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Tipsy Terrace, where memories are made 

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Seven years ago, when exploring Tenerife for the first time as a new resident, I remember thinking Los Gigantes was one of the prettiest and most stunning places on the island.

I have a vague recollection of sitting in a place called Tipsy Terrace and sipping a coke but hadn’t returned until a sunny May afternoon to meet up with owners Sally and Sarah for a taste of their very popular “Swing Sunday”.

What an absolute transformation I discovered. Sally and Sarah have been at the helm for just over five years and have worked tirelessly to make Tipsy Terrace Bar & Bistro “a place where friends meet friends”. It is absolutely stunning and as pretty as Los Gigantes itself. Situated just a few hundred yards from the main part of the town, there are still residents and holiday-makers who don’t realise what a jewel they have on their doorstep, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and crazy golf if you wish to pay the extra. I’m glad to say that once they find it, they become regulars.

Driving down the winding road into Los Gigantes with the sun shining and a clear blue sky, the giant cliffs looked magnificent and we were pleased to find a parking space. It was only later that Sally told me Tipsy Terrace has its own car-park, yet another bonus. You will find Tipsy Terrace near the Harbour Club, next to Los Mimosas and by the bus/coach stop.

The entrance, through a flower bedecked archway, echoes what you find inside. Rattan tables and chairs are set up in the restaurant and under a huge wooden pergola with tied back curtains and blinds to account for all weather. You have a lovely view over the gardens and swimming pool, with the tennis courts to the side and flowers, bushes and trees everywhere, all beautifully maintained thanks to a gardener, Sally, Sarah and their team.

There are other tables and chairs outside around a central fountain and you can sit in the sun or in the shade. We loved the decor inside, based on an animal theme, with some huge wildlife pictures and even leopard print coasters. Watch out for the giant giraffe in the entrance!

“Swing Sunday” offers live music from 1.30pm with Tony Kay who has a lovely tone and enchanted everyone with well-known songs such as “Memories are made of this” and “Moon River”. It’s a lovely way to enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch but it is so popular that it is best to book to avoid disappointment (922 868 432).

In the day-time, Tipsy Terrace has a really extensive menu with breakfasts, sandwiches, crunchy salads, wraps, jacket potatoes, burgers, light lunches, “bits on the side” and Tipsy’s meals for tiny tummies. The menu reflects Sally and Sarah’s fun nature, such as “The Royal Box” (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs served on buttered brown toast or crumpet 7.50 euros) or the “You cannot be serious! “English breakfast (7.50 euros) for which you might have to loosen your belt.

The evening menu sounds just as tempting with a good range of starters and main courses such as “Steak, naked or dressed” (13.95 euros for rump, with a choice of sauces), “The VIP Lasagne” for 9.95 euros or “Saucy Chicken” with the chef’s very own creamy brandy and peppercorn sauce (13.95 euros).

On a Sunday, there is a special Tipsy menu offering seven starters and more than a dozen main courses with their own individual prices. However, if you opt for the roast dinner, you can choose any starter from the list or any “Happy Ending” which we discovered meant mouth-watering desserts. Two Sunday Special courses cost 14.95 euros, three courses 18 euros.

I opted for the chef’s chicken liver pate as I loved the sound of the warm toasted walnut bread whilst my partner had the home-made soup, again with crusty bread. On this occasion, it was Mediterranean tomato. Both dishes were excellent and set us up for the roast which followed. Our food looked and smelt gorgeous with good thick slices of roast beef and turkey crown (we went for a mixture), Yorkshire pudding, mash and roast potatoes, a lovely apple and apricot stuffing and a bowl of three fresh vegetables. There was nothing left afterwards!

As for our own “Happy Ending”, we devoured “Heaven with the door shut” (the ultimate chocolate fix) and “Cherry Blossom” which was dark red Kirsch-sozzled cherries coupled with Italian ice-cream. Fantastic!

We loved listening to Tony who has just the right amount of inter-action with diners and it was obvious from the way many joined in that they were regulars. You can even get up and have a smooch and some couples did just that. You can also hear Tony on a Thursday evening, Julia on piano on Wednesday and Sunday nights and Stuart on saxophone on Monday and Fridays. Candles light up the whole place as the sun goes down, making it even prettier.

Please note, throughout June, rather than closing totally for a holiday, Tipsy Terrace is open in the day but closed in the evening. Why not make an outing of it? We came from the Los Cristianos area and it took about half an hour by car along a picturesque route over-looking the ocean and La Gomera but there is also a direct bus service (check out www.titsa.com)

Tipsy Terrace caters for parties and anniversaries, as well as for wedding receptions and is renowned for celebrating special dates in the calendar, such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and of course Christmas and New Year.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday afternoon here, both the food and the ambience, and would highly recommend Tipsy Terrace to you. Don’t just take our word for it, however. Visit their Facebook site and take heed of part of a little hand-written poem I spotted on a wall. Paying homage to Tipsy Terrace, it reads: “If you go to Los Gigantes and I really think you should, here’s a little pointer to the best of drink and food. It’s great for lunches and just superb for dinner. As long as it is open, you know you’re on to a winner.”

RS