We have been told lots of good things about the Crab House Café and it has been another must go to restaurant that has been on our list for way too long. A table was booked and thankfully the weather was kind so we were able to sit outside to enjoy the view of the Fleet & Chesil Beach.
The Crab House Café menu changes daily and often twice a day due to the fresh fish being landed. All of their fish is as fresh as can be, being landed either in Weymouth, Brixham or Poole. Their famous crabs are caught in the English waters of the channel. They pride themselves in using local produce as much as they possibly can. If something is not available on the menu it is often due to bad weather conditions at sea – so they advise you to be understanding!
We were greeted and we chose a table outside in the sun with as much shelter for the now chilly breeze. We could have sat inside and watched the chefs cook in the very small kitchen, but its summer so we were outside and if needed could have borrowed one of their sun hats!!
The menu is a seafood lovers delight, from whole crab with all the implements needed to extract the sweet meat, to fish served in rich & complex sauces. Inside the fresh fish is displayed for all to view and the inner room looks directly into the shellfish prep room, so nothing is hidden from view.
Fish soup is always a good guide on how the rest of the meal will go and this one is cooked using all the “trash-fish” that would normally be discarded.
Drinks: excellent wine list as expected, but Vicky chose a bottle of Perry which was made by Bridge Farm Cider, East Chinnock and was ideal for a summers evening. I had a bottle of their very own Crab House Mussel Ale, again perfect for occasion.
First to arrive was a plate of crusty warm bread, with butter and a selection of seafood and olives. Then the soup – most certainly the best fish soup I have had in this country, full of robust fishy & crab flavours.
For mains Vicky ordered Lemon Sole stuffed with crab & cheddar cheese, not a combination that you would think would work, but she loved it. Her only criticism was there should be more potatoes & vegetables – only because they were so good!!
Dessert: I never normally order dessert, but when I saw peanut butter parfait with toffee sauce & sea salt on the menu, I had to try some of that! Vicky went for the chocolate rocky road with cream, which was very much to her liking!!
But mine was the winner by far; I was back in my childhood like a shot! Yes we were that strange family that grew up eating peanut butter & raspberry jam sandwiches and this had all those flavours – you must go to the Crab House Café just to try this!!
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