The Waterfront restaurant is fast becoming the place where everyone wants to dine. Recently there was a seafood taster event and Pat and I were invited. The event was Taste of the Solway a seafood weekend aimed at celebrating the Western Lake District’s proud fishing heritage.
The attractive frontage is welcoming, looking out over Whitehaven Marina. This was our second visit and I still got a surprise as we entered through a popular pub bar then passed through to an eye-opening, chic dining area. You don’t have to get dressed up but you’ll still get a dressed-up dinner.
We were welcomed by that rarity nowadays – a head waiter. There is something reassuring about Adrian – that you’ll be looked after, that his recommendation on dishes and wine will be sound. Owner and Chef Simon Haslam came out for a chat and told us: “We are passionate about locally-sourced, seasonal produce cooked with love, care and finesse, presented with pride and flair amidst comfortable surroundings. 95% of the fish served here is locally caught. Our meat comes from a Lakeland Butcher, and the seasonal fruit and vegetables are also obtained nearby.”
The team at the Waterfront designed a carefully-balanced, eight-course tasting menu to showcase the sheer quality of locally caught seafood including tasty treats such as: Prawn Cocktail, Solway Langoustine, Rillete of Salmon, Home Cured Gravlax, Fillet of Sea Trout, Fish Crackling, Smoked Mussel Cream, Stir Fried Tiger Prawns, Spaghetti with Solway Crab, Monkfish Medallions, Solway Turbot, Crab Croquette, Seared Solway King Scallops, and Surf & Turf (grilled Solway Lobster and Fillet Steak). Where do you start?
Adrian guided us through it (as he does) and made the evening a most memorable occasion.
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