Restaurant Review: The Ness, Shaldon

A nice summery post for you today – fingers crossed the weather isn’t as gloomy today as it was at the weekend. I love watching rain, but I hate, hate, hate cloudy grey skies that don’t seem to do anything. Give me thunderstorms any day!

Anyway, remember a few weeks ago I posted about a lovely weekend away in Devon with my family? I promised a review of the pub lunch we had, and finally here it is. Worth the wait I promise – and if you decide to visit this lovely not-so-little but still quaint pub then the scary roads are worth it too! Just look at that view…

 photo 2014-07-19144402_zps1663e375.jpgWe wandered here after a sunny morning on the beach, thirsty and hungry. We were impressed with the welcome we all got, included the dog. We were offered a clean bowl from the kitchen (nothing annoys me more than places leaving out a single dirty dog bowl!) and pointed to a outdoor tap where we could fill it up as needed. Someone was impressed!

 photo 2014-07-20143824_zps39af775e.jpgAfter browsing the menu, I decided to be awkward and ask about various dishes as I wasn’t immediately sure which ones were tomato-free. A little disappointingly a lot of ingredients are bought in – though they are from a butcher (bonus) – and so they couldn’t guarantee they were safe for me. Said butcher labels with ‘herbs and spices’ which isn’t helpful! On a better note they were very accomodating and I was able to have a ‘starter’ of whitebait with some fries as my main. The drinks selection was also pretty impressive, especially given the precarious position of the cliff!

 photo 2014-07-19143632_zps7263bf26.jpgWaiting staff were a little confused, most people were sitting on the unnumbered tables outside which led to wrong meals trying to be delivered – but when ours came out (relatively quickly, but not suspiciously so) everything was all together. My sister ordered a massive Cornish pasty (half became dinner), mum had a gorgeous looking unfortunately-tomato-laced steak pie, and dad ate a fish-and-cheese baked dish. However…

 photo 2014-07-19150528_zpsb97ba80e.jpg photo 2014-07-19150537_zps4e12851b.jpgMine was absolutely stunning. Simple whitebait, so, so fresh. Not covered in a batter, just crunchy by itself. Salt and fishy without being overpowering, with the best tartar sauce I’ve ever had. Chips (skin-on fries) were also fresh tasting. One of the nicest pub lunches I’ve had. Pinterest worthy presentation too!

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  • I went here last year! It’s such a lovely restaurant and the views are the best in Shaldon! I know what you mean about the presentation being ‘pinterest worthy’, that’s a very good way to put it haha! Hope you had a great holiday!
    Emily x

    • It was such a lovely place, far better than another ‘well regarded’ place nearby we went to! It was an absolutely lovely holiday, thank you! x

  • The views look amazing! A great place for some lunch it looks like! Shame you struggled to order but great that they were able to sort something for you. Hope you had a lovely time 🙂

    Emma x
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    • It was such a lovely place! My allergy is just so damn difficult tbh, I have trouble anywhere. Couldn’t have gravy with my Sunday lunch last week! x

  • I love fresh fish – you made me hungry!

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    • Aha, sorry! I adore fresh fish, but I live so far inland it’s not that great locally! x