Delicious mussels and other fish dishes served in a relaxed city centre spot.
Very much a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin kind of place, Mussel Inn is the place to go for mussels. Huge steaming pots waft their way from the open kitchen to tables in the bright, marine blue and white restaurant. It is a pleasant, casual environment and for the most part the dedicated kitchen team let the ingredients do the talking in quite simple dishes. Mussels, served in five ways from ‘natural’ to ‘Moroccan’ and ‘blue cheese’, taste so fresh you could believe they had been plucked from a tank out the back. Of course, they aren’t, and subtly placed collection envelopes for a fishermen’s welfare fund serves as a reminder of the efforts made to deliver fish and seafood to the table. The menu offers much more than mussels. Surf and turf options, for instance, provide hearty dining while an Asian-spiced fish stew, a sloe gin-smoked salmon and chargrilled king scallops on feather-light strips of courgette indicate the chefs’ ambitions and talents. It has good puds, too. The choice of subtle pear as a flavour for chilled parfait is possibly not the wisest, but it is a commendable effort, and the warm almond-flour chocolate torte is delicious.
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Eighties hits
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle