The Loch Fyne Seafood restaurant sits in the perfect location for theatre goers, being just around the corner from the Bristol Old Vic and five minutes walk from the Hippodrome. The restaurant stands on the waterfront in the Old Granary, an imposing Venetian inspired building. Its interior is just as spectacular as its exterior. Here the freshest oysters come from Loch Fyne from the West coast of Scotland and the company is rightly proud to have taken early initiatives to remove and protect endangered species such as hake and swordfish. The fresh fish on display as you walk in makes your mouth water and its quality is beyond doubt when it is served up.
We sat down for lunch with the sun streaming through the arched windows running the length of the restaurant. As starter I ordered the baby leek risotto which was beautifully moist. It was topped with a perfect poached egg, fine herbs and cress. My partner had the Piri Piri Prawns, the tangy lemon taking the edge off the hot chilli, accompanied by crusty fresh brown bread which is baked on the premises.
We were looked after by Molly who proposed the day’s special which I couldn’t resist – a whole garnished sea bream with new buttered potatoes. It was cooked to perfection. My partner took the poached Loch Fyne smoked haddock with colcannon mash, mustard and crème fraîche sauce and a soft poached egg. We also indulged in a portion of twice cooked, chunky chips. To go with our food we had a glass of the fruity Piazzi Sicilan red wine which was delicious. On offer on the garnished cheese board was Exmoor Blue, Cornish Yarg and a gorgeous West Country Brie. When Molly proposed a Belgian chocolate tart with clotted cream and raspberry coulis I succumbed and my partner tucked into the scrumptious vanilla cheesecake which came with passion fruit and a delicate mango sorbet.
When eating out we tend to go for quality rather than quantity and here both were just right and we had a wonderful meal before going to the Old Vic later that evening. – Astrid Burchardt July 2013
Opening hours are Monday – Thursday from midday -10.00pm, Friday & Saturday from Midday – 10.30pm and Sunday, Midday – 9.30pm.
There are 2 or 3-course set lunch menus for £9.95 and £11.95 p.p. and an extensive à la carte menu with very reasonable prices. For those who are not fish eaters there are beef, lamb and vegetarian dishes. A blackboard proposes the day’s specials. You can find the full menu, as well as book a table on http://www.lochfyne-restaurants.com