Northumberland has been generous to us this weekend both in terms of the weather the bounty of seafood on offer.  We decided as a last adventure to head to Amble. Somewhere on my list but not yet visited.  I had heard that the Old Boathouse was the place to eat and we got lucky.  We called in. No table but they could give us a table in 45 minutes. Excellent! A  wander around the lovely harbour pods that showcase local food and artists then we would eat. 20 minutes later they rang to say it was ready early. Even better. This service alone impressed me before we even got to the food.

We realised how fortunate we were when everyone else who arrived that afternoon without a reservation walked away disappointed. The great thing about this place is  that it really focuses on local seafood.  They have a regular menu but the excitement lies in the specials board based on local catch available that day.

We decided to share a portion of salt and chilli squid to start. Simple and delicious. The crumb on the squid was beautifully light.

When we had walked in earlier I had spotted a lady with a huge bowl of langoustines.   I couldn’t get them out of my head so that’s what I ordered.

I was not disappointed. They were  deliciously sweet and juicy.  I made a mess but I thoroughly  enjoyed my dinner!

Mr Frivolitea had whole wood roast seabass stuffed with orange, chilli and tarragon and served with an olive and sunblushed tomato salad.  This was also really beautifully cooked and full of flavour.

One thing I do know is that on our next trip to Northumberland we will be booking a table here. What a discovery!

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