Food and drink
Dominated almost exclusively to catches from the seas prepared simply as god intended like oysters or salmon or as part of a more exotic offerings such as Goan curry and chilled lobster with lime dressing, even hardened carnivores like me find something to please. That said non fish eaters and vegetarians will struggle with the limited alternatives.
Reliably assured by my better half that the Loch Fyne oysters on ice here were ‘yummy’ with their accompanying dressings as was the rich was my lobster bisque I chose for my appetiser. For mains, the fillets of sea bass with sweet chilli, sesame sauce was really rather good. Sadly, I do have to report that on a previous visit the fish and chips with mushy peas heaped in faux newspaper was disappointing and that better and cheaper examples of this British standard are available elsewhere.
The vast high ceiling of the open plan building still manages to keep a lively atmosphere and for me there has very much a New England waterfront feel to the decoration and furnishings.
Service is brisk, attentive, informal and tries hard to please.
To the south west of the city centre, on the banks of the River Foss, this is just one of a collection of places to eat along Walmgate, a street developing quite a foodie reputation for itself.
Prices for appetisers range from £4.50-£7-50 with main course priced between £9.50-£19.00. Lots of good value incentives here, including children eating for free on Sat-Sun between 12pm-6pm when an adult orders a main course. Also during the day is a £10.25 two course set lunch and come the evening, £30.00 gives two people two courses from the set menu and includes a carafe of wine. Otherwise expect to pay from £15.00 for a bottle of wine.
Tables to book
Try to secure a table by the large windows overlooking Walmgate for street views and to avoid the often busy isles in the centre section.
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