We visited on a cold Thursday October night, based on a previous trip down this way when Mrs B couldn't get in. While we didn't need to have booked on this occasion, it was encouraging to see that we weren't alone. The welcome was warm and service well paced - what do i mean by that? Well, we weren't left with stinky plates in front of us for any length of time, but, on the other hand, no-one was pushing us to order the next course, pay up and go that is so often the hallmark of the chains. There was just a quiet and discrete check on what progress we were making, to co-ordinate with the kitchen.
Then we have the food which is really a good example of a trend to fresh ingredients, sourced locally, that should be part of a fishing port but isn't always. Try finding the equivalent in Selsey or Bognor and you can't.
Starters were more than competent. I had a good full on soup and Sue a (home?) smoked mackerel salad with none of that oily feel you sometimes get - both of which set up an expectation the the mains would be very good - as they were. The star dish was a north african fish stew, not dissimilar to a real bouillabaisse but packed with sweet/sharp/hot flavours that manage to lift the dish to another level. My other half had a cod loin that was cooked to perfection. For a place this size, the wine list was pretty impressive, but they could do with more by the glass options.
My only criticism of the whole thing was that the prawns in the stew were overcooked (maybe reheated?). That aside excellent, good value for money and so nice to find in a town that was dominated by carelessly cooked fish and chips. A nice young couple seem to be at the centre of this, her out front and him in the kitchen. I wish them well for the future of their enterprise
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