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Fresh Seafood counter at Loch Fyne Guildford

Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill is located right in the centre of the restaurant area in Guildford just off the main cobbled high street.  The Old Centenary Hall is a beautiful listed building that dates back to the 1800’s.

New Autumn Winter menu from Loch Fyne

The manager greeted us warmly and seated us at a table for four as we were accompanied by our two yer old daughter Alice.  The restaurant feels modern and spacious even though it is the conversion of an old building with an exposed brick and wood finish.  With the Autumn sunshine beaming over us I almost felt like I was sitting at a beach shack on the coast with my family.

Oysters!

Loch Fyne is a family friendly restaurant and the waitress was quick to ask if we would like some colouring sheets and crayons for Alice.  The stickers in the children pack were a hit with Alice who quickly covered herself in them.

Grilled Scottish King callous from the new Autumn/Winter menu

Keen to sample the new Autumn/Winter menu on offer my husband ordered the Grilled Scottish King Scallops with spicy chorizo and garlic butter and I ordered the Baked Goats Cheese Crouton with pickled and roasted beetroots.

Ross’ scallops were soft and tender and the chorizo was the perfect salty, spicy accompaniment.  The smoky chorizo garlic butter left in the shell is delicious mopped up with a side of bread.

Non seafood starter of baked goats cheese and beetroot

Goats cheese and Beetroot is always a winning combination.  The rich creaminess of the filo wrapped baked cheese was perfectly balanced by the sharpness of the pickled beetroot and the sweetest of the baked beetroot.  I was impressed with the variety of beetroot with pickled heritage and candied beets all adding their unique flavour to the dish.  The goats cheese itself was also perfectly creamy, salty and tangy.  So much so I couldn’t help wishing for a larger portion of cheese.

The new Autumn/Winter menu is the first from the newly appointed Italian born chef and includes dishes such as lobster thermidor, Loch Fyne fish stew and a Seafood Grill.  Allesandro Cristiano has aimed to merge the strong history and heritage of the lochs of Scotland where he has spent a great deal of time with his own Italian influence.

New Loch Fyne Fisherman’s Stew

This is most evident in the Loch Fyne Fishermans Stew, which is the perfect pairing of traditional Scottish seafood and fish in a lightly spiced Italian tomato broth.  Served with artichokes, potatoes, garlic bread and aioli and paired with Loch Fyne Grillo you can’t but help imagine you are in Sicily.  I can’t recommend this warm and comforting fisherman’s stew enough and would go as far as to say that Loch Fyne Guildford is worth a visit just to sample this stew alone.

New Grilled Cod Rarebit

Although neither of us had ever had it on fish before my husband opted for the Grilled Cod Rarebit.  The rarebit combination of cheese and mustard can be a taste sensation and this didn’t disappoint.  The cod was cooked to perfection and it was juicy and flaked apart beautifully.  The rarebit topping  was tasty and balanced without overpowering the fish and the chef had the light touch with the mustard so everything came together in delicious oozy harmony.  The accompanying cauliflower puree was creamy with a punchy flavour and the puy lentils were cooked until crispy with smoky bacon.

Fillet of Sea Bream, fries and vegetable sticks

I was impressed with the heathy choices available on the children menu ranging from mussels, vegetable sticks, squid rings, fish fillets and tomato pasta.  Alice chose the fillet of bream with french fries and vegetable sticks which she thoroughly enjoyed.

There is also a fantastic range of drinks with wines from France, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina and beers from Scotland and Suffolk.  The new winter bellini is delicious.

Seafood freshly prepared at Loch Fyne Guildford

The fantastic new Autumn/Winter menu has certainly taken Loch Fyne to new heights and I think it is fair to say the Guildford restaurant is now chasing the heels of some of the finest restaurants in Surrey.  Loch Fyne offers fresh, quality and inspiringly presented food at reasonable prices.  We would certainly recommend a visit.

Reader Offer:

Loch Fyne have been kind enough to give us a discount code for a complimentary dessert to share with our readers.  The code is ‘LFB2C31’ (T&C’s below).

(Complimentary Dessert T&Cs):

Terms and conditions: Complimentary dessert at Loch Fyne available between 18th October 2017 – 30th November 2017 per a la carte main course purchased.  Not valid after 6pm Fridays and Saturdays.  All other menus including breakfast, set menus and Christmas menus are excluded.  Not valid with any other offer, promotion or Loch Fyne Friends card.  Not valid at Cairndown.  One code per table for a max 6 diners.