We are meeting Neko & Ziggy in the picturesque fishing village of Beer in Devon to celebrate a special birthday for Ziggy. After a fab walk along the clifftops and the beach we have wandered up and down the village high street looking at menus and through cafe & pub windows. Our interest has been arrested by a blackboard listing the fresh fish available today – outside a place called The Seafood Platter .
Once inside we have a bit of a ‘Fawlty Towers’ experience. Despite the blackboard and the menu displaying a wide range of fish dishes, we are told many are not available – as the chef has not arrived yet! We order drinks and, as we really want fresh fish, decide to wait and see what happens next.
More people arrive but still no chef. After half an hour we are told the chef has arrived and we can order anything from the menu. We all want the plaice – but the kitchen only has three – so Rock changes her order to sole.
When the food arrives the fish is fresh and well cooked. However, the chips, peas and vegetables are all a bit ordinary. We still have some room for dessert. Neko & Ziggy share a very sweet lemon posset – so thick you can stand a spoon up in it. Rock & I share a luxury bread & butter pudding – which is like a warm egg custard!
If we decide to return here, I hope next time we find that the chef has been in the kitchen long enough to prepare and cook everything to the same standard as the fish!