WITH such a name, you’d expect the Nag’s Head to celebrate all that is English.
And, with lamb chops, mixed grills, and fish and chips on offer, it does just that.
The Nag’s isn’t your typical pseudo-Brit restaurant though. It also doubles as a hotel, ensuring that there’s a steady flow of people hanging around, reading, chilling, or eating.
That’s really the best part of the Nag’s Head; its easy atmosphere makes it seem as though you’ve been there before.
They make sure you have all you need here, with a selection of daily papers out on display, television, rock pop in the background, and a healthy selection of flyers to help you to decide where to go should you bore of the beach.
Western food really is the norm, but we opted to be different and tried the Thai.
There is a reasonable amount of choice in the Thai department, and we ordered Laab Moo (spicy pork salad, 65 baht), sautéed mix of fried vegetables (45 baht), penang chicken curry (85 baht) and rice (10 baht).
The food arrived within five minutes and looked pretty good on the solid wooden tables. They tasted ok too.
Laab moo is a classic Thai dish, exploding with herb flavours and mouth-burning chillies. This one wasn’t overly hot, but had a good share of herbs to give it some power. The curry was reasonable if not overly exciting, while the vegetables were arguably the highlight, crunchy and in a wonderful sauce.
If you do hanker for home, then the options are even greater, and anything from traditional English food to Italian is on offer.
The Nag’s is a good place for a quick meal, and an even better place to simply hang out with a drink and socialise.