Culinary magic We visited the Five Bells in August on…
Visiting Pynes, I was reminded of their great location on the front at Sidmouth, with views directly over the bay, really great if you wish to enjoy sea views whilst dining. Pynes has a stylish, modern interior and the ambience is relaxed and friendly. It’s amazing to think it used to be the site of Wallis’s Royal Marine Library and Reading Rooms back in Regency times!
What’s great when it comes to food provenance is that much of the produce making it into their dishes is sourced from their family farm over in Budleigh Salterton, so in terms of food miles and freshness, it doesn’t get much better. Now to the food. Crab Cakes were chosen for starters which were excellent, as was the Mushrooms on Toast which proved a very tasty starter, these had been delicately cooked and was delicious.
Those living in Sidmouth (myself included) know about Curry Night at Pynes on Wednesdays, and the Red Thai Prawn Curry tasted as one of the main courses didn’t disappoint. You also get a poppadom and a bowl of aromatic rice, all really delicious and highly recommended. Also tasted was the Braised Fillet of Brill which was a lovely piece of fish, beautifully cooked and the accompanying fresh crab cake, tomato fondue and truffled leeks made it into a great dish that was thoroughly enjoyed. At this point we’d hit the wall, so I’m afraid just a single Caramel Panna Cotta for pud which was delicious. Top marks for Pynes, it’s a great place to spend quality time.
Don’t miss the FOOD OFFERS on our new Great Night Out section if you wish to see what Pynes offer you in terms of dining during the week.