Intrigued by the large advertisement at a recent Brixham rugby fixture (when I learned that the Pepper Shack was sponsoring the match) I decided to try it, being a fan of Caribbean cooking. It's early days for the restaurant (web site not yet there, but it will be www.peppershack.co.uk) so my wife and I booked with an open mind. We shouldn't have worried, as we were made welcome by the friendly waitresses, and by John, the owner. I believe John and Verna are related to the Armitage brothers - England rugby internationals - and this explains the decor, which is a mixture of old travel posters for the Caribbean, and framed rugby shirts. Although I'm told the steaks are good, we wanted to try Verna's Trinidadian specials, and the crab callaloo was our choice of starter. Just one mouthful reminded me of the last time I had tasted this (out in Tobago), and it was excellent. To follow I had the Peppered Pork and my wife had the Chilli sin Carne (and, of course, we tasted each others). Everything was cooked to perfection, and there was plenty of it. We had hoped to go the whole hog (no pun intended) and have cocktails with our meals, but these weren't available yet (so I look forward to trying them on my next visit), but I must commend the wine; I had the Merlot which was very smooth. To finish, I had the Banoffee Pie (which was like no other I had ever had - excellent!) and my wife had Pineapple with Ice Cream. This was altogether a great experience, and I wish the owners well for the future. Please give it a try - it's much better than some of the larger establishments in Brixham (which I have reviewed elsewhere), and is unique in Torbay (and probably the South West).
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