The Loch is Fyne whether you like old or new

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.