Location! Location! Location!
Dinner with a View
I probably don’t need to tell you how much I love to cook outdoors, regardless of the weather. However, when the weather is a little nicer and I am cooking in a lovely location, drinking a cold beer or glass of wine, I cannot think of anything better.
We have quite often tried to find restaurants with great views. It add’s to the whole ambiance of the meal when you are eating, watching the sun go down behind the ocean. But you will pay a premium for it if you are lucky enough to get a table.
It is true that it is sometimes nice to be waited on, but I really do love cooking for my wife and family in easy to find stunning locations.
What do you Need?
When I book a villa or cottage one of the things I always look for is whether it has a BBQ. I find cooking de-stresses me. Even though I am on holiday, I still love to cook. We have been lucky with some of the holiday rentals we have had, in terms of their location and facilities. However, even if you are not lucky enough to have rental with a BBQ and great view this should not stop you.
I am not going to advocate buying a disposable BBQ. I think they are awful things. However, you could invest in a portable BBQ. There are many different models out there at different price points, but they will all be better than a disposable BBQ. Maybe a little more work to get going, but you will get much better results.
I own a Weber Go Anywhere Portable BBQ, which I have written on a review here.
Tarifa, Spain: This is one of the nicest locations I have ever cooked in. It overlooked the Straight of Gibralta, with a view of Jebel Musa, which is a mountain in the northernmost part of Morocco. I think you will agree this is definitely an amazing view.
Port St Joe, Florida: In the summer of 2017 we did a small road trip in the US, along the coast and back between New Orleans and Orlando. On the way back we ended up renting a house in Port St Joe, which was close to the beach. Each evening we were there we would set ourselves up with the BBQ on the beach, watching the sun go down whilst drinking a chilled glass of wine. We bought this Weber Smokey Joe Premium for $29.99 out there – which was an absolute bargain.
Whitsand Bay, Cornwall: We stayed in a really nice rental above Whitsand Bay. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a charcoal BBQ but it did have the Weber Q, which is an electric BBQ. Again, the views we had were stunning.
South Winchester Lodges, Hampshire: We have stayed at these lodges a couple of times. The lodge we always request comes with a hot tub (it’s behind me in the picture) but backs onto a lovely wooded area. It is so quiet and peaceful and a totally idyllic place to cook BBQ.
Mullion Cove, Cornwall: We stayed down in Mullion Cover in September 2016. We absolutely loved the place. The photo below is unfortunately not a BBQ I cooked on as it belonged to a different property. The coastal path ran behind this property and so I definitely had BBQ envy when I saw the position they had.
Location, Location, Location!!
I don’t care where I cook BBQ as long as I get to do it. Personally, having a great location will add to the whole experience. My plan this summer is to be portable with my Weber Go Anywhere and start to find some lovely locations to cook and share the experience with family and friends. If this appeals to you, I would highly recommend buying a portable BBQ rather than using the disposables.
I would love to hear about where you have done your favourite BBQ cooks and see any photos you are happy to share.