Tucked away in the coastal village of Craster, The Jolly Fisherman draws customers from far and wide. A favourite spot with walkers and visitors to Dunstanburgh, the posh pub ticks all the right boxes.
Fighting howling gales and torrential rain, arriving at bang on 12, we were lucky enough to bag the last spot right in front of the pub. Given the grim New Years weather, we opted for a seat in the bar by the cosy roaring fire – something which would prove to be a hot commodity with all the drenched walkers.
The Jolly Fisherman Lunch service is a cut down menu of light bites and sandwiches with the focus on fresh fish and seafood, something which Craster has and probably always will be known for.
With a clear divide between the cosy informal bar area and a brighter dining area, your needs are catered for depending on your mood. The stripped floors, scrubbed wooden furniture and roaring fire are offset by the bright seaside theme with a nordic nod in the dining room with a view that’s truly unrivalled. Ordering at the bar, the service was rapid and soon we were presented with our piping hot treats.
The North Sea Prawn Marie Rose Sandwich (£6.25) was packed with juicy prawns and served with a side salad and crisps. It was impossible not to order a portion of the infamous chips to go with it. Perfectly brown, crisp and on the chunky side, they were the perfect partner to the sandwich. A top notch partnership for a filling lunch.
The Smoked Haddock & Smoked Salmon fish cakes (£9.50) arrived like 2 golden torpedoes. Served with a portion of fries, a side salad and home made tartare sauce, the fish cakes seriously did not scrimp on the actual fish content. All held together by the crisp crumb, it was elevated away from the realms of fish cake and chips you’d get from a chip shop.
Throughout our visit to The Jolly Fisherman, the fish cakes were flying out of that kitchen like hot cakes along with the seafood platters.
In more clement weather, the seating in the dining area over looking the huge picture windows would be beautiful. There is a small balcony terrace and extra seating outside. We can’t wait to return in more sunnier times to try the evening menu and more of the local fine fayre.
Image source – 1, 2 & 3 directly from www.thejollyfishermancraster.co.uk – all the rest, my own