Blue sky, May sunshine, crisp white wine, fresh bread and seafood. What more can you ask for?
This is a minimalist run place. Don't expect fancy tables and posh crockery / cutlery. This is the 'take it how you find it approach'. So, a few details.
Its open throughout the day (apart from Mondays). Despite what others have written, it is very much a first come first serve basis and no, you can't book. Yes, there are sometimes tables spare which is due to a mis-match between the available seats and the queue that is amassing. If you really pay attention, there is a blackboard list behind the counter which shows the number of people waiting and their party size. My advice - get there just before mid-day to avoid the lunch time rush (say 11.45).
To order you go up to the counter (so I'm not really sure of the customers who were mentioning a long wait - its not table service!). We enjoyed our bread and wine whilst waiting for a seafood platter - which was for two but did for three of us (and we still took a doggie bag away). I am always pleased when the serving staff offer advice and being told that we only needed one salad between three of us was sage advice ... it was more than sufficient.
The platter had mackerel, smoked salmon, crab, crevettes, prawns (peeled and with their shells) plus mussels.
The staff were very pleasant and had a lovely sense of humour. From what I can see, the maitre d' today balanced the various needs of those already sitting down eating with those waiting. Its not an easy job and he appeared to manage the fine balance very well.
All our seafood was fresh and very tasty. We didn't explore other items on the menu, but my parents have been before and said that they are equally as delicious. Despite it being a busy Friday lunchtime we were not hurried or chased out, but allowed to enjoy our meal at our own pace.
For parking, there is a municipal car park a short distance away (20p for 2 hours). You may need to hang around there for someone to vacate - its not that big!
If you really want fine dining, then this isn't the place for you. If you want honest food at reasonable prices (£11.50 per person for the platter) then this is the real deal!
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