The Loch Fyne brand has always conjured up wonderful images of high quality, fresh Scottish produce in my mind so I had always assumed that dining in one of their restaurants would be a wholesome, robust and tasty affair – oh the folly of assumption! (will I never learn?!)
Being the opposite end of town, it’s taken a while to make it down to the restaurant in Newhaven Harbour but a friend had spotted a ‘2 courses & a side for £9.95’ offer so we thought it’d be a good chance to get a girly catch-up! Our experience can only be described as farcical in terms of service and the food was on a par with that from a bog standard pub chain! From our reservation being ‘lost’ to the completely underwhelming food and service it’s not somewhere I’ll be planning on hurrying back to and for me the ‘ luxury’ of the brand has been destroyed.
It was really busy for a chilly post Festival Thursday evening and as out reservation had been lost we were lucky (well maybe not in restrospect) to get a table. After some time of pleasant chatting whilst perusing the menus and sipping vino I ended up having to ask a waitress to take our order. ‘LegallyB’ opted for a Watercress & Crème Fraîche Soup, myself the Chicken Liver & Heather-Honey Parfait with a Shallot marmalade and ‘Swanny’ chose the Gurnard Fillets in Tempura Batter.
It was all distinctly average, nothing outstanding or particularly exciting, although the little bread baskets were pretty cool. Swanny wasn’t overly fussed on the tempura batter and LegallyB’s soup wasn’t very warm, nothing to complain about but just very disappointing.
After a VERY long wait a waitress literally threw our main courses on the table and left again without saying a single word. We then had to try and catch someones attention to order more drinks and some mayonnaise which took quite some time. On bringing our fresh wine to the table the waitress cleared away LegallyB’s unfinished glass of white, she politely asked for it back and then I had the ‘pleasure’ of seeing her snarkily bend over almost horizontal to look at my clearly (and unsurprisingly) empty glass of red before replacing it with the fresh one. Charming! (We also received 2 large glasses of white instead of the one medium and one large ordered).
To the food, Swanny went for a classic Scottish Rope-Grown Moules with a Marinières sauce, I had the Scottish Aberdeen Angus Char-grilled Burger with Smoked bacon and mature cheddar and LegallyB a Goats Cheese & Crouton Salad. Again, there was nothing to shout about, we could have been sat in any old pub really. There was some debate about heading off to a pub for a further drink but there wasn’t much else around so ordered another glass each before settling the bill, which of course we had to chase. On settling it I also asked a waiter if he could order us a taxi, he disappeared and was never heard from again although he must have called a cab as one turned up and came in to find us!
If I were to go here again it would only be to sit outside in the sun with a glass of wine and looking out to sea, it is after all, a cracking location
Loch Fyne Restaurant, 25 Pier Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP 0131 559 3900