With summer now upon us it’s not uncommon to yearn for the sights, sounds and tastes of being by the sea.
Some of us are looking forward to going abroad to warmer climates while others, like me, are looking back with fondness at a holiday recently enjoyed.
Either way, Loch Fyne in High Street, Kenilworth, evoke these thoughts and provides the sort of dishes we like to treat ourselves to while looking out onto a beach or sitting at a swanky marina.
Bustling but not intrusive on the night we had our meal, the upscale chain restaurant models itself on a New England bar and grill with fresh fish on display and an open kitchen where customers can see their food being cooked from their tables.
But with the myriad of seafood on the menu I was also interested to sample the restaurant’s meat offerings so I opted for the special of beef medallions and half baked lobster with a bernaise sauce.
Both of the main parts of the meal - essentially a posh surf and turf - were lovely, with the melt-in-the-mouth nature of the beef and the ample portion of double cooked chips a highlight.
Before this I had chosen the squid tempura - which provided a light and tasty appetiser and came with a delightful hoisin dip as opposed to the advertised chilli jam.
My partner had the pan-fried chilli and garlic king prawns as a starter and again, these were cooked to perfection with the right amount of juiciness.
Her main, a seafood tagliatelle containing Scottish scallops, clams, squid and king prawns, had variety in every bite and was so hearty she barely had room for dessert.
I didn’t have such problems and, despite being slightly disappointed there was no sticky toffee pudding left from the specials menu, I was served an ample and delicious slice of salted caramel cheesecake with stem ginger ice cream that proved to be a worthy, if not superior, substitute.
Choosing a lighter option, my partner had a selection of luxury ice creams and sorbets with the tour de force being the mint granita - its aftertaste a delightful surprise.
Throughout our meal we were well served by the friendly and helpful Tia who is a credit to the establishment.
Overall Loch Fyne gave us that flavour and feel of being at the coast it promised, which is no mean feat in landlocked Kenilworth.