We visited The Pier Tap & Brewery last night for a meal with friends. I've always thought this is the best location for a pub - right on the pretty harbour at the front & then a 'crows nest' terrace at the back with dramatic open sea views. Its never been that appealing - until now!
The new owners have opened up the rooms, painted it white, put in cosy log burners lots of books, bold contemporary art & created a warm, welcoming stylish place with French doors opening on harbour view outside tables.
The emphasis here is on local produce - meat, cheese, fish etc, all from local suppliers. The menu is simple, but interesting. Burgers are the thing, and we had the Harbour Hottie & Shaloomi. They took a bit of time to come, but I'm not complaining - it meant they were cooked well & everything is fresh (surely its much more alarming if it arrives very quickly). Presentation was good - burgers are served on slate platters. They are also huge, oozing with very good quality, tasty local meat. Crispy homemade chips & a delicious tomato, red onion & herb salad complemented the meal. Yes, they are pricier than other burgers - but that's because these are nothing like other burgers. They're a gourmet version using very high quality ingredients. The veggie burger was delicious too - meaty mushrooms & grilled halloumi cheese.
In the interest of research we ordered two sides (completely unnecessary as the burger was more than enough). The homemade scotch egg with chorizio was a triumph, as was the macaroni cheese.
Pudding sounded wonderful - clotted cream rice pudding, homemade lemon drizzle cake & a freshly made crumble - but we were way too full & settled for coffee instead.
The owners have further plans for the pub, they've only been open for a couple of weeks so its early days. There's lots of space at the back where they intend to have a small farm shop. On sunny Sundays there will be a hog roast & live music in the large courtyard garden. Can't wait to return.
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