AS soon as we stepped into Loch Fyne, we were met with a warm welcome, a relaxed, jovial buzz and a pleasant aroma wafting from the tasty dishes we were about to encounter.
Situated at the picturesque Newhaven Harbour, Loch Fyne boasts stunning views over the Firth of Forth, offering the ultimate conversation topic or ideal backdrop to lose yourself in your own thoughts.
The summer menu features a host of dishes perfect for those sun-kissed days which we were lucky enough to benefit from during our visit.
Starters range from Loch Fyne’s signature dish, the luxurious lobster bisque, to potted Devon crab, while new mains include whole lemon sole and a seafood grill.
I chose the piri piri prawns (£6.45) to start – a favourite dish of mine. Colourful and enticing, the dish looked as good as it tasted, offering a light start to my meal, with a substantial, not-for-the-faint-hearted kick.
My partner opted for the crayfish and mango cocktail (£6.25). A hesitant seafood eater, he found his starter to be refreshingly tasty and not too overwhelming.
For the main course, I chose a dish from the new summer menu – a fresh salad featuring meaty seared scallops, accompanied by watercress, crunchy shaved fennel, San Daniele prosciutto and baby plum tomatoes (£11.95). The scallops were cooked to perfection, with the ham providing a pleasant accompaniment.
With his uncertainty about seafood, my partner opted for the impressive 28-day aged chargrilled sirloin steak, served with peppercorn sauce, choosing the additional option of three whole pan-fried king prawns (£18.95) as a “when in Rome” statement. Loch Fyne provides a relaxed setting, with friendly staff, varied menu and well-executed dishes.
• Loch Fyne, 25 Pier Place, Newhaven Harbour, 0131 559 3900, firstname.lastname@example.org.