The Loch-in

Loch Fyne restaurants have got lots of things right in their approach to family dining.


In the Bath branch, the relatively cold decor is warmed by the glowing staff who are not only attentive but also engaging. This was of particular interest to the smallest people in our party (aged 2 and 6) as it made them feel welcome in the restaurant-going experience and that they were not there to be occupied by crayons  and paper alone.

My mum, a great fan of plaice, chips and peas at any eating establishment, was amazed at the renage of nosh on offer and, despite a lack of plaice, found something to satisfy her particular appetite.  She’s fussy and not adventurous – a dire combo.

The kids wrestled with lemon sole goujons (they really wanted a burger, I fear) and I managed to resist the crab salad. My mother-in-law would have approved of the haddock and chips that I did choose and, had she been present, would have tried to steal some. It was too good to have left any.

The robust use of spices in my wife’s Thai-style squid salad was a hit and even though the waiter’s wine recommendation was uninformed and duff, everything else got top marks – even the crayons were a success.



Filed under eating out with kids, Family dining, fish restaurants

2 responses to “The Loch-in

  1. Rhiannon

    What do you think / know about the new Mitchell Tonks restaurant opening on Whiteladies in place of Fishworks?

    • I sent a Tweet to Mitch only earlier today but he’s yet to respond. It’s his loss.

      I once had a poor experience at Fishworks for which I have never quite forgiven the venue.

      I was celebrating my wedding anniversary with Mrs Ex and decadently ordered lobster and asked for a recommendation on the wine.

      The polite waiter recommended a bottle of Spanish white. I don’t still recall it’s grape or name but I do recall it cost north of £18. What the hell.

      Imagine my surprise when I travelled to Spain the following week with the very same Mrs Ex and our ex-pat friends showed us their favourite wine on a shopping trip to the local hypermarket.

      The very same wine, and I really mean the same year and everything, was less than EURO2.

      Now that’s what I call mark-up. How much money did Fishworks lose on its food to force it into financial difficulty?!

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