Walking into Lock Fyne in Covent Garden feels a bit like walking into a classic Oyster bar. It’s bright and airy space makes for a welcoming entrance, and the seaside inspired décor with blue booths and sea green interior certainly make a lovely location to while away an evening.
Created by founder Jimmy Noble who grew up on the shores of Loch Fyne, the restaurant is famous for responsibly sourcing all it’s fish. Most of the shellfish and smoked fish served in restaurants is freshly delivered from Loch Fyne. Loch Fyne also works closely with several leading marine and environmental bodies to ensure all fish is wild or responsibly farmed.
Making food accessible to all is important to the restaurant, including to those who are intolerant to wheat. Gluten has been big in the headlines recently with many shunning the common protein found in wheat, rye and barley. However finding gluten free options when eating out is often tough, says Liz Williams of Loch Fyne.
As a result Lock Fyne adapted their menu to cater to the growing demand for gluten free options. “Eating out can be difficult for people wishing to avoid gluten and this new menu will offer our customers greater choice.” The gluten free menu is very similar to their traditional dining menu, but is served with gluten free alternatives.
We tried out their gluten free menu is see how it fared. For starters we tried the delicious razor clams, and the Scottish rope grown mussels, which were served with a selection of delicious gluten free bread. This was followed by the Seafood Grill, which was a selection of Salmon, Gilt Head Bream, Scottish scallops, Whole King Prawns, Scottish Rope Grown Mussels with potatoes and chilli and coriander butter. We also tried the whole, perfectly baked Lobster with new potatoes. Both meals were perfectly flavoured and cooked.
The seafood in Loch Fyne is outstanding; each dish is cooked to perfection and perfectly flavoured. The gluten free options didn’t disappoint, I especially loved their warm and crispy gluten free bread. Gluten free diners can also choose from Loch Fyne’s popular fish bar which offers a range of six different types of fish that can be cooked to order – pan fried, grilled or steamed – then served with a choice of two vegetable sides and a sauce.
Loch Fyne has certainly set the standard high when it comes to gluten free options. Enjoy with a selection of their delicious cocktails or their delicious wine, the Sauvignion Blanc wine is certainly something to write home about.