I've been here twice - once with family for lunch and again on an evening with a large party of friends. My Mum and Aunt tried to get in but were turned away, one reason for the title.
The building is exquisite - a former chapel converted with taste and compassion retaining all the best features. There are many stairs though - from the front door to the first dining area, from there to the bar and a long staircase from there to another dining area in the roof. I do not envy the serving staff. However there is also a lift for disabled people to access the first level.
There are stylistic clashes: the building is very traditional as is some of the interior (the bar for instance), but other parts are very modern - an odd juxtaposition. By and large though the traditional wins out. The second-floor dining area is worth the climb for its views of the docks, beaches, historic wall and the sea.
It's obviously a tea room - it says so on the tin - and just as obviously a fish restaurant - one falls out of the front door onto the fish quay. Except for reasons I can't fathom, it isn't.
When we visited for lunch, except for battered cod and chips (excellent btw) everything else was meat-based (steak pies) or pizzas. When we visited for Dinner there was very little fish, and one dish had the fish flown in from Asia (it was horrible, can't even remember the name). Everything else was there, including two game fowl, but it made the menu look haphazard.
There were flat-screen TVs on the wall showing the renovation of the building. It was very interesting but it came with a soundtrack that was pitched to be distracting while muffled, which was annoying.
Being as it says it's tea-shop, my Mum & Aunt visited for a cuppa and scone after a saunter along the shore. They were turned away, being told they couldn't come in unless they ordered a main meal. Needless to say they won't return.
The owner needs to work out what the heck he wants this place to be and he needs to decide it needs to be the best fish restaurant in the area doing local fish not stuff from thousands of miles away. He has a great chef well up to the job in Paul, and needs to let him get on with it.