Harden's survey result
This “no-nonsense seafood restaurant” – a tasteful modern café, complete with nautical decor – has a “handy location” in the town centre, and has earned a good reputation since opening three years ago for its “always super-fresh food (wonderful scallops, great battered fish)”. The centrepiece is an old Victorian bath filled with ice, with fresh fish lying on top. Top tip: “try to eat downstairs – far more atmosphere than the upper deck”.
“Fabulous”, “good-value” seafood attracts acclaim for this “no-fuss” two-year-old with nautical decor; it “gets very busy now as it’s so good”, but as they’ve “just added an extra floor, the long waits (albeit in the pub next door) should be a thing of the past”.
“Classy fish and chips (really good light, crispy batter), and many other tempting delights from the sea” win high approval ratings for this “fun and buzzy”, no-bookings yearling, “well decked out with seaside-themed decor”.
“A modern, new restaurant and fish take-away” (sibling to an older business in Frome) that’s “comfy enough, although no bookings are taken”. “Quality is all – choose from posh fish ’n’ chips, as well as several varieties of grill, plus shellfish dishes”.
And with homemade mushy peas, curry and tartare sauce all on the menu too, you can also try the Catch of the Day, crisp-fried or simply grilled, which regularly includes whiting, gurnard, plaice, sole, and the best of seasonal seafood.
At The Scallop Shell, the Catch of the Day sits in its own unique bath tub full of ice so you can pick your own fish supper, with fishing related props filling the restaurant giving it the intended relaxed, mariner feel.
Daily menus do change depending on the season’s catch from early morning coastal markets.
The Scallop Shall was named Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant of the Year at the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards held in January.