From the moment I sat down it was clear that a lot of thought had been put into everything on the menu. The first thing that caught my eye was the beer list: 13 Cornish real ales (bottle conditioned)! Why don't more restaurants do this? Wines by the bottle seemed well chosen and well priced too. The bread was an excellent home baked sourdough fougasse.
For starters I had herring with Canarian mojo sauce and my partner had steamed Cornish mussels with fresh thyme, cider and garlic. Both were excellent. The mussels were consistently plump and tasty and the herring worked well with the spicy, garlicky mojo.
Next, she had chargrilled local mackerel with French beans, anchovies, garlic, parsley, coriander oil and new potatoes. The mackerel was moist and flavoursome; perfectly cooked. I had pan-fried plaice fillets with mussels and pastis sauce.
The ambience is relaxed and comfortable and the prices, at £15 for two courses or £20 for three courses, were more than reasonable (mid-week, so I don't know what weekend prices are like). For such a small village I was surprised that it was almost full. Only one empty table on a Wednesday in October is a sign of a restaurant whose reputation has spread and which people return to.
I had a custard tart with cardamom, ginger and rhubarb. Again, excellent combinations and perfectly cooked. There was a good selection of dessert wines by the glass and it was clear that they had really thought about the whiskies too, a the selection was interesting and unusual, including a really good grain whisky. Most restaurants don't stray from the usual brands but here it's clear that they have actively tried to find interesting and unusual alternatives.
I wish there were a restaurant like this near my house!
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