The Loch is Fyne whether you like old or new

It was definitely a case of old meets new when dinner was served in a familiar location at the weekend

Friday, 29th March 2019, 11:54 am
Updated Monday, 1st April 2019, 11:21 pm
Brad Barnes tries the new menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough.

My wife, a seafood lover of the highest order, not surprisingly jumped at the offer of a meal at Loch Fyne, a lovely converted former dairy on the outskirts of the village of Elton.

A delightful, countryside setting and a pretty, quaint interior complete with fishmonger’s counter.

The menu as you might expect is packed full of delights - crab, mussels and lobster, naturally, but new to the menu - and we had gone to try the new spring menu after all - whole gurnard, turbot, plaice and seabream.

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Brad Barnes tries the new menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough.

Somewhere near the top of Donna’s wish list would be her menu choices of the day - oysters and tuna.

The oysters (three for £6.50) were beautifully fresh and went down a treat with a dash of tabasco.

The yellow fin tuna steak (£20.95) - chargrilled and rare to order - was an absolute delight.

The samphire was a a natural accompaniment, the green beans and broccoli nicely cooked and the salsa verde was a treat, unexpectedly boosted by the presence of anchovies.

Brad Barnes tries the new menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough.

By contrast my choices were of the more carnivourous nature.

The ham hock and sweet cider terrine (£6.25) was good - a few hints of cider but the ham really shone.

The home-made golden piccalilli was sharp and sweet and the crusty bread served its purpose as an implement to get from plate to mouth!

My Donald Russell chargrilled 8oz beef burger (£14.25) was another “new to the menu” item.

Brad Barnes tries the new menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough.

It was nicely cooked - still juicy with a bit of bite. I loved the toasty flavour of the brioche bun, and the rasher of bacon and melted cheese added to the occasion.

The fries were a little anaemic- I like them golden and crisp - but had a decent flavour.

The girls both had generous helpings of fish and chips followed by chocolate tart and ice cream - from the good value children’s menu (2 courses for £7). And, quite telling, after excellent service all round, we all went home with smiles on our faces.

Brad Barnes gets a taste of the new Spring menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough

Brad Barnes tries the new menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough.
Brad Barnes tries the new menu at Loch Fyne, Elton near Peterborough.