As you can well imagine, these prices will pique my curiosity, as I am an inveterate skinflint. We pull in to the Harrier Cafe, previously a pub known as The Harrier, and also as The Missing Link.
The small room with only four or five tables that we enter has an air of olde worlde charm about it. It's like stepping back a few decades into an old, small saloon bar, except there's no bar. There are a lot of books - in stacks on the corners of the tables and on shelves dotted around. Almost incongruously there is a rotating rack of greeting cards for sale in the corner too. And of course there are blackboards with the menus in different areas of the room.
At the spot where I sit there is a bell.
I do as instructed and ring the bell and the waitress comes out and takes our order. It's been years since I've had whitebait so I go for that.
Sis goes for the cheeseburger.
It may not necessarily be completely homemade, but it's pretty great for £3.50. And you won't find whitebait that good for that price anywhere else, I guarantee it. Most places that serve whitebait at all serve it as a pricey starter, without salad or chips. I'm definitely going back, and I'm having the Date, Apple and Coconut Cake.