It has been a weird couple of weeks for me, as I have been to Loch Fyne twice in the past two weeks, once during a mini break in Cambridge and then again for UK Mother’s Day!
My experience at the Loch Fyne in Cambridge was top notch, and it was also a great night out with a lively atmosphere! There was a certain seaside charm associated with the restaurant that made the dining experience authentic and felt aligned with its rustic Scottish roots. We also had a very good waiter from Brazil, who provided excellent service and was very attentive (not the case in London). We ordered the moules marinières (£6.95) to start and I was extremely surprised that I liked them! I have never really been a fan of mussels, but the sauce was creamy and delicious, and now I think I am a convert!
For my main course, I ordered the Lobster and frites (£24.95) and it was fantastic! It was a generous portion, fresh tasting and seasoned very well. It also didn’t hurt that it was cooked in butter! The frites were also proper (aka not chips) and cooked the way I like them, thin and crispy!
My dinner at the Loch Fyne in Covent Garden compared less favourably to my Cambridge experience. The restaurant lacked the same rustic charm, and the service was not as attentive. The waitress didn’t pay much attention to our table, but this may have been due to the Mother’s day rush! The food, however, was up to the same standards. I ordered the moules as my main which were tasty, but they totally screwed me on my frites portion! I felt a bit betrayed. My husband ordered the Thai green curry with monkfish and prawns (£14.95), and it was surprisingly good. The fish had good texture and the flavor of the Thai curry sauce really complemented the dish. (Sorry no photo!)
Overall, Loch Fyne is a very nice seafood restaurant providing simple, yet consistent, recipes and fresh ingredients. As this restaurant is a chain, it is not the greatest or freshest seafood you are going to find in London or Blighty (see my post on Chamberlain’s), but it is pretty good value (most dishes are under £20). They also currently have an offer online that saves you £10 if you go during the week or on a Sunday. Their set lunch menu is also extremely reasonable offering 2 courses for £10.
I would recommend this restaurant if you want a good quality seafood meal without breaking the bank.
Atmosphere: Best for groups, lunch and tourists