Loch Lochmond is Weston-super-Mare’s newest experience in seafood dining specialising in all fruits of the sea, fresh from the waves hopping onto your plate in a delicious array of mouth-watering guises. Dressed crab and crevettes, large lobsters, king prawns, calamari and octopus, sea bass and sole, alongside the traditional seaside favourite cod fillet in crispy batter served with lashings of chips. Ah, yes, and I might have forgotten the mussels that on the evening we visited were were Cornish and steamed in a fragrant Thai green sauce and white wine.
You get a lovely warm and friendly welcome from the exuberant owners whose obvious delight in their new restaurant is infectious. The décor is lightly nautical, with themes of polished pebble grey and large candle lanterns light the window sills so if you are up for romance with your fish supper this creates the perfect atmosphere.
There is so much to choose from on the menu (and if you are not a fish-eater there are meat and chicken dishes too, plus of course vegetarian) and we made sure that we had considered all options before making the final decision. I haven’t eaten a good Dover sole for ages, so I decided to forego a starter and do justice to pan fried Dover sole with capers, lemon parsley sauce, served with baby new potatoes and grilled Mediterranean vegetables. My dinner companion wasn’t in the mood to forego anything and ordered pan fried king scallops served with Cornish crab and sweet chilli dressing, followed by traditional fish and chips as above.
On his good authority I have it that the scallops were perfectly cooked, large and juicy and the best he’d been served for many a year; the crab fresh as a daisy and enhanced by the sweet chilli dressing. When the main courses were served I was more than ready to tackle the large Dover sole that filled my plate, its delicate white meat falling away from the bone and buttery sauce was delightful. When I had finished, all that was left was a fish bone that Top Cat himself would have been proud of. The fish and chips were great too; succulent cod fillets wrapped in the crispiest of batter, plenty of chips and a really good tartare sauce for dipping.
Truth be told we were far too full for anything else after this fish feast but we were having such an agreeable time we decided to linger a while, and I couldn’t resist a dessert – flute limoncello, a flute glass filled with lemon gelato and zesty limoncello accompanied a dish of berries. This proved to be excellent, the tart berries and spikey lemon flavour was just what was needed as a palate freshener, and our first dinner at Loch Lomond was voted a resounding success.