After our recent holiday in Denmark and Sweden you may have thought that we have had enough fish. But, you can never have enough skilfully cooked fresh fish! We know a place where the plaice is always fresh and they know how to cook it – Severn & Wye Smokery.
We were last here in January and enjoyed it so much that we had to come back. It is fairly quiet when we arrive and we do our usual tour of all the fresh fish on display before sitting down. I tackle a bottle of the interestingly named Legless Cow by Hillside Brewery. It is a best bitter with caramel flavours and a citrus finish. I can see why it has won taste awards. You don’t have to trawl your way through a long menu here – it is simple, with only about 6 or 7 main dishes to choose from.
Rock is unable to resist the bait of beer battered cod with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. The cod is flaky, the chips crisp on the outside and fluffy within, plus really good home-made tartare sauce. As usual, I want to be a little more exotic and wonder if it is worth reeling in the monkfish dish. I ask Cheryl, the manager, and she strongly recommends it. Oven baked monkfish set at an angle over chorizo, green beans and sauté potatoes – it is simply one of the best monkfish dishes I have ever eaten!
After eating most of a large portion of fish & chips, Rock decides to pass on dessert. I am hooked by the idea of lemon chibouste with poached strawberries and raspberry ripple ice cream. The chibouste is not too sweet, the strawberries are fab and their raspberry ripple is really vanilla with a line of raspberry coulis – wonderful.
Beautiful food, fabulous advice and service from Cheryl. If you have been casting your net wide to catch great fish dishes, you need to visit this place
Tip – this place supplies smoked salmon to some of the best stores, chefs, restaurants in the UK. We love it. It is very reasonably priced and their online shop is coming soon!