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“A Great Find Made Even More Memorable by Unusual Journey”
Review of The Oyster Shack

The Oyster Shack
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Bigbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Nestled into the Avon Valley, Award Winning restaurant The Oyster Shack – aka “Seafood Paradise” serves an array of mouth-watering catch of the day seafood and shellfish, depending on what’s been landed daily and what’s in season on the land. With eclectic, rustic decor its as cosy in the wintertime as it is virbrant and al fresco in the summer. A must visit year round. In true "shack" nature you can pop in for light nibbles and coffee with friends at lunchtime through to an extravagant Lobster lunch or whole catch of the day - always with incredibly friendly and welcoming service.
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We had a weekend break in Padstow and were heading home the long route. As we passed Plymouth towards lunchtime; I had read reviews of Oyster Shack and thought a little diversion for lunch was called for. Set the Sat Nav for Bigbury and it took us on a rollercoaster ride all round the narrow country lanes where we finally came to a river. Our jaws dropped when we followed the route down the narrow tidal road. It was a good thing that the tide was low as the tidal road was actually on the river bed. Thoughts of would we be able to get home if the tide came in and when is high tide did occur but we persevere in the pursuit of seafood.
The road then climbed up a hill and we drove into the top car park which was almost full. My partner didnt know what to expect as he had read the reviews and thought that it was going to be literally a "shack" for beach bums.
When we walked in we were given a very warm and enthusiatic welcome. The hostess/waitress asked if we had a reservation. We hadnt thought that we would have any problems getting a table as it was a Tuesday and for lunch and it was already 1.30pm. She apologised when telling us that they were fully booked but she consulted with her manager and they managed to find a table which was recently vacated because they prefer to eat in the lounge area. We were led into the restaurant and seated next to warm and welcoming woodburner. The decor was relaxed, colourful and informal and comfortable and the tables were not cramped in on top of each other.(every table was occupied!)
The menu looked wonderful and we could have easily enjoyed everything on it including the £12 set lunch but we decided to splurge and have the lobster. The waiting staff were friendly, helpful, informative and not at all pushy. We shared a 2lb lobster salad and had their homebaked bread to mop up the melted garlic and herb butter and gorgeous sweet potato fries. We didnt bother with any starter but had a jalapeno cheese apetiser to share. Everything was beautifully cooked, the lobster was fresh and done simply so that flavours came through and we enjoyed every mouthful and every minute of lunch. The wine list looked good but as we were driving, decided not to have any nor did we have any desserts as we were too full.
The bill came to about £70 with a beer and a g&t. I had marked value as being 4* as it always amazed me that seafood particularly in the UK is so expensive even though they are native. But I am sure that compared with eating in Padstow (especially at Seafood Restaurant) it is excellent value for money.
We really had a memorable lunch. I cannot praise enough the staff who were all very helpful and chatty. This is the sort of restaurant where you didnt feel as though the staff were snooty and you had to mind your P's and Q's, and you didnt feel like a tourist.
I hope that they will continue their good works and I look forward to returning soon.
PS there is another way to the restaurant besides the tidal road, but the tidal road is more fun.

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Thank SunnyJ007
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Well this is our latest visit to the 'Shack and, as usual, we have the most fabulous meal.

Love the new improved Beer Battered Prawns to enjoy whilst perusing the menu and really enjoyed the Whitebait which is the most tasty and moorish dish - my parents had the cod with crab risotto and thoroughly enjoyed this too. Too end a great meal the Sticky Toffee Pudding is light and well covered in Toffee sauce - heaven.

As usual the staff were very attentive - only 2 on this day as it was Monday - but still quite busy.

Can't wait for the next visit!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

As its name might suggest, the restaurant is run in a relaxed style. The staff (and owners?) are young and keen and they seem to know their job and the cooking is careful. It was half-term and busy.We had a warm welcome (a welcome warm woodburner in the corner, too!) and enjoyed the £12.00 set lunch (weekdays only) - with a choice of about three dishes for each of the three courses it was excellent value. Main courses included excellent mussels and monkfish.We shall return and will look forward to it.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I watch cooking programmes and really enjoy them. I particularly like Rick Stein and often imagine finding similar places to eat to the ones he dines in and raves about. The Oyster Shack is one of these places. Off the beaten track, quirky and excellent seafood. I highly recommend.

Thank Chris W
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

A great find although off the beaten track.
Could not fault the friendly service - and the fish was superb (gurnard!).
Staff were happy to split a sharing plate as we didn't want all portions.
If only it were nearer to home.

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