The original and figure-head restaurant of Rick Stein. Much of the fish comes from the boats moored almost outside. Dishes are simply presented, allowing true individual flavours to show through; but more unusual ones pop up, such as 'Monkfish Vindaloo'.
For starters expect the likes of 'Scallops in lentil and Chardonnay sauce' or 'Oysters'; 'Small Fruit de Mer'; 'Crisp Smoked Mackerel with Green Mango Salad'; 'Wild Salmon with Sorrel Sauce'.
Perhaps 'Spider Crab Risotto'; 'Fillet of Sea Bass en Papillote with Tomato & Fennel; 'Turbot with Hollandaise' or 'Hake Fillet with Butter Beans, Tomato and Chili' to follow. There's always a char-grilled steal of some sort for confirmed carnivores!
Desserts, such as 'Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Hot Chocolate Fondant' maintain the standard, but aren't the main event. If we have any criticism, the dining room is rather brightly lit and lacks atmosphere for a romantic meal; but for true fish lovers, a special visit is well worthwhile.
There are a few dishes for confirmed carnivores and vegetarians. There are comfortable rooms for those wishing to stay overnight; plus a cheaper Bistro (St. Petroc's [q.v.] (also with comfortable rooms), just up the road.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 (July & Aug 14.30); set L £31 (3 courses); mains about £20 to £50
- Dinner: all week 18.30-22.00; mains about £20 to £50
- Seats: 90
- Wine: House wines in the low £20s plus an excellent wine list, many varieties from the New World
- Children's portions: Yes, but no children under 3 years of ago.
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Pay and display parking opposite
- Closed: 24th-26th Dec & 1st May
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available