Karen Perrow is taken with the views, menus and staff at this well-established Hotel
There are few more beautiful locations than the elegant 3-star Berry Head Hotel in Brixham. Breathtaking views across the Torbay coastline from the newly refurbished Brasserie Restaurant were the perfect backdrop to our evening, as we poured over the extensive menu choices.
Elegant candle lights in tall brass holders, nautical wall hangings and comfy window benches added to the relaxed surroundings. We were warmly welcomed by staff, and Jack – our waiter for the evening – was attentive and friendly.
I decided on the ham hock terrine as a starter, which was a rustic pleasure with bistro leaves, tangy onion chutney and sourdough. My partner’s creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted brioche were brimming full of flavour.
We were both keen to enjoy the taste of the sea – complemented by a zesty Australian Chardonnay – and my pan-seared brill proved a great dish of the day, both sweet in taste and firm in texture. It came with sautéed potatoes, mixed greens and crab hollandaise. Like all the dishes, it was beautifully presented.
My partner’s 8oz sirloin steak became surf 'n' turf, with the addition of three large shell-on prawns, drizzled with garlic butter. Served with a field mushroom, grilled tomato and impressive crispy onion rings, there were also chips, peas and a choice of salad or vegetables. This meat and seafood pairing was a bonanza of flavours.
We chose contrasting desserts of white chocolate and vanilla panna cotta with fruit compote (creamy, sweet and simple) and a caramelised banana with coconut ice cream and butterscotch sauce (rich, deep and luxurious).
As the light faded, we sipped coffee and watched the fishing boats leave the harbour, having enjoyed a meal truly fit for the captain’s table.
Karen loves: the varied choice of quality dishes, the panoramic restaurant views
and the friendly, attentive service
Published 29 November 2018
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