Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
dripping in local maritime history, is a cosy bolthole. From our bench-style
window seat – which a plaque informs us was once occupied by Peter O’Toole
in the film Venus – we had an epic view of the bay, the fresh breeze whipping
over the shingle and the oyster-farming racks just visible in the fading spring
light. We began with the sharing plate, which was topped with king prawns in
crunchy tempura batter, tender calamari and brined whitebait. To follow, my
companion’s beer-battered cod was delicious, and my succulent chicken burger
in a lightly toasted brioche bun really hit the spot. From the range of traditional
puddings we shared warm cherry Bakewell paired with homemade custard.
The Old Neptune, or Neppy, regularly hosts live music and throws summer
barbecues, making it the perfect local.