Review on The Catch at Fins
Up at the end of a moorland road between Dalry and Fairlie, Fencebay is a remarkable enterprise involving a smokehouse, farm shop and monthly farmers' market, as well as the splendid Catch at Fins restaurant. Over the last 20 years, Bernard and Jill Thain have kept faith with the catch from their own boat 'Pegasus' and have built up their business to incorporate on-site seawater tanks for crabs and lobsters.
The restaurant comprises a square, stone-walled dining room and a light conservatory extension, which makes a pleasing setting for all manner of piscine delights cooked without fuss or show. Freshness is the key, and the regular menu is bolstered by blackboard specials reflecting the day's haul. Marinated herrings, gravlax or Cumbrae oysters in various guises open the show, before pepper-crusted salmon with whisky sauce, fillet of halibut with squat lobsters, langoustines and Chardonnay sauce or sea bass with warm Mediterranean dressing. Shellfish platters (hot or cold) are a hit, and there are steaks for those who can't be tempted by seafood.
The Catch at Fins also puts on an excellent value fixed-priced menu, which attracts midweek punters out of season (November-March). Fish-friendly whites steal the limelight on the short, well-chosen wine list.
The Catch at Fins is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 – 3.00pm Thu-Sun
Dinner: 6 .00 - 9.00pm Thu-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card