THE JOLLY FISHERMAN, CRASTER

Seaside snacks and stand-out seafood combine at one of Craster's most prized eateries...

Hang out

A harbourside haven for the crab sandwich and kipper crowd who pack into quaint little Craster on high days, holidays and just about any weekend.

Decked out

It’s had something of a ‘coastal-cool’ revamp in the past few years; out with shiny wood and horse brasses and in with bleached blonde planks, muted paints shades, on-trend tweed and lots of driftwood-inspired details. Very smart and what you might call ‘seashore rustic’.

Sip

Enjoy canny beers from Black Sheep to Workie Ticket and guest ales. Pint noir by the glass is always a happy thing and a decent selection of whites and fizz, too.

Food matters

Your go-to for kippers, crab sandwiches or a blow-out Sunday lunch. Nice to see so much fresh local seafood on the menu which offers up everything you’d want to munch on as you sit within a shell’s throw of the lobster pots.

We ate

We went for late Sunday lunch on a day of horrid February weather – freezing cold, icy winds and dramatic seas. All of which made this place a welcoming place indeed – as the rest of the North East seemed to think too. It was packed. We’d booked a table and got prime spot in the window overlooking the waves. We went for ‘famous’ crab soup (£7.25), which was deep in colour and flavour, creamy with a rich stock base – and served with chunky artisan bread in nice rustic bowls and plates. Other dishes among us included a Jolly’s homemade kipper pate with toasted artisan bread and salad, (£6.95). This offered up a really hearty plateful of food – a base of dense and hearty pate was as intense as they come – as you would expect and hope from the mighty flavour of the kipper (smoked just over the road at Robson’s one assumes). Layered over some salad leaves was crab in a milder creamy sauce. It was a great plateful with a side bowl of great dripping chips (£2.95) – they really do demand to be tried if you make a trip here. We had platefuls of crab and prawn sandwiches alongside the soup and also good homemade smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes with tarter sauce, chips and salad, (£10). The weather thwarted our planned walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle this day – the crab sandwiches are definitely a ‘reward’ for that escapade. But our tummies were filled and we were happy. We’ll be back when the wind dies down a bit.


thejollyfishermancraster.co.uk

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