Loch Fyne Henley and a Fabulous Offer from The Gourmet Society:
I’ve been meaning to try Loch Fyne for some time. I love sea food and in general it’s a great way to dine out but still eat healthy food and avoid piling on the pounds. So, when I was offered a Gourmet Society Card to try and spotted a good discount on the Loch Fyne group, I eschewed the obvious wonderful Michelin restaurants and booked myself and my business partner in for a working lunch. While we were probably less focused on the food than when I am invited to review, I was keen to visit somewhere that has been on my bucket list for quite a while.
Oysters for me to start, mostly because I HAD been eating a bit too much and they are a great, light starter.
My companion has a bad allergy to them though and so he picked the Smoked Salmon Ashet. I was curious to see what would arrive – it turned out to be three pretty open sandwich type servings of salmon – smoked, gravadlax and sashimi style. We were impressed.
My starter wasn’t really a showcase for the kitchen so I deliberately picked something a little more challenging as a main. Fillet of Gilt Head Bream with Scottish scallops, palourde clams, samphire, spinach and new potatoes is the sort of dish I’d like to claim to be able to cook myself for a special dinner. It was beautifully cooked with crispy skin, flaky fish and a generous helping of samphire and scallops.
By comparison, Simon picked the classic fish and chips with cod. The photograph doesn’t really do justice to what was a very generous portion of perfectly cooked fish in a nice crispy batter.
Service was good, if a little slow at times and my sympathy is with the staff since we were told that they really hadn’t expected the first week after Christmas to be so busy. The bill without discount would have been around £70 which seems reasonable, though not cheap for a 2 course meal from the a la carte menu, bottle of wine and a couple of coffees. There are value options at Loch Fyne if you stick to the set menu, but that does restrict your choice.
My reason for going to Loch Fyne in the first place was to check out the Gourmet Society card. All I had to do was to call the restaurant and book my table in advance, then show my card when I paid the bill. And I saved £17 on lunch for two, coffee and a bottle of wine (25% of the total). It did work very smoothly and my only concern was that it wasn’t totally obvious the offer was only on the a la carte menu. All the same, it was an excellent saving.
Now, the good news is that we’ve got a wonderful deal with national diners club The Gourmet Society, providing all readers of London-Unattached a no strings attached, completely FREE 1-month membership. No vouchers to print, no awkward hunting around for deals – simply show your handy card or app in one of their 6,500 participating restaurants and get up to 50% off your food!
Perfect for foodies, social butterflies and bargain-hunters alike, you’ll get 2 for 1 meals, 50% off food or 25% off everything at participating venues. There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets, including a whole range of nationwide offers. Your Gourmet Card will work in
• Popular chains such as La Tasca, Strada, Café Rouge and Loch Fyne
• Country pubs
• Curry houses
• Michelin starred venues
• and your local favourites
I’ve found it quite easy to track down suitable restaurants – there’s a comprehensive online search tool as well as a printed directory. And, there really is a good range of options available.
All you have to do if you’d like to register for a card to try for a month absolutely free is to use this special link www.gourmetsociety.co.uk/londonunattached or you can call the Gourmet Society on 0845 257 4477 and quote “London Unattached”. And, if you do register, then I’d heartily recommend Loch Fyne.
20 Market Place
Henley on Thames