Lockdown Dinners at The Dogs’ Diner (and other suspiciously similar-looking places)


It started with some fizz…


There are three things that you need to know about Chez Snail:

  1.  There is an attention-loving, and hence pesky, spaniel-based lifeform called Daisy who is involved in the day-to-day running of some eating and drinking establishments shown here.
  2. There is a squeaky-ball-obsessed terrier-based lifeform called Sam, who also appears to be involved in self same establishments.
  3. There is a general level of silliness that pervades the very bricks and mortar of Chez Snail.


Three weeks after lockdown started, the Snail said to me “Dress up, we’re going out to eat”. As only one of these things was actually illegal (my crimes of fashion were already being well documented and paid for), I thought “OK then”. And off we went, to the Limery, where The Bistro at Chez Snail has just, like a good pop-up restaurant, well, popped up. We drank fizz and ate yummy food, and I got to wash up afterwards.

Such a good idea was this (the pop-up restaurant not the washing up, although that becomes a good idea when you’re left eating off of old crisp packets), that we started up some more eating establishments. Here they are, in no order whatsoever…

First, the menus from our trips to The Bistro at Chez Snail:

And then the cafés and cocktail bars we have frequented:

And finally, the restaurants we have eaten in:

There was also one evening at the cinema – the film was much less taxing than the sign for it!


And the name of the film is…

I started the hashtag #stayinginisthenewgoingout on Twitter and, including the usage figures from today, I can see that it has caught on the way government advisors catch on to the rules they created*.

The Snail and I are privileged to be able to express our silliness in order to make this odd life we are currently experiencing a little more bearable and I hope by sharing it, it maybe makes a few people smile and perhaps inspires people to create a little silliness of their own!


I’ll have my dinner now, thanks

Next time: A mini pub crawl…


* Apologies, this is mildly passive-aggressive political satire. But I am guessing that those of you who kindly read my blog probably don’t read that of a certain Dominic Cummings or if you do, only under some kind of duress. Anyway, what I meant to convey was that no one has used the hashtag.

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13 thoughts on “Lockdown Dinners at The Dogs’ Diner (and other suspiciously similar-looking places)

  1. Highly entertaining, but I feel you missed a trick by not naming it the CockerTail Bar 🙂 Also, where are the Puppacinos (without which Mouse doesn’t really feel he’s had an outing to the café)? And you’ll have to translate the movie name because I’m too thick to get it….

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    • I like it! Perhaps the Cocker Tail bar will be next! The pups are too busy serving to partake, although Miss Daisy has been known to have a lick of a rum-covered finger from time to time.
      As for the movie – well, I wouldn’t want to Boss you around. The first word starts “Blind”…

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  3. Your restaurant outings have certainly lifted my day when I check out Twitter, often getting a good chuckle (much needed). I await more restaurants! (and have no idea what the film was).

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  4. Now why didn’t I think of having my solo dinners at a special cafe. I did do that for my “home alone” birthday afternoon tea … then recently I did have a cowboy curried chicken dish. Cowboy because of the cloth I was using on the table. But maybe I need to create some signs more regularly. How ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE to have a cafe at home…

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    • Love the idea of a dish named after the table linen – quite a lot of our meals would have the same names as the establishments we eat in only appear to have table cloths from two places! 🙂

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  5. I thought I was following you on twit. clearly I failed there. Very entertaining, thank you.
    and was the movie Sixth Sense?

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    • Glad you found it fun – we did! I am JonSayerAuthor on the twit. The movie was… I’ll reveal it in a couple of days, in the meantime, here is a clue (of sorts): You emerge from a dark place into the sunshine and temporarily loose one of your senses (possibly not the sixth one). Hope that helps! 🙂

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  6. Going Batty in Wales

    I don’t do twitter but have enjoyed your facebook posts! Eating out in alone doesn’t quite work so I can’t reciprocate.


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