We enjoyed a wintry break in the seaside village of Mawgan Porth, north Cornwall last month. With a dog-friendly beach within a short walk of our holiday home, Barney was one happy – and soggy – dog.
After a windswept walk on the seafront, we were on the lookout for a hot meal to warm us up – and right on the beachfront at Mawgan Porth is ‘Catch’ – a seafood restaurant.
It welcomes dogs at selected tables, so we settled down opposite a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was nestled on his owner’s knee as he enjoyed his fish dish – and there were dog treats and water bowls on offer too.
Relaxed and informal, the restaurant has great views onto the beach and is decorated with beachy nick-nacks.
Although the restaurant serves dishes other than fish, we decided it would be rude not to embrace our surroundings and order seafood!
At the recommendation of the manager, Alistair opted for steamed St Austell Bay mussels for starters. He reckoned they were amongst the best he’d ever tasted – soft and not chewy – in a really tasty broth.
I had delicious prawns with peas, pea shoots and samphire in garlic.
For our main course, younger son Lucas and I both chose Catch of the Day, haddock in crispy Harbour Craft Ale batter with sea salted chips.
The fish was steaming hot, moist and flaky; the batter was crisp, light and tasty. Posh and proper fish and chips at their very best.
Alistair’s main was a special – super fresh Hake served with chorizo and chick peas. Yum.
Service was friendly and helpful and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. The perfect way to end a day at the beach.
Catch is at Mawgan Porth beach, near Newquay, Cornwall. Find out more here: www.catchmawganporthbeach.co.uk
We were invited as guests to Catch but all views are our own