After a beautiful coastal walk from Porthgain to Abereiddy and back…we are more than ready for some lunch. The Shed describes itself as a ‘fish & chip bistro’ and serves local fish and shellfish within hours of being landed. It has developed a reputation for quality and we are very keen to see what they can do. The place is packed and we are lucky to find a free table!
Clearly, at a fish & chip bistro we are going to have fish & chips – but there’s more to the menu than that. If you want something else there is an a la carte menu with fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. But we need a drink first. I’m back on the OSB from the Tomos Watkin Brewery. Rock has an elderflower pressé from Bottle Green.
The fish & chip menu has cod & haddock, as you’d expect, plus hake, monkfish tail and John Dory. Not sure I’ve ever had John Dory battered before – so that is what I choose. And, having seen the portion sizes, we decide to share together with side dishes of green leaf fennel & apple salad for Rock and mushy peas for me. The John Dory is beautiful – very fresh with crisp, delicate batter. The chips are pretty average. The fennel & apple salad is enormous and very good.
Sharing has left room for dessert and we choose the lemon polenta cake served warm with Greek yoghurt ice cream and honey. It is one of the best polenta cakes we have tasted – moist, full of flavour and works fantastically well with flavours of Greek yoghurt & honey.
It is easy to see why The Shed has a reputation for good food and why it is so popular. The use of fresh, local ingredients shines through and, overall, our experience was a very good one.