Oh I do like to be beside the seaside . . .

. . . or as near to the seaside as one can be in central London!

Tom and I have a habit of sending each other restaurant, pub and cafe reviews and recommendations nearly every day but we struggle to make the time to go to them; they usually just get added to the ever-increasing wish list. Last week Tom sent me a link to the Bonnie Gull, a seafood shack/restaurant/oyster bar not far from work. We decided we’d go with the excuse that it had just been my birthday so we would treat ourselves!

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The idea behind the Bonnie Gull is that everything they serve has been caught that day; there’s a map on the wall where they pinpoint the source of your fish. Originally a pop-up, the guys behind the Bonnie decided to set up shop permanently, bringing a little bit of the seaside to central London.

With its striped blue and white awnings and white wooden chairs and tables you can easily imagine the Bonnie Gull sitting comfortably looking out over Croyde Bay or Saunton Sands (reference to holidays past, spent down on the Devon coastline with my family).

We started with oysters. I always have to psych myself up when it comes to eating an oyster; I know it will be delicious when it comes to it but I still have to get over the fear of eating it! These didn’t disappoint, they were so fresh and tasty and well worth my initial mild panic!

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Tom then had queenies which were something new – they’re like small scallops and were served raw – they melted in the mouth and were full of flavour! I started with one of my all time favourites, mussels with a light cider, bacon and cream broth and some amazing bread – perfect for mopping up the cider!

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For my main I plumped for the much-loved classic, fish and chips. These weren’t just any chips however, they were beef dripping chips and they were deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The haddock was nicely battered and the mushy peas and spicy Shack Ketchup were equally tasty. Tom decided to try John Dory and it looked and tasted so good, it was quite a meaty fish and the sauce it was served with was really nice.

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I could probably have managed one of the delicious sounding desserts but not to appear too piggy we decided to just share the cheeseboard instead! Needless to say this was also really tasty and rounded off a great dinner!

I am going again in a few weeks and am excited to see what fish and shellfish will be on the menu that day – I can’t wait!

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