Monday, 4 October 2010

Brixton to Brixham

This weekend my boyfriend and I decided to swap the city for the seaside and escaped to the little town of Brixham in Devon.

Brixham is a small town with a working fishing port and fish market. It has a number of shops selling high quality seaside fair such as Devonshire ice cream and fudge, and a few good shops selling meats and cheeses from the surrounding countryside. (It also has a number of charity and junk shops good for weekend rummaging)
On the harbour side can be found a handful of shacks selling cockles, muscles, seafood platters and fresh crab sandwiches:

(mixed seafood platter)

It also hosts a number of pubs selling local ciders and beers and lots of restaurants all with a daily fish specials board to get the mouth watering and your tummy groaning with anticipation.

Though I normally buy fresh fish from Stefan, the local fishmonger, (like pan fried Dabs, my new favorite little fish with soft, sweet flesh, served best with sun dried tomato risotto and basil oil), this weekend we decided to eat out at Number 15 Restaurant on the quay side.
The meal was delicious. To start with we shared a Seared scallops and Bacon Salad. Harry then had a wonderfully creamy Moules marinieres: (please excuse the photos that follow, they were taken with a bad phone camera but I am loath not to put them in...)

I chose one of the 6 fish specials on offer that evening;  Lemon sole, stuffed with fresh crab and asparagus spears with a warm tomato dressing (served with roasted new pots and mixed veg):

With a large glass of crisp white wine the bill came to a staggering £33! The food could not be faulted and the freshness of the ingredients unquestionable. One of the most enjoyable meals I have had in a long time. Thank you No.15.

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