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“Shabby Chic 'Fresh Fish to eat in or take away'” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sole Bay Fish Company

Sole Bay Fish Company
Shed 22e Blackshore | Southwold, Southwold IP18 6ND, England
01502 724 241
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Ranked #14 of 39 restaurants in Southwold
Price range: $16 - $24
Cuisines: Seafood
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Description: http://www.solebayfishco.co.uk/index.php
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Shabby Chic 'Fresh Fish to eat in or take away'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

If you love your fish this is the place to be. Fresh cold platters which you can pick and choose to suit, the lobster is so juicey. Just bring your own accompaniments eg drinks, bread, salads, sauces, what ever you fancy. Hats off to the four guys who turned up with cheese, pork pie, bread and eight bottles of wine. In other words anything goes. The guys that work here are friendly, helpful and informative. Please bare in mind that this is a glorified fishermans shed so it can be a bit on the chilly side. Weekend bookings recommened, this is the only time we have not managed to get a table.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Sole Bay Fish Company”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is, basically, a large wooden shed that has two components. At the front is an excellent fresh fish counter, where you can buy to eat in or take away at very reasonable prices. At the back is an eating area, behind a gigantic fish tank, where there are five or six tables. the deal here is that you can order a fish platter, of which there are four standard offerings at prices ranging from £10-32 to which you can add to if you wish, or you can make up your own platter instead. The platters are all fresh and well-presented, crab and lobster come prepared, and glasses, codiments etc are all available - but you bring your own drinks and bread (no corkage charge). Service is good, so is the food - what more could you ask for?

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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stratford upon avon
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77 reviews 77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

What a find.. Quite surprised to find such a place in the UK, basically a wooden shack with a fresh fish counter serving their catch to either eat in or take out.
You have to take your own drinks ( no shop near so get this in Southwold) friendly service and the freshest of fish.
The owners son, very polite, stopped by our table and told us about their boats and the way they catch their fish..not a huge commercial venture.
We will certainly return.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hayfield, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Exactly what you should expect!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

You bring your own wine and bread. We had a platter for £32; Lobster, crab, mussels, prawns, cockles, whelks etc.
Their fishmonger was selling 12 small Dover Sole for £10, skinned and pan fried they were the best Dover Sole I have ever tasted!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Shop that lets you eat wonderful smoked fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is a large fisherman's hut among other huts on Southwold Harbour which basically sells locally caught fresh and smoked fish. It is not a restaurant and the premises do not meet the official criteria for a restaurant which is why they ask you to bring your own bread and wine. There is no cooked fish as such but they make up various platters and you can make up your own with anything they have in stock ranging from oysters and smoked salmon through whitebait and mussels to cockles and whelks. They are all very fresh and totally delicious.The room where you eat is quite tasteful and charming with a marine theme and a view of Southwold across the marshes. They open seven days a week for lunches and I think again in the evening.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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