A visit to The Railway Inn, near Brixham, on a beautiful blue-sky day was a real treat. Historic artefacts are on display in the restaurant, alongside art deco designs of old railway posters which depict that era beautifully.
We enjoyed an aperitif on the sunny terrace, before taking a table by a window looking out towards the old railway station at Churston Ferrers.
The service was swift and safe, with good systems in place to adhere to government guidelines in light of the pandemic. This was our first evening out after the third national lockdown. As the restaurant filled up with other diners, that old familiar hubbub of people chatting was like music to our ears.
My partner Andrew and I were impressed with the locally sourced menu, and opted for a bottle of Sharpham dry white wine from the nearby Dart valley to complement the food.
For starters, I went for the Brixham scallops from the specials menu. These tender morsels were lightly pan-seared, and served with crushed pea and chorizo fricassee, and white wine cream. Sweet and succulent, with just a hint of salty chorizo.
Andrew had the delightfully crisp calamari, served with sweet chilli mayonnaise and fresh salad leaves – an ideal summer food treat.
I chose the skate wing – also from the specials menu – for my main course. It was served with herb crushed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a lemon cream sauce. The fish was tender and slid off the wing, and the flavoursome sauce was decidedly more-ish.
A Barnsley lamb chop was the order of the day for Andrew, served with roasted courgettes, red peppers, onions and baby potatoes. The meat was perfectly cooked (just off-pink) and mouthwatering.
Our traditional desserts of Eton mess and sticky toffee pudding added a sweet finish to a fabulous evening out, with delicious local food that was perfectly cooked.