetted off to the third smallest country in the world – Gibraltar. If anyone asks why Gibraltar, it simply intrigued us for various reasons but we’ve got a travel focused post on it’s way which will explain why and all that we did whilst there.
We’ll start things off with our favourite foodie finds in this British Overseas Territory – our first pit stop when we arrived was… fish and chips!?!
Star Bar – Parliament Lane, Gibraltar
Bit weird isn’t it? Spending three hours on a plane to go to the beautiful southern tip of Spain to have some cod, chips and peas? You may think we’ve gone mad but actually not at all. With Gibraltar being a British colony, this is their local delicacy too. Okay, it’s a far cry from the UK’s seaside offering but we just had to check out how it compared.
As it turns out, we have no idea what they’re doing putting cajun spice on the chips and not making an effort to mush their peas, but it still went down a treat. The setting was Gibraltar’s oldest bar, Star Bar, which is set back from the main shopping street (literally called ‘Main Street’). With BBC News on, paying in British pounds and fruit machines nestled in the corner, it was home from home but we were even more ready to explore the slightly more Mediterranean and North African cultural points of interest now.
What a dream… Aperol Spritz with a Mediterranean cheeseboard overlooking the harbour with Everton v Liverpool screened via an excellent WiFi connection on the phone! After a whole morning exploring the Rock of Gibraltar we took the short walk to Queensway Quay, a seemingly posh part of town that on either side of a tranquil harbour are strings of some of Gibraltar’s best bars and restaurants. Rendezvous Grill is of course a steakhouse but with a dinner reservation just a few hours away, we took the opportunity to have a substantial starter and get away with a half decent excuse to eat a lot of cheese.
It was nothing short of terrific – hummus, salsa, olives, celery, peppers, fresh bread and a plethora of cheeses, all in the perfect setting. It was so perfect that we decided to come back to Queensway Quay the following day and have lunch at the place nextdoor.
You can’t go wrong with soup, sandwich and a refreshing fruit cider at lunchtime.
It’s become something of a tradition to be rather extravagant with Jessica’s birthday restaurant selection. With going to Marv & Ben in Copenhagen last year, and Forage and Chatter in Edinburgh the year before, Gibraltar’s best had a lot to live up to.
You can probably guess that it did exactly that by the fact that it has its own dedicated post which will be live on Monday. It was an evening full of surprises for Jessica so check back then to find out what went down.
We’re talking cakes, balloons and hash browns in bed.