Having attended a wedding in Brixham the day before, we decided to break our journey to Hampshire with a stop off in Dorset. Having checked into our hotel we took an early evening stroll to find somewhere for supper. We happened upon the Seagull which is in an unpreposessing building a couple of hundred yards from the sea. The decor is smart cafe style - pine tables and chairs. Lovely welcoming waitress showed us to our table. Starters were mushrooms in cream sauce (my wife) but I had the homemade Mackerel Pate - possibly the smoothest and fishiest I've ever tasted. Excellent warm toast. For main course my wife had another starter - Scallops with a balsamic dressing. So good I didn't get a taste! I went for the whole Lemon Sole with homemade chips and side salad. Rick Stein himself could not have cooked it more perfectly - pan fried in a little butter , the fish was moist and on the point - perfect. An excellent bottle of Muscadet worked well. The Seagull has been run by the same chef for 19 years, so he is obviously doing something right.
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