181 Bathurst St, Toronto, 416-364-9320
DRINKS: Full Bar
SERVING: Dinner/Late Night
PRICE RANGE: $$
This hip tapas-style eatery offers an ever-changing menu including everything from Jamaican patties to charcuterie. Favorites include: Fresh mango salad.
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Farne Island, often referred to as House Island, also has some interesting large rock fissures in the seacliffs at St Cuthbert’s Gut and at The Churn. When there is a heavy northerly swell, water funnels up the channel through a blowhole at The Churn and causes spectacular geysers up to 30 metres high. During the last Ice Age, the islands were severely scoured and ground down by glacial action, rounding off much of the rock and leaving deposits of boulder clay on Farne Island, West Wideopen, North and South Wamses, Staple and Brownsman. Then, gradually, over thousands of years, a layer of peaty soil was formed which has been enriched by many centuries of bird droppings. Although the area of soil is rather small, there is a surprising amount and variety of vegetation growing on it and during the summer months the islands bloom like a flower garden. More than 125 plant species have been recorded, the majority of these being found on Farne Island; they include nettles, bugloss, ragwort, silverweed, dock, thrift, scurvy grass, lichens and mosses, Yorkshire fog and various other grasses, although the most common and characteristic plant to be seen during the summer is the white sea campion, which blooms very profusely. Another interesting species is the orange flowering borage, Amsinckia intermedia, a native of southern California. This was accidentally introduced by the island’s keepers many years ago through the poultry feed. This pretty flower can be seen all around the old buildings on Farne Island and with some unwitting help from the birds it is very likely, sooner or later, to spread to other islands. The islands were first inhabited by St Aidan who went to live and meditate there as a hermit in 635, before he became Bishop of Lindisfarne.
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