Spanish wine and food pairing evening

Hot off the back of our fantastic South African wine event, we’re pleased to invite you to a Spanish wine and food pairing evening, hosted by a wine expert, with food to match by our head chef.

These wine and food pairing evenings are fantastic fun, a delicious treat, and a great way to learn about wines and broaden your taste and knowledge on wine types.

A few of the food plates that accompanied the wines at our South African event in March

On Wednesday, April 4th at 7pm, we’ll be hosting our next one, which will focus on Spanish wines – some well-known ones and some much less-well known, to give you a real feel for the spread of excellent wine this country has to offer. Each wine will be accompanied by small plates of food by our head chef Jon Lane.

The evening will be hosted by wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, who has 12 years experience in the wine industry and is WSET qualified, which is the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

You will need to book tickets in advance, they are £32.50. To book call 01452 740547.


A Mother’s Day treat

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, are you searching for the perfect treat for your mum on Mothering Sunday (March 11th)?

The Old Passage will be open for delicious and indulgent breakfasts, which you could follow up with a refreshing walk along the Severn in Arlingham – a great way to start the day. Or why not start off with the walk and finish up at The Old Passage for a lazy lunch? We’ll have our full ‘a la carte’ menu on offer, so plenty of choice from classic fish and chips, to mussels and lobster.

Or our beautiful fritto misto below is a lovely sharing starter, including crispy oysters, smoked haddock croquettes, crab samosas and squid.

You will need to book, both for breakfast and for lunch, either online or call 01452 740547.

Wine and food pairing evening

We are delighted to announce another of our popular wine and food pairing evenings at The Old Passage.

Enjoy an evening learning about, and of course tasting, South African wines, with wine expert Frederik Van Niekerk, from fine wine suppliers Domaine Direct, on Wednesday, March 7th. Frederik has over 12 years experience in the wine industry and is WSET certified, which is the industry training for wine professionals from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

He will be taking everyone through a selection of well-known and not so well known wines from South Africa, and this will be accompanied by small plates of food from our head chef Jon Lane to perfectly match the wine. This will be a fun, friendly and informative evening of fantastic wine and food.

The evening starts at 7pm, and should last around two hours. The cost for the evening is £32.50 per person. Pre-booking is essential and we are only taking phone bookings for this event.


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.

Bore Breakfasts 2018

We now have the first dates for the Severn Bore in 2018 – and so it’s a chance to book one of our popular Bore breakfasts.

The dates are as follows:

Thursday, January 4th at 08.21 hours – a 3* Bore

Friday, February 2nd at 08.08 hours – a 4* Bore

Saturday, March 3rd 07.53 hours – a 3* Bore

Sunday, March 4th at 08.33 hours – a 4* Bore —— NOW FULLY BOOKED

Both February 2nd and March 4th dates are almost fully booked, so please ensure you book up to secure your table for our famous Bore Breakfasts. Enjoy watching the spectacular natural phenomenon followed by a delicious breakfast.

You can find more details and a sample menu here.

Post-Christmas and New Year Menu

At this time of the year (from 28th December – 5th January) we are unable to offer our usual a la carte menu, due to fish markets being closed.
This results in the very limited availability of fresh fish, nationally.
We do however offer a perfectly wonderful alternative range of delicious choices on our menu that will set your taste buds working overtime.

View the menu here

Tasting Menu Birthday Offer

We’ve got your Christmas shopping covered!

Our Birthday Offer has been so popular, we’re extending it.
Buy a voucher up until end of December, for a 7 course Tasting Menu for 2ppl for £75, that can be used up until March 2018!
It’s the perfect present for a foodie!

View the menu here

New Year’s Day Brunch – celebrate in style

Start your 2018 in style with a delicious brunch on the River Severn with us. For the first time we’re making an exception to our own rule and we’ll open on a Monday – just for New Year’s Day!

Our New Year’s Day Brunch will be available from 11am – 3pm and you can view the delicious menu HERE.

It includes breakfast classics like Full English and grilled kippers, alongside decadent alternatives like hot char-grilled salmon with poached egg, caviar and Hollandaise or our Pilots Breakfast: scrambled eggs, fresh crab, smoked salmon, lobster, parmesan shavings, rocket on toasted brioche.

Or we have warming main dishes including mussels with cider, bacon and chips, Old Passage hot pot with steak, ale and lobster or steak, chips, mushrooms and tomato.

Of course you can’t have a New Year’s Day brunch without cocktails on offer and we’ve got Bloody Marys and Bucks Fizz with Three Choirs Cuvee – as well as our usual wine and drinks list.

To book call 01452 740547 or make a reservation online.