In this modern era of pubco clones it's always a pleasure to find a prime-sited family-run establishment and the moment you walk through the front door of the Quay you know this is one such.
The flagstoned corridor leads past a proper public bar with simple wood furnishings and even barstools. The carpeted restaurant area is a bit more formal but still welcoming and the outside covered courtyard with its chunky wooden furnishings is ideal for alfresco eating no matter what the weather.
I took advantage of a glorious April spring day and decided to eat in the beer garden at the rear of the pub which, even though out-of-season, was perfectly manicured.
But beer first! The pub stocks a good range of mostly local ales and the friendly barman pointed out that they had others on the blackboard whose pumps were in the main bar and so a pint of Exmoor Ale was duly ordered and thoroughly enjoyed.
BTW They also do B&B accommodation which seems to get good reviews and many of the rooms have sea views.
Favorite Dish: Perusing the menu I was hoping for for a fisherman's pie - it is quayside pub after all - but was informed that that was only on from time-to-time as a special. That was no-disaster though as the locally-made butcher's sausages with red wine gravy, mash and peas are always a #1 temptress.
The sausages arrived in timely fashion - in fact perfectly timed as I'd just finished my first beer! These were meaty with a good mash, tasty gravy and the peas counted towards my five-a-day. The sun shone, lunch was savoured and the second beer went down as well as the first.
Yep very enjoyable and certainly recommended.
Although titleing itself as a "restaurant" this is much more what I'd describe as a cafe seving simple food quickly, totally informally and is open daytimes only. It is though quite a smart cafe; spacious, well-lit and scrupulously clean. The location is on the main drag where it occupies the whole of the first floor of the block at the start of The Avenue and if you can get get a window seat it's ideal for watching the world go by.
Even in winter this is a busy place, with a mostly local trade (during the summer I can imagine it gets very busy) and during my off-season visits I've always found the staff to be friendly, the service swift and the food exactly as expected.
Favorite Dish: I've only ever been here late morning for breakfast and it is an eggscellent (HA!) one. You can have pretty much whatever combination of Great British Breakfast goodies you want and I usually go the whole hog, literally: sausages, bacon, black puddding plus all the other bits.
As I mentioned earlier service is swift and friendly and prices are more than reasonable - less than a fiver including a mug of tea. Just the job for lining the stomach before a day out around the pubs!
The dining room at Butlins is very big with a huge amount of choice. The trays are blue and you just 'help yourself'. There's a choice of toast in the mornings followed by an English (or as many Englishe's as you want!), orange juice or tea. We din't bother with dinner as we were too stuffed from the breakfast!
Breakfast is at 9.30am while the evening meal is at 6.00pm.
Favorite Dish: The Sunday roasts are to die for and the deserts just explode and melt into your mouth, there's also an option for healtheir eating. Examples of the menu are:
Explorers - World cuisine such as pasta bolognaise, Chinese chicken curry and vegetable passanda.
Mr Potato - Kids' favourites like pizza, chicken nuggets and mashed potato.
Traditional Fayre - dishes like roast chicken or turkey and pork loin with chasseur sauce.
The Salad Bar - healthy options,like pate ploughmans, Spanish quiche and help-yourself salad.
Chip Shop - battered fish with chips and a selection of traditional pies.
Desserts - a good selection of both hot and cold, such as sticky toffee pudding, carrot cake, strawberry gateau and vanilla ice cream.
Soup of the day and rolls.
Drinks stations - help yourself to water, juice, tea, coffee, hot cholocate and carbonated drinks for FREE. Alcoholic drinks can be ordered at extra cost.
Had a laugh one morning as someone caught the toast alight and it ponged for age's.