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ESP’s food reviewer Anna Ruggiero had the perfect dining experience at Loch Fyne…

Sat in the cool and stylish patio at the famous seafood restaurant in Elton, Loch Fyne, my dining companion (younger brother!) and I felt that we had been momentarily whisked off to the Mediterranean.

The shiny cutlery and the gorgeous sunshine, all added to a lovely evening and in a perfect setting.

The Loch Fyne business started life as a small oyster bar on the banks of the loch – a venture by Johnny Noble, the owner of the historic Ardkinglas Estate on the west coast of Scotland, and his colleague Andy Lane, a fish farmer and biologist and after launching in 1998, Loch Fyne has now grown to a cool 41 eateries and as far apart as Bath and Newcastle to Poole and Edinburgh.

Assistant manager, Matt Preston, looked after us extremely well and his passion for the brand genuinely shone through – he’s an encyclopaedia of knowledge and a real asset to the Loch Fyne brand.


The setting in Elton is the perfect location to enjoy a delicious fish experience accompanied by a crisp white wine.

During our lazy and relaxed evening, we tried the mussels in cream, white wine, garlic and herbs, the pan-fried chilli and garlic prawns served with lemon, oil and granary bread and finally, the whole roasted sea bass with roasted sweet pickled vegetables, smoked paprika and sautéed potatoes.

If you enjoy fresh, zesty and vibrant flavours, you’ll be perfectly at home with the food served at Loch Fyne.

Much of the shellfish and smoked fish served in their restaurants still come direct from the loch and although part of the Green King chain, the restaurant has kept its own personality and unique feel.

The evening ticked all the boxes in terms of setting, ambience, service and of course, great flavours and equalled with the perfect company, it was an evening well spent.

To view offers such as mussel madness on a Tuesday, the full menu and to book, visit and you can also keep up to date with Loch Fyne on Twitter at Loch Fyne UK@LochFyneUK.

Anna Ruggiero

Photo: Lead image Emma Bothamley for ESP magazine

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