I was surprised to find myself adding to the Fish and Chips tally in Isabella’s although I was pretty sure it was going to happen while at the seaside. We stopped in for lunch to get the 2 course set meal and Jackie had already chosen the parma wrapped asparagus starter and swordfish in cream for her main which I wanted. It’s a neurosis I have that I don’t like to have the same meal as my date so I started with steamed mussels and followed up with battered and fried hake. The mussels came as a massive bowl of perfectly steamed treats swimming in the steaming liquor which seamed to be a mild fish broth with shallots and which I could have made an entire meal of. There was a side of potato nuggets we split, as well.
The hake was a revelation: fishier than cod or haddock but with little residual flavour to clean with the salad. The meals and a nice bottle of rosé set us back £32 altogether. This is on every day at lunch but the mains and starters change daily. Go.