By Kathy Martin…
Saturday 14th May 2016 I had the opportunity to go to the Sea Breeze bar in Kuçuk Erenköy, which is a small village on the North coast, east of Girne/Kyrenia. My great friends Gill and Ivor Moon are fortunate enough to live very close by, so I drove to their house and followed them to the Sea Breeze bar.
As you are possibly aware, I have MS and need a stick to walk, but, with a little help, was able to manage the three steps up into the bar area (there are plans to fit a handrail). Apparently, they have been carrying out a great deal of renovation over this last winter and there is a large, covered, area with several tables. Also, as Gill appreciates my walking difficulties, she had reassured me that the Ladies is easily accessible, which is a very clean facility!
The first thing that struck me was the stunning view over the small sheltered harbour area, with a couple of small yachts floating in it! Gill and Ivor pointed out some children swimming in a sheltered corner of the harbour and informed me that on Thursdays, during the summer, when they return hot and sweaty after their Roots Rambles (walks that they and several other friends with dogs take along the coast) they have water aerobics in the sea to help them cool down!
Claire Dermitaş (a beautiful Scottish lady) is married to a very handsome Turkish gentleman called Mehmet. She manages the front of house extremely well, whilst Mehmet is producing the tasty food in the kitchen. They serve Tuborg on draft, plus a variety of bottled beers, along with most other drinks.
Ivor was very pleased with his chilli con carne, he had said he would like it very hot, as when he makes it at home he has to keep it cooler for Gill’s taste! Gill fancied a salad, but unfortunately cannot eat fish or cheese, so her special request for a chicken salad was easily arranged for her! Originally I fancied the prawn salad, but was attracted by the name “Shepherd’s Salad”. Asked Claire what this consisted of and was told lots of chopped up salad with hellim and pomegranate sauce, this intrigued me, so ordered it. This was one of the tastiest salads I have eaten for a long time!
When we first arrived, about 13.15, there were only two other customers. However, as the afternoon went on the tables soon filled up and Gill pointed out that Claire and Mehmet would have a very busy day/night as Chrissy (a local entertainer) was singing “Country” that evening!
When I left, about 16.30, they were still very busy serving meals and drinks.
This is definitely a place I will return to, for newcomers to this part of our wonderful island it is very easy to find. Take the Esentepe road, from Girne. Keep driving along this beautiful coast road, with some wonderful sights of the sea, on your left, next to the road. Eventually, between Esentepe and Tatlisu there will be a sign on the left saying Kuçuk Erenköy and the “Sea Breeze”, which is at the bottom of the road on the left, situated next to the sea!