We arrived in Sandwich looking for a place for evening meal. We tried almost every pub near the market square area only to be turned away by all - the kitchens all seem to close by 8:30 pm in this place... But then we discovered the Mermaids Locker... I pleaded to be fed and the kind man behind the counter checked briefly with his chef and we were welcomed to stay.
We took the large table in this tiny, cosy restaurant and settled down. To begin with I ordered a German based cask ale whilst the family stuck to soft drinks. We then ordered from the menu - two of us went for the toad in the hole with saute potatoes and thick red wine based gravy. The third had meat balls on spaghetti. As we waited for everything to be freshly cooked (we were duly warned that this could take 20 minutes or so), we nibbled on bread and a small bowl of olives. And struck up a conversation with the three other guests who, we later discovered were related and good friends of the waiter & chef. They certainly added to the entertainment and made us feel welcome.
The meal was excellent and we decided to really push the boat out and order dessert - profiteroles with ice cream for me and a shared sticky toffee pudding & custard for the rest of the family.
As is often the case, the chance discover of something different turned out to be a great success. We probably wouldn't have even found the Mermaids Locker if we hadn't really been desperate to find a late evening dining place. It's pretty much hidden next to a kebab shop! But once discovered we realised that we had found a gem. And, I shouldn't forget that the decor here is something very special - something like an antique shop. I found mesmerised by an ancient portrait of a mysterious pretty young lady whom I was reliably informed was French and had been painted after her death... Like all the pictures and many of the artefacts here, they could be purchased. Miss "Ghostly One" was up for sale for the princely sum of 150 Pounds sterling :-)