Claws: Shellfish Bar
Claws, locally known as "Jenny's", is a coloured little kiosk with tables, chairs and umbrellas located on the quay. There has been a family run shellfish business of the site of Claws for over 60 years; originally it was run off trestles and boards until the early 1960s when the first kiosk was built. In 2001 the kiosk was purchased by the current owners Clive and Jenny Higgins who used to run the pleasure boats.
Favorite Dish: Peeled Prawns - £1.70
Cockles - £1.50
Mussels - £1.40
Whelks - £1.40
The Blue Anchor: Another Excellent Seafood Lunch
I'm a bit funny about eating in pubs, despite the fact that I quite often cook for them. What I hate is when a pub becomes nothing but a restaurant and so loses that egalitarian quality which makes a pub a pub. Here at the Blue Anchor I was dead impressed. Despite visiting on a busy Saturday lunchtime when the pub was full of fellow tourists and daytrippers it still had a great local feel to it with a couple of obvious regulars hanging at the bar and another group seated with drinks around one of the bar room tables.
Service was youthful, smiling and friendly and the pub menu had something for everyone with the boon of the blackboards offering the day's specials.
Favorite Dish: I opted for the Fish Pie which, as it should be, was made with fish - crammed with fish might be a better expression - in a tasty creamy sauce topped with cheesey mash potato. The accompanying side salad was fresh and zingingly dressed which made for a perfect foil to the richness of the pie.
Washed down by a couple of pints of very good local beer (whose name I've forgotten but I do remember that it was from one of the smaller breweries) my bill of about 15 quid was exactly what I'd expect to pay for a decent lunch in a characerful boozer with good service and great ambience.
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Brixham Seafoods: It Doesn't Get Any Fresher Than This!
As soon as you step off the bus you'll smell the ozone taint of the sea air and if the sun's out it just has to be an alfresco seafood lunch, ideally eaten sitting on the harbour watching the boats preparing for the following day's catch. The only conundrum is whether to have fish and chips from one of the many excellent takeaways or a shellfish platter from one of the shacks.
Brixham Seafoods' shack is situated overlooking the Inner Harbour where the smaller boats are moored. This serves take away seafood from a nice simple menu and has a couple of tables for sit-down dining on the harbour wall itself. Service, by what I assumed to be the proprietors, is swift and friendly and prices more than reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Given that Brixham is renowned throughout the region for its crabs then that was a bit of a no-brainer decision for me. A generous dollop each of white and brown meat, obviously hand-picked (as there was bits of shell in it), along with a fresh leafy salad, brown bread, a couple of whole prawns and the boats for company made for an excellent light lunch. Not only excellent but at £5.70, including a cafetiere of coffee, made for a cheap repast.
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The Captains Cabin: Fresh seafood in Brixham
Set inside, this cafe serves fresh fish dishes to slices of cake's. There's green chequered tablecloth’s with the menus on top. There’s also a huge menu on the wall with offers of the day. Toilet’s can be located upstairs’, although it can be confusing which door to enter, I accidentally entered the office! The window faces the harbour giving you a view of the boat’s coming in, the surrounding’s very relaxed here. There’s also a no smoking area.
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