Welcome to our new blog series of ‘retro recipes’ designed with pure 70’s mania in mind. We could not start this series with anything more 70s than of course, the prawn cocktail. Here is our very own recipe for the perfect way to start a classic meal.

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Ingredients

 

  • 400g cooked peeled prawns
  • 250g cooked tiger prawns
  • 8 shell on prawns
  • 4 little gem lettuces, washed and trimmed
  • 6 heaped tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 5 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 whole lemon, quartered in wedges
  • Smoked paprika for dusting
  • Fresh chives for garnish

 

Method

  1. To a large bowl add the mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and black pepper and then mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust mayo, ketchup and pepper to your own taste. 
  2. Add the cooked peeled prawns and the cooked tiger prawns to the sauce bowl and mix well once again and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
  3. Add the lettuce to each bowl and then heap portions of the prawn and sauce mix creatively over the top. Add a wedge of lemon, 2 shell on prawns, a dusting of smoked paprika and a couple of chives to garnish. Back to the 70s here we go!
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Dimmet is a complete 1970s experience and that is not by chance! We made that decision to create it within that decade close to our hearts and memories of good times.

But we didn’t get there all by ourselves – oh no! We had a helping hand and inspiration in the form of specialist designer Marina Morris. She’s one of life’s creative geniuses, and the 70s brief for Dimmet was right up her street.

So, meet Marina, our Dimmet Designer for the 1970s…..

Hi, I’m Marina and I have a degree in Fine Art and History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London University.

For a short while after that I worked for an interior design company and then spent nearly twenty years working in the film industry as a set decorator on films and a stylist on television commercials.

Dimmet evolved from Emma asking me to help her refurbish their house in Braunton as a holiday let. Being the late ’60s/ ’70s property that it is, I suggested that we pay homage to it’s origins and design the interior in a ’60s/’70s style and give it a funky Abigail’s Party look. Emma wanted to create an interactive experience, where people felt it was full on 70s, so we sourced clothes, kitchenware and games to bring Dimmet to life in this colourful decade.

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The idea was also to make staying there a little experience of the era, a time capsule where you could cook recipes from 70s cookbooks, serve it on 70s tableware, play 70s music on a record player, dry your hair under a 70s drier and dress up in fabulous retro clothes while watching all those classic 70’ films.

However, while much of the interior dressing is from the period, including the genuine 70s wallpaper; extreme modern comfort has been afforded to all appliances, beautiful mattresses and bed linen, a new bathroom and kitchen and drapes – but all with a feel of the era.

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About fourteen years ago I worked on a film (a bio pic of Bobby Darin starring and directed by Kevin Spacey) which spanned the 50s to the 70s. I spent many months researching the period. Back then the look was not as popular as today and, apart from very expensive shops like twentytwentyone, the stuff was hard to find. I remember going to the warehouse of a guy in Kent who had been collecting it for years and buying a beautiful Warren Platner table and chairs set, Eames chairs and gorgeous Danish sideboards that would be a small fortune today.

I used film contacts to source the wall coverings for Dimmet, and much of the dressing was found in online auctions, local auctions and charity shops as well as vintage shops.  

Hopefully the mixture of genuine retro pieces together with the modern comforts and luxuries guests expect today combine to give a rather unique experience.

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We love it Marina, so thank you for being part of this amazing Dimmet journey.

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‘staycation’

noun

informal

‘a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions’

We have a little secret, and it might make you think about staycationing for the summer, or half term, or any holiday time! Our little secret is called Dimmet….

Dimmet is in Devon and it’s the perfect staycation for couples or family. And the best bit of complete quirkiness? Think 70s style, think seaside.

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Dimmet is all about beach holidays and relaxation. Dimmet is a unique 1970s style holiday home is close to the large village of Braunton (recently voted in the top 40 British beaches) and the award-winning beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe. It is staycation paradise!

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Dimmet had a total 70s style refurbishment and combines the best of the old with the best of the new. Nearly all of the interior accessories are either vintage or local and what makes this staycation extra special is the time travel element with its 70s experience for you – from vintage wallpaper to crockery and furniture, the vibe is all about bringing back on of the most loved, iconic decades. Pineapple on sticks, Kiln Craft crockery, and flares are all obligatory at Dimmet!

Dimmet is the Devon word for the half-light at the end of the day, and it’s our favourite time to be down at Saunton Sands beach, with a BBQ going and the evening rolling in…staycations never felt better!

Guests can enjoy all the facilities and areas available to them. There is a beach kit is in the garage, as is the BBQ and garden equipment, all of which guests are welcome to use.

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Staycations are stress-free holidays for everyone and Dimmet adds that extra dimension of 70s fun.

So, if you’re wondering where to go and why you should staycation right here in beautiful Blighty, here’s 7 reasons….

  1. You get the chance to really explore the local area and discover something new.
  2. You spend less time travelling (give or take the M5!).
  3. British beaches are amazing. Fact.
  4. There’s nothing like a pub lunch, afternoon or fish and chips on the beach!
  5. You learn stuff – history is everywhere!
  6. You can get involved in local festivals and live it up!
  7. Walking…..when you’re there, there’s no need for a car. And relax!

Happy staycationing!

 

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One of the great things about Dimmet is that you are an easy 10 minute walk from Braunton, and when hubby and I slipped down there for a sneaky night away (OK – to do some final jobs on the house ;-)) – we decided that we would treat ourselves to breakfast the next morning at the Riverside. We didn’t get up too early as they very conveniently serve breakfast from 8:45am until 11:45am – so we meandered down for an 10am breakfast.

We’ve been to The Riverside a few times and the food and service has been consistently excellent. We chose to sit outside as it was a sunny April morning – and placed our order. Breakfast arrived fairly promptly and, to hubby’s delight, consisted of black pudding, bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, 2 slabs of cornbread toast and a deliciously grilled mushroom.

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Breakfast is a highlight of the day for my hubby, but a great breakfast plate can sometimes be let down by the accompanying tea and coffee. Not in this case, the tea and coffee were freshly made and really hit the mark – so I suspect that the Riverside is about to become a favourite breakfast haunt.

Next, sensing that I had a breakfast-happy husband, I took full advantage and took him round the shops in Braunton looking for 1970s pieces for Dimmet!

The Riverside Restaurant: http://www.theriversidebraunton.co.uk/

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So many people recommended the Rock to us that we had to go and try it, and since then we’ve been back quite a few times. Tucked way in the gorgeous village of Georgeham, it really is one of the foodie destinations locally. Boasting a varied menu and extensive indoor and outdoor seating, they can cater for small tables and larger groups – but it’s usually best to book at busy times.

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We have a seafood fan and a meat fan with our two boys, and they were both delighted to find a seafood platter and a huge homemade burger. The seafood tasted delicious with a freshness that only get near the sea, and it came with huge hunks of bread. Youngest son runs a burger ranking and this one shot into the top 3 – so it must have been good! On this trip hubby had the ham and leek pie and I had a falafel selection – the pie pastry was excellent and the filling very tasty. My falafel selection was lovely – I’m not a veggie but often opt for the vegetarian option and this was a very tasty and different option.

Service was quite quick and very pleasant. I loved the addition of juniper berries and raspberries to my gin & tonic! Prices were not too steep and portions were generous – so well worth a visit.

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