The NEW Tajinaste opened its doors recently under new management and one of the first acts to entertain were Mike Stone and Chris Brown, known as “The Gaffers” who sing everything from “My old man’s a dustman” to the well known classics of the 60′s and 70′s. They encourage guests to join them but rest assured this is not karaoke; the people in the ‘guest spot’ are talented and can hold a tune, so very entertaining.

This week saw Traveller Blues Band return. Every time these boys play together, they get better and better. Of course, they are getting lots of practice as they now have resident slots at various venues across the south of the island as well as in the west, where their talent was originally recognised. Like The Gaffers they also encourage talented musicians to jam with them, this audience participation makes the night special not just for those joining in but also for those enjoying this unscheduled detour from the programme.

The new layout of the bar/restaurant is excellent allowing more space for dancing and the new seating arrangement means that everyone has a good view of the entertainment. That is if you can get a seat! The place was heaving on Friday, it was standing room only. The atmosphere was electric. Whiskey asked how many in the audience had been before and there were only a few hands raised, the rest like a mini League of Nations was made up of a good mix of Brits, Spanish, German and Dutch and many had made a special journey as word about the band has spread.

Although the bar is under new management, Cookie is still in the kitchen and the food coming out looked delicious, I think I spotted liver and onions, yum, a meal just right for when the colder nights arrive. OK, not cold like in the UK, but we locals feel the nip in the air. The fish and chips were first rate but as well as the good old staples, he is also cooking up some surprises.

Wendy and Leanne were doing an excellent job making sure everyone’s glass was topped up and getting the good grub to the tables while piping hot.

Just remember Traveller play every other Friday and the Folk night has started again for the winter season, this is also popular as the previous week the restaurant was also full. Sunday night is another great night not to be missed, with 5 piece rock band “Phoenix” (formerly “It’s Immaterial”) alternating with Stu McCoy a fabulour sax player. I think this place is going from strength to strength. If you want to eat I would recommend booking a table, if you want a seat get there very EARLY!!

Congratulations to the new team I think they have hit on a winning formula.

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