A change of scenery again this time, to North Devon, Braunton, to be precise. Home to the man, Braunton Burrows and The Riverside restaurant. Located in the centre of the village, The Riverside is an Italian restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The man and I pottered past whilst peckish on a Saturday afternoon and decided to make the most of the spring sunshine and sit outside to grab a bite to eat.
The lunch menu has something to cater for most tastes, there’s your standard luncheon fare including a selection of sandwiches, some more general brunchy items and a variety of pizza and pasta. However it was the antipasto selection that caught my attention, with a range of meats, cheeses, italian breads, olives etc. to select from – my favourite kind of food. The man was initially tempted by a good old bacon butty but was persuaded differently when he could see how my eyes lit up when the waitress came to take our order and suggested we share the chef’s special of the day, a seafood platter.
And when the sumptuous seafood smorgasbord arrived at our table I was truly in seventh heaven. I always think it’s the mark of a confident chef when they let top quality produce speak for itself. A selection of expertly cooked salmon, sea bass, mackerel and a whole john dory was accompanied by some chargrilled lemon, a hunk of focaccia and a dollop of aioli on the side for good measure. And that was not all, served alongside was a bowl brimming with sweet clams, mussels and prawns in a garlic and white wine sauce, bellissimo!
Who needs to go all the way to the Med when you’ve got sunshine and seafood this good right on your doorstep?
The seafood platter for two costs £22 and was worth every penny.