A lucky find in a sleepy village called Manaccan on the Lizard Peninsula is Coast, a wonderful restaurant that defies all expectations. The setting is smart but casual, split into two dining rooms with log burning stoves, set either side of a restful bar area which is ideal for pre or post dinner drinks and conversation. The walls display a fine collection of art, some of which are by the noted Scottish painter Hamish McDonald. The service was friendly, attentive and informative.
More importantly the superb food more than matches the decor and service which is a selection of mainly locally sourced fish, meat and other produce. Known for their fish I opted for the lightly curried crab followed by a splendid fillet of rock bass. Both cooked to perfection and very tasty. My wife enjoyed fried squid followed by a perfectly cooked Angus rib eye steak. Puddings were chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice cream and a lemon creme brulee. The brulee was the only low point of the meal as it didn't have a perfectly brittle topping. A very small niggle of an otherwise wonderful evening. Thoroughly recommended.
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