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Loch Fyne, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7NX - restaurant review

PUBLISHED: 13:36 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 February 2013

Loch Fyne is located in an attractive building in Farnham

Loch Fyne is located in an attractive building in Farnham

Renowned for serving up fresh, tasty seafood, often miles away from the coast, Loch Fyne recently opened a new branch in Farnham. Surrey Life restaurant critic John Hughes went along to give it a try

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine July 2007

Restaurant reviewed: Loch Fyne Restaurant, 3 Downing Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7NX. Tel: 01252 748030.

Renowned for serving up fresh, tasty seafood, often miles away from the coast, Loch Fyne recently opened a new branch in Farnham. Surrey Life restaurant critic John Hughes went along to give it a try

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What we ate:

Six oysters on ice - 7.95
Moules marinieres - 5.95

Main Courses
Hot and cold shellfish platter with lobster (for 2) - 39.95

Crme brulee - 4.95
Fruit ashet - 4.95

Muscadet sevres et maine 2005 (half bottle) - 9.00

The Verdict:

Food and wine 9/10
Venue 8/10
Service 8/10

REVIEW: A Scottish takeover in Downing Street? Yes indeed; however, this is not a reference to Gordon Brown as Prime Minister but the news that Loch Fyne has recently opened a new restaurant in Downing Street, Farnham, their 31st nationwide and their fourth in Surrey. I went along for lunch to see if the chain's philosophy of "serving top quality fish and shellfish in relaxed and friendly surroundings" rings true with so many outlets to consider.

Relaxed and friendly? Without a doubt. The welcome was warm and jolly, and the main dining room bright and open and packed with couples, groups and a healthy spattering of families, with kids obviously welcome. My wife Mary Ann and I were seated in a quiet corner of the conservatory with views across the dining room in all directions.

The restaurant had only recently opened and the staff were still learning the ropes, not that you would have noticed from the virtually seamless service. My starter of six oysters on ice tasted as fresh as they looked and were complemented perfectly by a dash of shallot vinegar and a squeeze of lemon. Mary Ann chose moules marinieres, a generous mountain of succulent shellfish even when chosen as a starter.

For a main course, we decided on the hot and cold shellfish platter for two with lobster (you can chose crab as an alternative), which to some extent duplicated our starters. But no matter; the selection was so broad and inviting that the odd oyster and mussel were by no means unwelcome. The content of the platter varies depending on availability but ours included shell-on Scottish langoustines, crayfish, queen scallops, Atlantic prawns, crevettes, Cornish squid and cockles.

This was seafood heaven - everything super fresh, visually appealing as well as a joy to the tastebuds, and washed down with a half bottle of well chilled Muscadet sevres et maine 2005 - then another!

We even had room for something from the dessert board, crme brulee for Mary Ann and fruit ashet for me, both light and equally fresh.

From our experience, it's easy to see why the Loch Fyne restaurant chain is prospering. Not only do they provide high quality food at a reasonable price, they also take pride in ensuring that all products and ingredients used are derived from wild, free range or sustainable source. You can even have a takeway of sorts; at the heart of the dining room is a fishmongers counter where you can purchase seafood!

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