Last weekend we kick started the festivities a little early by heading to Loch Fyne in Nottingham to give their Christmas menu a try! Now usually I’d hold off until at least December before tucking into my first Christmas dinner as they’re not my favourite meal in the world but on this occasion we were swapping out the usual turkey for fish instead which I was fully on board with!
Unfortunately when we arrived their was a little bit of a mix up and the restaurant weren’t aware that we were coming in to try the Christmas menu. The staff did absolutely everything in their power to try and accommodate us but as they usually work on a policy of taking bookings for this menu there were simply some things that they couldn’t offer. It was a shame to not have our pick from the whole menu but our waiter was more than happy to talk us through our options and make plenty of suggestions based on what we liked!
We kicked things off by ordering some starters; from the Christmas menu we picked the Crispy Squid Rings which were served with homemade tartare sauce and was a delicious accompaniment. We of course couldn’t leave it at just that though and had to get some bread and olives to pick at whilst we decided on our mains.
Adam has only recently been converted into a fish fan and tends to play it pretty safe so when he spotted the Pan-Fried Scottish Salmon Fillet on the Christmas menu he knew that was the one for him! It came served with charred creamed leeks, dauphinoise potatoes and gremolata which he said was amazing. He’s all about a good sauce so this dish ticked all of the boxes for him!
Due to the mix up with the Christmas menu I ended up choosing the Seafood Tagliatelle from the a-la-carte menu as prawn linguine is one of my favourite dishes so I thought I was bound to be a fan of this! It came with Scottish mussels and scallop, squid and king prawns and was served in a samphire, white wine and cream sauce. Now I’m a big prawn fan but can sometimes be a little bit squeamish when it comes to other types of seafood so this was a great way to give them a try without having to commit to a full meal. It was a super flavoursome dish and the sauce definitely made it!
Despite being pretty full we decided to take a look at the dessert menu and after seeing the festive chocolate brownie which was served with vanilla ice cream and freeze-dried raspberries I just couldn’t say no! And I’m extremely glad I didn’t, it was delicious and really had something about it that made it stand out amongst the sea of other brownies I’ve had in the past. Adam picked the Christmas Pudding which would usually come served with brandy butter but unfortunately they didn’t have any available so custard it was!
Overall it was a really lovely meal, our waiter couldn’t do enough to help and was very apologetic about the mix up regarding the Christmas menu so I’d definitely head back to the Nottingham branch in the future not only for the food but for the service as well.
So if you fancy trying something new this festive period and swapping your traditional turkey dinner for a fish dish be sure to book in and give the Loch Fyne Christmas menu a try!
We were very kindly invited to receive a complimentary meal from Loch Fyne but all opinions are very much ours and our tummy’s!