Autumn accommodation discount

We’ve got a great special offer for you this autumn. As the evenings draw in, you might like to have some dinner and perhaps stay the night.

During October, November and December, we’re offering a 15% discount on our room rates all week, when you book and quote the code from social media or your email. 

We have two double en-suite bedrooms with beautiful views over the River Severn at The Old Passage, which include breakfast.

You can also upgrade to one of our more luxurious breakfast options, like our hot smoked salmon with poached egg, Hollandaise and caviar or even lobster and champagne!

Why not enjoy an evening meal with a bottle of wine and an overnight stay, or how about a quiet and relaxing weekend away to walk the River Severn and enjoy the countryside and food?

Discover more about our rooms in the accommodation section of the website.

Wine and food pairings to make you go ‘wow’

This year we have been running a monthly series of wine and food pairing evenings, which are growing in popularity. They are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm, and they have a different wine region theme each time from Northern Italy to Portugal and Sicily.

What people have found is that these are really enjoyable and relaxed evenings, but they’ve also learnt a lot about wines, tasting some delicious varieties coupled with food that really makes them sing. The food you eat with wine really makes a difference to the way it tastes and how you enjoy the wine, we want to show you how you can do that very easily. The evenings are run by our wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, an experienced drinks expert and passionate wine lover.

In September (Wednesday 5th) we’ll be taking you to New Zealand – well not all the way! But Fred will take you through a wonderful selection of wines from this country notorious for it’s wines of excellent quality. Each wine will be accompanied by a dish from our head chef.

The evenings start at 7pm and cost £32.50pp. You’ll need to phone to book for this, on 01452 740547.

The Old Passage named the Cotswold’s Restaurant of the Year 2018

The Old Passage took home the most coveted prize at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards on Monday – Restaurant of the Year.

Despite being a small, independent restaurant in the small village of Arlingham, The Old Passage fought off stiff competition from popular restaurants in Cheltenham and Chipping Campden to win the award.

It completes a fantastic 12 months for the restaurant, located on the banks of the River Severn. In October last year The Old Passage celebrated its 10th anniversary, closely followed by winning Best Seafood Restaurant in the South at the national Food Awards.

Then in April, Waitrose magazine named The Old Passage one of 10 best places to eat fresh fish in the country.

Owner Sally Pearce, said: “The last 12 months have been a real whirlwind of celebrations for us at The Old Passage and this last award is the icing on the cake, especially since nominations came from the public. As a small independent restaurant, it’s tough to compete with the growing chain restaurant offerings, especially when we’re not in a town or city centre.

“However, we’ve always played to our strengths and that seems to work. People travel here to eat because of the beautiful rural location and river views, and our food offering is unique and high quality. We have a commitment to sourcing the very best quality seafood we can including oysters and lobsters, which we always have available. And our head chef Jon Lane and his team are constantly innovating and experimenting with new dishes to delight our diners.

Sally added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Jon, to my front of house manager Rosita Redwood, and the whole team at The Old Passage, because we wouldn’t have got this award without them.”

The judges of the awards said they were ‘wowed’ by the amazing selection of seafood available and the warm friendly service at The Old Passage. They said: “The location of the restaurant is superb with breath-taking view of the riverside, the ambience made the judges feel at home and it was commented that they couldn’t have asked for friendlier service. The seafood sampled was cooked to perfection and it was learnt how they source as much produce as locally as possible and sustainably catch their seafood, which impressed the judges.”

The Old Passage is one of the top 10 places to eat fresh fish in the UK!

The Old Passage has been featured by Waitrose magazine in their list of the ‘top 10 places to feast on fish straight from the sea this summer’.

The article, in the May edition of the magazine, includes some well-known seafood restaurants from around the UK including the likes of Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Rock, Cornwall.

We are delighted to be featured in the guide, amongst the best fish restaurants in the UK. The feature says: ‘On the banks of the River Severn, this is a light, airy restaurant in which to indulge in some first-class seafood. Dishes might include seared scallops or plaice with cuttlefish. Or push the boat out with the seven-course taster menu. Time your visit to catch the Severn Bore tidal wave and celebrate with a special three-course breakfast.”

 

Seasonal seafood

The quality and seasonality of our seafood is our main priority at The Old Passage. A great dish can only start with a great ingredient, that’s why we use a fish supplier that guarantees seafood from ship to restaurant within 48 hours. Flying Fish Seafoods supplies many top restaurants and the likes of Paul Ainsworth and Tom Kerridge. They deliver up to five days a week to ensure we have the freshest fish available from the markets of Cornwall.

In the winter months seafood can be scare, and more expensive. This isn’t because there isn’t good quality seafood in season, but because in bad weather day boats can struggle to fish and bring back their catches each day, creating short supply. However, there is still plenty of fish and shellfish to enjoy in peak condition. Here are a few of our favourites at the moment:

Cornish deep-sea mussels

One of our favourites and a popular option with our diners is mussels. At this time of year we are getting fabulous plump, juicy mussels with beautiful clean black shells and a distinctive flavour, grown in deep sea beds off the coast of Cornwall. They thrive in the rich Gulf Stream and the clean water and nutrients ensures a perfect growing environment for the mussels.

We’ve got mussels on our menu as a starter or main with smoked bacon, cider and cream.

Line caught cod and pollack

Cod prefer a cooler climate, and the cool waters off the Cornish coast at this time of the year is the perfect location for these predatory fish. In Cornwall cod stocks have massively benefitted since the introduction of the ‘Cod Box’ which is a seasonally closed off area on the North Coast of Cornwall.

Meanwhile pollack are coming straight into Looe market from small boats using techniques honed over many years. By fishing for short periods of time and only hand-lining these fish, it means they remain in perfect condition. Pollack is a great alternative to cod, with firm white flesh, delicate and delicious. We have a brand new pollack dish with incorporates beef shin ravioli, crispy kale and ale jus – it’s a fantastic combination which works with the meaty texture of the pollack.

Day boat lemon sole

These beautiful and delicate fish are just coming into season and Flying Fish Seafoods are getting supplies of these fresh from day boats coming into Looe Harbour. Again, doing short day trips before returning with the fresh catch keeps them in top condition, and they are some of the best Cornwall has to offer.